Amy, Kate and I are just back from the annual National Needlework Association convention, where we get to touch yarns and plan with yarn companies and designers. Amy posted to the Knitty Instagram all about the knitting side while we were there.
I get so caught up in looking and touching new fiber things and the hugging of friends that I forget to take pictures, but I have a few.
I do have to mention one yarn company that always makes me smile with their creativity, Freia Fibers. That dress is knit from
their gradient yarns. I have a crush on Tina’s yarn akin to the crush I had on Noro in the 1990s. She has a new giant gradient ball called a Yarn Bomb, 860 yards of fingering weight Merino. There is a shawl in my future.
There were a few other yarns that turned my head, Cashmere People, Kellbourne Woolens new Faroe imported yarn, and Jade Sapphire’s entire range of cashmere yarns.
There were quite a few companies with spinning fiber, I think the most I’ve ever seen at TNNA. I took no pictures, I was too busy touching. My spinning representative is Roy G. Pig from Oink Pigments, who had delicious fiber. Here are the companies I saw and touched with fiber: Oink Pigments, Frabjous Fiber, Dragonfly Fiber, DM Fibers, Ashford Wheels and Looms, Lorna’s Laces, Malabrigo, Manos, Anzula, and Elemental Affects. I’m sure there were more.
The biggest growth area this year that wasn’t knitting was stitching, embroidery and cross stitch mostly. I saw several companies selling the quick to stitch types of samplers that I love, but the thing that had my head spinning were all of the gorgeous notions. Brooklyn Haberdashery had the most amazing things, but their booth was so packed I could never get in!
The thing that lots of people, were talking about, but wasn’t represented was punch needle embroidery.
You’ll notice that I haven’t mention weaving, the craft that I keep dancing around. Well, at this show I stepped fully into the weaving soul train. There was great weaving at the show. Purl and Loop had their new woven earrings, Ashford was there, Kromski premiered a new rigid heddle loom. Schacht has a great new Easel Weaver, it’s an I style loom with a kickstand, genius. I can’t wait to play with it.
Louet was there too with their amazing Erica loom. It’s a table loom that’s 2+2. It comes with two shafts with the option of adding two more. Which to me means weaving twill! It’s a great step up from a rigid heddle without investing in a floor loom. Reader, I bought one. When I’ll have the time to learn about the loom and weaving with four shafts will remain to be seen, but she’s sitting on my dining room table singing me a little song.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com