We’re Going to TNNA – What Do You Want to Know About?

We'll be touching all of the things!
We’ll be touching all of the things!

Amy and I will be attending the summer TNNA show in a a couple of weeks. TNNA is the The National Needlearts Association trade show, the show that shops, designers and publishing types attend to see what’s new in our fuzzy world. The summer show has everything new for fall knitting (and spinning and weaving and stitching).

I’ve been in our wonderful, crazy industry for more than 25 years and I think this may be my 20th TNNA. I’ve gone as an exhibitor, an author, a shop, and a publisher. My question for you, Knitty readers, is what do you want to know, what tidbits of information, photos, giveaways do you want Amy and me to bring back?

Things like, what’s the hottest color for fall? Who had the busiest booth? What’s more popular this year spinning or weaving? What was our favorite new yarn? What was the most gorgeous knitting bag we saw? Who has new styles of needles?

What are you curious about?


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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

10 thoughts on “We’re Going to TNNA – What Do You Want to Know About?

  1. Kat

    I’d be really interested in what the more popular finished objects are this year. A while back everyone was doing hoodies, before that, for the longest time, it was socks. Recently we’ve had arm and other big knitting, loom knitted projects, and things with gradient yarn. I’m curious where we’re going next.

  2. Lisa

    I’m interested in info on the Kollage square knitting needles. I have seen and heard about a new Kollage Interchangable Kit, but you can’t buy it any where. How can I get my hands on this kit?

  3. Danelle Sorensen

    Why on earth do we not have inexpensive color cards? I would say the biggest hurdle to online yarn sales is the fine print of “colors on your monitor may not be accurate.”

    Manufacturers must innovate the assembly process of color cards to bring the price point down to $10 or so for the smaller lines, and, as a designer, I would be willing to pay up to $25 for a larger color selection such as Cascade 220. And manufacturers must break through the retail-only bias and be willing to support independent designers and OCD knitters – LOL! As a marketer, I am completely baffled at the industry reluctance to SELL product samples…especially when other industries set count free samples as marketing budget.

    Thank you SO much for asking! I’ll go back to knitting quietly with a yarn that is (almost) the perfect color.

  4. c8h10n4o2

    I’m finally getting into color knitting (but NOT intarsia; I have no patience for it) and would love to see if people are making kits for mosaic/fair isle/slip stitch designs, especially using variegated or striping/ombre yarns.

  5. Janet

    I am interested in learning who has the busiest booth and what non-yarn related products seem to be popular this year. Thanks!

  6. Mosaic Magpie

    I am interested in the items spinners are creating with their hand spun yarns. I attended a fiber festival a few weeks ago and was surprised by the lack of needles available and other general tools we use with knitting and crocheting. I found lots of yarn, but little else. What are the newest trends and colors is always of interest, wish we could travel along with you!

  7. ilehlia

    I would be interested in luxury yarn giveaways. Here in Canada, by the time you factor in the exchange rate and shipping costs, ordering nice yarns online becomes completely prohibitive. Even my LYS has stopped carrying yarns that aren’t distributed in Canada, for this very reason, including from some very large and well-known manufacturers. So while you’re haranguing the manufacturers on the subject of colour cards on Danelle’s behalf, maybe you could also impress upon them the importance of better serving under-served markets like Canada. So then we can make Knitty patterns in the yarns called for, instead of the constant substitution game. Thanks, and have a “ball”! 😀

  8. Adair

    I would be interested in knowing the response to the idea of including a price range for the cost of the suggested wool for a given pattern. Cost is something many knitters need to take into consideration, so why not include It?

  9. Angela Hockabout

    Honestly I would like a report on the health of the independent yarn store. So many yarn shops have closed in the SF Bay Area. Is the industry in a down trend? Are online sales beating out local yarn shops?

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