highlights from TNNA: fall yarn preview

panotone colors

pantone colors fall 2013

This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity, as usual. It was the summer TNNA trade show in Columbus, Ohio. Better known as the fall yarn market. I thought I’d share some of the highlights here.

First, I was thrilled to see the Trends Class offered by Trisha Malcom, editor of Vogue Knitting Magazine. I’ve attended her quick 20 minute sessions before at TNNA and always came away energized and inspired since  my favorite internet activity is looking at the runway sites. Her presentation covered the fall trends and colors as it relates to knits.

Then the show began Saturday morning. I bumped into Wayne first thing and we headed to the Tahki Stacy Charles booth. I fell instantly in love with Kismet. Kismet is 54% alpaca and 46% nylon, making it super soft and light. It’s also got that great 4 stitches to the inch gauge on size US7 needles. I already have something in mind…

kismet from tahki stacy charles

Don’t these colors remind you of stained glass?

Next, I spent quite a bit of time in the Blue Heron booth. They were very gracious as I took photographs and tried to come up with the right colorways for the shop.
blue heron yarns

On to Trendsetter Yarns with Mink, Cashmere, and Grace. Their new Lotus line features luxury fibers such as Baby Camel, Tibetan Yak, Angora, Cashmere, and Mink.

lotus yarns from Trendsetter

Lotus Yarns

 K-State lovers, take note: Cashmere Handspun in Purple and Purple/Ecru combo should arrive mid July! Please leave a note in the comments if you want to pre-order one.

handspun cashmere

handspun cashmere

 And Mimi! Yes, Mink in Color!

Mink from Trendsetter yarns

Mink! In colors! Wow!

And I was lucky enough to swatch Grace for the Great Wall of Yarn and fell in love with it. I’m not usually taken with the “novelty” category, but this one is just gorgeous.

Grace from Trendsetter Yarns


And Habu Textiles!

Habu Textiles

Takako from Habu- isn’t she cute?

I’ve done a couple designs lately using Cotton Gima from Habu, so that was on my list to re-order for the shop. I also ordered some copper, silver, and transparent monofilament. Fun stuff!

cotton gima from habu textiles

Cotton Gima, Habu textiles


copper, silver, monofillamentt

copper, silver, monofilament

And that’s just the beginning- there’s so much more!

Want a skein of that handspun cashmere? Leave a note in the comments!

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