The Needle Arts Trade Show was all in all a fabulous time. I always love going to shows like this because you truly come back so energized and full of ideas.
The question that Patricia and I were asked numerous times at TNNA was "what has excited you the most of all that you've seen?" So after mulling it over on the flight home here is my list:
1. Barbara Walker!!!! (ETA: added the pic from Patricia!)
What a fabulous surprise! The legendary knitter was there in the flesh in a very nondescript booth promoting her new DVD. She was so gracious with her crazy fangirls which she told me her son calls "Squee!" While I think I did a good job "keeping my cool", Squee I did!! She even signed autographs and posed for pictures. It seems so sureal to have met her. Can't wait to see her again in Nov. in San Mateo!
In the short time I had to review the sample copy it was obvious that I was holding something that would change the knit world! Chock full of amazing knitting information and patterns this book is a MUST for every knitter's library. I have a feeling we'll be talking about Ysolda the way we talk about Zimmermann and Walker. She truly is such an influential knitter and mind of our generation.
3. Swans Island
Definitely the biggest BUZZ yarn of the show and perhaps the Yarn "Rookie of the Year". A gorgeous organic yarn developed out of Maine, it is a dream to knit with. It's Patricia's new 'crack yarn'. I cannot wait to get a skein.
Rowan is picking up it's game a bit and it shows. There are several new yarns for the fall from the British Giant – one of which is their new alpaca silk which I managed to get a few samples of. I think they're realizing they need to compete more with the other yarn companies and it shows.
5. New Knitting Books!
We had the chance to preview a few knit books including Anna Teeny Tiny Mochimochi and Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop Lace. Reviews of both are in the works!
6. Meeting other Bloggers and Designers!
I loved being able to put a face to the blogs and designers I admire and follow! Allegra of Fiddlestix Knitting, Hannah of Knitbot, Melissa of Knitting School Dropout, Melynda of Frenchpressknits, Pam of Flint Knits, Jill of Knitterella, Amy pf StashKnitRepeat, Elinor of Exercise before Knitting, Stitchy McYarnpants and Jenn of Nipperknits (to name a few)! You all rock and I love that we got to meet face to face!
Of course it goes without question that seeing some familiar faces was equally as fantastic: Ann of Purlingswine and now co-owner of The Village Knitter (Cara I know you're jealous), Courtney & Kate of Kelbourne Woolens, Craig of Loop Philly, the fab Rep Antonia (who is siteless but AMAZING), and of course my With Out Her None of this would be Possible – Patricia of Patricia's Yarns.
I truly feel so bless to be a part of a great community and industry. There's nothing in the world like us Knitters!