TNNA – Recap!

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!)

With an Icon

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!

2. Little Red in the City

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.

4. Rowan

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!

Easy as Pie.

Drop Stitch Scarf

I love scarves. I especially love the easiest of easy scarf – the drop stitch. It's one of those fun scarves you knit and just when you think you're making a mistake you're not, it's all part of the plan.

I made one back in 2009 after being inspired by a sample at the yarn shop in Philadelphia, Loop. The scarf above was actually started about a year ago but it was put in the WIP pile while I went on to other knitting. I just happened to pull it out during a bit of a stash inventory I did last week. (Alert: stash sale is a-coming!) 

If you want to make one similar 

Yarn: Rowan Bamboo Tape (now discontinued) 3 balls
Needles: US 10 

CO 28 stitches

Knit 6 rows.
Next Row: K1, Dbl YO, repeat to last st, K1.
Next Row: *Knit 1, Drop YOs* to last stitch, K1

Repeat from start all the way through to desired length!

Ravelry Link

I love the drape of the bamboo tape in this type of scarf. It's too bad Rowan discontinued this yarn.

Speaking of pie, have I told you all about the BEST pie place that's literally steps from my apartment? Just when I was thinking by moving to California I would become all healthy and organic, I come across Chili Pies (& Ice Cream). I am weak for the Mexican Chocolate Pecan pie a la mode.