Friday, June 18, 2010

TNNA 2010 - Part 2

TNNA is an international trade organization representing retailers, manufacturers, distributors, designers, manufacturers' representatives, publishers,... and twice a year they have a trade show where buyers and sellers are brought together. Sellers are representing the best in the business. Buyers are busy snapping up the latest and most exciting new products.

Since nobody is allowed to buy anything on the market floor, people might get samples of various products to help them decide if they want to make order or not. For us, designers, the best samples we can get is yarn. These are all my goodies packed in Lantern Moon's silk bag. 

I have seen many new yarns offered by veterans like Cascade, Berroco, Blue Sky Alpacas, Bijou Basin Ranch, Plymouth, and many others, but also discovered several new yarn companies that had amazing yarn. Those new companies might not be necessarily new in business, but they were either exhibiting for the first time or they are new to me.

One of my favorite new yarns I discovered was yarn of Abuelita Yarns.  Abuelita yarns is a well-established Uruguayan company (I was told they've been in business over 35 years) and they produce very fine, heavenly soft hand dyed yarns. Their specialty is merino, but they offer some merino and silk blends, and organic cotton.

In the picture you can see from left to right:: Abuelita Three Ply (New) - 100% merino, 420 yd in 3.5oz/100g per skein, and the other two are Abuelita Thick and Thin - 100% merino, 136 yd in 3.5oz/100g skein. I can't wait to rewind them into balls and swatch them. Both these yarns are so very soft. Ahhh.  You can see their whole line of yarns here.

Another yarn that yarn I got magically drawn to whole weekend was yarn offered by Anzula luxury fibers. They offer hand dyed luxury yarn and incredible choice of spinning fiber. They carry wide variety of yarn weight from lace weight to worsted in semi-solids (my favorite) and variegated colorways. For those who enjoy variegated yarn, you can request any combination of their 40+ colors they offer. All the colors are very unique and really beautiful.

Here you can see Oasis (70% silk, 30% camel, 375 yd, 6sts/inch on US #5), Cricket (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 250yd, 5sts/inch on US#5 - here you can see only a half skein), Mermaid (60% sea cell, 40% silk, lace weightt +/-700yd), For Better or Worsted (80% superwash merino, 10% cashemere, 10% nylon, +/-200yd, 4 sts/inch) - this yarn is incredibly soft and pleasure to knit with.

Another yarn I really liked was yarn by Pear Tree Yarn. It is an Australian based company that offers natural Australian luxury yarn. I have seen them at the previous shows and I always love coming to see them at their booth. Their yarns have beautiful natural colors that I am drawn to.

Last, but not least Fibre-Isle Fine Yarns. It is a company that is specializing in bison and bison-blend yarns. The owner, Sylvie Toupin, is a spinner and incredible lace designer.

Here you can see from in front Kami Bison DK (60% bamboo, 30% merino, 10% bison, US #6-7 needles) and in the back Kami Bison (60% bamboo, 30% merino, 10% bison, US #1-2 needles).

The scale you see in these pictures belonged to my beloved Grandmother. She was a great baker and used it all the time. The scale is very special to me because it reminds me of her everyday. I lived with her for most of my childhood. She passed away 9 months ago and I miss her terribly.

On a lighter note, next time let's talk some more yarn, new designs and gadgets.

1 comment:

Faina Goberstein said...

OMG, Simona. Your yarn photos are fantastic! Very informative posts on TNNA. Love it. I am behind with that.