I've been lucky enough to get to attend TNNA in the past and it's a ton of fun. Whether you're buying for a yarn shop or representing as a yarn company it's goodtimes being surrounded by yarny professionals. However, I haven't gotten to go to TNNA in years, but it's still a great way to find out what's coming up from your favorite yarn purveyors.
So what's the hot stuff from 2011 TNNA?
- PDXKnitting has a great roundup with lots of photos from TNNA.
- Fancy Tiger Crafts from Denver, CO has an excellent summary from the perspective of a crafts store.
- Meet Owen, the cutest model from TNNA!
- Webs also made it to TNNA.
Shawls, Shawls and More Shawls
As CraftGossip pointed out, amigarumi seems to be waning, but shawls and coverlets seem to be all the rage. This is especially true as Kristin Omdahl's new book Knitting Wrapsody is coming out -which a lot of bloggers have noted. Seeing some of the shawls on TNNA attendees, this is one book I'm especially looking forward to reading and knitting. I seem to have a lot of yarn quantities that would be conducive to more wraps and shawls.
With so many fantastic tools to reach knitters, like Ravelry, Knit Picks's Indie Designer Patterns, and Etsy there are more and more knitting designers coming through the ranks and heading for TNNA. Here are some up and coming knit designers that you'll see more of in 2011:
- Sunset Cat Designs went to TNNA for the first time.
- CosmicPlutoKnits is a little more established, but she has a great write up on her TNNA trip.
- Fickle Knitter Design will have more from TNNA on her blog.
- Amy Polcyn was at TNNA to sign copies of a sock book, but sadly, the books didn't make it there :(
Fabulous Yarn Companies
Here are a few companies who blogged from TNNA