Friday, January 14, 2011

Walking the floor at the Winter 2011 "TNNA Show".

The TNNA (The National Needle Arts Organization) trade show is an opportunity to become more educated in the field of needle arts, yarns, and fashion/market trends.  It is also a dynamic area to meet designers and manufacturers and see the new and innovative ideas they have come up with.

My first stop was the "Crochet! Magazine" booth.  Stefanie Girard had brought along the Amineko dolls with her which are two crochet cats, named Stan Amineko and Jane Doe Amineko.

It makes sense they would start off their day at this particular booth.  They are darling to see in person and I enjoy photographing their antics whenever I can.  By the way, if you want to make your own, then you should check out the book "Hello My Name is Ameniko by Nekoyama".    The book has great photographs and  straight forward "Step by Step" directions.  There are also some fun suggestions for personalizing your own Amineko cat with accessories.

The next stop was the "Lorna's Laces" booth.  This booth had yummy colors and the specialty yarns are hand dyed.

Their displays were orignally and fun looking.  I just loved the way this booth presented it's yarns.
Below is a picture of the wall of yarn at the back of the booth which was so colorful.  Of course they had some fun knitted critters, so we took some pictures of theirs and the Amineko dolls on the wall of color.

The next stop was more fiber at the "ArtYarns" booth.  If you have not had a chance to work with her fibers, go to her website to find out the nearest retailer.  ArtYarns has some beautiful yarns made of the most amazing materials, including cashmere, wool, silk, mohair and others.

Here are some of the lovely books that Iris Schreir (of ArtYarns) has written:

"Reversible Knits", "Little Lacy Knits", "Modular Knits" and many more.  Iris also appeared on the television show "Knitty Gritty" and others.

The next stop was the "Alpaca With A Twist" booth.  I enjoy working with Alpaca, the yarns are not only beautiful but I know that my project will keep me warm when I wear it.

The above are some cool pics I took at a local "Alpaca" craft fair.  It was fun to see these cuties in person.

Speaking of someone else who likes to use Alpaca yarns in her designs, Robyn Chachula was at the show and was scheduled to do a book signing.

Of course, I just had to have a copy of Robyn Chachula's newest book called "Baby Blueprint Crochet".  If you have a chance the next time you are in a book store, check her books out.  She is a very talented designer and her patterns are very easy to follow.  I highly recommend to spend a few minutes to peruse the books because you may just be surprised at how appealing her designs are.....and......maybe you will get caught up the "create something" bug like I was.

By the way, Robyn has a really cool blog called "Crochet by Faye"  at: 

Robyn Chachula

As you can guess, I am going to make the cute robot toy "Robot Burt" on page 135.  The baby booties and her other projects are darling to see in person.

We stopped by the "Unicorn Books and Crafts, Inc." booth to see the best possible selection of craft books ever!  They are distributors for needlework and textile craft books and sell to retail stores.  They had a bunch of these book towers with the biggest selection of craft and textile books ever. 

Amazon is great but you do not get to turn the pages of the books to see if the projects appeal to you which is why I enjoy going to book stores.  However, they normally have a very small selection of books in stock.  So this was a fabulous experience, they even had books from other countries.  

The best part of this booth is that they had book signings all day long.  This was a great opportunity to speak to the authors and ask questions about their books and designs.  I got to spend time with Carri Hammett and speak to her about her new book.  Carri Hammett owns a successful yarn shop and has an extensive background in fiber arts.  She wanted to design patterns that were accessible by knitters of a variety of knitting experience levels..while still being stylish.  
Carri Hammett
This particular book is good because it is specifically for knitting in the round.  My enjoyment of knitting in the round is the projects travel well.  The first few pages review a variety of techniques.  The rest of the book is patterns for mittens and hats.  Her projects are great and they do vary in design and techniques (which is helpful to me when trying to knit projects for different personality types).  My favorite pattern is on page 90, a "Rustic Stripes Hat with matching Mittens".  The hat is not a the typical cap style, it is has some fun details that change the shape and make it a really flattering hat style. 

If you want to know about Carri, the Craftside blog has a mini video interview with Carri on their blog site.  Plus they have a list of the many different titles that Carri has written.

1 comment:

  1. This post was amazing! Thanks for sharing...

    Oh I wish I could attend to one of these expos just for the fun to see all the yummy yarns!