This past weekend, industry folk from the yarn world descended upon Columbus, Ohio for the TNNA trade show. I joined my Interweave colleagues there for four days of brand new yarns, tools, and lots of talking. I am exhausted and invigorated all at once right now.
Knitscene editor Amy Palmer and editorial director Karin Strom and I paused for a photo op in the Westminster Fibers booth to model new yarns and designs from the Schachenmayr My Mountain line. See the shiny bits in our hats? That's a reflective thread that only shows up when light (like a camera's flash) hits it.
Neons, brights, and big pompoms were definitely a trend at the show. Expect to see lots of neon yarns, used in combination with staid neutrals, this Fall--such as these two colors of Manos del Uruguay Maxima:
Faux fur continues to be a strong trend, and metallics definitely still have a presence. (Metallics were big the last two years). What else? There was buzz about two new yarns in the fine-gauge luxury category: The Fibre Company's Meadow:
And Shibui's Pebble, which hasn't been released yet--but look for it in September. Yummy. New to the market was Fable Fibers, a lovely handdyer out of my home state of North Carolina. The rosy yarn in the middle below is one of theirs. I also picked up Knitter's Pride metal-tipped carbon interchangeables. I had an old set of carbon needles; I find the metal tips a great improvement and have been knitting with them all week. I also grabbed a Gleener, this awesome pill and fuzz removing tool. And the generous Laura at Prism let me take this skein of Petite Madison in colorway Mojave, because anything rosy and green in a desert palette must be mine.
In terms of design trends, I saw a lot of modern, minimalist styles. People stopped me everywhere to rave about knit.wear, sister publication to Interweave Knits--it seems the magazine's aesthetic is fitting right into the design mode of the moment. I saw a couple versions of knit.wear's Die Cut Vest walking the show floor:
Speaking of design, I got to spend a lot of time with knit designers at the show. These are the people who make our magazines and books possible, and who drive much of knitting's popularity through their tireless, creative work. Thank you to everyone who made it a great show, and who make it a great industry to work in. Now get some rest.