Sunday, January 25, 2009

TNNA 2009

My sweetie and I were fortunate enough to make it to TNNA's winter show in San Diego last weekend.  In the words of Anne of Green Gables, there was plenty of "scope for the imagination" to be had by most.

 San Diego

We attended "Sample It" on Friday night, which was a great opportunity to see new products by some of our favorite fiber industry folks.  The best part was that you could buy samples of these items.  I snatched up a Flat Feet kit from Conjoined Creations in a wonderful pink and purple colorway.  This kit was very smartly designed and even included a copy of their latest pattern book and double pointed needles so that I could start knitting immediately.

 Conjoined Creations - Flat Feet Kit

I also picked up a sample kit from Eucalan, my favorite wool wash company.  They have a couple of neat new products out, including lint remover sheets (perfect for the hand spinner) and single use wipes for those knitwear + food accidents on-the-go.

Eucalan Kit

 On Saturday morning, I attended a class on "Designing Sweaters that Fit" by Stefanie Japel, author of Fitted Knits and Glam Knits.  The focus of the class was on taking your own measurements and using them to design a top-down raglan sweater that fits your proportions perfectly.  This class was very useful, and certainly inspired me to start knitting sweaters from the top.  Thanks, Stefanie!

San Diego Convention Center

 After my class on Saturday morning, my sweetie and I walked around the marketplace.  We stopped by so many great exhibitor booths.  A few of our favorites were Interweave Press, Fiber Fiend, One World Button Supply Co., Bijou Basin Ranch, Hand Jive, Lantern Moon, and Tanglewood Fiber Creations.  We really had such a great time and we have already marked our calendar for next year!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Holiday Knitting

I knitted for what seemed like hundreds of hours over the last two months in order to finish up Christmas gifts for my nearest and dearest.  It was such a blast!  The final tally was two hats, two neck cozies, and one scarf.  The scarf was the biggest challenge.  I knit it using my handpainted fingering weight superwash merino/tencel (50/50) yarn on size US3 needles.  Yikes!  The finished scarf was 440 rows long!  I really love how it turned out, but in the future I will keep in mind that fine yarn projects do take more time.

4×4 hat
4x4 hat - made with Knit Picks Essential Sock Yarn in Cocoa

Top-down hat
Top-down hat - made with Handmaiden Casbah Sock Yarn in Stone

Neck Cozy
Neck Cozy - made with handpainted superfine merino sport weight yarn in Stone

Entrelac Asymmetrical Neck Cozy
Entrelac Asymmetrical Neck Cozy - made with Trendsetter Yarns Tonalita

Buttonhole Scarf
Buttonhole Scarf - made with handpainted superwash merino merino/tencel fingering weight yarn in Limited Edition