It’s hard to believe that a full week has passed since I left the TNNA show in balmy California and landed back home in the blustery Chicago winter. Needless to say, I was sad about leaving behind warmer weather, but I was even more sad to leave behind all that gorgeous yarn. For those of you who don’t know, the TNNA show, put on by the The National Needlearts Association, happens twice a year and offers a chance for yarn companies and store owners to get together and discuss and purchase new products. Here at AllFreKnitting, it gave us a chance to meet knitting designers and chat with companies about upcoming yarn lines for 2014.
If you haven’t already, give yourself a chance to “ooo” and “aaaah” at all the naturally-dyed yarns Audrey saw at the show. While I saw many great products, I wanted to share just a few of my favorites with you below.
Must-Have Yarn and Products from TNNA
Zen Yarn Garden: If you’ve never tried this yarn before, you’re in for a treat. Designed with vibrant colors in various shades, there’s something extra unique about this yarn. In addition to all the pre-dyeed selections, you also have the option to get your yarn dyed to order.
Soak Wash: Think about it: you spend all this time making your own scarves, sweaters and socks — why wouldn’t you use the best products available designed to make your projects last? Introducing Soak — this one-of-a-kind detergent is ideal for handwashing either delicate or homemade garments, and while it cleans your clothing, it also preserves them.
Knit One Crochet Too: How can anyone resist yarn displayed in a vintage suitcase? I certainly can’t. It’s like Knit One Crochet Too had direct access to my heart strings, and instead of lightly tugging, gave them one giant pull. But how could I not fall in love? The yarn pictured below (Soie Et Li) is a year-round yarn made with silk and linen. It’s colorful, cozy and adaptable enough to use for a variety of knit and crochet projects.
Atenti Bags: I can’t say enough nice things about these bags. Not only does each one feature an attractive, retro-chic design, but they’re also great for knitters and crocheters alike who frequently travel with their projects. Even if you’re not planning on taking yarn with you, these sturdy totes and purses make packing an overnight vacation bag fun!
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