TNNA 2016

It’s been over a week since I was at The National Needlearts Association Convention in San Diego but I haven’t been working with my photos. (And in my mind, what’s a blog without photos?) This show is where yarn shop owners go to purchase items to bring into their shops.  I have to remind myself that my shop is small, I’m not open 7 (or even 4 or 5) days/week so don’t go crazy. As always I found a few things that I’ll be very excited to bring into the shop over the next couple of months.

Part of the fun though is hanging out with my friend, Irene, who owns Cotton Clouds. She made our hotel reservations. What fun place!IMG_8204This is the beautiful Horton Grand Hotel…IMG_8153…and this is Sunshine, a paper-mache horse who stands in the lobby. He came from the saddle shop that was on the ground floor of the neighboring less formal hotel. The hotels were built in the mid 1800’s but the saddle shop originated in 1912. Wickipedia says: “Both hotels were scheduled for demolition in the 1970s when the City of San Diego purchased them to build the Horton Plaza shopping center on the site. The hotels were dismantled brick by brick, with each brick numbered, catalogued, and stored. In 1986 the hotels were rebuilt into an entirely new hotel at the present location at Fourth Street and Island Avenue.”IMG_8157Our room was lovely.IMG_8255What fun to decorate a hotel like this. The furniture was all old so I assume it was found at estate sales and flea markets. We even had a fireplace (gas so no wool hauling).IMG_8199We spent a lot of our time at the San Diego Convention Center.IMG_8162Here is a message to be read on the way there. This quote in context of time and author if quite serious. In my world the last sentence has particular meaning and is serious enough in my life, if not with as profound a meaning. IMG_8236Fun view while going up the escalator in the Convention Center.IMG_8240Leaving the hotel at night. This is the Gas Lamp District, kind of like Old Sac is for Sacramento.IMG_8252We ate one night at The Field, an Irish pub, while listening to Irish music and dancers. This sign caught my notice.

So what did I buy? My customers sent me on a quest for “sock yarn” so that is what I focused on.Purl & Loop sample loomBut first I found some new equipment. These are prototypes of cool little sample looms designed by author and teacher, Liz Gipson. The unique thing about these looms is that they will be produced in 8, 10, and 12 epi versions, enabling quick sampling of yarns at those setts (and at 4, 5, and 6 epi). There are a few other gadgets I am purchasing here as well. IMG_8165This is the Meow and Woof collection from Ancient Arts Yarns. Each yarn has a photo of the cat or dog that inspired the color. I strayed from my “buy American” plan because I was so enamored with these. They were spun in Italy and are sold by a Canadian company and a percentage of sales goes to dog and cat rescue groups. I have wove a scarf out of the calico cat yarn–that is another post.
IMG_8167I already carry yarn from Imperial Yarn Company and these are some inexpensive and simple kits some of which use the yarns that I already have. I want to have a knit-along with some of these.IMG_8171The Fiber Seed will be a new yarn for me. They have some wonderful gradient yarns put together in kits. I’ll get those as well as some of the solids and variegated yarns.IMG_8176

Mountain Meadows is a company who has their own mill. I’m getting a sock-weight Merino yarn that is grown in Wyoming. How to choose from all those colors? I’m getting yarn in about a dozen colors.

What will be first in the shop? I can’t wait for the UPS truck to show up.




2 thoughts on “TNNA 2016

    • I have some of this yarn in the shop now but it’s not on the website yet. There is Superwash Blue Faced Leicester wool in 4-ply fingering weight (437 yds/skein) and Superwash Merino in 3-ply fingering weight (372 yds/skein).

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