What I’m Digging from TNNA Fall/Winter 2015
As many of you probably know, the Fall/Winter TNNA trade show just happened. Lisa talked a little bit about the Spring/Summer trade show in this post. The Fall/Winter trade show was a trip—we shared the convention center space with a trumpet guild and a haunted house convention (as in, people who put on haunted houses, not anything about actual haunted houses). Definitely an interesting mix of people in Columbus this past weekend!
Linen and Linen Blends
One of the yarn trends I saw while walking the trade show floor was a proliferation of linen and linen-blend yarns, which makes me so happy! Linen is a great plant fiber, and by blending it with other fibers (usually animal fibers, but also some linen-silk blends out there), a project can stay light and airy for summer while also staying soft and drapy. We featured linen and linen-blend yarns in Knitscene Summer 2014. I loved knitting the Lea Pullover in Classic Elite Firefly, and projects such as Bristol Ivy’s Linum Tee or Amy Christoffers Bokeh Tank would be perfect projects for these new yarns—check with your local yarn stores to see which yarns they’ll have in stock!
Print and Tonal Dyed Yarns
Print- and tonal-dyed yarns aren’t really anything new—think something between a semi-solid dye and a variegated. The colors are generally very complementary, sometimes in the same color family (tonals), but with short color repeats. Many companies are doing print- or tonal-dyed variations on popular yarn lines for fall and winter, and I picked a few past Knitscene patterns that I think will work really well in these colorways. From Knitscene Winter 2012, there’s Kristen TenDyke’s Friday Slippers and Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich’s Northstar Hat, Allyson Dykhuizen’s Reservoir Mitts from Knitscene Accessories 2012, Melissa J Goodale’s Mountain Ash Pullover from Knitscene Winter 2013, and Amy Polcyn’s Flash Mitts from Knitscene Easy.
From the Friday night fashion show to the yarn company booths, ponchos were everywhere. And there were some incredibly great pieces, too! We haven’t featured too many ponchos in Knitscene, but we do have some great versions, including Ann McDonald Kelly’s Amalfi Poncho from Knitscene Fall 2013, the Icelandic Star Cowl (it’s kiiiiind of a poncho-ish shape) by Julia Farwell-Clay from Knitscene Accessories 2013, and Carina Spencer’s Starlette Capelet from Knitscene Accessories 2014.
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So what do you think about these TNNA trends? Were you at the show? Anything you’re loving for fall and winter? Let me know in the comments below!