Potter on your feet?
I've just come back from the brutal
blast-furnace heat of The National Needlework Association's
[TNNA] trade show in Columbus, Ohio. I guess summer
is here, eh?
I love attending TNNA shows. I
get to catch up with fiber friends from all over.
I've met the biggest names in the industry on
the carpeted floor of this trade show. I try really
hard not to be a gushing fangirl, but it doesn't
always work. How can you keep your composure around
someone as cool and talented as Norah Gaughan or
Cat Bordhi or Lucy Neatby or Sally Melville? I crumble
at their feet, but manage to hide it with hugs and
I also love TNNA because I get
to see what the yarn companies have created for us
to play with for the season
to come. This year, the most prevalent trend I noticed
was that the Noro influence seems to be everywhere
-- companies of all kinds are adding Noro-style colored
yarn to their lineups. The most exciting of these
was from Rowan, designed by Kaffe Fassett himself.
At the mill, he ripped bits of differently colored
roving, putting them in the order he wanted to get
signature Fassett colorways. Oh, and the colors don't
repeat in the skein, either. Way cool.
I spotted Harry Potter-themed Opal
sock yarn. Koigu's new silk + wool. More new knitting
bags from our favorites at Lexie Barnes, Knowknits,
Offhand Designs and Namaste. Super-cool new gadgets.
In almost every booth, at least one product with
a green or organic focus, which
is a great direction for the industry [as long as
green really does mean green, that is...which is
something I plan to investigate more in the coming
year]. And many more yarn companies signed on for
our upcoming Yarn Roundtables.
All over the trade show floor,
I felt the excitement of retailers as they stocked
their shops for fall and winter to come. It was a
good show, and that means great things for us as
So it's hot where
I am, but the knitting continues. I've always got
a project standing by for whatever temperature it
might be. Hot = lace for me. Lately, though, hot
= spindling. I've somehow made the leap from timid
newbie spinner to brave spindler-in-public. The whole
story is in my Knittyspin
column this issue.
Did you think I'd
forgotten? Never! Yup, it's time once again for the
Knitty Calendar Contest! You'll find all the details
here. Remember: this
contest isn't about how beautiful or intricate your
knitting is. It's about taking great photographs,
whether it's you doing the photographing or a friend
of yours who's handy with a camera. Don't be shy...enter!
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Amy R Singer
Each season is different
for my spinning and me. Summer is social season.
With Maryland at one end of summer
and Rhinebeck at the other, spinners get to be openly
and outwardly social, going to fiber events, visiting
with each other and stuffing our stashes to bursting.
(What if all of the fiber in the world pulls a Lost*
season ender, and I can’t
buy more fiber? What if this winter is as cold, or
colder than last and my house, my family needs extra
insulation! It’s altruistic,
maternal, my fiber buying.)
We set up our wheels
on porches, take them on vacation. Spinning goes
outside for the summer. Summer for me is also spindle
season, spindling goes and spindling flows. I only
need a small bag, even a pocket, for a spindle and
some fiber. For me spindling takes less concentration
than knitting. My hands just do it while the rest
of me is chatting at a barbeque, cheering from
the sidelines, hanging around the campfire, waiting
my turn on the bocce pitch, and soaking up summer.
What is summer spinning to you?
* No way, I’m spoiling
for those of you yet to catch up.
Fiber and spinning reviews...
If you have fiber, spindles,
books, or other spinny products or tools that you'd
like us to review, write me
for submission information.