emotional rollercoaster

every day I think I’m going to come here and blog, but I’ve been too busy, too tired, or too apathetic. that’s all true and a lie at the same time. I feel like I have so much to tell you. too much really. I’m just not sure yet how to gather all my thoughts together. then there’s the stuff I can’t tell you, both good and bad. of course, that’s all I can think about!

but let’s pretend none of that is happening (and maybe I’ll stop clenching my jaw) and that I just came back from TNNA with some fun stuff to tell you, shall we? I’ll just slowly get everything out there without you even knowing it. here are just some quick thoughts on the convention and the knitting scene:
the whole thing can be overwhelming and you do need days to cover all grounds.

needlework seems to be 20-30 years back in time, not to say knitting is any more fashion forward. the knit patterns that stick out in my mind still seem to be from 10 or 20 years ago (dropshoulders for everybody!). crochet? for some reason you get the feeling it’s ignored all together. thankfully there’s quiet a few crocheters that are trying to change that.

the ‘fashion show’ was interesting to say the least. what’s in style for fall? cables, lots and lots of cables. colorwork, drop shoulders, boleros (when will they die?), huge pom poms (they’re very flattering right on your shoulders), using 20 different yarns or colors in one outfit, and knitting your own mohair/silk evening gown (thanks rowan!). it’s funny how a show like this, with over 100 different entries, can really skew your tastes. the most boring sweaters become your instant favorites just for the sensory relief.

the actual yarn and accessories I went to on this trip for varied from underwhelming, to mind-numbing, to classic. like I said, the convention is huge and spread out. you really have to do some walking to find ‘the perfect’ yarn (whatever that may be for your tastes). I think Stef and I walked the ‘market’ over 100 times, each time finding something new. there was still a lot of the novelty yarns, though now they’re called ‘specialty yarns’. I did see some of them finally moving towards luxury, a sect that is exploding I’m happy to say. I saw quite a few artisan yarns,hand dyers, or companies focused on finding the best fibers to create classic yarns. there was quite a bit of new alpaca and alpaca blend yarns, all with their own unique charecteristics. I think this finally means that alpaca is moving from ‘new cool fiber’ to a stash staple. the ‘new fiber’ at this show was apparently corn. I saw at least two companies with corn yarns. they felt soft, but a little too heavy for me. I have no idea how they’ll knit, it’ll be interesting to see once they’re finally released. in all of this I did find some gems that I deemed ‘pure knits worthy’ and I’m excited for them to show up here. some you’ll have to wait to see till fall, but there are others that I have samples from, and I even have samples from companies I didn’t order from. they wanted me to try out the yarns and give them some feedback (is my pickyness that obvious?). you’ll see some of the ones that gave me ‘blogging rights’ in the coming weeks.

that’s all for now since I need to go to sleep and then head out for the spin out tomorrow morning. I hope to meet a ton of bloggers there!

for the skimmers here are some pics of the loot (don’t hate me!):

some of my samples

my new books, mostly all signed

and a fun guessing game! do any of these patterns look familiar?

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  • Jocelyn June 23, 2006 at 11:27 pm

    I’m sorry it was such a grind. I’m jealous that you got an advanced copy of Cables Untangled. I can’t wait for that to come out. Is it as good as I am hoping?

  • Lauren June 23, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    Even though I was there, I am so jealous about the Gaughan and Leapman books! Can’t wait to see all your new purchases from the show.

  • Cara June 23, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    YAY! I was hoping you were still coming! I promise we’ll have fun – even if it rains!

  • xtina June 23, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    How fun! I saw some of the Pear Tree samples, it’s so cute! Can’t wait to see what new yarns you’ll have for pure knits

  • Chris June 23, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    Oh, it sounds wonderful and vaguely horrible at the same time! Thanks for the review. I think you deserve any goodies you got for surviving it! Have fun tomorrow and stay dry.

  • Bryony June 24, 2006 at 2:12 am

    Ooooooooooo, that yarn shot is making me drool…
    And I SO recognise those patterns – they better still be under the craftsters’ names…

  • amanda June 24, 2006 at 10:09 am

    It sounds like you had an exciting/strenuous time there. So glad you are back!

  • Julsey June 24, 2006 at 10:47 am

    yeah, i definitely recognize at least one of those patterns…it’s not the first time it’s been knocked off though!
    Jealous of signed books…i have 2 signed Yarn Harlot and one Debbie Bliss but none of those…

  • Diana June 24, 2006 at 10:59 am

    I don’t recognize the patterns.. should I? Hope you have a great time at the spin out!

  • aquaknits June 24, 2006 at 11:23 am

    Looks like some nice stuff there, all the coveted books. Is that a new alpaca/silk Jo Sharp yarn? And I’m oh so curious about corn yarn, sounds very strange indeed!

  • Jennifer June 24, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    Corn yarn? Intriguing…

  • Casey June 24, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    Is that a whole craftster book that’s coming out?
    Corn yarn sounds interesting. Is there anything that corn can’t do? It seems like it’s in everything and now yarn!
    I’m looking forward to hearing more about the yarns you got and I’m glad you survived the show.

  • eunny June 24, 2006 at 12:58 pm

    *jealous* *jealous*…
    Sorry things are so exhausting right now…hang in there.

  • Alexandra June 24, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    Paris Loop (sorta), Anthropologie capelet, and that bobbled all-sleeves thing that was in IK awhile back. Nothing new under the sun.

  • amanda June 24, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    Very jealous of all that beautiful yarn. I can’t even begin to imagine how tiring TNNA is with all the walking and sensory overload. I hope you have a blast at Spin Out!

  • carrie m June 24, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    seems stupid to comment after just seeing you, but oh well. as a fellow craftster, i do recognize the patterns. you’re an eagle eye! and i’m glad you picked up the happy hooker — such a great book.

  • brooke June 24, 2006 at 10:42 pm

    Yeah, alpaca! My favorite fiber to spin & knit. You’re lucky to get all those great samples! How was the spin out?

  • alyson June 25, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Death to the bolero! Death to the too-short sweater! Death to most any item pretending to be a sweater or jacket but can’t stand alone!
    I hope that whatever it is gets better with time. I am SO completely right there with you in that boat. Support abounds.
    Hope you at least have A/C now. 🙂

  • Amanda Woodward June 25, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    yay for you being back!!

  • Stacey June 26, 2006 at 10:02 am

    Nice haul! 🙂