Get an inside look!
A few of the designers who will have their work available at TNNA are giving everyone an inside peek, however, for all of us poor folks who can't attend the show. It's meant to build excitement so retailers will buy designs at the show, but it's in the form of a group blog that anyone can access. If you're dying to see some of the newest patterns that will hit the market (as well as some classics that you may not have seen yet), head on over to yarnandthread.com and check it out. If you see something you absolutely must have, tell your LYS owner to pick it up at the show. In Portland, anyway, pretty much all the LYSes send folks to the trade shows. Posts will continue to be added all the way up to the show, so keep checking back to see more good stuff.
My personal favorites are Knitting at KNoon's Shizuka sweater (which she calls the "good-butt sweater" - gotta love that!), Heartstring Fiber Arts' Scotch Thistle Lace Stole and Phoenix Bess's Rainbow Back Pack. BTW - Phoenix Bess is a 14-year old phenom who has some really fun, fresh designs. If you're into stitching, there are a few "thread artists" on the blog as well.
For me, this is a fascinating look into the world of TNNA and pattern publishing. I'm not quite ready to have my own booth yet, but I'm hoping maybe next year I will be. Hope you all had a great New Year's (our New Year's Eve consisted of Owen screaming for an hour and a half in Bill's arms starting at 2 am while we tried our trial separation from mom for the night...)!