Last month, I headed to Columbus, OH with my husband Doug for the TNNA Summer Trade Show. I think this was the best TNNA yet, which means you have LOTS of goodies to look forward to this fall. This year, hand dyers and smaller yarn companies had an impressive presence; we lingered for quite some time in the Anzula, Baah, Sincere Sheep and Swan’s Island booths (to name a few), oohing and aahing over such pretty yarns. Another interesting development was the amount of designers that had booths, rather than roving the show floor as they have in years past. Not only that, but some of their booths were quite memorable; Stephanie from Tiny Owl Knits and Alex from Dull Roar had a comfortable couch and magic fortune-telling yarn ball, while Ysolda constructed a LYS!
Upon my return, I realized that I’ve been remiss in sharing some of my recent FO’s on this blog. At the beginning of this month, I finished a quick little cowl in my new favorite yarn, Tundra:Antonia Shankland’s Arctic Circle pattern knits up quick and uses just 2 skeins of Tundra, a bulky-weight blend of alpaca, merino and silk. As you can imagine, this cowl is incredibly soft AND warm! The pattern is actually a bit tailored with an architectural feel, and I love the way it looks in Lingonberry.
Near the end of June, I finished my Wicker Cowl, which is yet another gorgeous design from the Kelbourne Woolens collection. You’ll notice I’m hooked on this particular shade of red – it’s just so irresistible! The fiber content of Savannah(a blend of merino, cotton, soy and linen) really makes the lacy pattern stand out; I used 2 skeins of Persimmon and worked four repeats of the pattern instead of the 5 called for in the pattern.