Many of you may know what TNNA is, for those of you who do not; it is The National Needles-Arts Association. This is a membership organization formed by all the yarn, cross-stitch, and embroidery, spinning weaving companies. Pretty much anything you need a needle for short of sewing or quilting.
Every June they convene in the Midwest, usually Ohio, for a big, huge, whopping trade show. A fun, fiber, filled fandango. It is amazing, even overwhelming at times.
I have been member of TNNA for several years now, first with Kraemer Yarns and now as in freelance designer. I have attend several shows and made the trek out to Ohio this year, after taking a few years off.
It was wonderful, kinda like a High School Reunion you want to go to, but with lots of yarn and cool stuff.
I was hoping to attend my first Designer Dinner hosted by Marly Bird, but United Airlines had other plans for me. So I hopped in my car and drove 14 hours to attend. I am so glad I did there was so much amazing stuff. Luckily for me, my friend and tech editor Sandi Rosner grabbed my swag bag from the party. Boy am I glad she did.
On and off over the next few months I will be reviewing my swag bags contents so stayed tuned. I am sure I can even have a few contests to give you a change to get your hands on some of this great stuff too. Every one loves a good Give- Away right?
There is a very special item I want to share with you right now.
Sandi, my friend and tech editor, enjoys working with Kollage Yarns and designs for them often. Kollage was introducing a new yarn and needed some designs and samples FAST! I remember Sandi posting it on her Facebook page and was very eager to see the lovely things she came up this.
Meet Catskills and lovely cowl and beret set. (Pattern # 3754)
The new yarn Sandi was working with is called Toasty, a bulky weight yarn in 100% Icelandic wool, available in 10 lovely colors. Sandi created 4 lovely patterns, you can see them all, and they are available on the Kollage website or at Patternfish.