Wednesday, June 17, 2009

girls weekend

Last friday, after I put my kids on the bus, I hopped in the car and headed for Columbus, OH, for TNNA. Meeting my sister and mother there for the same reasons as before.  If you don't know anything about TNNA, it is where the retailers go to buy for their shops.  When I tell people where I am going, most look at me like I have lost my mind.  They can't believe I actually enjoy this sort of thing.  My kids call it the "knitting show" and I do believe they still think that I am on the stage, knitting.
But you all.  I KNOW you all would LOVE this.  So, I thought I would share a few things from the weekend.
Larissa, from Offhand Designs.  She is wonderful, as are her knitting bags.  They are stylish and sturdy with lots and lots of pockets. 
I just had to see the new line from Blue Sky Alpaca, Spud & Chloe.  Ali is designing patterns for them.  The yarn and patterns are absolutely wonderful.  The packaging of the patterns is adorable.  Like a sewing pattern.  You know, in its own envelope, and you pull it out and unfold it just like a sewing pattern.  LOVED it.
There are always a lot of book signings.  Nicky Epstein couldn't have been more lovely.  She stood and chatted with my mom and sister about her inspiration for her books.
I think you know how much I love Classic Elite.  Their combination of yarn/pattern is truly my favorite.  A couple of designers have joined their strong team.  Veronik Avery is launching her line of yarn along with a magazine. 
St-Denis yarn.  A soft wool in a fantastic range of colors.  I'd like to make several of her designs, and I have one in mind for Libby.  I'll have to wait though, as the yarn will not even hit stores until later in the summer.
And you all know mr. brooklynntweed.  He has a collection of gorgeous patterns that he has designed for them.  I got to get my photo with him.  However, I decided to take a nap while smiling.  The look just wasn't becoming.  But that really is Jared Flood, I promise.  And he is adorable.
I fell in love with a sweater in the fall '09 issue of VOGUEknitting.  Actually, there were a couple I liked.  Oh! And do you know about VK360˚?  Seeing the garment from every angle. Genius, if you ask me.  
Oh!  And another thing.  Interweave Knits also had some really cute patterns in their Fall 2009.  There is one in particular where the cable collar comes around and makes pockets.  Sounds weird?  I know.  Look for it though, I got to try it on and it was really cute.
All that yarn handling just made us want to knit.  And knit.  And knit.
Enjoy your day!

90 comments:

Jess said...

What fun! And inspiring i'm sure. :)

Courtney Heath said...

I thought the show was fantastic too! We just got the new Spud and Chloe yarn in our store yesterday and I thought their booth was truly the stand out at TNNA. Jared's new book, Brooklyn, looks amazing as well. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

The WoodLand School said...

I'm drooling!!! Thanks for sharing the photos and stories!

blackbird said...

It's not even summer yet and I'm so looking forward to fall. Thanks for the heads up and the great photos.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

What a lovely weekend! I'm so envious you get to share your knitting with your mother and sister. No one in my family knits and not a single friend either. Love blogland where I can make blog friends who love knitting!

APA said...

Oh my gosh. How wonderful. To be in the presence of so many creatives...near and dear, too, like your mom and sister. Fantastic. That is totally yummy goodness.

A knitting show? I'm not sure your children are all that far off the mark...a show...to display; to indicate; to explain; to reveal, demonstrate...and so you've a show of lovely, beautiful moments shared and incredible art...in person, in materials and design. Right on the money if you ask me!

I really love that there were tables set up that you could relax, mingle, hang out...and knit! Not quite a stage, but there, in full light. So good.

Your mom is beautiful as are you, your family. It so makes sense this space of yours you share.

Peace out!
XXOO

TD wool design said...

just drooled on my laptop.
i have an offhand bag and love mine. can't wait for new patterns this fall. looks like an awesome time. keep telling myself to stay out of the LYS until later in the summer!

morewithles said...

Oooohhh, thanks for sharing for the West Coasters who couldn't be there. Glad you had fun! :)

Journeying Five said...

looks like a great space and way to spend a weekend!

fromallstitchedup said...

Sounds like you all had a great time. I knew that the spud and chloe line would be great. I can't wait to see it. What exciting project did you caome away with?

lucky knitter said...

Oh, that looks like it was so much fun! I'm drooling too :D

peagreenboat said...

May I be cheeky and ask about the cream cardigan you're wearing. Is it one you've knitted? I think I've seen a picture on Ravelry but can't find a pattern. Its beautiful.

Sheryl said...

Nice coverage of the event! And look how chic your mom is (last pic)! Thanks for the report.

Hilary said...

Oh, COOL! That is so neat that you got to go! Thanks for sharing the photos. :)

peaknits said...

What a wonderful trip - so fun that your mom and sister enjoy knitting too!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, thanks so much for sharing these photos. I had no idea there was such an event, and I would say this is just a bit of heaven on earth!!! If you have more photos, I sure would love to see them. How extra fun to share it with your mom and sister.

I would love to know about the sweater you are wearing as well. LOVE IT!~Jan

Full of Heart said...

Looks like a knitters paradise! I think I need to go pick up my needles now...

Celestial said...

I swear all the best events are on the East or West coasts. Why oh why did I learn to knit after I moved to MN?

Thanks for sharing the show pics. Looks like you had a wonderful time with little to no crowds!

Mama Urchin said...

what a fun fun weekend!

tiennie said...

What great photos of your weekend! You look so pretty! :)

kim said...

Oh, what a fantastic post. It just gives a taunting, little taste, but oh how tasty it is! Thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

All of that yarn in one place?!? I'd hardly be able to keep myself together.

Kara said...

Oh, how fun! Thanks for taking us along!

MadMad said...

Oh, what a great tour! You're the best! Now I'm dying to see those new patterns and yarns! BTW, did you notice in your 2007 tour you mentioned wanting to make Plisse? Isn't that funny?

Kristen said...

Wow thanks for all that info, there is just so many things to look forward to especially Veronik Avery's new mag and of course Vogue and IK fall 09. Im also keen to try the St-Denis yarn, great colours.

sue said...

Oh how lucky you 3 girls were to get to an amazing show like that. Jealousy I must say! I love those colors of the yarns and can I just add that those little dolls in front of it are just so cute! Were they a kit or something. How lucky to meet Jarrod too!

opportunityknits said...

Oh wow, it looked fab! And you got to try on sweaters ?!! How fun is that!

emily said...

fun fun fun!

Kristen said...

Thank you for the scoop. What a treat to be able to go there and be inspired by it all.

stitching under oaks said...

sounds like so much fun! You were so right about sharing it with us...we do understand the 'knitting show' fascination! You and your mom look adorable together! so great you can share it your whole family.

nicole said...

Sounds like you had such a lovely time! Love all the things you featured. Makes me look forward to fall... though I'm not in a hurry to get through the summer.

Suzanne said...

I'm sure your head is spinning with ideas!

Philigry said...

that sounds like so much fun! i will keep my eyes open for all those new patterns!

Estella said...

Oh I'm so jealous! What a wonderful account and I really enjoyed your "preview" of what is coming up in the fall. Knitting is just wonderful!

Poshyarns said...

Oh yes, yes, yes, you were right, we love it, thank you so much for sharing. Yikes, now I am looking forward to autumn, that's not good, the Interweave jacket sounds lovely though and I am very excited about Spud & Chloe, they look very cute.

a friend to knit with said...

hi jan and pea green boat!
i did not knit that sweater....
i bought it at anthropologie.
i would LOVE to find a pattern......
if i do you know i will post it. :)
thanks!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Looks like so much fun, Leslie!!

Kristyn Knits said...

looks like a wonderful way to spend a weekend- with family, with yarn, with creatives. can't wait to see what the inspiration brings to your lovely blog.

Java Mama said...

What a great trip. Fun to share it too. Thanks for the heads up on some fabulous stuff coming our way. Can't wait to check it all out. BTW - loved the "middle sister" pic on flickr. As the baby I absolutely recognize the special role the middle sis plays!
Sam

Anonymous said...

It was a treat to see you, your sister & your mom. We should do it more often! B.

Jane said...

Thanks for the tour! Looks like you had a great time! Cute picture of you and your mom!

Sabrina said...

OMG!!! That looks amazing!!! ok, fine, that's it, next year i am going with you guys, i just invited myself. I love that spud and chloe, i am going to have to check out their website. You may have single handedly inspired me to pick up the needles!
xoxoxoxxo,
thanks for sharing!

Sheree said...

sound like a perfect weekend! all those yarns look yummmy!!!! I wish I were a faster/better knitter!

angie said...

Lovely. And I love your necklace in those pics. Where did you find it?

Linda said...

Sounds like so much fun for all of you! You are so lucky to have both a mom and sister who also enjoy the same thing you love to do!

Maryse said...

Thank you so much for the summary and pictures! I'm totally jalous that you met BrooklynTweed. I so much enjoy all his work! This must have been a great day and yes, I understand that not everyone gets that (they don't know what they are missing!)

lucy said...

That is so COOL! I am am absolutely "envious" for the whole experience, including being with your family! Thanks Leslie for sharing.

larissa said...

leslie, everything looks sooo good! and you and your mom look so stylish sitting there knitting. thank you so much for sharing!

skeinsherway said...

I so wish I could've been there! I was in love with the Blue Sky Alpacas and spud and Chloe booths (they set them up back home- I love going to see them!) and I'm sure they stood out in a crowd of booths! Those ladies can stage like nobody's business!
Glad you had a great time- can't wait to see what happens after all of that inspiration!

Happy knitting-
ali

Lulu said...

wow, i would of loved to have gone..All the beautiful yarn colors and projects..

kat said...

thanks for the tnna recap. looks like you had a really good time.

Knitterella said...

One of these days I'm going - and hopefully haven't a booth too!

You look great and looks like soooo much fun!

Meggie said...

So glad you all had a good time. I know your Mom was really looking forward to it.

t does wool said...

looks like a faboulous trip!

Linda said...

That looks so good to me, I would like to go!

theknittingcowgirl said...

wow!!!! how many wonderful things you have seen!!! I am so jealous of your great trip!!! :-)

gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

Kris said...

You were right! Loved your post. Would have loved being in your shoes.
Thanks for sharing!

R a i n said...

That looks like so much fun!

Gretchen said...

what a great way to jump start creativity! awesome weekend.

house on hill road said...

i'm a bit obsessed with spud and chloe, thanks to you. i already have 3 projects i want to knit!

Cinnamonamon said...

beautiful post, beautiful products, beautiful lady! ;)

Leisa said...

thanks so much for showing us all TNNA!

nova said...

It looks like you had such a great time!

Seanna Lea said...

It sounds like you had a great time! I love the idea of events like that, but I will definitely leave the attending of them to other people. Too many people makes me go all uncomfortable!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I am so tickled that The Paris Apartment sent me here!! As a newly serious knitter, this is nirvana!! I know I shall return to your fabulous blog often!!

Gnat said...

Looks like lots of fun!

julie green said...

oh, those two images of just yarn -- the yarn hanging and the yarn balls -- i just LOVE them. swoon.

molly said...

oh my. this was too much goodness. and now i just want to knit and knit and knit. is it weird to knit poolside? :)

Nantucket Dreams said...

oh boy! that looks like a super super fun girls weekend experience! wow! i am on sensory overload from afar, so i can only imagine how you guys felt! you and your mom are so cute!

NJDecorator said...

Those knitting bags are beautiful. It looks like a great time and I love Columbus!

julesinseach said...

What a blast....I am jealous, we have nothing like that anywhere near here.
Boo Hoo.

Nell said...

What a great trip! It's the only reason I wish I still lived in Columbus!

bobbi said...

looks like u had a great time. i'd love to meet Nicky Epstein, I own all of her books. her new one "knitting on top of the workd" is so beautiful. a must own. i don't plan to knit anything from the book, but i'm glad i own it.

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sarah / knot another hat said...

Oooh - the Vogue rack - 6 in from the right (fair isle collar), that's my girl Nichole!! We're partners in our knitting events biz and she works here in the shop. It's her first published design and we're so excited for her! (Now if my mags would just get here!)

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