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back from buying trip…

I just returned from 4 exciting days at TNNA – my favorite event of the year – a huge trade show where I discover new products to bring to our shop.  It’s inspirational to see all the fall yarns, books and patterns.  I love meeting with designers, company representatives, and other shop owners.  But most of all I enjoy going to TNNA because I LOVE BUYING YARN!

Can’t wait to receive all the things I ordered!

Here’s a preview:

Malabrigo’s new Rios Superwash (It was impossible to choose so I just ordered every single colorway).  Plus I beefed up our current stock of Rasta, Twist, Lace and Sock yarn too.

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Malabrigo Rios

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Malabrigo Rasta

I added some beautiful new colors of Misti Alpaca Chunky to compliment the rest of our collection.  Plus some new cozy wrap patterns that are just perfect for this super soft yarn.

I ordered the much anticipated Merino Light by Madelinetosh as well as Sock, DK, Lace, and Pashmina.  Amy was gracious and helpful as I pondered my decisions in her booth.  I simply love all of her colors.  There will certainly be a big announcement when I receive her yarns and patterns since I know there’s a huge Madelinetosh fan club out there.

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Madelinetosh Merino Light

The booth by Blue Sky Alpacas & Spud & Chloe is always a show stopper.  They have an amazing way of displaying things.  I always want to carry every one of their yarns and designs.  I’m excited about the new patterns I picked, and I can’t wait to start knitting them as soon as they arrive (which will be very soon).

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Buga Baby Bunting

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Peruvian Cabled Scarf

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Brushed Suri Wrap

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Brushed Suri Tunic

Maggie at Pick Up Sticks is one of my favorite people, and I so enjoyed visiting with her and ordering her clever new patterns & kits.  Her ideas are incredibly well presented.

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Pick Up Sticks Benji Doll

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Pick Up Sticks Holiday Decorations

Had a nice dinner with Leslie from Mac & Me.  I’ve carried her patterns for several years, and it’s always a treat to see her line (she has some great new designs!)  Got the update on her daughter Mac (who just graduated from high school – Congrats Mac!)

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Mac & Me pattern: Natalie’s Slippers

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Mac & Me pattern: Fur Pom Pom Hat

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Mac & Me pattern: Evening Cardigan

Saw the talented young designers Stephen West and Ysolda Teague and ordered their new patterns and upcoming booklets.

Offhand Designs bags are available in a new style called Scottie.  So I ordered several – in some fantastic new fabrics.

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Ordered more glass shawl pins and sticks from Moving Mud.  Love these unique handcrafted pieces from Vermont.

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Glass shawl pins

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Glass shawl sticks

It was great to see Jeanne from Oregon’s Imperial Stock Ranch .  She was decked out in her sheepskin vest and fancy cowboy boots, surrounded by natural fibers and images of the beautiful Oregon landscape.  She makes me want to live on a ranch.  I love her yarns and pattern collection.

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Imperial Stock Ranch Honeycomb Scarf

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Imperial Stock Ranch Ribbon Scarf

In addition to ordering from existing lines I carry such as Rowan, Berroco, Be Sweet, Classic Elite and Louet, I also found several new products from New Zealand, England, Canada and Maine.  Can’t wait to introduce them as soon as they arrive!

It was certainly a productive and exhilarating buying trip!

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