5/07/14: Home again.

Jill and I spent this past weekend at our National Needle Arts Association (TNNA) fall/winter trade show in Indianapolis. We petted new yarns, spotted new trends, and tried our best to pick out the best of the best for you. Meeting and networking with yarn company reps, designers, fellow LYS owners, and even some of our industry’s icons kept us hopping for four days straight – we even hung out with fellow “yarnies” at the airport.

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Yarn bales at Manos del Uruguay.

Clutching shopping lists, show floor plan, pattern books, color swatches and samples, we bought more of what we already know and love as well as brand new products from new vendors and old friends alike.

You’ll see new goodies rolling in steadily between Memorial Day and Labor Day and beyond. Some orders are being custom dyed for us, others won’t even be available until later in the season. You won’t have to wait long – we have yarns from two entirely new lines ready to debut this month!

What does a yarn trade show look like? Below, a tiny section of Shibui’s “wall of yarn” – hanks of each of their yarns in every color – and the entire booth just about an hour before the show closed when, for the first time all weekend, there wasn’t a single buyer there.

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We’d already fallen in love with Antonia Shankland’s H.1 scarf pattern for Shibui’s Heichi silk worsted, but we discovered at the show that it looks great made up in each of their yarns, particularly in Linen. Plus, with an in-store yarn purchase, the pattern is free.

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Here’s Vicki Howell demonstrating arm knitting (can you spot Jill on the sideline?) and Jill schmoozing with the wonderful English designer, author, and fiber industry consultant Erika Knight.

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Two little hints about coming attractions…

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With our buying trip behind us, we can focus on summertime stitching at last. As the weather warms and backyard stitching seems less a dream and more a real possibility, we hope you’ll join us this summer for Camp Gosh Yarn It! Full details will be available soon, as will our newest class schedule.

Edited 05/09/14 for clarification:

We have one small change in shop hours to share with you that’s only temporary, beginning now and running through September 18. The shop will be open until 8:00 p.m. only on May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, and September 18.

On the other Thursdays over the summer, Stitch & Spins will end when the shop closes at 6:00 p.m.  After September 18, we’ll go back to being open every Thursday evening until 8:00 p.m. There are no changes to our Saturday shop hours or afternoon get-togethers.

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Mix No. 26 designed by Shellie Anderson in Pebble

The Shibui Spring/Summer 2014 Mix Collection Trunk Show at GYI runs May 8-22. Finished garments will be on display, and all our Shibui yarns will be 20% off with the purchase of 3+ skeins, 10% off when you buy 1-2 skeins.

At the show we saw Shibui’s giant swatch book of samples of their yarns knit up in dozens of creative combinations – just amazing. We’ve started making our own Shibui mix swatches, too, but clearly have a long way to go. They all play so well together!

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