I just got back from Indianapolis where TNNA (The National Needle Arts Association) held its annual Midwest trade show. This exciting event is where I, as a retailer, go to take business classes, meet other retailers, designers and vendors and SHOP, SHOP, SHOP. Each year I attend the retailer’s luncheon, view the fashion show and grab some samples. While scanning the booths in the market, I found three consistent trends for Fall 2014.
First, I saw the hand dyers making a move toward more tonal yarns. A personal favorite that won “Best New Product” at the show was Dream in Color’s Jilly yarn. Jilly is made of 100% merino wool. The unique dyeing process, the same used for their Everlasting line, gives it deep and lushly-shaded tones. You can find more detail on the Dream in Color blog. ( http://www.dreamincoloryarn.com/blog/).
Second, I saw texture everywhere from the shawls to the cowls to the cardigans. You can expect cables, dropped stitch patterns and raised stitches. It wasn’t that the yarn was textured, but the stitch patterns. I love Olga Buraya0-Kefelian’s new Kika pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kika). Using 770 yards of the fingering weight yarn of your choice, Pattern will be available October 15, 2014.
Third, I saw blended yarns, especially with luxury fibers (i.e. cashmere, possum and yak). Many of the hand dyers are broadening their yarn bases beyond 100% merino. For example, we just received Madeline Tosh’s Dandelion yarn which is 90% merino wool and 10 % linen. The linen adds a new dimension to the yarn and makes for a fresh, new look. With 325 yards in a skein, you can make a full sized-lace shawl with two skeins.
Another example of the blended yarns was Reywa’s Bloom. According to their website, Bloom is “a blend of ultra-soft Tibetan yak down and the finest Chinese silk, this luminous lace weight yarn knits up into stunning finished pieces. While yak makes the yarn warm enough to take the chill off on a crisp winter night, the light lace is perfect for spring and summer knitting”. The profits of Reywa yarn are directly invested in Tibetan communities. (http://reywafibers.com/yarns/bloom#.U20R2DMU-71)
Although not a trend, I did want to share a fun, new gadget that caught my eye. Theses unique blocking forks are sure to become a favorite. They remind me of the hair picks that my mom used to use to fluff out her hair. They are perfect for long straight edges!