My travels: The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016

A few weeks ago, I decided to take an overnight trip to my old stomping ground of Washington, D.C. for my first The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) summer show. TNNA is a membership organization for needlearts professionals. The summer show was a bit closer to home this year and I decided to visit after interviewing Beth Whiteside on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show. I’m so glad I did! I’m sharing some of the highlights with you today.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016
My view from the hotel window, a project I worked on during the train ride, and my official show badge.

At the top of the highlights list was having the chance to see some of my designer pals in person and meeting others face-to-face for the first time. Tamara from Moogly and Jessie from Jessie At Home were kind enough to make introductions since they are show veterans. (You can read Jessie’s TNNA highlights post here.)

I had a chance to sit down with Stacey from FreshStitches for a fabulous podcast interview, but unfortunately, technical issues messed up the recording. (Luckily, Stacey has decided to forgive me.) Stacey is launching a new yarn line with Louet and the colors are fabulous! I also got to see Lisa from LMB Designs and Mary Beth Temple again.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016
I finally met Linda Dean, Tammy Hildebrand, and Amy from Crochetville in person and I got to hang out briefly at the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) booth.

In retrospect, I should definitely have taken more pictures while I was there! But since I was only going to be at the show for one day, I was trying to make my way around to as many booths as possible to meet the different exhibitors.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016
Assorted samples from the trade show floor. Clockwise from top left: Chic-A badge holder, Love + Leche sample, Handy Caddy, The YarnIt, Unicorn Fibre samples, and Retromatic Fripperies giftie.

I did take a few pictures when I finally found the Molly Girl Yarn booth. You may remember that I met Angela, the dyer behind Molly Girl, at the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival a few years ago when her company was still called Yarn Monkey Productions.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016The Molly Girl booth was super fun because it was interactive. Angela gave out “blank” color cards and you could attach your own samples of the yarns you wanted to try. I can’t wait to play around with her new lines. (If you love Molly Girl Yarn, too, check out my free crochet pattern for the Faux Mistake Rib Watchman’s Cap in 8 sizes.)

And, just before I left, I got to meet Teresa from Teresa Ruch Designs for the first time. I was first introduced to her lovely Tencel yarns last year when I designed the Ella’s Rhythm Shawl for Yarnbox.

Underground Crafter at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Summer Show 2016
Teresa sent me home with this vibrant skein of her 3/2 Tencel yarn in Orange. Yum!

Believe it or not, I was able to stuff a few more goodies in my bag, too, before leaving the show at around 6 p.m. to head back to New York City. I have some secret projects and reviews in the works that I’ll share with you soon.

Basic Amigurumi by Crochet Kitten (Free Crochet Patterns with Underground Crafter podcast)

Basic #Amigurumi by Crochet Kitten on Free #Crochet Patterns with Underground Crafter #podcastI read the Basic Amigurumi, a crochet pattern from guest contributor, Stacy Vaka from Crochet Kitten.

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About the guest designer

Stacy Vaka is the designer and blogger behind Crochet Kitten. When she started the blog in 2007, it was voiced by her mascot, Selena K, a feral-turned-domestic house cat. Posts are now written in Stacy’s perspective, and since she was referred to as “The Animator’s Wife” in the early posts, you may also know her by that name online.

Stacy learned to crochet from her aunt when she was 12 years old. After a brief career as a veterinary technician, she became a stay-at-home mother when her daughter was born. Crochet Kitten has grown to allow her to contribute to the household (and still be able to afford her crochet and belly dance habits).

Crochet Kitten is dedicated to spreading the love of crochet and teaching it to the world. Stacy’s patterns reflect the interests of the household, primarily belly dance, fashion, geekery, and pets. Since she knows how expensive being a parent can be, all of her patterns for children and babies will always and forever be offered for free.

Stacy is also a volunteer blogger for the Crochet Guild of America.

You can also find Stacy on Etsy | FacebookPinterestRavelry | Twitter

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About this pattern

03-intermediateUS terms 504-medium 50

 

Finished Size

  • 4″ tall

Materials

  • 4/worsted weight cotton yarn
  • US F-5/3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Eyes: 12 mm safety eyes, buttons, craft eyes, or anything desired
  • Stuffing: polyester fiberfill, yarn scraps, catnip, or anything desired

Basic #Amigurumi by Crochet Kitten on Free #Crochet Patterns with Underground Crafter #podcastAbout the (Inter)National Crochet Month series

I’m sharing an audio crochet pattern daily in March, 2016 to celebrate (Inter)National Crochet Month! Find the complete schedule including a list of the 27 guest designers here.

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Himalaya Tank Top by Gwen Blakley Kinsler (Free Crochet Patterns with Underground Crafter podcast)

Himalaya Tank Top by Gwen Blakley Kinsler on Free #Crochet Patterns with Underground Crafter #podcastI read the Himalaya Tank Top, a crochet pattern from guest contributor, Gwen Blakley Kinsler.

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ILC 300x250b April 2016About the guest designer

Gwen Blakley Kinsler is the founder and past president of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). Gwen currently chairs the CGOA Jean Leinhauser Crochet Hall of Fame committee. She is a writer, designer, and teacher who is committed to sharing her passion for crochet with everyone. Her latest book is The Fine Art of Crochet – Innovative Works by 20 Contemporary Artists. Gwen believes that crochet art both amazes and astounds even the most seasoned crocheters and serves to change stereotypical perceptions about the craft. When not writing, Gwen keeps busy covering her world in crochet one stitch at a time!

You can find Gwen on her website or blog, or follow her on Facebook | G+ | PinterestRavelry | Twitter | YouTube

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About this pattern

CYC beginnerUS terms 505-bulky 50

 

Finished Sizes

  • Listen for directions for small (32″ bust). Premium pattern also includes instructions for medium (40″ bust) and large (48″ bust).

Materials

  • Himalaya Yarn Company “Tibet” 100% Silk yarn, 3 skeins for small (4 skeins for medium, 5 skeins for large)
  • US K-10.5/6.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle

Gauge

  • Pattern repeat (shell, ch 2, 1 dc) = 4″ (10 cm); 4 rows = 4″ (10 cm)

Himalaya Tank Top by Gwen Blakley Kinsler on Free #Crochet Patterns with Underground Crafter #podcastAbout the (Inter)National Crochet Month series

I’m sharing an audio crochet pattern daily in March, 2016 to celebrate (Inter)National Crochet Month! Find the complete schedule including a list of the 27 guest designers here.

If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or TuneIn; share this episode with a friend; or sign up for the mailing list. Happy crocheting!