There is a moment of temporary peace as the shipping crate that contains all our TNNA booth yarns and props was picked up today. The crate is probably 300 lbs (who knew yarn could be that heavy) and is now on it’s way to Long Beach. Pray that it arrives safely. I can’t seem to imagine anything worse (right now) than all your boothly possessions being stuck at the border or lost.

Just before packing them up in the crate, I snapped a quick shot of these swatches. The eight swatches on the top of the pile are our new colourways for Spring. There’s five tonal semi-solids and three variegated colourways that were originally super popular Club colourways.

If you’ve seen our new Colourways section on the website, you’ll have noticed our new colour swatches. They are all knit up! Terry Villeneuve, the spinning and weaving equipment manager at Place des Arts, owns a sock knitting machine and she helpfully knit up all our colourways in tubes that are 60 stitches around. That means, you’ll be able to better predict how our yarns will knit up if you choose to use them for socks.

Terry knit all the colours together in a big long continuous tube, delimited by plain old cotton yarn which we cut and discarded. I went about separating the tube into manageable portions and then washed and blocked them all. Ginny and Liisa went about finishing over 60 swatches with Kitchener stitch. I was just going to suggest three-needle bind off, but they were so competent at Kitchener, they went ahead and finished them all beautifully.

If you’re at TNNA in Long Beach, you’ll see the swatches in action. Otherwise, you can always visit them on the website here. And these new colours: Wisteria, Rosebud, Birch, Jade, Lawn, Rockwater, Sitka, and Stormchaser will be available shortly after we return for California in February.