summer swatching plans, part one

I’ve begun to sort through some of the samples and yarns with which I returned home from Columbus. Now for my favourite part, planning my summer swatching.

How do I plan? It should come as no surprise that on the flight home I pulled out my notebook and began a list. What did I include? There’s space for details such as the company, yarn line, the colourway, and quick thoughts on if I plan to knit, crochet, or weave. As I work through the list I record when I swatched and I have some room for other short notes of interest. Each swatch will get its own page in the notebook as I begin to work on it.

Photo of a page from my notebook that lists yarns to swatch from TNNA Summer 2017.

Photo of a page from my notebook that lists yarns to swatch from TNNA Summer 2017.



Anzula

I didn’t intend to come home with any new design yarn. However, I helped a bit in the booth and this collection of samples to swatch (and a few full-size skeins) began as I was hanging samples of Meridian. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head so made a proposal before I even swatched.

Photo of Anzula yarns to swatch from TNNA Summer 2017 including some meridian.

Photo of Anzula yarns to swatch from TNNA Summer 2017 including some meridian.



Oink Pigments

It was my delight to see my new design, CLU, in the booth and that lead to talking about other new bases and suddenly I was mentally sketching and proposing ideas.

Photo of Oink yarns to swatch from TNNA Summer 2017.

Photo of Oink yarns to swatch from TNNA Summer 2017.

Two swatches are beginning to take shape and excite me.

Photo of Oink Pigtail swatch

Photo of Oink Pigtail swatch

Photo of Oink Jewls swatch

Photo of Oink Jewls swatch



Preview of summer swatching plans, part two

The Business and Creative Services membership section held a networking event during the show. Several generous sponsors pitched in to help make the get together a little bit extra special. I’m excited to try some yarns I’ve had my eye on for a while that are outside what I commonly work with. I’m curious to see where they lead me.

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