TNNA Phoenix

Team Anzula is currently preparing for the TNNA Winter Trade Show in Phoenix this weekend, where we will be showcasing a number of exciting new  products and patterns, including some of our most luxurious spinning fiber and all our new colourways. We very much hope that you will come by to see us at Booths 439, 441, 538, and 540!

We have two new patterns for you to choose from at this year’s SAMPLE IT!: Faina Goberstein’s hat, Al Fresco, in Oasis. And Grace Akhrem’s Seaweed Scarf in Cricket.

You can purchase them both at SAMPLE IT! Booth 24.

You can also go and check out our wonderful alpaca and silk-blend yarn, Mariposa, at the Great Wall of Yarn, along with a photo of Miriam L. Felton’s Clustered Vest design, which was made with Mariposa.

Our incredibly soft Camel and Silk Spinning Fiber will be available to see and feel at the Spinning and Weaving Display. Like all our spinning fibers and yarns, it can be dyed in any of our available colorways.

Sarah Wilson, aka TheSexyKnitter, has designed an amazing new dress for us, which you will see in the TNNA Fashion Show.

According to Sarah, designing this dress was quite the adventure! In an email interview with her, she had this to say about her inspiration and design process:

“The original inspiration was a piece from Dior's Spring 2011 line, which was this dreamy, floaty, pouffy extravaganza. After many sketches, head-scratching, and discussion, in the end both Sabrina and I wanted to go with something that would be more wearable, without losing the showstopping qualities of the original piece. I started looking at photos of my current style obsession, the Duchess of Cambridge. I thought, ‘what would Kate wear’? A slim fit, conservative hemline, and plunging back trimmed in delicate lace seemed like the perfect fit! This pattern is written in six sizes and would be perfect for a bride to wear to her engagement party, or any confident lady to flaunt her curves at that big event. The main dress is worked with one strand of Breeze and Milky Way held together, while the cowl is comprised of just one strand of Breeze, worked on a large needle. The construction is fabulously interesting, which helps prevent the miles of stockinette from becoming dreary.”

Sarah is planning to publish the pattern in time for the show, so keep an eye on her Ravelry page! She has designed for Anzula before, creating Miss Brooks with Sebastian and Mermaid, which was our entry for last year's TNNA Winter Fashion show; and more recently, the Army Hat out of For Better or Worsted.

We have seven new colorways. TNNA will be their debut, and you can see them in Dreamy at the What’s New! Display.

If you missed us at TNNA's Summer Trade Show in Columbus last year, you'll be able to come see for yourself the previous seven new yarn lines we debuted there: Haiku, Dreamy, Milky Way, Mariposa, Kern, Inyo, and Echo; along with the three new colors we launched at the same time: Elephant, Hyacinth, and Petunia!

We are excited to announce the new designers who have created so many patterns using Anzula yarns in the past year. In addition to those featured above, there are three new hat patterns: North Lyme by Woolly Wormhead in Oasis;  Dear Baby Francis by IrishGirlieKnits (Squishy suggested); and Amanda Scheuzger's Arabesque Beret in For Better or Worsted, which was featured in Interweave Knits Accessories 2011.

Purl Soho, and their blog, Purl Bee, also have a hat pattern, Jen's New Sweetie Pie out of For Better or Worsted. In addition, they have designed the Perfect Fit Socks out of Cloud, and three items for infants: a crib blanket, Hudson Bay Inspired, out of For Better or Worsted; the Little Baby Sweater in Sebastian; and the Forever Baby Blanket in For Better or Worsted.

Kate Oates, owner of Tot Toppers, created Hansel & Gretel in For Better or Worsted for babies and toddlers.

There are an amazing number of new socks from two designers. Claire Ellen has created four sock patterns for us in Squishy: the Legolas Sock, Pippin Socks, Samwise Socks, and Susie Asado.

And three new designs from Suzanne Bryan: the Emerald Sock in Squishy and Sebastian, Red Mosaic Sock in Squishy, and Pretty Socks in Sebastian.

Last, but definitely not least, there are four beautiful new shawl designs: Anna Dalvi used Milky Way to create her double-knitted, fully reversible La Toupie; Cloud is wonderfully showcased by Mary Catherine Black in her lace triangle design, Aecor; Francesca Murphy of Slow Knits used Wash My Lace to design Fragile Hearts; and Laura Patterson created Starshine using Sebastian (be sure to go and see the real thing at the Bryson Distributing Booth).

That should have whet your knitting appetites. If you can't make it to the show, be sure to check out our newly updated Where to Buy page. Can't wait to see you all in Phoenix!