Hello friends! You may know Kris and Oz recently took a trip “Back East” as we say in California. And what a trip it was! So follow along as we do a quick recap of our trip to the Far East!
An early start to the day as we head north to San Jose for our flights east.
We parked the Yarn Bus in a lot in San Jose and were picked up and shuttled by an all electric van! Very comfy, quick, and quiet. A great vehicle for that purpose. Can’t wait until we can have an electric vehicle as well.
Here’s Kris, ready for our trip. Ok, we may not be heading to the Tropics, but it certainly got us in the mood for an adventure!
Our first stop was Washington, DC where our trade organization, known as TNNA, was having its trade show! We had a little time before classes and such so we went to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian where we saw these incredible pieces made of various fibers, including Alpaca, Cotton, and Wool. The museum, free like all Smithsonian museums, features exhibits about native people from North, Central, and South America.
We also some some amazing bead work!
After that we went to the Hirshorn Museum, an amazing modern art museum, also part of the Smithsonian. This beautiful painting reminded us of pooling effects in knitted fabric.
Outside of the show, we ran into Andrea Sbardellati of Atenti Bags. Not only did she and her husband send us to a great frozen custard place, we found out she and Kris have birthdays only a couple of days apart! (Not sure of you can see it, but Kris’s badge says “Birthday Girl”)
Outside the exhibit hall, they always have great exhibits of various products for spinning, weaving, knit, and crochet. As we were in the Nation’s Capital, the theme was obviously Red White and Blue!
Then, off to the trade show floor! Now, most booths do not allow you to photograph what’s there, but we spent some great time with our friends at Trendsetter. Love these shawls? These kits are on their way soon! As are some other fun things from Barry Klein, Heidi and the whole staff at Trendsetter.
At the show, someone found out it was Kris’s birthday, so she ended up with these great Ice Cream pops! She did share with Oz. 😉
Another place we spent time at was the Skacel booth. These are the folks that bring us some wonderful products, such as Addi Needles, Unisono, Zauberball, Rylie, and many other products. Kris is here with Karin Skacel, head of Skacel. Stay tuned for details about a visit from Karin!
Two of our fiber friends finally met. This is Mira Cole (left) of Baah Yarns receiving an award for Most Creative Booth by the one and only Gwen Bortner! (Yes, we have dates of the next Weekend Away – again, stay tuned!)
No trip is complete without spending some time at the booth of Fairmount Fibers, the US distributor of Manos del Uruguay. Pictured left to right are: Ceclia – Manos del Uruguay; Lisa – Fairmount Fibers; Kris; Adolpho – Manos del Uruguay; Jocelyn, Rox – both of Fairmount Fibers, and Oz.
And, we’re so excited about this NEW YARN from Manos called Milo! Details coming soon!
Ok, a bit more time off the show floor took us to the Natural History Museum where were we struck by all the natural colors in these gem stones. Just incredible.
After DC, we headed slightly north to Philadelphia where we got to tour the mill that produces Florafil, the Made in America cotton we love so much! Most of the machines in the mill are very old, the companies no longer in business. So what they do is very unique in the industry. Very fun to get to see yarns being spun and dyed!
While we were in Philadelphia, we also got to visit with Fairmount Fibers, the US distributor for Manos del Uruguay. Yes, we finally found a place with more Manos than we have! (The only place in the US, actually!)
After Philadelphia we headed to Boston then Maine. In Freeport Maine, we saw this adorable knitted sweater.
We also found this cute shop called Mother of Purl. They had a bunch of local yarns. Of course we indulged!
Then off to Brunswick, Maine and the studio of Bonnie Bishoff, where she and her husband make the most amazing shawl pins from a combination of pewter and polymers. The jewelry you see here are all one-of-a-kind pieces they sell at various juried shows. Very impressive. We were so glad they let us interrupt them. More great pins coming from Bonnie!
In Portland Maine we found another cute little shop called Knit Wit. Being in the town with Nit Witt Ridge we were delighted by the name, as well as the selection of small local companies. Again, of course we indulged.
We didn’t get any good pictures of our time in Boston, we’re sorry to say, but we did get to spend some time with members of our old knitting group!
We’re finally back and we’re tired but full of ideas and excitement for the coming year. We have many things planned and some new products and lines on their way, so as always, stay tuned!
Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to the incredible staff at the Ball & Skein. Kathy, Rachel, Tamara, and Mitzi did a great job, as always, of taking care of all of you, our valued guests. Without them, none of this would be possible. We’re grateful they choose to spend time working with us.
Thank you all for reading, and we hope to hear from you soon!
Kris and Oz