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New Yarns at TNNA and Time With Michele Hunter!

I recently attended the National Needle Arts Trade Show (TNNA) in San Diego to look for new yarns for  Alpaca Direct. This industry trade show brings vendors all together under one roof with a chance to see and compare products in order to pick up the best possible yarn choices for our customers.

[caption id="attachment_1113" align="alignleft" width="300"]Baah Yarn Hand Dye Yarns Baah Yarn's Vibrant Spring Colors[/caption]

While reviewing all the great products from our friends at Skacel,   I was thrilled to meet Michelle Hunter ( who has just released her new book called Building In Color which we will be using in our store classes to teach Intarsia.  Michelle has a 30 year career in teaching and it shows in both her books and on her website. I felt like I already knew her as I have been using her video’s to assist with teaching our students for quite a while.

 If you are a new knitter I encourage you to go to Michelle’s website.  She has a video to answer almost every knitting question. Her simple clear instructions will take the mystery out of knitting.    Michelle provides wonderful free  pattern downloads.  I am currently using her free  "Lacery" sock  pattern.   You start with Judy’s magic cast on, a short row heel and a lacey pattern to boot!  I started my socks on Friday and am almost ready to turn my heel! I am excited for each of you to see the many new  yarns we are bringing in.  We have many Indie dyed yarns like La Jolla from Baah Yarns which have the most vivid color choices just for you!  We also picked up the ultra-light Karbonz line of needles from Knitter's Pride to make your knitting more enjoyable!

Happy knitting! Kelley


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