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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Yarns at TNNA Part 1

It is hard to describe how many different and beautiful yarns you can see walking from booth to booth at TNNA. There are some established companies and some small and new ones. Each one of them has its own take on colorways and fiber choices. When you stop to talk to people at a booth you learn so much about yarns and fibers in general and about the animals some of them raising. So, it is always a story behind the yarn. Most of all I get the feeling that people who are in the yarn business simply love their job.

Here are the first two stories.

Abuelita Yarns
This is a family business from Uruguay. It evolved from the parent company Balitex that was founded in 1978 and is well-known in their country. Now the young owners Alejandro and Stella Balian continue their grandparent's dream with Abuelita (granny in Spanish) Yarns and have a vision of expanding to the world market. This was the third TNNA for the company and they were a hit. I had a privilege to meet with the owners and pet their beautiful, natural, hand-dyed, and very soft and light yarn. At this point they have lace, worsted, thick and thin, and bulky yarns with colors that call you to make something incredible from them. This company has a full commitment to preserving the environment. You can read their statement here. I am looking forward to seeing their yarns here in the US. You can read more about their big plans for the business on their website.



The story of this American company began in the late 1980s. Bob and Jean Dunbabin are the founders of this Seattle, WA located family business. Their son Robert and his wife Shannon are very much a part of the team. The mission of Cascade Yarns is to provide a high-quality yarn at the price people can afford. Bob and Jean wanted to find the way to fulfill their dream. They found it in Peru. They learned that Peruvians raise sheep which are a blend of Corriedale and Merino. The yarn spun from their fleece is soft and long-stapled. Cascade 220, their flagship yarn, is produced in more than 250 colors. This is very impressive. Check out their website to see their yarns, store list that carry this yarn and their great patterns.

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