Back from Market

DSC03345Another TNNA Market come and gone. Here’s the morning view from my hotel window (with the Convention Center right there.) The winter one is always in January in CA, and the summer one is in June in OH. I have missed a couple, due to scheduling conflicts, but most of the time, I’m there. I think it’s important to stay up on what’s new in the industry and I know you want me there, scouting things out – DSC03343right? I knew that I was on the right flight when I saw this person in the waiting area. Dreads with novelty yarn. How …. novel. (I kinneared it. Can you tell?) This must be an ongoing hairstyle for her, as I caught sight of this gal each day on the market floor. Interesting.

I took two great classes with Cat Bordhi, who has now inspired me to doodle up some patterns. I had the best burger ever with cute Marly from the Yarn Thing podcast. (This is Marly’s third burger from this place in two days. Lunch and dinner on DSC03346Saturday, lunch on Sunday. That’s how good these burgers are.) Marly is also an amazing designer, and we met because I stopped her in the aisle to tell her how much I loved the vest she was wearing (which just happened to be one of her own designs. Available here on Ravelry, and we’ll also have them soon at The Loopy Ewe.) Actually, she is also a long time Loopy customer, so it was doubly fun to meet her in person.

Of course I ordered lots of fun things for all of us. Two new yarn lines from yarn companies that you already know and love. Two new yarn lines with non-wool bases – those will be fun. We’re also adding in Kollage’s square DPN’s and circs, which many of you have been asking for. I found a really fun new accessory line, but when I tried to describe it to a friend in an email, it didn’t work. How about if I just show you when they arrive? I also found three more lines that I will be ordering in the coming weeks. (Some of these things must be spread out a little, you know.) They’ll be perfect for spring and summer. I promise to keep you posted on these things, just as soon as they start arriving. We also have a lot of things arriving that I ordered before I went to TNNA, so the next weeks are going to be full!

DSC03353The new Namaste bag and wallet were a big hit. I came home with it in …. red. You could’ve guessed that, right? (But I am sorely tempted by the Peacock and Eggplant, too.) Many of you have been asking for photos of the insides, as well as wondering how it compares to other Namaste bag sizes. Here is a photo with (L-R) the Hermosa, the Zuma, and the new Monroe. Also, the new wallet.Ā (The red on the Monroe and the wallet is the same red as the Red Hermosa’s and Buddy Cases we’ve had all along. For some reason, it looks a little different on my computer screen in this photo, but it is the same red.) The Monroe has 3 roomy DSC03356sections (2 sections snap closed, one zips closed). I had plenty of room for my wallet, my sock project bag, my Kindle, and other misc. things in there. There are also pockets for phone/camera/glasses in two of the sections, as well as zippered pockets in two of the sections. And a clip tab to keep both straps together, if you don’t like purses that let one strap flop off of your shoulder when you’re out and about. We already have the Monroe’s and the wallets enroute to us, and you can pre-order them by sending us an email ( They come in Peacock, Lime, Eggplant, Black, Red and Hollywood Pink. The Monroe is $75 and the wallet is $35. They have also just come out with Circular Needle Cases, which will start shipping to us in early February. I will get a photo of one to share with you later.

So that’s the quick synopsis of my time in Long Beach. I wish I could say that I sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather. The days were long and I found that I was over at the Convention Center for 10-12 hours a day, so that made for very little time to enjoy the weather. It was, however, a nice little walk there and back each day. And there was a Starbucks attached to the hotel, which carried me through those long days just fine. (Lest you start thinking that I was working too hard and didn’t enjoy my time there. šŸ™‚ I did.)

Sheri workingonanewsockinoneofthenewnon-woolyarns.


  1. Glad you had fun! Can’t wait to see the new stuff.
    The little red sock kit from you guys is the first sock I have ever finished.
    And my new Cherry Tree Hill yarn rocks!

  2. Thanks for doing all that hard work for us!! šŸ™‚ Loving the vest pattern!! Oh, and I don’t know how much more I can hint to my husband about the Monroe bag and wallet. I have sent him several of the emails, site pics and more… Oh, wait, I think I will forward him Loopie Groupie notice the other day that you are taking pre-orders! šŸ™‚

  3. Oh wow – I am loving that new Monroe bag…even more now that I can see the how the inside is done! That is definitely going on my list of things to save up for! Glad to hear you had a nice trip to TNNA!

  4. One of the greatest things about you and TLE is that you seem to KNOW us – what we like, what we want, want works and what is exciting and new…
    Thank you, Sheri
    Can’t wait to see what is “in store” for the weeks to come šŸ™‚

  5. That Monroe back is exactly the type of bag I love – lots of pockets and sections. I don’t even think I’d use it for knitting.

    How fun to shop for TLE. You have the best job….

  6. Glad you enjoyed your trip out to my neck of the woods. šŸ™‚ We frequently go to Long Beach to take dive boats out to Catalina island and to visit the aquarium with the kids. What place did you have the burgers at with Marly? It looks like Islands to me. Their burgers are good but In-N-Out is much better. Next time you are in CA, try to find one and try a burger and shake. Yummy!

    Thinking the Munroe bag is the one I have been waiting for. A bit bigger than the Zuma (which I love) but smaller than the Hermosa. I have a gift card from my mom burning a hole in my pocket. Might have to put it towards the Munroe. Thanks for the update!

  7. Fun! I loved clicking on the link to Marly’s vest pattern and discovering that I purchased it via ravelry and already had it my hot little hands! Yeah!!! Now if only I could decide on the right sport weight cotton blend yarn. Hopefully your purchases at TNNA will include something fab to use for this vest. (C’mon….you know you want to tell all!) šŸ™‚

  8. I will have to consider the wallet. I have a little wallet, but I am getting awfully tired pulling it out of my bag. I feel like I need a big wallet and then a little thing for my commuter pass if you get what I mean.

  9. Can’t wait for the new stuff! Marly’s patterns look great. Do you have to keep adding awesome new Namaste bags though? I’ve been saving some loopy credit for something special and I think I just found it!

  10. I’ve written and asked the Elves to reserve a red Namaste Monroe for me. You see, DH has ordered a Nook (ebook reader) for me for Valentine’s day. I told him I’m buying the Monroe as a “Nook accessory” . Thanks for showing that your Kindle fit so well in the bag.

  11. Glad to see you had fun at TNNA, but I’ll bet you’re tired, too. Those bags look reallly nice; I may yet have to spring for one. I’d like to think you’re close to being home now. Looking forward to the 2010 sock club info. and the entries for Q4 contest. I miss your presence when
    I don’t get to read the blog.

  12. The Monroe bag and wallet are HOT! I’m becoming a major bag junkie, thanks to you, Sheri. Now I have to pre-order the wallet, too.

    Love the vest too. I’m not a vest person, but I may have to make an exception for this one.

    Thank you for going out west and finding out what’s new and happening and letting us know about it.

    You’re the best!

  13. Glad you had a good time, Sheri! Welcome back! Of course, I can’t imagine you not having a good time surrounded by all that yarn. And I might have to think about that Monroe. As BFF Liz knows, there’s always room for one more bag. **ducking yarn flying across the room** šŸ˜‰

  14. Can’t wait to see the new yarns that will be coming in. Yippee for the Kollage square circulars — I love mine and will definitely order more!

  15. Are you kidding me? I have wanted a Namaste bag forever, and now you tell me that there’s one named after me. Seriously. My last name was Monroe before I got married! Same spelling and everything. I can’t freaking wait for this!!!!!

  16. Can’t wait to see all the goodies you picked out for us. I’ve already asked you about the Monroe Bag and thanks for posting the pictures of the interior. OMG can’t wait to get mine!!

  17. Glad you had a good time at TNNA and that you had a safe trip home. Thank you so much for scouting out the best new stuff for us šŸ™‚

  18. Glad you had a good time can’t wait to see all the new goodies.
    If you come to Long Beach again give a hollar and I will show you around the LYS’s and some good places to eat

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