TNNA Winter 2016 Recap

The Winter 2016 TNNA Trade Show took place this past weekend, and our new yarn colors & patterns made their debut in the Louet booth! The weekend began with SampleIt!, which takes place on Friday night which allows yarn store owners to buy samples and kits from vendors which they can take back to their shop. It’s so popular that folks start lining up long before the doors open!

Not too soon after SampleIt!, the Fashion show began. One of the patterns from our Spring collection walked the runway: shown below is the Hermosa Tee by Robin Allen, which is knit in our Euroflax Sport yarn. Click here to see a preview of our entire Spring collection on our previous blog post!

As current TNNA president, Dave had the honor of cutting the ribbon to officially open the show floor on Saturday morning. He wields those big scissors like a pro!

In addition to our Spring Collection, we had our new yarn colors on display in the booth. Shown below are the new colors of Euroflax – click here  and here to see more of our new colors which will be arriving soon at an LYS near you!

Also on display in our booth was this gorgeous cabled blanket in GEMS worsted weight yarn, which is a brand-new design by Mari Chiba Luke. The 2016 Blanket will be a series of classes you can sign up to take at your nearest Louet Retailer which will help you learn the skills necessary to knit this project from start to finish.

We look forward to sharing more exciting new projects & inspiration with you in 2016. Happy New Year!

2016 Sneak Peek, Part 2

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a happy, healthy 2016. Come January, we will have even MORE exciting news to share with you – today, we will just give you a sneak peek at what you can expect in the new year (if you missed part 1, click here)!

First, we couldn’t be more pleased to be the official yarn sponsor of the Lattes & Llamas annual Geek-A-Long event! This is a yearlong mystery blanket knit-along that is centered around a theme – in 2016, it will be video games, and each square will be knit using our GEMS worsted weight yarn! Each week, a new, free pattern is released featuring a motif from the theme. Participants can choose which ones and how many squares they would like to complete to make their blanket, and because the patterns are free, a donation to the Child’s Play charity is encouraged (click here to learn more on the Geek-A-Long FAQ).

The Child’s Play Charity seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters through the generosity of the video game industry and the power of play. We were so impressed with the mission of this charity that we have pledged to donate 50 cents for every skein of GEMS Worsted yarn sold to knit or crochet the 2016 Geek-A-Long blanket. We’ve also created some new colors especially for this KAL, shown above. You can read more here on the Lattes & Llamas blog!

We’re also adding some vibrant colors to the Euroflax palette in 2016! Below, you can see the 14 new colors which have just arrived – they will be making their debut next month at the TNNA Winter Show in San Diego!

 

We will also be introducing our Spring pattern collection at the Winter TNNA trade show next month – below is a sneak peek of just a few of the knitworthy designs which will be arriving soon at an LYS near you!

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Louet North America Colinton 2015

Louet North America is now the proud North American distributor of the beautiful line of luxury yarns from Colinton Australia! To celebrate this new collaboration, we’re releasing three classic patterns which were originally written for our now discontinued Louet KidLin, along with five brand new patterns from Susanna IC and Patty Nance which combine Colinton with our Gems line of yarns!

We’ve already realeased the first two patterns, and we’ll be releasing more throughout this week and next. You can view the entire collection here, and don’t forget to keep checking for new updates! We’ll also be announcing new pattern releases on Louet’s Instagram: @louetnorthamerica, on the Louet North America Facebook page, and of course in the Louet – Make It Your Own Ravelry group.

The first pattern is Myraavailable for free through Sunday, April 12 as part of our kickoff celebration for this new collection! Myra uses just one skein of either the Colinton Australia Lace or Ultrafine, and it is a beautiful infinity scarf that’s light and airy.

The second pattern is Concurrence, a new pattern by Susanna IC that combines Louet Gems Fingering Weight with Colinton Australia Lace to make a reversible triangle shawl that’s perfect for transitioning into warmer weather.

Here are some sneak peeks of the upcoming patterns we’ll be releasing thought this week and next week!

 

What’s New for 2013 from Louet North America

Happy New Year! There are lots of exciting new Louet products to look forward to in 2013. Last month, we gave you a sneak peek at our XL Standard Drum Carder which will be making its debut in stores in March. There are many more things to look forward to this year, such as:

SPINNING

ART YARN FLYER: This new art yarn flyer for the S10 wheel will make it a breeze to spin creative, unique yarns . Look for it in early 2013!

VICTORIA BAG: Make sure your spinning wheel is protected with our new bag made especially for the Victoria wheel. Spinning on-the-go is now easier than ever!

LIMITED-EDITION S90 ULTIMATE: Available for a limited time only! If you haven’t ordered one yet from your nearest Louet retailer, time is running out!

 

WEAVING

The new beater for the David loom is now in stores and will come with every new David loom! A retrofit is available for those of you who already own this versatile floor loom.

The advantage of the new beater is that it will give you a shuttle race, as well as improve your weaving area since the beater moves closer to the harnesses than the previous over head beater did. Additionally, the height of the loom can be reduced, making the loom easier to transport.

Coming soon: A new vertical warping mill – stay tuned for more details!

 

 

KNIT & CROCHET

The GEMS coupon program has been extended into 2013 – now is a great time to stock up on this easy-care yarn. Perhaps you can treat yourself to a sweater-quantity and indulge in a little ‘selfish’ knitting this month! Click here to download a PDF version of the GEMS coupon.

The Paige and Pamela patterns, which were originally designed for MerLin yarn, have been updated and are converted to knit with Euroflax yarn.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide + 2013 Preview

What’s at the top of your wish list this year? At Louet North America, we want to make sure your holiday is filled with as much fibery fun as possible, so we assembled a sampler pack of six incredible fibers from our Canterbury Prize Wool Group. Our Sampler Pack is available for a special introductory price of $45.00 and features 8 oz. each of six breed-specific fibers: BFL, Cotswold, Jacob, Leicester, Romney, and Wensleydale. Don’t miss out on this special deal for the holidays!

We know the clock is ticking for holiday gift projects, but our PolarKnit kits are quick to make and will keep your loved ones warm! Choose from cute little critter slippers or spiral rib bed socks to make sure toes stay toasty this winter.

Finally, there’s something for everyone on your list from Soak! To pamper hands and feet year-round, we recommend Heel and Handmaid. They make a great companion gift to hand-knit socks, mittens or gloves and come in a variety of fragrance options (as well as scentless), plus they are packed with skin-loving ingredients.

Every artisan will appreciate a bottle of Soak Wash in any of these four fresh fragrances: Aquae, Celebration, Lacey and Scentless. Whether you spin, weave, knit, crochet, or quilt, we guarantee you will fall in love with this eco-friendly, no-rinse cleanser that is perfect for hand–knits, raw fibers, spinning, and even felting.

If  you’re having a hard time deciding which scent to try, the Soak Travel Kit contains 8 mini-Soaks in all four fragrances – retailing at $11, it’s an affordable travel essential. Toss a few in your travel bag for the holidays or give as a gift – the Soak Travel Kit makes a creative stocking stuffer!

 

 

Sneak Peek for 2013: What’s New from Louet North America

Look for this new drum carder in February 2013! Our new Wide Standard Drum Carder will have you creating beautiful batts in no time flat.

The drum is 30 cm wide (just shy of 12 inches) and comes with our standard cloth; it is 1.5  times wider than our regular Standard Drum Carder.

We are currently accepting pre-orders, so be sure to ask your LYS to order yours today!

The Wide Standard Drum Carder will retail for $699.