Spin Expo 2012

Posted on | July 20, 2011 | No Comments

Occasionally my full time job brings me across something interesting enough to share with you on the blog. Spin Expo is a yarn show for the manufacturing end of the industry that is held in Shanghai and New York every year. It’s kinda like our TNNA to compare it in hand knitting terms – only not as cool or fun.

With the way the yarn prices have been lately (ie: through the roof) I usually can’t do anything more than dream of using most of these yarns for my collection. I design for a price conscious Junior label, so yarn cost is everything. Even though most of the vendors are out of our price range, it’s always helpful to check out what the new trends and hot yarns are for the next season.

This year, two hand knit companies had booths, which was a nice surprise: Alchemy Yarns of Transformation and Knit Collage. Typically hand knit companies don’t cross over in the machine knit business, but with the trendiness of hand knit garments right now they fit right in.

In the trend area of the show, the key themes all seemed tied together by the idea of hand knitting and crafty ideas – very interesting for a show that revolves around machine knits. Crochet was very well represented along with chunky knits. The Heritage theme (which has been in the pipeline for some time) also made an appearance – chunky cables, naturally dyed yarns, plaid, and color work.

In a separate section of the trend area was a nice presentation on eco-friendly and naturally dyed yarns. While eco-friendly isn’t exactly a new idea, it’s been slow to be adopted by the mass market part of the industry. While cost shouldn’t be an excuse, sadly it is a reality when cost is so closely monitored.

In the main show area, there was also a great booth set up by Mohair South America with the winner and two runners up of the design competition they held earlier in the year. I believe the designers have been be profiled in the Early Fall 2011 issue of Vogue Knitting. The winning garments were absolutely stunning. Particularly the second garment. It is in Hand Maiden Fine Yarns Maiden Hair and is hand painted!

I will now leave you with a bit more eye candy:

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