Wednesday, 6 October 2010

TFA Club and Nuit Blanche

 I've been waiting to share some awesome news:
tanis yarn Tanis Fiber Arts is starting up their first TFA's Year in Colour yarn club!! Every other month, participants will be sent a custom-dyed skein of finger weight yarn (that's 420 yards) and an exclusive pattern designed for the single skein. the pattern designers are: Tanis Gray, Glenna C , Julie Crawford, Laura Chau, Patti Waters and Kristen Kapur.

Did you see that, just up there? My name tucked in with all those awesome superstar designers? I mean.... whoa. Somebody call Keanue Reeves, only one of his whoas will convey my awestruck-ness.

I love the yarns Tanis makes. The colours are amazing, and the yarn is brilliant- resists pilling, doesn't split, wears like a dream. I've got a few things knit with Tanis Fiber Arts Yarn, and I love them all (now that I think of it, I have an FO from August that I've yet to photograph that is also made from TFA yarn...). The club is really affordable- you'll get 6 skeins of yarn, 6 exclusive patterns, and the shipping is included in the cost. Once you do the math, it's a steal. *EDIT: And it's international- doesn't matter what country you live in!

So yes... I'm starting to design some of my own patterns. I've got lots of ideas, and I'm excited to enter this new phase of my knitting. I'm already working on a free pattern that will come out in a few weeks- stay tuned!!

On Saturday night, Toronto was awash in contemporary art for the 5th anniversary of Nuit Blanche. There is something utterly magical about the city being transformed into amazing, Alice-in-Wonderland-esque pockets of art.
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Nuit Blanche, Toronto 2010
The Knit Cafe always has a magical window display for Nuit Blanche. This year did not disappoint:
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It was an amazing night. I love it when cities encourage the arts and put on free events!!

33 comments:

Noas' libellule said...

Amazing!!! I am amazed you will be writing your own pattern, hapy to try them before they are published! well done!

mkonieczki said...

Congrats! Very exciting! And, what a great way to debut!

And, I'm jealous of your local yarn shop! It's adorable!

Christina said...

I went to Nuit Blanche in NYC! How funny to see it on your blog! It was the first one they had in the states, and it was truly magical. Congrats and good luck on the pattern writing!

ZuzanaK said...

Cogratulations! I'm actually surprised that you haven't gone that way long before now.
Looking forward to your patterns!

Tanis said...

I'm so glad that you're as excited as I am about you being a designer! You've got such great style, I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Susan said...

Congratulations! That is fabulous. You are an amazing designer in your own right, so I think it's fitting that you are placed among the best!

Kasia said...

This yarn does look dreamy indeed... I wish I could grab one hank from your photo :)

Congratulations on your new adventure as a knitting designer- I'll be waiting for your patterns.

Aesderina said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I can't wait to see what your designs are like :)
Okay. The idea of a yarn club is SO fabulous!! Really a yarn a month?!?!
I'm going to hit the website up right now and hopefully non-toronto residents can be a part of it!!

Jacey said...

Gorgeous color, and congrats! It sounds like a great collaboration.

Niki said...

Congrats on the pattern writing! Can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm headed over to the Tanis site right now to sign up!

fridica said...

What exciting news! To write patterns for such gorgeous yarns must be thrilling! And the Knit Cafe looks magical, I'd love to visit...

Allison said...

Congratulations! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you've designed, since your pattern choices are always impeccable :)

yoel said...

Eeeee! That is so awesome you'll be writing a pattern!!

angelknits said...

Thanks for sharing all these awesome news and beautiful pictures! I can't wait to see your first pattern! For sure I will be a big supporter because I love your style. I am sure your designs will be on my favourite and in queue list on Ravelry!
angel

soknitpicky said...

That is HUGE news! Congratulations!!!

Monique said...

Beautiful yarn! How exciting for you! Look forward to seeing your patterns. Great pictures also. Love the festive display.

Kristen said...

Congrats! Cant wait to see your designs:)

Knit 1 LA said...

Great news Julie! Looking forward to seeing your designs!
Love that window display!

Phoe said...

Well done!

sauceyjill said...

Well I'm sold! Beautiful yarn and the chance to knit up a little something wonderful designed by you, fabulous! Congrats Julie!

I love that TFA is a Canuck company, very cool. Now I just have to wait until January...

Rainy Daisy said...

Congratulations, Julie! I knew it was only a matter of time ;)

I must visit Toronto some time....especially for a Nuit Blanche. It looks amazing!

Jen (pieKnits) said...

Congrats! How exciting. And those are some absolutely gorgeous looking yarns!

The Sweatshop of Love said...

I can't wait to see the patterns you are cooking up. How fun!

Kara said...

That truly is exciting! How fun!

That little yarn display of the little town kills me.

Hilary said...

Oh my goodness, that *is* awesome news!!! Congratulations, Julie! I can't wait to see your design for the club, and all future designs you come up with!

Now I think I have to go sign up for the yarn club...my pocketbook is not thanking you. :)

Jolene said...

Awesome news, for both you and us. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Renee said...

Congratulations, Julie!
That is SO exciting!!!

Sarah said...

Congratulations! And, I love that window display.

slamskatkitten said...

that is amazing news! i can't wait to see what you're designing!

Clumsy Knitter said...

Omigod that's so exciting! I wish I could join this year. But I'll be keeping an eye out for more designs from you. Congrats!!!

Eva said...

That's great news, Julie. I'm actually tempted to join the club just to see what you design :)

That knitting shop window display is really cool!

Sandy said...

That's so exciting! Congrats!!

CanarySanctuary said...

You're such a great knitter, I'm not surprised about the TFA collaboration! I'm so happy to hear about it :) I've always admired her yarn, and all the patterns I've seen knit for it. I'm really looking forward to seeing your pieces. I know they'll be fabulous.
ps: This is the 5th anniversary of me saying I'm going to Nuit Blanche and not going. If you're down, perhaps we can run into each other next year :)