Friday, September 13, 2013

Welcome to Baah!

Mira and Jeff in the Baah Yarn booth, TNNA Summer 2013
We're excited to welcome you to the brand-new Baah Yarn blog! For our inaugural post, we'd like to share a brief history of Baah Yarn with you.

Located in sunny Oceanside, California, Baah Yarn began as a hobby fueled by a passion for color and a love for knitting. Mira used her background in graphic design and fine arts to create her first yarns which were sold at her local yarn store. After receiving a lot of encouragement from the staff, customers, and her husband Jeff, Mira turned her hobby into a business in 2011.

Baah started with just one local shop in San Diego carrying our La Jolla sock yarn. In the months to come, more stores began to place orders: first, a few other local shops, followed by yarns stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco beginning to carry Baah Yarn, too. Pretty soon, a yarn rep was hired, we joined TNNA, and shops in Washington state joined the growing list of retailers.

At our first TNNA Trade Show, the Baah booth was hidden away in a corner, but folks still flocked to admire the yarns on display. We received rave reviews for the color range, which Mira created by using the same layering techniques employed in watercolor and oil painting on yarn. Having taught both of these techniques while living in Jakarta for a number of years, Mira's skill with color mixing, color theory, and creating shadows and highlights created a palette of complex colors which convey movement and mood.

Many of the colorways are inspired by nature, and our line of superwash Merino yarns has expanded to three weights, all of which are named for places in California known for their great beauty: La Jolla (fingering), Sonoma (DK), and our new Shasta (worsted) for fall. We've attended 4 TNNA trade shows in two years, all the while continuing to grow and expand. Our last trade show earlier this summer was a huge success, and we're looking forward to the January TNNA show, where we'll have a double booth for the first time ever!

We're so pleased to share our passion for color with our fellow knitters and crocheters, who are the reason we do what we do. Thank you for joining us!

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