Yesterday, Vogue Knitting Live 2013 opened in New York. If you’re in the New York area this weekend, you should stop by! Here’s a quick wrap up of some of what I’ve seen so far.
The gallery exhibits were being set up in the morning, and I had a chance to photograph most of them before it got too crowded. Here are some of the highlights. (And speaking of highlights, keep in mind that these photos were taken in dimly lit hotel corridors.)
Colorful Stitches had an awesome array of knit food displayed like a picnic table. This bowl of cereal with a strawberry was my favorite!
Alyssa Ettinger is a ceramic artist with a studio in my native Brooklyn. I love the soothing pastels of her work.
Rhonda Fargnoli‘s continuing education students at the Rhode Island School of Design created some beautiful designs with mill ends from Koigu.
I got to meet Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land fame. I’ve been an admirer of Anna’s work since I first saw it at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in 2011. We’ll both be at the 9th Annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival in March. (I’m teaching and she’s exhibiting.)
Adrian Kershaw is a crocheter and knitter working with upcycled VHS tapes as yarn. Because her work is black and the lighting was so dim, the pictures don’t really convey the projects. They’re pretty cool!
Carol MacDonald is a printmaker who makes prints, cards, and tags using her images from her knitting.
Edwina Sutherland is a fiber artist working primarily with needlefelting. She shared her secret for successfully transporting her projects for display with me – wrap them in quilt batting.
And last – but certainly not least – was the crochet artist, Jo Hamilton. I’ve seen her crochet portraits online and was really looking forward to seeing them in real life. They are much cooler in person because there is much more texture and subtle color variations than a photo can convey.
I met with Danielle Chalson from Makewise Designs for a quick interview after lunch. Until I publish it, I’ll just share this picture of Danielle’s enthusiastic smile.
Send your happy thoughts her way. She'll be working at the String booth at the Marketplace tomorrow!
Apparently I wasn't the only one trying to get into the Marketplace when it opened.
With over 70 vendors, the Vogue Knitting Marketplace alone could take up many blog posts. So I’ll just concentrate on the colleagues I visited and my purchases.
Kollabora's booth during set up.
I stopped by Kollabora‘s booth a few times to say hi and to see my samples on display. Here’s a sneak peak of two of my upcoming crochet designs that they are debuting at Vogue Knitting Live. (The patterns aren’t available yet.)
It was also cool to see two of my other designs featured in their ad in the program.
The patterns for the Givin’ Me Fever Pom Pom Hat (knit) and the Chevron Shell Cowl (crochet) are available as free downloads.
I also took a picture of their schedule so I can remember to stop by their events. With a program this packed, every reminder helps!
Then I got the chance to meet Shannon Okey (a.k.a. Knitgrrl) in person. I have a pattern in one of the upcoming Cooperative Press Fresh Designs: Crochet books so we chatted about that briefly. I somehow forgot to take a picture of Shannon, but here is a picture of the Cooperative Press booth :).I had a chance to check out Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham in person. It looked just as scrumptious as I thought it would! (And I love that I can feel glamorous about making dishcloths!)
You may remember from Vogue Knitting Live last year that my first purchase was at the Kinokuniya booth. Well, ever since I bought this awesome Japanese knitting stitch guide from Knitty City in the fall, I’ve realized that I don’t know nearly as much about knitting stitch symbols as I do about crochet stitch symbols, and I’ve been thinking about buying Clear & Simple Knitting Symbols.
A taste of the crochet selection at the Kinokuniya booth.
And then I saw the North Light Fibers booth. I was drawn in because their tagline is “Block Island made,” and MC used to vacation in Block Island as a kid. In addition to great natural fiber yarns, they sell these cozy alpaca socks.
After that, I saw a local vendor, the Long Island Livestock Company.
This chair from the Long Island Livestock Company booth is made from three spinning wheels from the 1930s.
I had a great chat with the owner and her husband, and I was drawn to their natural care products.
So what did I end up buying?
I bought a pair of cozy alpaca socks for MC, a book for me, and some handmade soap and lip butter from a local company.
You’re probably saying, “What?? No yarn??” You know I’ve been working on stashbusting for the past 13 months. I’m not sure if I’ll buy yarn at Vogue Knitting Live, but I promised myself that I wouldn’t on the first day. I wanted the chance to look at everything and sleep on any potential yarn purchases… Let’s see how I hold up today!