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My second day at Vogue Knitting Live started off with no hot water at home (and who doesn’t love showering in cold water when it’s sleeting outside?). In the rush to get out the door, I forgot to take the ceremonial pre-show picture of me in my handmade goodies. (I was wearing my 2013 Temperature Scarf, which is perfect for cold weather.)
My first stop was an interview with the delightful Kate Atherley from Wise Hilda. I should be posting it in a few weeks. I asked her to pose with her two books, Beyond Knit & Purl and Knit Accessories.
Then I walked through the fashion and art exhibits. I’m planning a separate post about these, so I’m sharing just one picture today. This is a crocheted piece by fashion designer, Gabriela Serigatto.
My next stop was the Marketplace. I learned a lot from Rosemary Drysdale‘s Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting, and she was signing books at the Vogue Knitting booth.
From there, I snuck over to the Leilani Arts table. You see, they sell this Soft Donegal yarn, which has become the favorite amongst the men in family: soft but charcoal (with a little tweed to keep my interest).
Then, I went to the Knitty City booth (it’s always a treat to see your favorite local yarn shop at an event) to get my copy of Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits signed by Shirley Paden.
Shirley was really quite friendly and we had a nice chat about her class on Craftsy, which is a companion to the book, as well as the We Love Shirley Paden group on Ravelry. (Shirley assures me she didn’t name the group!) The group sounds like a lot of fun and they have even hosted three Design-a-Longs.
I had a few minutes after the book signing to watch the beginning of the Fiber Factor Fashion show. I learned there will be KALs throughout 2014 and the next “season” will begin in 2015, but I missed the announcement of the winner.
And, then I visited the Full Moon Farm booth, to snap a picture of Laura. My interview with her will be coming up soon. We met last year, too.
And then I headed off to the Michelle’s Assortment booth.
I helped out in Michelle’s booth for a few hours in the afternoon, so she could stretch her legs and walk around the Marketplace for a bit. It was a great opportunity to learn more about her creative process. She’s sponsoring two months of prizes for my 2014 Sampler Mystery Knit-a-Long, so it was great to meet her in real life and see all of her awesome shawl pins, bookmarks, and stitch markers.
I particularly like Michelle’s round shawl pins. It was also great to see her collaboration with other indie business owners. Michelle had several samples from Ash Kearns on display to show off her shawl pins including Havelock (left) and Everton Lace Wrap (right), along with the print versions of the patterns.
Of course, I couldn’t spend all that time in Michelle’s booth without falling in love with some shawl pins. I was initially drawn in by the circles, I ended up choosing two straight pins for myself.
These will definitely need to be re-shot in natural lighting because you can’t see the beauty in this picture. I’m off to get some rest before Day 3!