Vogue Knitting Live 2014: Day 2

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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.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Kate Atherley

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.

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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.

VKL NYC 2014 Rosemary Drysdale Autograph

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).

VKL NYC 2014 Studio Donegal

I promised my dad I’d make him a version of this cabled hat, so I needed another skein.  Melissa Leapman rung up my sale.

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.

VKL NYC 2014 Shirley Paden autograph

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.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Fiber Factor Rachel Henry Gates of Dawn

This stunning felted dress, Gates of Dawn by Rachel Henry, was one of my favorite Fiber Factor projects on display.

Believe it or not, I had time for two more quick stops before reaching my final VK Live destination.  I took a picture of Virginia from Yellowfarm (interviewed here), who I met at last year’s event.

blog VKL NYC 2014 YellowFarm Virginia

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.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Full Moon Farm Laura

And then I headed off to the Michelle’s Assortment booth.

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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.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelle's Assortment circles

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.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelle's Assortment Ash Kearns samples

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.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelle's Assortment goodies

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!

Ice Age

Temperatures are dropping in New York City.  Yesterday, it was so cold I could barely stand being outside for even a few minutes – which I did anyway, just to take pictures for this blog post (and to buy cat litter).

I bundled up with my current favorite cold weather scarf, my sample for the Bobble Diamonds and Posts Scarf.  This is one of my first designs, and I didn’t actually plan the size so much as fall into it.  It happens to be perfect for wrapping around 3 times and tucking, for when it’s so cold you don’t even want one little bit of wind to touch your neck.

Bobble diamonds and posts selfie

I took a little selfie on the way out so you can see what I mean.

My biggest crochet goal for the next week is to finish my 2013 Temperature Scarf (free pattern here) by Monday.  The reason: the scarf tracks 2013 in temperature and I want to finish it in one year.  (According to my Ravelry notes, I started it on January 13 last year.)  I have high hopes that this will be my new favorite cold weather scarf.

Temp scarf 2013 revised through 2013-09-08

Believe it or not, this picture, which doesn’t even include the entire scarf, is the best shot I could get.  The winds kept curling up the edges and it was just too cold to stand outside much longer.  The scarf is currently 54″ long and about 9″ wide, and I’ve crocheted one row for every day through September 8.

When you last saw this scarf, it looked like this.

Temperature scarf thru 2013-09-06 from end

I ended up running out of the yarn I was using for 75-87 degrees.  (It turns out there were 88 days with a high of 75-87 degrees in New York City last year, or about 24% of the year.)  I went through a few different scenarios – switch to a new yarn when the other colorway runs out; start from scratch and split the 75-87 degree range into two ranges (75-80, 81-87); etc.  In the end, I decided to buy another skein of special-to-me yarn.

In November, on Small Business Saturday, I stopped into one of my local yarn shops, The Yarn Company, and bought a skein of madelintosh tosh vintage in their exclusive colorway, Midnight in Manhattan.

Small Business Saturday haul

(Of course, then I also had to stop into my favorite local yarn shop, Knitty City, to get a set of ChiaoGoo bamboo needles, also pictured above.)  I liked the yarn because it’s an exclusive colorway, so it seemed very personal to my neighborhood, and it’s blue, so I thought it would work with the other colorways pretty well.

I ended up taking a middle ground.  I ripped back 37 rows to the point in August where there had been 44 of those 75-87 degree days.  So the first half of those days were crocheted with Molly Girl Chart Topper in Aella (formerly known as Yarn Monkey Productions Supersaki), and the next half will be finished with Midnight in Manhattan.

Temp scarf 2013 revised through 2013-09-08 midnight blue detail

Although now I’m wondering if the Midnight in Manhattan is too dark/too much contrast compared to the other yarns…

At this point, I think I’ll just continue.  After all, I need a really warm scarf – it’s freezing out.  And I’d like to make a matching hat with some of the leftovers, so I’ll need to see what’s actually left before deciding on my hat pattern.  Plus, one of the reasons I decided to make this scarf was to experiment with color.  And, in case I still need more reasons, I really, really don’t want to pull out rows again.

2014 reading challenge

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As for reading, I fell (slightly) short of my 2013 Reading Challenge goal, finishing 63 instead of 65 books.  I decided to keep my 2014 goal the same, at 65 books.  I already finished my first two books of the year, including The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  I understand the criticisms of the book, but I found it really compelling and ended up staying up late (quite a bit late) for several nights to finish it.  However, I now feel the need to take a break from 700+ page novels examining the human condition, so I’ve started reading Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits by Shirley Paden.  I’m not sure what book will catch my fancy next – possible one of the many already waiting for me in my Kindle Fire…

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