Posted on | January 18, 2012 | 2 Comments
NYC has never been the same since VK Live came to town last year. Having thousands of knitters converge on the city for 3 days worth of knitting is just awesome. And not to mention all of the other events going on at various LYS while well known teachers and designers are in town!
I spent Saturday and Sunday exploring the marketplace and catching up with friends. There were book signings galore this year, so it was fairly easy to find everyone throughout the day. As for those designers who attended the show as “civilians”, I also managed to run into quite a few of them as well.
Cirilia Rose and I at the Skacel booth
This year, I really wanted to take Catherine Lowe’s couture knitting class, but apparently it is always the first to sell out. At the last minute, I decided to take a class about teaching and creating classes with Tricia Malcolm. While Tricia does not really teach knitting classes, she started her career as a teacher at an all girls school. It was a great class and I would certainly recommend taking it if that sort of thing interests you.
I also walked away with a few goodies, of course:
- Tiny Unicorn Kit from Mochimochi Land
- I loved the Long Island Livestock Company’s booth. Clean design, natural colored yarns, and sheepy soaps and lotions. I picked up some Shepherdess Salve and Bulky Alpaca/Cotswold Lamb – courtesy of Zack.
Yarn courtesy of Zack the sheep
- I just had to restock on Soak, cause it’s awesome. I purchased one of their new scents, Lacey. Apparently it was a pretty popular one, it flew off the shelf! I also finally purchased a soaking basin, I really don’t know why I didn’t pick one up sooner. I love it! I’ve already used it a bazillion times since last week. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but not by much!
- VK Live wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the Knitty City booth. Last year, I felt like their booth was the heart of the show and certainly didn’t disappoint this year. I popped in on Tanis Gray signing her latest book, Local Knits and Connie Chang Chinchio signing her first book, Textured Stitches. Both books will get a proper review on this blog very, very soon.
Tanis and her new book, Knit Local
Laura Nelkin, Connie, and I with her new book, Textured Stitches
Some other highlights of the show:
Belle Felted Wrap at Bijou Basin
Yellowfarm: it was nice to see more local farms at the show this year. I particularly liked their Jacob wool from Barton Hill Jacobs.
Ysolda: I got to check out her 2 new books: Whimsical Little Knits 3 and Saturday Treat, an accessory collection in Fyberspates yarn.
Yarnpop: Cute little project bags in fun prints.
And finally, a few random pictures cause I thought these dresses were cool: