Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What a Weekend!



Kudos to Vogue Knitting for organizing this. This was their first time doing such a thing and, despite some kinks, it was a fabulous weekend! Hosting 3,000 people in New York City can't be easy. But they pulled it off.

I loved catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones. Thursday afternoon, I sat in the hotel's lobby and chatted with knitters from upstate NY, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, Maryland and from a few blocks away. Lots of chatting, a few drinks, busy knitting hands.



Friday morning, I was up and out the door by dawn and wondered why the heck I was out so early on such a snowy day.



This is why!



Leslye Solomon teaching Continental Knitting. Terrific class--fabulous teacher! (More about this during the week.)

Later the same day--the marketplace opened. About 50 or so vendors on two levels.





Yarn? Though there was incredible, beautiful yarn---I really don't need any more yarn. But there was more than yarn at the marketplace. My major purchases were needles--the Signature needles in the two new sizes and Blackthorn dpns.



Um. . .yes, there's yarn in the photo, too. I couldn't resist a bit of yarn--Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool--that was practically a steal!

On Saturday, met some out-of-town friends for an early lunch. It was so early, it was really breakfast. And I took another class--Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting with Brooke Nico. This was another excellent class with the most wonderful teacher. Brooke took away a lot of the scary from lace knitting for me.

But I don't have any photos!

But picture this:
A hotel room converted into a classroom. A table in the middle of the room with two table lamps on it. (Terrible lighting for knitting.) A dozen knitters ripping out nine partial rows of their lace sample and then knitting them up again. Brooke was a patient and attentive teacher and I can't wait to make some mistakes in my knitting so I can use her technique.

On Saturday, I also went to a Vogue Knitting fashion show:

I'll make this dress when I grow another 12 inches and lose 100 pounds!



This sweater is so pretty. The back of it is all smocking.



A beach cover-up that will be in the Summer 2011 magazine.



And then there was the real-life fashion show:







So many talented people in one place!

Vogue Knitting will be bringing this event to Los Angeles, CA in September--but, I do hope they also come back to NYC!

6 comments:

YesterUkes said...

I've been waiting to read about your weekend. Sounds wonderful and I'm having fun "being there" via your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Jolene said...

So jealous -- would have loved to have been there. Thanks for the recap!

stringplay said...

Thanks for the fashion show and ALL the great photos. Looks like a fabulous show. So glad you enjoyed it.

zippiknits said...

Thank you, Mary, for all the wonderful photos of the Vogue event. NYC is a much better place to have it than Los Angeles, inho. :o)

Iron Needles said...

Lucky lucky you! Thanks for the play by play, though.

Are you enjoying the new needles?

Zephyr23 said...

What a delightful report with gorgeous pictures. Lucky you!