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!