Vogue Knitting Live in NYC Jan 18-20, 2013
I’ve never attended a knitting convention before, although I’ve been on knitting weekend retreats to the mountains with friends, and even a knitting cruise and I love visiting yarn stores when I travel. I really enjoy Vogue Knitting Magazine and when I got their e-mail mid-year last year about Vogue Knitting Live in New York City and it was only a few days before my birthday in January (and it was one of those big birthdays with a ZERO at the end), I told my husband that it would be a fabulous birthday present for me! I found a friend, Eileen, who had been knitting for only about a year, to go with me. When general registration opened, we picked the Time Square Day Tripper Package (about $100) that got us unlimited access to the Marketplace and our choice of a one hour lecture and a three hour class. So we poured over the choices and finally decided on ones that we were both interested in – “Finishing School Workshop” with Deborah Newton (the three hour class) and “Making the Most of Your Yarn Collection” (the one hour lecture).
Friday we were up early as our first VKL event was in the early afternoon, the one hour lecture “Making the Most of Your Yarn Collection”, which was just great and not at all what we expected. It was fun meeting the other knitters and to feel the rising excitement because the Marketplace opened late in the afternoon. When it was time for the Marketplace – we lined up early, like a lot of others – and noticed a young lady just ahead of us wearing lovely knitted beret, shawl and fingerless mitts. Eileen, the social one, started chatting with her and we found out we were talking to a young designer, Toby Roxane Barna who was wearing some of her own lovely creations. We just loved her and ended up getting a bite with her later that night. If you like shawls, check out her designs on Ravelry –www.ravelry.com/designers/toby-roxane-barna .
Included in the event were a lot of free things, like fashion shows and demonstrations, a ‘yarn tasting’ where there were stations with needles and balls of yarn where you could sit down and knit a bit to see if you like that particular yarn, a Knitter’s Lounge where you could sit and knit and visit with other knitters. There was a ball winding station where you could wind your purchases, a fitting station where they helped you learn about fitting your knits, an ‘expert bar’ where you could ask questions and get help, and a beginner’s lounge where basic instructions and help were given. And did I mention vendors? Yarn shops and manufacturers from across the country had brought some of their finest and most luscious yarns to sell and we were in HEAVEN!!