Archive for January, 2015

Vogue Knitting Live 2015

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Hello All,

I just got back from NYC where I attended the Vogue Knitting Live conference. Yes I was a lucky one to be fortunate enough to attend this year, so thought that I would share some of my experience with you.

The event was held right downtown time square in 5 floors of the Marriott hotel, the market place alone was two floors! It was a great vibe and very inspiring to be there. If you haven’t heard of VK live or haven’t been to one of their events, I will bring you up to speed-
It is an event that happens every year in a few cities across the US. It brings in teachers from all over to teach their specialties and offers a large selection of classes as well as lectures to choose from. This year they even had machine knitting courses. There is a huge market place packed with vendors from all over the states and one from Canada- you may recognize, lanaknits as it is the hemp yarn that we carry in the shop.
The market place also has fashion shows, demos, a fitting station, a yarn tasting station, a beginner bar, a book nook, and even an area to relax and get a complimentary back and hand massage!

Here are some photos for you to experience the event and to inspire your creativity.


Features from the vogue magazine.


Now those are large needles!


A life size felted wizard.


Everything in this fridge was knit, the detail is amazing.




Yes these are completely all knit as well.


The market place, a dangerous place;)

It was great to hang out with lots of knitter’s, teachers and designers. I always learn a lot and come home very inspired. My highlights were the trend forecasting lecture, the courses I attended, people watching, the market place and definitely the free lecture- a panel of designers talking design. It was a hoot to listen to Stephen West, what a character!

VK Live NYC was a blast and a big step up from the last two events I attended in Seattle. It was great to see knitting in such a large capacity and popularity in such a fashion forward and trend setting city like NYC. It is too bad that the closer to home location of Seattle was taken off as one of the event venues, lets hope that they will bring it back so that more of us vancouverites can enjoy it too, it is well worth the effort to get there!


Monday, January 12th, 2015

I am sure you have been bombarded with New Years resolution emails about fitness, health, lifestyle etc and now here is another resolution idea to add to your list….your Unfinished Objects. Yes we all have them just like we all have a stash of yarn we want to get through, both seem to stack up and grow with every passing year. I don’t even want to tell you how many are on my list, lots of them so very close to being able to be worn that you would think that that would be enough motivation to finally finish them. For some reason blocking, seaming and finishing gets put aside as it is always more fun to start something new…classic startitis. So lets make a New Years resolution to finish our UFO’s and break the cycle!

I started over the holidays, fished out some of my UFO’s and did some seaming and you know what it felt good, I was excited about the prospect of being able to wear the finished garment. That being said I think that that excitement will wear off quickly (speaking from past attempts) so lets encourage each other to keep the momentum going and get these guys finished!

For a little bit of added motivation why not store your UFO’s in a beautiful, locally handmade project bag? Then every time you see this gorgeous bag, you will be reminded and inspired to stay on track and get the job done.


The bags are made by Kas Designs and all are constructed from 100% reclaimed fabric samples and remnants. The fabrics are nice and thick, beautiful and soft to the touch. They come in two sizes, the larger one with lots of inside pockets for all your notions and goodies.


The smaller travel knitting bag is great for small on the go projects like socks, accessories etc and can be carried on your arm if you are one of those talented sock knitters that can knit a pair while they walk or stand ;)



Here’s to a New Year, 2015, new resolutions, new beginnings and finishing those UFO’s!!

Road Trip Book Launch!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Well, they’ve gone and done it again…

Alexa and Emily (of the now-infamous Tin Can Knits) have yet another fantastic book coming out, and we’re stoked to be hosting their book launch for Road Trip!


Details first, then the goodies.
This Friday (January 9th, 2015)
Urban Yarns Point Grey

You know the routine, goodies, trunk show, meet and greet with the authors – it’s bound to be a great time!

I think my favourite patterns so far are Stovetop, Old Growth, Clayoquot, and Bonfire, but it’s pretty tough to decide… Clearly, you need to get your hands on the samples this Friday to help you choose which to knit first!


Old Growth