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! http://westknits.com
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!