Crochet

Vogue Knitting Live 2016

It has been a week since I attended Vogue Knitting Live in New York City

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To say I loved it would be an understatement. I’m already plotting about how I’ll go again next year.

I was up late the night before, but had to leave by 6:00 am on Sunday to get there in plenty of time for the 9:00 am Tunisian Crochet is HOT! class with Dora Ohrenstein. Here’s my tired train selfie…

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Despite an early start I got to the Marriot Marquis in Times Square in plenty of time and grabbed a cup of coffee across the street.

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I love the energy of the city. One day, when the boys are older, I’m sure we’ll venture there more often. Times Square is a great place to have a conference.

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Dora was delightful and despite the complications of a crowded class and a small room she brought a beautiful array of swatches and showed us the basic tunisian crochet stitches. She took time with each person one-on-one if they needed more help. She even gave an overview of some crochet history and went over some of the concepts in her Creating Crochet Fabric book (practically my crochet Bible) to help us understand some of the peculiarities of crochet itself and things to keep in mind if we wanted to design our own crochet pieces. I didn’t hesitate to pick up her book after the class was over.

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After the class I had to hurry to Amy Herzog’s Knit to Flatter: Producing Garments You Love to Wear lecture. This item deserves its own post, but I got so much value out of it and practically all of the things Amy talked about apply to crochet as well as knitwear so I was thrilled. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious.

After the lecture I wandered through the marketplace a bit. I ran right up to the Lion Brand booth to tell Shira Blumenthal how much I loved watching ‘Tea with Shira’ on youtube. She was so kind and sweet and said there were more episodes slated to come out soon. Like a doof I forgot to take a picture with her (because, this is never my first inclination when I meet a new person), but I was so glad to have met her.

I also met and chatted with London Kaye about her work. She, again, was kind and gracious and I’m so sorry I missed her miller lite yarnbomb in Times Square (she said it was by far the biggest project she had ever done). I wish I had asked her if I could take a picture of her along with her work, but again, I didn’t think to.

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I wandered around the marketplace a bit more, but didn’t buy any yarn since I have plenty stashed already. All in all it was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to return next year. Now that I know what to expect I hope to ask more people for photo opportunities in the future so I can post more beautiful projects and the people that make them.

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