I arrived into NYC around 5pm in the evening, the sun was setting as I took a taxi to the Hilton (The largest hotel in NYC btw, and the knitters took up 1/3rd of it, walking around though it seemed like 3/4ths). The trouble with going on these sort of trips is hoping you run into people you know and they don’t mind a bit of company, because while I never mind being alone, I did not come to NYC to be sit by myself the whole time! I was very lucky to run into the team that makes up Bijou Basin Ranch on thursday night. A wonderful husband and wife team, along with the always wonderful Marly from YarnThing fame who (hope I get this right) is creative director for their pattern line, and she has some really wonderful designs with them (including that cabled hooded jacket that I seriously wanted to steal).
I was so very excited to be able to attend Vogue Knitting Live this weekend in NYC. I had such a wonderful time. The teacher line-up was simply insane. It was phenomenal. I took classes from Jared Flood, Debbie Bliss and Meg Swansen. I feel like the luckiest knitter on earth (though I signed up THE DAY they put the site up, I knew the teachers would be sold out fast). This makes me feel a little bit better about missing Sock Summit (the baby was too little for me to leave her). Events like Vogue and Stitches have quiet a difference vibe then say, Maryland Sheep & Wool or Rhinebeck. It’s a different beast all together, with less focus on the “animals” and more focus on the fasion and market. Obvious with any knitting event, there is lots of fiber content talk, but it’s just different and hard to explain. As amazing as Stitches is, I’m more of a fan of a festival type event, so if I am going to more of a market like Vogue is, then I want LOADS of amazing teachers which is exactly what they provided.
I’ve seen these sort of posts on other blogs and I have to admit it’s often led me to very cool things, so I thought I would share some of my favorites.
One day when I am very rich I will fly to Australia just so I can shop at Witchery and Witchery Kids
Florabella photoshop actions and textures are amazing
Woollybottoms makes the most wonderful up-cycled “longies” and slippers. This is targeted to those who cloth diaper, but they are fantastic for any baby or toddler. The best winter pants on earth and the most amazing baby slippers I have ever used (and I’ve tried loads). These are green with a capital G. The women who makes them is really sweet too. Get on the e-mail list to be alerted of stockings, everything is one of a kind and sells fast!
Aimee Ray, who designed my adorable pixie logo is an amazingly crafty women with a wonderful aesthetic. If you like woodland animals, you will flip over her etsy shop.