Yesterday I went to the Vogue Knitting conference in Manhattan, which is the first big knitting conference that Vogue has put on. For those unfamiliar with Vogue’s knitting industry, they’ve been publishing a knitting magazine for hand-knitters for decades, so this is actually really in line with their market.
I had signed up months ago to take a class called Math for Knitters, which was all about the math that goes into designing sweaters and substituting yarns and the like. It was taught by Edie Eckman, who is a well-known author on the knitting and crochet scene. This was actually a bit of a pleasant surprise because when I signed up for the class, it was taught by someone else I hadn’t heard of. The class was excellent and gave me everything I needed to design my own sweater, which was the reason I took it. I’ve declared 2011 the Year of No New Patterns, which means that after I finish knitting and crocheting the projects I’m currently working on, I’m going to design everything else I do myself. It’s time to elevate the art.
I also picked up a lecture by Debbie Macomber, which was good, but seemed a little out of place. She was lecturing on how she became a writer, with very small bits of knitting thrown in, so it seemed a bizarre choice for a speaker at a knitting conference. The lecture was actually included in my class, so I wasn’t complaining too heavily, particularly since writing is another one of my interests. It worked for me anyway. And, being in an audience of like-minded people, we all picked up our knitting and worked on it while she talked and no one was offended. I texted my fiancé to exclaim in delight that I was among my people. “Who?” he asked, “the Knitish?”
Why, yes, actually.
There was also a beautifully designed, if slightly overwhelming, Vogue Market, which was a number of yarn stores selling their yarn. I wandered through, but I have so much yarn at home that I didn’t purchase any, despite being tempted a few times. I did pick up a set of lace blockers, since I’m going to need that soon for the Shipwreck Shawl I’m knitting.
Next year they’re having it in L.A., so I won’t be attending, but if it comes back to New York, I’d definitely go again. Preferably without a head cold.