Vogue Knitting, 2011

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.


  • Tara Addesa

    I’m a Lifelong Native New Yorker Now Living In Houston .. Seems like When I’m back Home In NY Absolutely NOTHING KNITTYS EVER GOING ON !!!! Lost My Aunt Renee/Uncle Lyles # When My Blackberry Blew Up So If I Can FIND Them before The VK LA SHOW I’ll Be There :))))) It’s WORTH Going Just for the Vogue Market (I’m Such a ShopaHolic & Wait for FaB Markets to Go Wild SHOPPING) Will TrY to Make LA but We NEED MORE INFO About The Vendors .. WHO & WHAT YARNS WERE THERE!!!! I Still Haven’t Heard ANY Specific Details about WHO/WHAT Was Selling at the SHOW MARKET !!!! I Want Details details details … VK You Know NYers Want SHOPPING DETAILS !!! Let’s Go Go Go DETAILs VK !!!!!

  • Charlotte Oliver

    The Market was really beautifully done – lots of selection from some very find vendors. I enjoyed just walking through it, but it was overwhelming. Lots of good quality yarns – mostly pricy, but quality. A few vendors had big bargains on bulk purchases, which was cool.

    The classes were really good – very high quality teachers. Since I was in the area, I just did the one class + one lecture + admission to the Vogue Market package.

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