Emily and I are usually in the same place at the same time about once a year. This year though, we managed to meet in the middle for Vogue Knitting Live in New York! We taught all weekend to a fabulous crowd, wandered around the market place, and even had a couple of extra days to see the sights!
One of my favourite things about shows is spending a little time with other designers. This time we managed to grab some dinner with Bristol and Veera, and we headed to MOMA with Veera and Melanie Berg. It is always nice to share a meal and chat, and Bristol and Veera are excellent company. It was also amazing heading MOMA, seeing all of the art through the eyes of designers, hearing what inspires them about each piece. Emily and I are currently on a colour kick so we were all about the palettes!
We didn’t have a lot of marketplace time at Vogue, but Emily made the most of it, picking up a SQ (sweater quantity) of Mewesik from Green Mountain Spinnery. We also headed out to see a couple of New York Yarn shops, Brooklyn General Store and Purl Soho. Way back in my knitting journey, when I decided to move away from my acrylic blanket obsession (how many hideous strip blankets can one girl knit?!), I discovered The Purlbee, the blog of Purl Soho. I was immediately smitten with their simple style, fabulous yarns and fabrics, and wonderful tutorials. I have been following along for years, and though I had been once before, at their old location, it was so fun heading there with Emily! We picked up a few precious skeins and Em decided to jump on the Fringe Supply Co Field Bag wagon. After Purl Soho we hopped the train to Brooklyn to see the Brooklyn General Store. It such a cute shop, full of yarn, fabric, and all sorts of treasures!
We also had a little time to see the city! In addition to our MOMA trip we saw the Statue of Liberty and took a stroll through Central Park. It is such a great city to walk around, and we stopped at many cafes along the way! Knitting and cafes might be our favourite things….
I finished up my Prairie Fire sweater just before I left (it may have been a tiny bit damp when I packed it in my suitcase). It is project that has been languishing without a second sleeve for WAY too long, and it was so great to get it finished and wear it. The yarn, beautiful Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘black cherry’, was a Christmas present from Em back in 2015. Vogue was the perfect place to wear it out, there is nothing better than compliments from knitters! Emily got a couple of snaps of me in Central Park in my new sweater.
It is always so nice to be together, and it was so fun being together in another city, exploring, chatting, and planning!
Knits we wore in NYC