All the events listed below are included with your class, lecture, package, or Virtual Marketplace ticket regsitration!
More events to be announced soon! Please check back, as dates and times for these events will be released soon.
All Marketplace Extras will be held in Eastern Time
Official VKL Welcome Party
Hosted by Josh Bennett and London Kaye
You’re invited to the Official VKL Welcome Party with KNIT@NITE hosts Josh Bennett and London Kaye!
Inspired by their popular weekly knitting event, normally housed at Alan Cumming’s NYC hotspot Club Cumming, Josh and London will be taking over the first night of Virtual Knitting Live! to throw a fiber-filled party that welcomes and celebrates YOU (or should we say “ewe”?) So thank you for being the beautiful fabric that holds us all and this amazing VKL event together. Josh and London are excited to see you for an hour of cashmer-acles and unbe-weave-able surprises.
Meet Rowan Designer Erika Knight
Stop in and meet Rowan Designer Erika Knight, learn about her design process, what inspires her and more! You'll also be able to ask your burning questions for Erika.
Erika Knight is a highly respected British knit and crochet designer. Originally from a Fine Art background, with a successful career in the fashion industry, her trend forecasting work reignited her passion for the handmade. With her ‘simple’ ethos, Erika has a unique interpretation of craft: her mission is to simplify and communicate her insight and passion for handknitting with accessible yet enticing projects in order to inspire everyone to experiment and above all enjoy creating. The author of numerous highly acclaimed books on knit, crochet and craft, Erika has lectured at the V&A Museum in London, as well as leading art institutions and universities.
Erika continues to design, write and innovate, and recently launched a new podcast -KnightKraft - alongside her daughter and co-creator Arabella. Her latest collection for Rowan Magazine sees Erika returning to the home-comforts of some of her favourite yarns in a celebration of tactile familiarity, with designs that are warm, reassuring and made to be lived in.
Making a Life with Melanie Falick
Why do we make things by hand? And why do we make them beautiful? Led by the question of why working with our hands remains vital and valuable in the modern world, author and maker Melanie Falick went on a transformative, inspiring journey to write Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live. Traveling across continents, she met knitters and potters, weavers and natural dyers, printmakers, woodworkers, and more.
Melanie is joining us at VK Live to share behind-the-scenes stories about her experiences researching and writing her recently published book and also to engage us in a conversation about how makers can unite, make change, and take agency over the narrative around the value of handwork: “I believe we can change the world for the better by incorporating more making by hand into our communities and honoring creative expression generally,” says Melanie. My goal is to spread this message far and wide.”
About Melanie Falick
Melanie is an independent writer, editor, and creative director—and a lifelong maker. She is the author, mostly recently, of Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live, as well as several other titles, including the seminal Knitting in America and the bestselling Kids Knitting and Weekend Knitting, with over 450,000 books in print. She is the former publishing director of STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of Abrams, where she spearheaded books by many of the DIY world’s most esteemed authors, including Kaffe Fassett, Norah Gaughan, and Clara Parkes. She is also the creative director and editor of Modern Daily Knitting Field Guides.
The Marvels of Machine Knitting or Really! You knit that on a knitting machine?
The popularity of machine knitting is seeing a resurgence and many hand and beginning machine knitters wonder what all the buzz is about. See what these machines can do firsthand with demonstrations and examples of stockinette, cables, slip stitch, tuck stitch, lace, colorwork and combining hand knitting with machine knitting. Learn about the types of machines and how they differ.
Daily 9:30–9:45 AM Eastern
Suzan Colón will lead 15-minute meditation classes every morning before the start of the day’s classes.
Knit in the Pit at Virtual Knitting LIVE!
hosted by Jon Giswold
Bringing the vibrant CommKNITTY that began at the City by the Sea in Asbury Park to Virtual Knitting LIVE!, with conversations and inspiration for every fiber enthusiast. Jon welcomes 3 very special guests to talk about how each of their efforts makes this world a better place. From stitching Soap Sacks for people in need, gathering knitted garments for LGBTQ+ homeless youth, and Crocheting Away with the kindness of a fiber superstar, each of these special people never lose sight of their mission: To help people. To care. During this time attention is being steered away from people that need us all more than ever, and these 3 special guests are walking the walk and talking the talk. We are so happy they will be talking with the Pit Crew in this very special edition of Knit in the Pit at Virtual Knitting LIVE! in the Marketplace.
Featuring Special Guests
Please note this event has limited seating, first come first served.