Vogue Knitting LIVE Recap!
New York City - 2013For three days, Vogue Knitting LIVE shined like the brightest lights in Times Square, the new home of Vogue Knitting LIVE in New York City! Knitters from all over the world came to the Marriott Marquis for fashion, fiber, and education. It was a thrill to meet so many new attendees of every age (even 101 years!), as well as those who’ve been many times before, and know that we’re still teaching you new techniques and offering you the best products to make your stitching even better.
Dinner on Saturday night featured keynote speaker Karen Allen. It was SO exciting to have a star of stage and screen here with us to talk about her work with fiber! Also at the dinner we had a special Zealana yarn fashion show and revealed the winners of the Zealana Design Contest. The entries were all so phenomenal it was hard to pick the best out of the lot. You’ll see the winners in a future issue of Vogue Knitting. Our best wishes to Sanae Gunji from Tochigi-ken, Japan, who will be heading off to New Zealand as a special guest of Zealana for the trip of a lifetime! We'll keep you posted about her amazing adventures.
The knitterati, our teachers, were again impressed with the caliber of students who arrived eager to learn in their more than 150 classes, including a 12-year old boy who took an advanced class! Our elite vendors were thrilled with all the shoppers who made the Marketplace such a vibrant environment—BuzzFeed found some amazing things there, including the artists’ gallery and an in-costume Batman who stopped by to work one of the booths! We added new features to the Vogue Knitting LIVE experience, including free seated yoga sessions and complimentary hand massages, plus a Fitting Station where you could get professionally fitted, the Expert Bar for advice from our top technicians, and more. Vickie Howell and her Bernat team made new knitters all weekend long, and new designs from top brands like Rowan, Koigu, Knit Swirl, KFI, Nicky Epstein, and of course, Vogue Knitting, walked the runway.
We also did our part to help others in need, with the drop box for donations for those still affected by Hurricane Sandy, but especially at our cocktail party and Charity Auction to benefit Stitch Red, the yarn industry’s efforts to donate to women’s heart health. Everyone wore red and mingled with the knitterati at our electrified event!
We couldn’t be happier with our third show in our hometown. Now we turn our sights to the West Coast, and we hope to see you in Seattle April 5–7!
Editor in Chief, Vogue Knitting