Marketplace Extras

All the events listed below are included with your class, lecture, package, or Virtual Marketplace ticket registration!
There is no need to register for individual events: All events will be available to you in your Event Hub.
Replays will be available 2–4 hours after the event has completed in your Event Hub. 

All Marketplace Extras will be held in Eastern Time

Additional Marketplace Extras will be announced soon!

Lunch (and Tea) with Rowan

Saturday, January 22, 12:15–1:45 PM Eastern 

Join Sharon Brant, Rowan Brand Director, and David Macleod, Rowan Brand Manager, who will share a pot of tea and a traditional British lunch with you while introducing the new collections from Brandon Mably and Georgia Farrell. They will be joined by Kit Hutchin and John Koval from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, who will share tea wisdom and their best-selling Rowan patterns.

We invite you to dress up (fascinator optional), set your table, bring out the fine china, and prepare some traditional sandwiches or shepherd’s pie. We have giveaways and prizes for the best lunch spread! 

Register for a Marketplace ticket here to access the Rowan Lunch (and Tea)

Access to Lunch (and Tea) with Rowan is included with all class, lecture, package, or Marketplace ticket registrations. 

Meditation Classes

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. 

Download MedKnitation Handout here

Yarn Tarot with Ana Campos and Suzan Colón

Thursday, January 20, 12:00–1:00 PM Eastern

Curious about tarot? Come learn about tarot and how it works, and get to know our new tarot deck for fiber artists, the Yarn Tarot with VKL instructor and tarot teacher Ana Campos from Circle of Stitches and Suzan Colón of MedKnitation.

Official Virtual Knitting LIVE! Welcome Party
Hosted by Josh Bennett and London Kaye

Thursday, January 20, 5:30–6:30 PM Eastern

Meet the World’s Cutest Sheep

Friday, January 21, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM Eastern

At Wing & A Prayer Farm, since 2018 we’ve been involved in a “Breed Up” project of bringing the rare Valais Blacknose Sheep genetics into the United States. Join farmer Tammy in the barnyard with the flock and meet the adorable and personable sheep, hear their stories, and learn unique facts about raising and breeding these gorgeous animals. They are bounteous fiber producers, and Tammy will share her experiences in the best uses of their wool.
 
2021 Photograph by Aliza Eliazarov, “Gwen,” purebred Valais Blacknose Sheep at Wing & A Prayer Farm

Laura Nelkin and Suzan Colon: Knit for Food

Friday, January 21, 12:30–1:30 PM Eastern

Knitters love to do good things for others, and knitwear designer Laura Nelkin knows that the power of knitting can go far to help people in need. In this VKL Marketplace Interview, Suzan Colón, creator of MedKNITation, talks to Laura about her incredible Knit for Food fundraiser, and how you can join this year’s knit-a-thon!

Laura Nelkin is a prolific and innovative knitwear designer based in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. She is known for her complex but accessible designs that challenge knitters to think about their stitches in a new way. In 2021 Laura and a team of passionate knitters spearheaded the first Knit for Food Knit-a-thon, a 12-hour knitting marathon, which raised over $265,000 for food insecurity in the US. The team is back again in 2022 to take their needles and yarn, and help keep bellies and hearts full! http://www.nelkindesigns.com/knitforfood

Fridays with Felicia Eve: Stressful or Stressless, Benefits of Knitting/Crafting When Things Feel Out of Control

Friday, January 21, 5:30–6:30 PM Eastern

Join Felicia Eve of String Thing Studio for a conversation about the benefits of knitting/crafting when things feel out of control with Beverly Rouse LCPC and Andrea Santiago LCSW, CST

Spinning Today with Marcelo Martins and Rachel Smith

Saturday, January 22, 11:00–11:30 AM Eastern

Twist up your craft with us in this spinning moment. Marcelo Martins invites Rachel Smith to a spinning talk to share spinning techniques, demonstrate some spinning, plus answer your fiber and spinning questions. Both are passionate about fiber preparation, spinning, and how your feelings can be transferred to yarn.

Canadian and Brazilian teacher Marcelo Ribeiro Martins is passionate about animals and textile arts. He has been interested in knitting and crochet from a very young age. Spinning came into his life once he moved to Quebec, where he has been living since 2008. In 2018 Marcelo founded the Centre d’Arts Textiles des Îles. There he coordinates and teaches spinning, knitting, and crochet to youth and adults. He recently opened his studio, Makeloo Studio, where he practices the arts he is passionate about and shares his work. Since the end of 2019, Marcelo has been leading weekly discussions and a study group on natural fibers and their transformations. He is currently a student in the Master Spinner program at Olds College in Alberta.

Rachel Smith lives in Langley, BC, Canada, with her husband and 2 amazing kids. Always outdoors, they love to explore, camp and hike. Obsessed with wool, spinning and teaching, Rachel blogs and hosts a weekly podcast, Wool n’ Spinning at patreon.com/woolnspinning.

A Virtual Visit of Blue: The Tatter Textile Library

Sunday, January 23, 12:30–1:30 PM Eastern

BLUE, the TATTER Textile Library, is an ever-growing home to more than 6,000 books, journals, exhibition catalogs and objects that examine and celebrate the global history, traditions, makers, craft, and beauty of textiles. BLUE is both an ongoing art installation as well as a fully functioning research library. Currently the library is home to the book and/or object collections of seven different women. BLUE is a registered 501(c)3 and was founded in 2017 by artist Jordana Munk Martin. BLUE is also home to a speaker series and its beloved semiannual contemporary journal: Tatter Journal.
 
BLUE’s parent company, TATTER, offers more than 65 online workshops annually in long-form and short-form programming, in all areas of handwork and textile making, as well as unique products for making and enjoying cloth.
 
To be the first to know about BLUE and TATTER's diverse offerings register for our newsletter at www.tatter.org  or follow our instagram feeds: @tatterbluelibrary; @tatterjournal; @shoptatter.

Additional Marketplace Extras will be announced soon!