All the events listed below are included with your class, lecture, package, or Virtual Marketplace ticket regsitration!
There is no need to register for individual events, all events will be available to you in your Event Hub.
All Marketplace Extras will be held in Eastern Time
More Marketplace Extras for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Coming Soon!
Keynote with Jared Flood: Yarn Matters: 10 Years Making Yarn in the US
Saturday, October 10 12:30–1:30 PM Eastern Time
Jared Flood reflects on a decade designing and manufacturing yarns as Creative Director at Brooklyn Tweed. Flood founded the company in 2010 and has spent a decade working with US wool growers, spinning mills, and dye houses to create beautiful, thoughtfully produced wool yarns for handknitters.
Daily, 9:30–9:45 AM Eastern Time
Suzan Colón will lead 15-minute meditation classes every morning before the start of the day’s classes.
Beginner Knitting Demonstration with Kerry Kimber of Rowan Yarns
Thursday, October 8 10:00–11:00 AM Eastern Time
If you have ever thought about learning to knit, this is the perfect opportunity! Ideal for complete beginners, this demonstration will cover the basic principles and concepts involved in getting started with this wonderfully creative skill. Kerry will show you how to hold your needles, cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.
Crochet in the UK
Thursday, October 8, 12:30–1:30 PM Eastern
Join Claudia of Crochet Luna as she spends time chatting with up-and-coming as well as established crochet designers based in the UK. These talented designers have a lot to say about the state of crochet and how to keep the craft moving forward to create beautiful, modern designs. We will discuss some widely accepted myths about crochet as well as share some amazing projects the designers are currently working on.
Claudia Carpenter @crochetluna holds a Bachelor of Arts in art and has over 20 years’ experience in administration and bookkeeping. She started crafting in late 2013 with a simple crochet scarf and hasn’t stopped crocheting since. Claudia launched her business, Crochet Luna, in 2014. Seizing the opportunity to combine her love of the fiber arts and graphic design, Claudia created a small business designing pin-back buttons for the crafting community. Her company is where crocheters, knitters, and all-around crafters can find products to express their love of the fiber community. In the spring of 2017, she launched the first episode of the Crochet Luna Vlogcast on YouTube, where she highlights the beauty of crochet.
Alyson Chu @alysonhere: Alyson is an Edinburgh-based crocheter. She co-hosts Keep Calm and Carry Yarn, a transatlantic crochet/knitting, audio/video, mother/daughter podcast. Her designs are self-published as Alyson Chu Designs, and she has written for Crochet Now and Crochetzine. Alyson is part of the BIPOC in Fiber team, a project dedicated to promoting diversity in the fiber industry.
Fay Dashper-Hughes @provenance.craft.co is a crochet designer and host of the Crochet Circle Podcast. She is passionate about learning and passing on crochet skills and her love of British breed wools.
Heather Griffith @hgdesignscrochet: Heather hails from Leicester, UK, where she has been crocheting everywhere she goes for more than ten years. A granny square addict with a growing fondness for traditional Aran knitting, she uses a planner and journal system to run her life and empire. She is an INFJ, keen gardener, avid book reader, and partial to a few hours playing Pokemon on her Switch.
Rosina Northcott @zeensandroger lives somewhat sandwiched between countryside and coast in the Devonshire town of Ottery St Mary. Mixing modern crochet with the traditional, she fully embraces the many brilliant facets of what crochet has to offer. Big color and bold design are what make her tick. When not obsessing about crochet and yarn, she obsesses over two tortoises, a budgie, a cat, and her two sons. She also works three days a week for the NHS.
Meet the Graduates of Launch Pad, A Small Business Development Program
Thursday, October 8, 5:00–5:45 PM Eastern
Join Diane Ivey of Lady Dye Yarns as she speaks with 5 small business owners and graduates from Launch Pad: Vogue Knitting’s Small Business Development Program.
Launch Pad: A Small Business Development Program was developed as part of Vogue Knitting’s commitment to a future in which our industry better represents the great diversity of our community. This program provided resources and support for members of our community who were marginalized and who were either just starting a business; in the early stages of running a business; or hoping to become vendors in the future. This program was conceived specifically to remove barriers to entry for these small business owners.
Terri Haynes of AT Haynes House Yarns @at.haynes.house.yarns
Yorkio Oki of Fibre Art Studio @fibre.art.studio
Terra Mitchell of Mitchell's Creations @mitchellscfiberarts
Susan Dickerson of Robin's Promise Yarn Company @robinspromise
Eva Szabo of Seismic Yarn @seismicyarn
Official Virtual Knitting LIVE! Welcome Party
Hosted by Josh Bennett and London Kaye
Thursday, October 8, 6:00–7:00 PM Eastern
Welcome to Virtual KNITTING LIVE!
To get ready for a weekend full of fun, fiber, and friends, join MARVEL and Bergdorf Goodman designer,= Josh Bennett and the queen of yarn bombing, London Kaye, as they host the Virtual KNITTING LIVE! HA-WOOL-EEN Welcome Party.
Come mingle and meet the other ghouls and wools attending the party, and then show off your amazing skills in the DIY Costume Contest. Just make and model a costume with a creative DIY component to enter the contest. Win exclusive Virtual Knitting LIVE prizes all night long.
A Conversation Between Friends: Melanie Falick Interviews Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits
Saturday, October 10, 4:30–5:30 PM Eastern
In this hour-long conversation, Melanie Falick will lead her longtime friend, Cocoknits founder Julie Weisenberger, in a conversation about her love for knitting and teaching; her belief that well-designed tools elevate everything about what we do, including the perception of knitting in our culture; and her creative process as a designer.
About Julie and Melanie
Julie has been knitting and designing ever since she stitched her first sweater in college while studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria. In the 1980s she ran her own knitwear company; in the 1990s she designed sweaters for yarn companies and magazines; and in 2007 she founded Cocoknits.com, a pattern and tool company. Over the years she has developed and perfected a unique top-down, seamless method of sweater knitting called the Cocoknits Method, and created a line of tools that make the process of knitting easier and more beautiful. She is the author of Cocoknits Sweater Workshop: Knitting Top-Down, Seamless Sweaters.
Cocoknits website: https://cocoknits.com/
Cocoknits on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cocoknits/
Melanie Falick 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, and the host of Making a Life: The Conversation, a new online series. She is the former publishing director of STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of Abrams, where she spearheaded books by many esteemed authors, including Kaffe Fassett, Norah Gaughan, and Clara Parkes. After leaving Abrams she edited Julie’s book, Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. She is also the creative director and editor of Modern Daily Knitting Field Guides.
Melanie’s website: https://melaniefalick.com/
Melanie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melaniefalick/
Virtual Knitting LIVE After Hours with Host Kristy Glass
Saturday, October 10, 6:00–7:00 PM Eastern
Kristy Glass celebrates I Love Yarn Day (October 10) by sitting down with yarn lovers Roshelle Anderson from Queen’s Yarn Boutique, Connie from ChileKnitz, Molly Plummer from Mimo Yarn Co, and Kim from Kim Dyes Yarn!
Roshelle Anderson, the owner and dyer of Queen’s Yarn Boutique, started dyeing yarn because when she went into yarn shops, she could not find the colorways she envisioned. She is not afraid of color: The brighter, the bolder, the more vibrant, the better!! She enjoys crocheting, knitting, sewing, latch-hooking, loom knitting, and other yarn crafts. Her yarn bases are named after Prince songs and albums; the shop is named for her amazing grandma, Queen. Roshelle loves gardening, listening to music, learning French, and watching Doctor Who and Star Trek with her husband, Jeremy, and their pit bull terrier, Peanut, in North Carolina. Find videos on her YouTube channel, Queen’s Yarn Boutique.
Constanza Natalino (aka Connie) is the dyer behind ChileKnitz, a small yarn-dyeing business running in Santiago, Chile, looking to open the high-quality yarn market in her country and share it with the world. ChileKnitz is known for its cheerful, playful, and vibrant colorways inspired in the environment, pop culture, life experiences, books, and anything unicorn related. Connie works with several yarn suppliers around the world with the purpose of finding the best blends and high-quality yarns so that knitting becomes more than a hobby but an experience, and that the projects knitted out of them turn out to be heirloom pieces!
Molly Plummer: The Mimo Yarn Co. is a bold, bright and colorful indie-dyeing biz based in the UK. Molly, the owner, adores bright and colorful patterns and dyes, which bubbles over into her yarn-dyeing work. The Mimo Yarn Co is a company of one, and there is always something to tickle the fancy of a fellow crafter, from sock yarn, slubs, DK, to yak! Molly found her love of dyeing from working at Sweet Georgia Yarns back in 2018 while travelling around Canada. Along with being a knitter herself, she wished to dabble more with dyeing yarn and sending her “yarn babies” across the globe. The Mimo Yarn Co ships worldwide and also offer free shipping for orders over £100 to Canada & the US. You can find Molly @the_mimo_yarn_co on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!
Kim Russo, the dyer and owner behind Kim Dyes Yarn, has been dyeing full-time since 2010. She was raised in and spent most of her life in the Midwest after being adopted from Korea as a very small child. Though she learned to knit as a child, put the needles down until having children. Having children instinctively made her pick up the needles again. This was before Ravelry, so she joined online knitting lists, where her love for knitting really exploded. She would stay up all night to knit while the babies were sleeping. Learning new skills has been her lifelong journey. She has always been drawn to beautiful color combinations, and before long, she taught herself to dye and make all of the colors she wanted to work with. This is how it all began. When she and her family moved to Virginia, she decided not to return to work and to instead focus on dyeing yarn. She has been blown away by the reception to her work; she pinches herself regularly that she gets to make a living as a maker!
Get to Know These BIPOC Designers with host Jeanette Sloan, founder of BIPOC in Fiber
Sunday, October 11, 12:30–1:30 PM Eastern
Join BIPOC in Fiber founder Jeanette Sloan as she interviews these four panelists.
Shenequa Brooks has an Afro-Caribbean heritage and describes herself as an “artpreneur.” Looking to her family’s cultural background, conversations with others, and Ghanaian experience for inspiration, her art practice is built around the traditional craft of weaving—transitioning into sculpture, performance, textile, or “garment” pieces and installations. Her new body of work questions the use of materiality in relation to craft; where weaving synthetic hair tells a story about experiences shared with the women in her life whom she loves and holds dear. Braiding, Bantu knotting, and plaiting represent the hairstyles she grew up with, at the same time celebrating ideas of sisterhood, womanhood, sacred space, intimacy, identity, and beauty.
Camila Larsen Esveile was born in the lands currently occupied by the Chilean State. She lives in Santiago, where she’s been working as a knitting instructor for almost a decade. Since 2019 she’s been publishing her own knitting patterns both in English and Spanish. Her main interest is to help knitters to explore their own singularity and to develop a powerful textile practice.
Lucinda Iglesias: Lucinda grew up in New Orleans. She spent her summers with her mother’s family in Guatemala, where she fell in love with the colors of the textiles. On alternate summers she visited with her father’s family in Salamanca, Spain, where the architectural motifs of the historical buildings left a strong impression. Now, she lives in Sutton, Quebec, where in addition to running Mont Tricot with her husband, she is an avid designer. She loves to incorporate these vibrant colors and textures from her background in her designs. Living in the country provides Lucinda with added inspiration for her crafting. Most recently, Lucinda created designs influenced by current events such as the Social Distancing 2m (6ft) Wrap and Le Gros Câlin (The Big Hug). She has designed for Artyarns, Illimani Yarns, Shibui Knits , Julie Asselin, and dLana.
Mary Renji is a part-time crochet designer who lives in Mumbai, India. While she loves to knit and crochet, it’s crochet that really got her interested in designing, and she released her first pattern in 2015. As she explains, “Designing has been the best thing that has happened to me in recent times. It’s amazing to dream of the possibilities with a string of yarn and a piece of metal. It keeps me so engrossed that I lose track of time. Some of my happiest days are when I am crafting and designing.” Her self-published patterns are available in PDF format from Loveknitting and her pattern store on Ravelry.
Crafting Conversation: LGBTQ representation in Crafting
Sunday, October 11, 2:00–3:00 PM Eastern
As part of our effort to celebrate and recognize LGBTQ History Month, join VK DAC member Cecilia Nelson-Hurt; Austin Rivers, Founder of Knit the Rainbow; Gregory Stitch, knitwear designer; and ash alberg from Sunflower Knit for a crafting conversation on the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in the industry.
ash alberg is a queer, non-binary femme and fibre witch who creates beautiful and practical products using sustainable methods. equally importantly, they seek to nurture the skills, knowledge, and creativity of fellow fibre witches to achieve their goals. ash is a full-time knitwear designer, natural dyer, and parent to the resident coven pooch, willow. they live on treaty one territory in central canada. you can find ash on instagram @sunflowerknit and @fromfieldtoskin, and at ashalberg.com and fromfieldtoskin.com.
Austin Rivers is an activist, professional actor, and small business owner in New York City. Austin is extremely passionate about social justice and civil rights, specifically within the LGBTQ+ and Black communities. He received his BA in Politics from NYU and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. In addition, Austin has worked on several progressive political campaigns and in the offices of elected officials in NYC as a Community Liaison. As an actor, he has toured the United States and the world, visiting over 20 countries worldwide
Gregory Stitch: Atlanta native Thomas Gregory Hamilton, aka Gregory Stitch, always had an interest in fashion, and he studied and researched designers such as Versace, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and his all-time favorite, Roberto Cavalli. He put his passion for fashion on hold to pursue his dance career, but in 2011 when his mother, Linda Marie Truitt, passed away, he discovered the art of crochet. It became therapy to deal with his loss. Soon Gregory began making and selling scarves and hats, and from there he moved on to hoodies, sweaters, suits, and dresses. In February 2019, Gregory Stitch debuted a collection at New York Fashion Week! The future is still waiting to be written. @gregorystitch
Please note this event has limited seating and is first come, first served.
Professional Shearing Demonstration with Tabbethia Haubold-Magee
Sunday October 11, 3:00–4:00 PM Eastern
Tabbethia is a professional shearer who travels the East Coast, shearing approximately 1,000 animals every year. She also breeds and raises nationally recognized llamas on her 17-acre fiber farm in Yaphank, NY. Join her as she demonstrates how she shears one of her own sheep and highlights some of the different aspects of the fiber industry.
Immediately following the shearing demonstration join Long Island Yarn and Farm for their marketplace presentation at 4pm.