We're just back from VKL Seattle and happy to say "mission accomplished" - we are so VERY inspired! We finally were able to meet in person many of the awesome vendors we already worked with and continue to work with, make new friends and just have a blast during our fantastic trip. Many ideas are bouncing around our heads for future KnitCrates, kits, products and more. We thought we'd share some pics from our trip:
- "Hey Andrea, is that a KnitCrate bag at that vendor booth?!"
So we always make the rounds before we carefully peruse an event like this and we were happy to see one of our KnitCrate BAGGU tote bags in a vendor booth! These bags were featured in our January 2013 inaguaral packages, which included yarns from Be Sweet and Three Irish Girls. We later learned that it so happens that the bag belonged to Nadine Curtis, owner of Be Sweet, and she brought it from California to VKL Seattle! So happy to see!
- "Would those needles work as a KnitCrate Add-On? We're gonna need larger mailers. . ."
We thought this was pretty cool - super sized addi circular needles - for show of course! This is second best to meeting Mr. addi himself.
- "Hi Mr. Addi!"
So we were fully satisfied on our addi obsession . . . Andrea was able to have a quick chat with Mr. Addi himself!
- "Let's peruse!"
After our initial rounds we started looking for inspiration and potential vendors. . . gotta say that we have a laundry list of both and more!! There was plenty of yarn, awesome people, and friendly advice!
Andrea got to chat with Vickie Howell and grab this photo op. Vickie's column series in Knit Simple is one of Andrea's favorites.
We both had a great time chatting it up with Steven Berg, owner of StevenBe. His energy is so inspiring! Steven's decades long experience in the fashion industry allows him to give a fresh look at the fiber arts. His message summed up is to think outside the box in how you use fibers in creating clothing and household items. In the picture with Steven and Joe, Steven is wearing a sweater he designed and created with film strips laced throughout. It gave the sweater an edgy fashion forward look - Joe loved it!
- "Let's grab some lunch!"
We met up with Nadine Curtis, owner of Be Sweet, and grabbed a bite to eat. . . her awesome booths were busy during the entirety of the marketplace! We were so happy that she took the time to meet with us to catch up. Andrea became obsessed with Nadine's Be Sweet Magic Ball necklace that Nadine is wearing in this picture. Andrea spent the flight home to New York knitting one up - we'll share pics soon!
- "Hi, are you the KnitCrate folks?"
We were meandering through the marketplace when Andrea was approached by an attendee with "Hi, are you the KnitCrate folks?". The inquirer was Vanessa - she told us she blog posted that one of her goals at VKL Seattle was to meet us! Here is a quote from her blog (available here): "Tomorrow is the first full day of Vogue Knitting Live Seattle & I plan to spend most of the weekend there...My goals are modest: say hi to the lovely folks from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, seek out & intro myself to the kick-ass couple behind KnitCrate (Hudson Valley residents traveling all the way to Seattle for this event) & take tons of pix for this here blog". We were so flattered!! It was great to meet Vanessa and hear her thoughts on our service.
- "Let's hurry over to see the fashion show!"
We saw some wonderful pieces featuring Koigu's yarns, which was featured in some of our March 2013 KnitCrates.
- "Time to hop over to Bainbridge Island and visit Churchmouse!"
So we had an excursion to Bainbridge Island. The ferry ride was about 35 minutes and it was so GORGEOUS both ways! We were able to grab a quick bite at a wonderful pastry shop and stop in at Churchmouse Yarn & Teas. These three pics show Andrea about to cross threshold (and pick up a couple of cool items), the neat yarn bombed street sign at Churchmouse (wonder who did that. . .), and the wait for the ferry back to Seattle.
- "Let's keep the tradition going and hit the Crab Pot!"
So whenever we're in Seattle we hit up the Crab Pot at Pier 57 (we first went in 2001 and we've had a great time each visit). Andrea had a enjoyed filling up on the Alaskan King Crab and Dungeness Crab legs!
- "I'm stuffed, but we've gotta ride the Seattle Great Wheel!"
Cannot miss this - the Seattle Great Wheel takes you up about 175 feet and over the water - awesome views! We were told we'd get to go around 3 times, but it ended up being 5 rotations for some reason. . . no complaints here! The glass enclosed gondola was very comfortable and even featured a panic button in a fashionable bright red! Half of each rotation is spent over the water with GORGEOUS views.
- "I think Pikes Place is closed."
We were so busy with lectures, meetings and more at the VKL marketplace that we made it to Pikes Place a bit late. It was nice to walk around at closing time to see some of the sites like the gum wall, copper pigs, and more! Joe loves the statues with lamps that light the way up to Pikes Place
All in it was a fantastic trip. The Vogue Knitting team once more put together an excellent event. We look forward to attending VKL Chicago this November - we hope to see you there!