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  • VKL NYC 2014
  • Joe Raetzer

VKL NYC 2014

We attend fiber arts industry events all throughout the year – in 2013 we were lucky enough to attend VKL NYC, VKL Seattle, Rhinebeck, TNNA and Stitches East (among other events).  It’s been awhile since we’ve shared an event with you and we thought it was a good time to do so because we’re currently buttoned down in a severe snow storm (Polar Vortex 2.0…seriously?!!).
Also, this blog post has a February Indie sneak peek for you!  ***SPOILER ALERT*** Our February Indie KnitCrate will include AWESOME Indie yarn with a retail value of $64 (that does not include the value of the pattern, fun extra and sweet/soothing extra)!  It’s a good time to order a Try-A-KnitCrate: February Indie Edition here because we’ll be closing those out soon…
UPDATE: February Fiberbox and February Int/Adv are sold out.
KnitCrate co-founder Andrea is heading to Manhattan solo for this event! Not to worry – she had plenty of yarn on hand to knit during the train ride and she was outfitted in some of KnitCrate’s finest items.  The train ride on the Hudson River is SO majestic…something to take advantage of if you ever have the chance.
And it begins…  This VKL event was like all other VKL events: well organized, professionally staffed, packed with inspiration and knowledgeable classes.  A world class event all the way!
***SPOILER ALERT***  Eye catching and fantastical in person… wait until you see their yarn in your February Indie KnitCrate. Who could this be? They’re super fun, super talented and super creative dyers!
There was booth after booth bustling with gorgeous yarns – so much to choose from!
We’ve met subscribers at events all over the US from the West Coast to the East Coast. It’s still such a thrill to be approached by a KnitCrater! This is Jasmine – she was manning a booth and helped a very ambivalent Andrea pick out some Signature needles.  Upon completion of the transaction (and a product exchange to boot – Andrea is a bit indecisive knitter at times!), Jasmine was happy to reveal that she is a KnitCrater.  She has been with us since May 2013 and Andrea was thrilled to meet another subscriber!  Andrea was also able to meet up with KnitCrate subscriber Erin and her fiance - you'll recall that Erin met with Andrea at Rhinebeck last year.
VK Live puts on a fabulous fashion show – so fun and inspiring at the same time!
We LOVE meeting with our designers.  Andrea was perusing for future KnitCrate items when she bumped into the beautiful and bubbly Ann Weaver.  Ann revealed that she is designing with Stonehedge Fibers, which is the very yarn Andrea is wearing around her neck with her KnitCrate Tubular Crazy Colorful Cowl. Let’s all keep an eye out for Ann’s latest creation – we feel a future kit coming on!
The crowd was to capacity at all events – no lack of attendance as usual with Vogue Knitting events!
It’s amazing what you can create with various fiber arts.
Koigu was one of our first vendors in early 2013.  We LOVE their yarns so much so that we have loads of Koigu kits, offer it as a Beekeeper Quilt Kit option, have it in a Minis Grab Bag, and now carry their very successful Koigu’s Mobius Cowl.  This company puts out nothing but the best!
One of the great things that VKL does is offer classes and tutorials so you can learn new techniques.
Andrea tries to catch at least one class at each event we attend – she was happy to attend a toe up sock knitting course taught by Kate Atherley at VKL New York this year.  Andrea not only learned amazing techniques, but she also walked away with two fun patterns.  One of these patterns is depicted here: “Wise Hilda’s Plain and Simple Toe Up Worsted Weight Sock” that’s a perfect pattern for beginner sock knitters. Andrea’s lips are sealed with the yarn she is using that she found at VKL…perhaps it will be featured in a future KnitCrate!
We’re about to show some of Andrea’s VKL marketplace haul…this guy was not part of it (Joe was thankful!).  Just the shirt please!  Andrea walked away with a medium in black and sported it the next day (with a cardi of course – brrrr!).
So that’s it for VKL NYC…next stop VKL Seattle!  We’re both excited to attend that event and we hope to see you there…
  • Joe Raetzer

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