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KnitCrate Attends Yarn Market News (YMN) Conference in Chicago and Vogue Knitting Live (VKL) Seattle 2014 for Inspiration, Fun and More!

We recently attended the YMN Conference in Chicago and VKL Seattle – we had fun meeting old and new friends alike, we enjoyed some of what the local culture offered, and we walked away with loads of inspiration! You can read more about our experience below and see pics…

The YMN conference was an amazingly informative event! Attending this conference gave Andrea a wonderful insight into all that LYS struggle with and the fantastic achievements many shop owners realize. It was inspiring to see all the creative efforts that LYS owners put in place to satisfy their clientele. Andrea was happily embraced by the LYS owner attendees and swapped hints and tips on customer service, marketing and more. The presentations were full of wonderful information on what’s going on in the fiber arts industry as well as fashion trends on the horizon. Andrea immersed herself in all that the conference offered – she came away a bit dizzy! The wonderfully put together conference culminated in a fun yarn crawl through 6 LYS.

VKL Seattle was SO fun, inspiring and beneficial for future KnitCrates! We found loads of awesome new potential yarn companies/dyers, designers and more at VKL Seattle. Here are some pics of our experience…

We were so honored to be joined by our two KnitCrate moderators Adrienne (left) and Melena (right)! For those new to KnitCrate, Andrea (co-founder and curator) is in the middle. Adrienne and Melena have helped grow the KnitCrate community by answering questions on Ravelry, finding awesome potential items for future KnitCrates and acting as a sounding board for new ideas we have. Their contributions are greatly appreciated – it was so good to have lunch with them and peruse all that VKL offered.

We were once again impressed with the roster of vendors that Vogue Knitting put together for this event! There certainly wasn’t a lack of choice.


 Beautiful samples and yarns were all on full display – so hard not to touch EVERYTHING…

Adrienne and Melena couldn’t help but reach out to touch the lovelies on display as well!

 But why stop at touching?! Andrea had no qualms asking to try on a sample (or two) to feel the drape and quality of yarn to fully understand and appreciate the work! You can learn a lot by wearing a garment fully knit up – you can learn just as much about the dyer and designer by meeting with them to discuss their lovely items. We learned A LOT at this event and we’re so excited that we’ve almost finished rounding out our vendor line up for the rest of 2014.

 As noted in the recent article about KnitCrate, which you can read here, one of KnitCrate's earliest supporters was Trisha Malcolm, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Knitting International. Vogue Knitting was the first magazine that featured KnitCrate – we were featured in the "What’s New, What’s Now, What’s Next in Knitting” section – and that immediate embrace and excitement for the KnitCrate way helped spread the word about our innovative service. Since that time we’ve been featured in many other magazines both in the US and abroad, but we’ll always appreciate the support provided by Vogue Knitting. Did you see our ad in the latest Vogue Knitting International magazine – super cool! We were so honored that Trisha (middle) took the time for a quick pic with KnitCrate co-founders Joe and Andrea.

We LOVE Namaste! We’re so proud to carry several of their high quality fashionable yet classicly awesome bags – new Namaste items are on the way so stay tuned…

 The fashion shows at VKL are always a hit! The items worn by the models really allow the true appreciation of how an item wears during use.

Whenever we attend industry events we always venture out to hit an LYS and experience the local culture. We visited Pikes Place Market to scout out possible future fun/sweet extras and enjoy all the market has to offer. While there we stopped in at LYS So Much Yarn owned by Betty Clune. Betty recently moved from a second floor space several blocks away and she is so excited to be in her new space – she has a GORGEOUS wide view of the Puget Sound that is probably the best view of any LYS we’ve ever seen!

We were very impressed by her wide selection and wonderful service. Andrea bought a couple of items – no sooner had she lined up to pay that an employee swooped in and offered to wind her yarn complimentary. Wonderfully sweet service! We highly recommend visiting this LYS if you’re in the area – a fantastic location, wonderful variety of items, gorgeous view, sweet service and knitting classes to boot! This LYS should be the model for a successfully run LYS around the world. You can visit So Much Yarn at 1525 First Ave #4 (between Pike and Pine Streets) and reach them at 206.443.0727 - learn more at their website at

 If you’ve been with KnitCrate for awhile then you know that we appreciate fine teas. We’re always on the lookout for new tea offerings – this shop at Pike’s Place had a wonderful selection of imported teas and the proprietor was full of knowledge.

We visited The Pike, which is a family owned brewery, pub and shop in the middle of Pike’s Place Market.  Andrea loved trying the sampler they offered – such differences in flavor!

After Pike’s Place Market we ventured out to Woodinville to visit local winery Chateau St. Michelle. We were able to take a tour of the facilities and learn all about wine production generally and CSM specifically. We were amazed that CSM has 29,000 barrels of wine on site! It was a wonderful trip down memory lane because our last visit to CSM was when our now 14-year old daughter was just a toddler!

Time to head back to KnitCrate central! After boarding our flight Andrea was quick to get to work on her current WIP – Joe broke out his laptop and got to coding new features for the KnitCrate website (not quite as fun as knitting for some…different strokes for different folks!).

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