So, I'm sorry it has been a bit, but I attended so many events at Vogue Knitting LIVE...and there were SO many people to meet and see...that I didn't even get to write every story I wanted to write.
I usually get to write about the Marketplace, and then all of the fun extras VKLive has to offer, but I was tired after writing eleven articles. I feel I did okay with the coverage, however.
So now I shall use this space to tell you what you missed!
First of all, Vogue LIVE is great in any city, but it's worth the field trip to New York if you have never attended that one. The hotel is accommodating, and since it's smack in the middle of Times Square you have plenty of food, people-watching, and walking-direction options when you need fresh air. But I will say, the Marketplace...umm...
Part of the reason I didn't get to write about the Marketplace is that, even though I took a boatload of photos, the place was JAMMED. I had a hard time trying to talk to peole to get the inside scoop on their booths, and find out why they thought they were special or ordinary or noteworthy or whatever they thought about themselves.
Here are a couple of fun photos, however...
This was Laura Bryant's demonstration on how the eye sees color...we all thought we were pretty artsy, or at least had an average pallette in our heads, but quickly realized we were wrong. She was great...very, very passionate and a great sense of humor to boot. I went to two yarn shops in NYC on Monday just so I could see her yarns in person, since I don't get to see them too often here in Chicago.
This was the view from the end of the runway at the Marketplace fashion show. See all of the people in the back? Keep in mind, the aisles were probably eight feet wide...it's not like we were crammed in like sardines on purpose. The place was just that awesome.
This is one of the items that was autioned off for charity, next to its magazine promo counterpart. It's nice to see a piece that looks great in person, and actually looks wearable when it's styled, no? I may have to go back and make this one after I finish Deb Newton's tunic from the 30th Anniversary issue.
I also finally met Trisha Malcom in person, which was a hoot. She posted a message on my facebook page, asking if I was at the gala and saying she was dying to meet me in person, and then of course a few minutes later, one of my yarny friends from Chicago sent me a message which echoed my sentiments exactly:
"Trisha Malcolm posting on your facebook page is totally your Jennifer Lawrence moment."
So there was that...she's great as well. I walked up to her right before she was scheduled to sign a bunch of books...I think we both had closure...ha ha ha. Anyway, I was SO honored to cover the event because I meet such great people and I get these emails afterward from people I don't know, saying that they really appreciate me giving them a good snapshot of what it's like there. I'm quite proud of that.
Some news...I got an email from a woman named Helen Hollyhead, who is a higher-up at loveknitting.com, and to make a long story short, I've been asked to be a bi-weekly contributor to their blog.
So all of a sudden, I am going to have this British-based audience with a world-wide reach, since of course we are talking about the internet, and I get to talk about yarn all day for money. Suddenly, the whole changing-jobs thing and the very ill-timed changing-houses thing are looking like the greatests pushes from God EVER. I am looking so forward to this gig, and of course I will be promoting the crap out of the website because it's like a little community and it has all of my favorite products on it...yay!
I'm off to work, and then tomorrow I get to interview Shirley Paden so I have to get all of my stuttering out of the way on the drive to UIC...ha ha ha. I'm getting the hang of this, though. It's funny, because I grew up in Chicago and see famous people pretty often, but when I meet a famous yarnie, I just get all flustered and my first thought is, "Your brain is AMAZING!" So yeah...I might need to nap before the event tomorrow.