Hip and Chic Knitter Goes to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC

Times Square New York City
Times Square New York City

Vogue Knitting Live (VKL)  is a showcase of all things knitting–without the sheep. It is full of opportunities to learn and be inspired from the “yarn tasting” area to two ballrooms full of shopping temptation. I am in New York City to visit a friend and to check out Vogue Knitting Live NYC. Last year I went to VKL in Seattle. I took a class and checked out the marketplace on a Friday when I was in Seattle. My Icelandic knitting class was terrific; however, this time I did not see a compelling class, so I focused on the marketplace.

Converse makes knit sneakers! Inspiration is everywhere including other knitters' feet.
Converse makes knit sneakers! Inspiration is everywhere including other knitters’ feet.

I am not sure if it is the Saturday crowd or New York City but the energy level was way higher than Seattle! It was like a sale in the basement of Barneys. People were having fun shopping, trying on garments, watching fashion shows. Plus everywhere you go in the 3 floors of the Marriott Marquis Hotel there are women knitting and talking to each other.

Knitter tries on Heidi & Lana's sample shawl with cool buckle. Available in kit.
Knitter tries on Heidi & Lana’s sample shawl with cool buckle. Available in kit.

I promised myself that I was not going to buy yarn because I have a healthy stash at home and enough unfinished projects already. Besides there were plenty of other things to purchase like a t-shirt that says “Knitting is sexy” and patterns. Shout out to the Stella Lighting folks who are going to keep me from ruining my eyesight while stitching. My favorite logo was the Dancing Sheep. My favorite both decoration was Heidi & Lana.

Socks featured at Rowan fashion show.
Not many fashion shows feature socks! Rowan knits.
The scarf is made in Knit Collage’s Gypsy Garden, Mermaid Cafe. “In Gypsy Garden, wool, mohair and sparkling polyester fibers called Angelina are handspun together with tiny flower trims, sequins and bits of lace & ribbons.”
The scarf is made in Knit Collage’s Gypsy Garden, Mermaid Cafe. “In Gypsy Garden, wool, mohair and sparkling polyester fibers called Angelina are handspun together with tiny flower trims, sequins and bits of lace & ribbons.”

Saturday offers fashion shows and I took in several. The DMC and Rowan shows were interesting and each had one or two garments that I was interested in creating. The crowds grew as the day advanced. At 2:15 the Stephen & Steven Spectacular! hit the stage. It was the funk version of fashion show with dancers and models dressed and draped in color and texture. Steven Be has groupies and they were there in force and some of them even went on stage to join the fun. It was like watching a George Clinton concert.

Rowan Knits featured a variety of patterns including including garments using Istek Lopi.
Rowan Knits featured a variety of patterns including including garments using Istek Lopi.
Stephen & Steven Spectacular!
Uptown funk at Vogue Knitting Live!

I got so caught up in the excitement that I bought a skein of yarn at Steven’s booth along with Stephen West and Steven Be’s Mixed Tape pattern book.

You can catch the last day of Vogue Knitting Live in New York City Sunday January 18 from 10 – 4. Marketplace entrance fee is $20. Do not miss it If you like to knit!

Here are some of my favorite products…

The "ewe clip" holds one or more needles and keeps your work from sliding off. www.purlyewe.com
The “ewe clip” holds one or more needles and keeps your work from sliding off. http://www.purlyewe.com
This plastic ball protects your yarn on the go, or in my case from Lulu's sharp teeth.
This plastic ball protects your yarn on the go, or in my case from Lulu’s sharp teeth. theyarnit.com

 

Postcard from New York City

Before we stuffed our faces at Tacombi
Before we stuffed our faces at Tacombi

Never thought I would say this… especially on the east coast USA… best fish tacos I ever ate: Tacombi in Nolita, New York City.  Simply amazing. My friend Christie shared this place with me a year ago and I have been dreaming about it ever since.  I had to share it with my friend Ray and he agreed: delish!  We started with chips and guac (yum) then ordered a couple of different fish tacos. Even though I was full and satisfied after one terrific crispy fish taco, I kept eating. I felt so greedy, but who knows when I will be back.  And I will return!

The decor is also kitschy fun Baja California in a converted garage. We did not have to wait when we arrived at 8 on a Saturday. Previously had to wait 20 minutes for table.

Here is the review on Urban Spoon: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/1551027/restaurant/Nolita/Tacombi-at-Fonda-Nolita-NYC

Ready for Take Off

In anticipation of the day when my blog design will be complete and I will officially crack a bottle of champagne on my MacBook and launch Adventures of American Julie, I have been banking blogs of my summer adventures.  However, these first few posts will be “live from New York City.”  New York City is a great place to start: I have a dear friend to visit in Chelsea, several specific sites I want to see, some shopping to do, and my new Brompton foldable bike to try.

I took advantage of a screaming Southwest airfare sale this summer and so I am flying to Newark, New Jersey.  I catch the “easy train ride” into Penn Station, arriving just after midnight on Friday night.

Already Serendipity has blessed me with an encounter in my home airport. I saw a former colleague and friend who flew in from San Diego for a fishing weekend with old friends.  We had a good, brief catch up and headed on our separate directions.  I just love travel.