I absolutely love going into New York City! The energy is incredible; plus, I can go in for the day, then return to my quiet suburban home, leaving all of the craziness behind. Combine that energy with an incredible experience in knit and crochet, and you have the ultimate in NYC experience, in my humble opinion!
Earlier this month, my daughter and I headed into the city with other crafting enthusiasts to attend Vogue Knitting Live 2015. No driving necessary this time. Our local yarn shop hangout, The Knitter’s Edge, sponsored a bus trip that dropped us right at the door of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
Just down the block, that’s the Booth Theater where Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper is playing.
The Great Wonders of the World were featured in another display – Great Wall of China, Sphinx, Easter Island, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Taj Mahal and Chichen Itza. Several yarn companies and designers were featured in exclusive fashion shows throughout the day. We caught the Vogue Knitting show…The event even featured a yarn tasting station where you could pick up hooks and needles to try some of the yarn offered at the show…
Best of all, The Marketplace featured over 60 vendors on 2 floors of the hotel. This is just one of the floors, with the runway for the fashion shows at one end. The vendors offered luscious, luxurious yarns, along with knit and crochet accessories like needles, hooks and buttons. Yes, I drooled! And, then wondered whether or not my bag would hold everything I wanted to buy.
Natural fibers and creative colorways are all the rage these days, and they were well represented among the merchants in attendance. We found a few favorites among them.
Long Island Livestock Company raises its own llamas and alpacas out on the eastern tip of Long Island. Most of the wool they sell is spun from their own llamas and alpacas, and colors are natural and un-dyed. We couldn’t resist buying some of the luxuriously soft yarn, especially because each hank came with a picture of the animal who “contributed” the wool.
We fell in love with the yarns at The Yarn Company. Who could resist a yarn whose color is “Atomic Skunk”?! Odyssey by Verdant Gryphon is a wonderfully soft superwash merino wool. And, last but not least, we found a beautiful camel hair and silk blend called “Refuge DK” in onyx at Kismet Fiber Works. That yarn is slated for a beautiful pair of mittens. Check out what I added to my stash…And, of course, we couldn’t be two blocks away and not eat at the Brooklyn Diner – Times Square. Their world famous pigs in a blanket, followed by quinoa salad and bacon wrapped scallops made everything so much better…yum!That’s just a short recap. I’ve already starting dreaming about going to Vogue Knitting Live 2016. Can’t wait!!!