I really have to start blogging more than just once a month. I’d say it was my new year’s resolution, but, well, since it’s halfway thru January, and this is the first blog post of the year, I’d say I fail. I was never really good at making resolutions anyway. Ha!
So, you may know that this weekend is VK Live in NYC. I was lucky to get a volunteer position this year, as opposed to being just an attendee. I got to see the behind the scenes bits (lots of boxes and people running around like crazy), and lend a helping hand to my fellow knitters, AND enjoy the marketplace like a regular attendee. I even got to take a class this time around. I was not planning on taking a class, but scanned the list anyway, and just as I was about to give up, I saw a 1 hour weaving intensive. I was excited and I was not disappointed.
There was a little bit of history on weaving, and then we were sent to the looms to play. We covered plain weave, basket weave, twill and herringbone. I believe we were on Ashford looms (4 shaft table loom) and compared to my $10 garage sale find…holy cow. I could have done that all damn day. The one hour flew by and next thing you know, we were packing it up and I walked out of class with this.
My volunteer shift for the day was to be at the marketplace entrance and check to make sure people entering had badges and wristbands. And answer questions on where things were (mainly classrooms, fashion shows and most importantly, bathrooms). I got to see a whole lot of people walk by. And a whole lot of knit wear and knit wear designers. It was fantastic.
At several points in the day, I walked around the marketplace. I talked with Alasdair Post-Quinn about double knitting for a few minutes (I wanted to force him to mentor me…my double knitting is nowhere near as impressive as his is). I contemplated briefly a purchase of qiviut sock yarn ($90), but I managed to walk away from it. I did get a copy of Knitting with the Color Guys for being a volunteer, and Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably were signing today, so I got the book signed just before I headed out.
The entire time I was in the city, other than a bag I bought at Nine West (70% off!!), food and transportation, I spent no money. WHAT?! Not one bit of yarn has been added to my stash this weekend. I’m quite proud of myself. I’ve got WAY too much as it is.
I leave you with a picture of my sister’s cat Buddy…who looks like he may be a cousin of some other orange tabbys I know…(and if you want more VK Live photos, they are here)