Knitting is not an old lady’s pastime
When I got the invitation to attend as a member of the press to VogueknittingLIVE in Pasadena, California, April 17-19, I jumped at the chance. I had heard that knitting is a HUGE hobby focus right now, not to mention THE most popular interest board on Pinterest. And since I haven’t picked up a pair of knitting needles in over 40 years, I was interested to see how the industry has grown and thrived.
The sponsor of the event, Vogueknitting, is a magazine, which in 2012 celebrated its 30th anniversary of the current publication and the 80th anniversary of the original Vogue Knitting. It is the fashion leader in the knitting industry, publishing five fashion-filled issues per year. It is the brand that knitters turn to for inspirational patterns, chic styling, and compelling techniques.
In 2011, the editors of Vogue Knitting launched VogueknittingLIVE, bringing together thousands of knitting enthusiasts for a weekend show filled with fashion, fiber, and education. The event features master-level hand-knitting classes, a high-end shopping experience, knit-couture fashion shows, knit art gallery, and more to engage and inspire every knitter. VogueknittingLIVE takes place twice a year and has been brought to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle. This was the first time in four years that it was brought back to California and the first time in Pasadena.
So, what does one do at VogueknittingLIVE? During the three days, participants could choose education opportunities from 126 classes (for all skill levels) and 8 lectures. There were also several free specialty events throughout the weekend including a fashion show, panel discussions, a scavenger hunt, and exhibits. And of course there was a Marketplace where attendees could shop for yarn, knitting tools and accessories, and even jewelry. Truly, there was something for everyone who has any kind of interest in knitting.
What did I do with my press pass? Not only did I have access to the entire weekend event, but I was also able to enroll in a beginning knitting class and attend a lecture on Creativity. More to follow on those activities!! The Marketplace was especially interesting. I learned that your basic quality skein of wool yarn costs between $20 and $50 dollars; that knitting needles can be straight or round; and that you can knit a teepee!!
Just like any other crafting community, the people are friendly and helpful, especially when they find out that you are a total novice – like I am. I had the pleasure of meeting the Editor in Chief of Vogue Knitting, Trisha Malcolm. She was stationed in Vogue’s booth at the entrance of the Marketplace, welcoming guests. Trisha was the perfect hostess, answering all my questions and making sure that as a beginner, I felt comfortable in this new world of knitting.
What did I come away with? A better appreciation for the art of knitting; firsthand practice at the basic stitches of knit and purl; and the confidence that I can be a knitter too!! There just might be room for me in this world after all.