Vogue Knitting Live; Blocking On The Road

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I felt very welcome indeed!

Earlier this month, Amy and I were lucky enough to teach at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City. What a fantastic event it was!

Now, it’s no secret that NYC is one of my favourite places in the entire world, and the idea that I got to go there and do my favourite thing – teaching knitting – was just too exciting.

The event was held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Right in the middle of the madness.

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There are knitters in these crowds.

Amy and I both had a full slate of classes

This was a fun one!

This was a fun one!

But we did get some time to wander around, eat bagels, and of course, drink coffee.

Coffee is very important.

Coffee is very important.

Now, being a designer, I’m always keen to show off my own designs at an event like this. I’ve been busy with some sooper-sekrit design work, but I did have one thing on the needles that I’d been meaning to finish – a chunky version of my Rickenbacker shawl. (More details on it here.)

I worked on it on the plane on the way there – binding off the last stitch as we trundled up to the gate.

Ready to wear!

Ready to wear!

I wore it that first day, ends a-dangling, unblocked.

Living on the edge, knitter-style.

Living on the edge, knitter-style.

But as an instructor, I knew I couldn’t get away with that for long. So that evening I soaked the shawl in the hotel bathroom sink, rolled it in a towel to wring it dry… and then lacking pins or wires, indulged in my favorite cheat for a triangle shawl – hanging!

Improvised blocking. Worked brilliantly!

Improvised drying rack. Worked brilliantly!

I had a fantastic time – so many great students, so much fabulous yarn, so much to see and do. I look forward to going back.

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