Vogue Knitting Live!!

I live in a prime location for access to some of the most fun knitting events in the country. As a matter of fact, so much goes on around here that I have to pick what I will go to. Of them all there are 2 I would never miss; Rhinebeck and Vogue Knitting Live. I love spending the day in New York City with my friends, shopping from some of the best vendors, classes with the best teachers and fashion shows exhibiting knits from some of the top designers in the world!

I went with some great friends. Here we are waiting for the fashion show to begin:

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I was excited to meet one of my favorite bloggers and podcasters Maria from Subway Knits! She was super nice and took the time to pose for a picture with me.

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There was an amazing amount of vendors to explore and so much beautiful stuff I wanted to buy. Needless to say I could not afford everything I wanted but there were a few things I went there wanting to buy. One was one of the Soak kits with the nail polish and skein of Lorna’s Laces. I chose the light pink one.

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I also wanted to get some fun project bags and ended up getting these bags by YarnPop. I love the holes for the yarn to feed out of. This will come in real handy when I’m doing color work. I bought 2 bags with one hole and one bag with 2 holes for the color work. The fabric designs were all beautiful and it was hard to decide. I ended up with the Giraffe one because I have a thing for giraffes. I also got a small one with cute owls on it and the larger one with this nice black and white print on it. Can’t wait to use them!

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I also found some knitting tools that I have needed like these flexible blocking wires

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These will be a great help when blocking shawls.

I also grabbed a couple of ChiaoGoo needles at the Knitty City booth. I really don’t need more needles but I have been wanting to try them for a long time. They are very nice and pointy which I like but the cable seem kind of stiff. I’ll knit my next pair of socks with them and see how they are to knit with.

The big purchase of the night was at the Plucky Knitter. WOW! pictures don’t do these yarns justice. The colors are just beautiful and I already have ideas on projects for these yarns.

For now here’s some pictures I took with my phone. That is my husband taking pictures of my new stash for me. His pictures are way better and I will add them later after he gets them to me.

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My friends and I ended the evening with some Turkish food. It was super yummy and we had a great time talking about knitting over delicious food!

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We lucked out with the weather. It was a nice balmy 50 degrees out that day. I didn’t think I could have a funner weekend but it actually got better! My husband and I got to share a rare day together today because we are both off for MLK day. We had a beautiful day together. Pure magic! I’ll get more into that next post.

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Here are some pics of the amazing things we saw at VKL! Enjoy all the beautiful art!

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In My Knitting World

Sometimes I feel like I am three different people living in three different worlds.

There is Amy the corporate woman. Blaa… Some people thrive at this type of life and love it. Me not so much. I never wanted it. I just had no choice. I was a single Mom with 2 kids to support. I do the absolute best I can, work with amazing people and am grateful to work for a great company that gives me good salary and benefits, but for me it is empty time. It does nothing for my soul.

Then there is Amy the Tarot Reader. Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of being a fortune teller and reading cards for people. Why? because I wanted to know what I couldn’t see. I also wanted to give people answers that they couldn’t find. I also loved the mystery of it all. I have been reading and studying the cards for many years now and this is where I feel myself. I love it and will never tire of it. Unfortunately it’s hard to make a living off it. especially in my neck of the woods where the cost of living is so high.

And then there is Amy the Knitter. I’ve been knitting and creating things since I was a child. Grandma taught me to knit and crochet and I’ve always loved it. I love making things and giving them to people I love. It’s my love in a physical form. Often times I dream of becoming a knitting designer but Amy the Corporate Woman keeps getting in the way by hogging all my time.

My goal for 2013 is to honor Amy the Tarot Reader and Amy the Knitter by giving them more time. I’m not sure how I am going to swing this but I am sure going to try! Do you hear that Universe? I’m ready to make that change!

Meanwhile in my knitting world here are some of the gifts I made in 2012 to give to people I love!

I designed this shawl specially for my sister Lisa. She is one of the most beautiful people I know and I love her so deeply. It makes me so happy to see her wrapped up in this.

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I also snuck in a pair of Porifera Socks designed by Miriam Felton with the leftover yarn

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My sister Kim got this Gyllis Shawl in a Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn of the most beautiful colorway. It was perfect for Kimmy.

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that was for her birthday. I also knit her this Color Affection shawl for Christmas

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My husband still hasn’t gotten his Aran Sweater but he did get a pair of custom socks designed by moi.

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The kids got some things too. Joe got a nice slouchy hat. He wears it A LOT. I have even caught him sleeping with it on!

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Rachael got a nice warm cosy pair of Snowflake Socks to wear. These are a Drops design and I used their yarn as well. They knit up fast!

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My Mother in Law also got a special gift this year. I have to get a picture of her wearing this. I swear her eyes almost match the green in the shawl! It is so beautiful on her with her red hair! It is the Carson Shawl designed by Romi Hill. Love it!

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Next year my number one goal is to get Marc’s sweater done. I also want to publish some of my own designs.

I have lots of stuff I want to blog about in future posts. I have a lot to say about many of the Craftsy classes. I’ll let you know how Vogue Knitting Live goes this weekend! I will definitely keep you up to date on my designing aspirations. I so wish I had more time for that!! Sigh….