Monday, October 3, 2005

2005 NYC "Knit Out & Crochet Too" Event

What seemed to be the hottest day -- ever! -- turned out to be a great day for the New York City "Knit Out & Crochet Too!" event sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council.

We arrived just as the tents, tables and chairs were being set up.  We stopped at Starbucks and then went to Barnes & Nobles to see what books they had on display for the day.  Since we heard that Candi Jensen would be there we loaded up, I bought three:
Candy Babies: Cute Crochet For Wee Ones         Crochet Scarves!: 16 Hip Projects for Dressing Up Your Look          Crochet Bags!: 15 Hip Projects for Carrying Your Stuff

While on my way to get my group signed in, I found her!  I inquired if she'd sign my books and she was happy to!  What a peach!

I also found Melissa Leapman, Lily Chin, and Susan Huxley ... and had the pleasure of personally introducing others to these great designers!  (What fun that was!!)

For the first time in attending this event (this was my 3rd time), I finally got a glimpse of one of the fashion shows -- turns out that at that moment they had the models showing off Margaret Hubert's freeform pieces that are in the current issue of Crochet! magazine.  Of course I hooted & hollered ((chuckles)); the announcer said, "It seems we have Margaret Hubert fans in the stands" and the crowd all cheered.  (Margaret, although  you couldn't make it, you were well represented!)

I got to hook up with folks from online lists I belong to (Hi Vivian!); and from stores I teach at (Hi Rose, Hi Pamela!).  I got to see a number of film crews going around (I haven't a clue if it was for the local news or for a hobby show).  I had the most fun at the teaching demo table -- I hope all those that got to sit with me were inspired to go out and crochet in ways they never had before.  They all had great questions and it was a pleasure to provide them with the answers they were seeking!

I'm sure I'm leaving out some details as I'm preparing to head to Massachusetts today (yes, fiber related!).  If you attended this great event -- be it the NYC location, Boston, whatever!, please leave your thoughts here, or a link to your blog so others can read about more experiences! 

In the meantime, click onto my collage for a larger view.  

KOC2 Experiences from others:

  • thread_zealot: pics taken with a cell phone
  • Every word's a purl: a knitter's perspective
  • House of miao:  getting the point of knitting ("attack of the knitting grannies")

    Anonymous said...

    Hi, Dee!  I really love the energy of this entry!  It makes me actually *feel* your excitement of getting to go to the Show.  :-)  And, thank you for taking the photos and displaying them so creatively!  It sounds like you had a fantabulous time!


    Anonymous said...

    Got there just as it opened. It was difficult to navigate the various booths as some had people three and four deep. Enjoyed the sights and the free paterns and magazines. Will go a little later next year, I think.