As the Marketplace booths were shutting down, the “Knitterati” (or celebrity designers and lecturers) were winding down their lectures, and the signs of larger-than-life models with superimposed arrows and “Fifth Floor Lectures This Way” on their chests were taken down, there was still plenty of knitting to be had on the final day of Vogue Knitting Live 2012.
Deborah Newton kicked off the one-hour lecture schedule with a chat about her new book, Finishing School, and an eye-opening slideshow demonstrating the importance of gauge and how final details can make all of the difference in a knitted garment. “Don’t make your sweaters the way I make them,” she said, regarding following a pattern to the letter. “Make them your own! Add a detail!”
Franklin Habit followed with a lecture on Wheldon’s Practical Needlework series, published originally beginning in the late-1800’s, and how the practical was not very practical. His engaging talk included an anecdote involving him knitting a pattern called “Reins for Children,” and proceeding to ask his upstairs neighbor if he could try it out on his neighbor’s two-year-old daughter.
Throughout the day, designers and lecturers sat down at scheduled times to have “Meet the Knitterati” sessions, giving the fans a chance to ask questions of their knitting idols. The tables held only six chairs, which was a departure from the seventy-seat lecture halls, to give knitters a chance to ask questions of the designers almost one-on-one.
At 1p.m., a panel discussion was held called “Getting Published,” with designers and authors coming together to share tips on how to break into the business (versus pleasure) of knitting. And finally, the last special event of the day was on Color Theory Tips for Knitting, held by Karida Collins and Ann Weaver, owners of the Neighborhood Fiber Company and Weaverknits, respectively.
In the Marketplace, Vickie Howell was again on hand to teach beginning knitting and crochet in the Bernat-sponsored Beginner Lounge. She also stopped by the new Kollabora booth to sign copies of her book, Step It Up Knits, available in stores now. Also in the Marketplace, the Knitted Art Gallery moved to a location with more exposure; the Knotty Knitters’ display of the entire array of knitted American Presidents was now in the path of the doorway, instead of back behind a separate wall.
Due to Hurricane Sandy and the travel hassles caused by the impending storm, a few vendors were forced by necessity to leave town early. Overall, however, the Marketplace, designer-lecture schedule and class schedule were unaffected. The show was a rousing success, and knitters from both Chicago and across the world were able to exit the weekend with more knowledge, even more respect for their teachers and advisers of the craft, and of course, more yarn.
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