I ended up spending time at Vogue Knitting Live on both Saturday and Sunday, and had a ball.
The Marketplace at Vogue Knitting Live is not for the faint of heart. If you are a new knitter, or unaccustomed to having a large selection of beautiful yarn right there in front of you, it’s overwhelming. There is something panic-inducing about wandering the booths that crowd the overstimulating ballroom carpet at the Marriott Marquis. If you go outside for a gulp of oxygen, you’re in Times Square. Rhinebeck it ain’t.
Perhaps because I’m a veteran of the Stash Wars, in such situations I retreat to a position of LCCV (least credit card vulnerability). I’ve been known to leave a weekend at Rhinebeck with a single hank of yarn and a bag of wooden spoons (c’mon–the wooden spoon guy is irresistible). Another strategy that works for me is to limit purchases to books, or to yarn for a pattern I am already committed to knit. No “just because it’s beautiful” purchases–that way lies Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
I did pretty well at Vogue Knitting Live. As they were announcing the closing of the Marketplace in 5 minutes, this is what I had to show:
Books and gifts. The Visa was about to exhale.
Then I ran up to the 6th floor and plunked it down for the last hank of this:
Meet Tessa. Tessa is 250 grams of DK/light worsted cashmere. As you know, I don’t usually go in for the handpaint, and my bout of viral cashmere illness was way back in 2011. But they had an amazing sample. It’s a very unusual dye job. A neutral plus not-neutral combo, with no repeats, that I just loved. And my birthday’s coming up…sometime this year. So: spa-lurge.
Anyway, it was fun. The best part was hanging out with friends who do things like this.
Sunday’s catchphrase: “I knit my panties.” I cannot acknowledge the source without risking consequences. SOMEBODY PLEASE PUT IT ON A T-SHIRT. Or at the very lease a wristband.
The icing on the cake: I met Védis. But time’s up. More later.
EDITED TO ADD IMPORTANT ENABLING INFORMATION:
The Japanese book’s ISBN is 978-4-579-11414-6. I bought it at the Kinokuniya bookstore booth.
The grey yarn is from Neighborhood Fiber Company, dyed by the fair hand of Karida Collins, in Baltimore. Karida is featured on the cover of Ann Weaver’s Cityscapes book of accessories. The other Ann Weaver book is Twentieth Century Graphic. (I am a collector of All Things Ann Weaver.)
If you don’t know about Soakboxes, I worry about you. Mine is called Clark Cable; it comes with beautiful Lorna’s Laces yarn to knit up a pair of gauntlets/fingerless mitts to match a certain teen girl’s fingernails.