Greetings! Jaclyn here, writing to you on an out-of-the-ordinary day… Tuesday. I would have been here sooner but Kara and I have had quite the busy weekend attending Vogue Knitting Live! in Chicago, Illinois.
This was my first time at the event and it did not disappoint. From the cocktail party, the bustling marketplace and the multitude of fascinating classes, Vogue Knitting Live! is truly a mecca for all things knitting.
If that weren’t enough, it was also my first time in Chicago, a city that I found both exhilarating and daunting for this Florida girl.
Kara and I arrived on early Friday morning and then embarked on finding my checked bag in one of the largest airports I have every been in. After many miles of walking and with the help of a fast moving cabbie, we made it to our destination, the Palmer House, with all bags in tow.
I cannot begin to describe the feeling that was pulsating through the building as the lobby was alive with the sound of knitting needles. Students sit in the wing-backed seats, furiously trying to finish their class homework before heading upstairs.
Having arrived early, we quickly stowed our bags in our rooms and decided to take to the streets of the Magnificent Mile in hopes of taking in the fashion for inspiration.
The high fashion that walked the streets of Chicago was mesmerizing and an aesthetic smorgasbord of inspiration. I couldn’t resist going to Millennium Park to ogle all of the incredible art and take copious amounts of selfies at “The Bean” (don’t judge me, some instances just require a selfie and this was one of them).
After a tea house snaffu, we made our way back to the Palmer House and back to the safe knitted haven.
It wasn’t until later that night that I had my first real taste of Vogue Knitting Live! and their impeccably thought out and put-together events when I attended the Cocktail Reception sponsored by Skacel Collection.
It was a fabulous time full of mingling with industry professionals and the everyday knitter alike all while taking in the incredible architecture of the Red Lacquer Room and nibbling on the exquisite food that was offered. The story of Addi needles was told by none other than Editorial Director, Trisha Malcolm before giving us free reign to try their many needles out at yarn tasting stations around the ballroom.
Saturday morning truly marked the first day of my Vogue Knitting Live! adventure as the Marketplace awaited.
Two levels of vendors were at my disposal and I scavenged the floor with fascination and glee as I got to squish and feel all the different yarns featured in almost every booth. I admired the different aesthetic of every booth while reveling in the homage to glitter and color that is quite synonymous with Steven Be at his booth. It was truly an experience I will never forget and the amount of learning that took place for me truly made this a priceless gift. As someone who is what I would call and intermediate knitter (someone who knows more than the basics but still hasn’t grasped all of the nuances of knitting or the more advanced techniques), I cannot stress to you how important shows like this are. Not only for the many classes you can take to further your skills but to also just be in this environment among like minded people whom you can learn from and talk to.
Inspiration and knowledge is everywhere.
That is the biggest takeaway I got from my Vogue Knitting Live! adventure.
Amidst all the stunning designs, luxurious yarns and incredible notions, I learned that something as simple as the weave of a strand of yarn can inspire as much as a walk down Michigan Avenue. This event and this world is chock-full of inspiration, you just have to find it.
My experience at Vogue Knitting Live! was a hugely positive one, despite a few pitfalls and the learning that took place was invaluable to me. To say that I can’t wait to go back next year would be quite the understatement and I hope this has solidified your resolve to join in on the fun, too.