If you are a follower of VKL (Vogue Knitting Live), you may be aware that this event in NYC is historically held in January. After travel debacle of December, I was fully aware January could prove the same. JetBlue, however served its travelers well, weather cooperated, and I found myself at VKL NYC 2018 in good form.
Having attended the event before, I knew what to expect but wanting to make something new of the occasion, I chose to volunteer at the event. That immediately changed the dates of travel due to a volunteer meeting held on the Wednesday evening before. It also meant two glorious extra days in the city and lots of decision-making on how to spend that time. When the weekend was all said and done, as in all travel, there were certain moments, expected and otherwise, that stand out, so with this post, those are the moments I will highlight.
Wednesday ~ easy travel. With room readily available and map in hand, I settled in for my stay and planned where I was going to ‘tour’. It was a simple choice. Mood, of course followed by Bryant Park. Why? I am a huge fan of Project Runway and wanted to see (and possibly shop) the fabric store where PR contestants make their purchases in the competition and Bryant Park hosts the final fashion show. So, off I went with my poor sense of direction but great determination.
I found this (admittedly after 2 mile jaunt in the wrong direction) :
So excited, I walked in. As a tourist does, I snapped these.
Bolts and bolts of fabric miles long and miles high. A few floors just like this. Then, I asked where Swatch was. (Swatch, to you unknowns of the reality show is the visiting pooch of Mood.) And, I was told I was in the upholstery section of Mood NOT the fashion section where Swatch typically hangs out! WHAT?? Never suspecting and already in heaven she pointed to the door. I was to take the Olmstead (a familiar name) elevator to the third floor.
WOW. I immediately recognized THIS as what I was seeking . . .
Black in EVERY fiber!
And . . . where fabric gets bolted, cutting boards, patterns, and classrooms!
Of course, I asked about Swatch again. He was not there that day, but I did spot this which filled my heart.
On leaving Mood, I was quite satisfied having found it that I wasn’t too disappointed having not purchased anything.
My next desire was to find Bryant Park. Back to scouting my map and asking an occasional passer-by, it was in no time I was there. On this weekend, it was set up as a lovely winter wonderland.
The volunteer meeting was Wednesday night, a welcome time to sit at the end of a tourist’s day.
Here are some jobs you can sign up for in volunteering.
Thursday ~ Knowing I was to be in NYC, I signed up for the MoMA tour as offered by VKL. Scouting out the location of the Museum of Modern Art, which was basically in the opposite direction of the day’s before outing, provided all kinds of new stimulation, it was easy to find. The tour called, “Is Fashion Modern?” had an excellent docent who took us to task with asking ourselves that very question. I thought it pretty cool that Lululemon’s original pant made it into the display. The little black dress and orange piece are pieces I loved. So, if these were examples of what was in the exhibit, you could ask yourself, Is fashion modern?
I visited the gift shop and found this great cross-over bag. A picture of my MoMA keepsakes . . .
One must visit Central Park when in the city.
And, of course one must take in a show on Broadway. A chance friend and I chose Amy Schumer in Meteor Shower as our pick. The ticket taker, Georgie, was especially personable and left this sweet note for us when we went back to pick up our tickets.
Friday – Sunday ~ Days to volunteer, window shop, and take in classes/lectures. I built my class schedule for all three days around the theme of designing. Each teacher had her own take on the topic and it was interesting to hear of the process from different points of view. The lectures I sighed up for were inspiration filled. My favorite class was on sketching. Deborah Newton could not be more enthusiastic about her designing and that enthusiasm was not only palpable but contagious. Here, we are studying sketches.
Her tip is seen on the right, my practice, on the left.
I did indeed make one purchase during my stay. Could this book be any more beautiful and so aptly named. Glamourie, indeed! Now, THAT is knitting!
I thought the main highlight would be the Readers’ Runway Fashion Show. As delightful as it was, it was the second time I’ve entered and somehow, the second time is never as exciting as the first. My favorite part was meeting someone AND her husband who I have talked to on Ravelry and BOTH walked the runway, as well. Also, the young girl captured my attention who was with her Mother. How special for these pair to do this fun thing together.
The fair isle coat earned this award.
Here is a candid pic of the group who walked the runway this year.
The most meaningful highlight was however my daughter and her friend meeting up with me in the evenings. Whether ordering room service or having a delicious meal at a lovely Irish eatery, talking about nothing of consequence and laughing really put the weekend into perspective of what matters most and certainly added to what truly was a full-on indulgence weekend for me. A goofy selfie ~
We said good-bye Sunday night to each other and to this great city. Until next time . . .