Anna Hrachovec was spotted walking through the concourse of the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago with a cardboard moving box, a friend, and a yarn-bombed branch. Hrachovec is a newer resident to the city, but is not a new exhibitor to Vogue Knitting LIVE; her designs and fantasy storyline through Mochimochiland has been one of the most popular attractions at the event every year.
Vogue Knitting LIVE is in its third installment in the Windy City, and has continued to wow the patrons and proponents of yarn craft since its inception. This year’s Gala Dinner, featuring a tribute to Barbara Walker, sold out before the weekend events are even underway. Instructors are continuing to trickle in from all over the world so that knitters and crocheters can learn a skill from one of the elite masters of the industry.
With registration beginning Thursday afternoon and the first class sessions scheduled for 6:00p.m. Thursday evening, Vogue Knitting LIVE attracts yarn crafters of all skill levels and budgets. Knitters join their friends, fellow crafters, and an amazing panel of designers and instructors to learn everything from All About Stripes with Patty Lyons during the first session, to Donna Druchunas teaching Lithuanian Colorwork Mittens in the final session of the weekend. Registration for all classes is capped to a capacity where the instructors can still offer one-on-one instruction to the students in the class who need it most.
In addition to a full docket of classes, the most anticipated swath of real estate belongs to the Marketplace. Vendors from Chicago and beyond will be onhand to exhibit and sell their wares, but the Marketplace is so much more than a place to buy a hank of yarn. This year’s Marketplace will again be split between the third and fourth floors of the Palmer House, and it will feature a Yarn Tasting station with yarns from both Knitting Fever and Rowan, among other popular yarns. There will also be a free massage station, a gift-wrap station sponsored by Eucalan, and a Beginner’s Lounge for people to learn how to knit or crochet for free.
Patrons of the event will have plenty of opportunities to meet their industry heroes throughout the weekend as well as mingling with their friends and other fiber artists. The legendary Barbara Walker will be signing copies of her books for attendees, and Editorial Director Trisha Malcolm will also be signing books at the Vogue Knitting booth. Nancy Marchant and Rosemary Drysdale will also be onhand to sign books, and many of the free panels and lectures will involve question-and-answer sessions with the presenters.
If knitters are looking for inspiration, the fashion shows have always proven to be a popular event at previous Vogue Knitting LIVE installments. Attendees are also encouraged to share their finished projects in a photo with Malcolm, who will then have the photos sent to the event’s twitter and facebook streams for all to see and get inspired.
Several classes are still available for attendees to register and learn something new. Vogue Knitting LIVE runs through Sunday afternoon at the Palmer House Hilton. The hotel is accessible by CTA trains and buses, in addition to being a six-block walk from any Metra station. Knitters and crocheters can take as much or as little time as they have to come downtown, buy a ticket for a class or entrance into the Marketplace, and get their creativity sparked by their surroundings. That spark, truth be told, can last a lifetime.
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