I got to spend last weekend surrounded by yarn inspiration, knitting celebrities, and sneaky snowmen—it was Vogue Knitting LIVE! This was the fourth year in a row that I’ve been at the NYC show, and my seventh total at VK LIVE. Sometimes I don’t do a recap only because I forgot to take photos, and anyway the hotel lighting is not very conducive to good photos. But good photos be damned—I wanted to blog about it this time!
Some designers go to VK LIVE as teachers, but I’ve always participated as an artist, which means that I get to display one of my crazier projects and hang out in the marketplace all weekend, chatting with all the knitters and seeing their reactions to my weird tiny mochis. (I also sell my books and kits to cover my costs.) This time I showed my favorite stop-motion animation clips from the past couple of years, which had the advantage of a simple setup: instead of stitching things together for hours, I just had to plug my laptop into a TV screen. That’s my kind of preparation.
BIG WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS:
• I got to meet the gal who writes those knitting lists for Buzzfeed. And look, she included my toys in a new one after VK LIVE!
• I saw not one but two beautiful Katniss-inspired cowls.
• Amy Singer stopped by to give me an update on the gnome I gave her years back at TNNA.
• The first three sneaky snowmen were found by a family of knitters! They each won a copy of Huge & Huggable Mochimochi.
• Vickie Howell told me I was on her “short list”(!!!)
• Pretty much everyone who stopped by my area was really nice—not one eye roll or “you have too much time on your hands”-type comment that I was aware of!
• All weekend I visited with the awesome people from the newly-opened La Maison Tricotée in Montreal.
• I met my first yo-yo artist—whoa.
• So many people told me they saw my animations on Nickelodeon last month!
(I’m the one fiddling with my iPad while everyone waits patiently.)
• I’m pretty sure Franklin Habit waved at me as he breezed by on the way to another class.
As exhausting as VK LIVE is, it’s also exhilarating: it’s like the entire knitting world has gathered at one place, and everyone is psyched to be there. I’m so lucky that hanging out at these events is part of my job!
The next VK LIVE is happening this March in Seattle. I’m actually not sure if I’ll be there or not (I’ll announce here soon if so), but if any of you west coasters are considering it, this is my official endorsement!
DC and Philly, I’m headed your way next month for fun classes and book signings!
On Saturday, December 7th, I’ll be at Looped Yarn Works in Washington DC! Stop by from 11am to 12:30 to meet some huge and huggable mochis from my new book. Then in the afternoon I’ll go from huge knits to tiny ones, with a “Knit a Tiny Gnome” class from 1-4pm. It’s great for anyone who has used DPNs before but is new to knitting toys. You can get more details and sign up at the Looped website.
On Sunday, December 8th, I’ll be at Loop in Philadelphia! From 10am-1 is another tiny gnome knitting class—sign up by calling Loop at 215-893-9939. And from 2-5pm, another book signing where a bunch of the toys from Huge & Huggable Mochimochi will be there for you to squeeze.
These are two cities that the mochis have yet to visit before, so I can’t wait! Hope to see you locals there!
UPDATE: I’ll be teaching a free workshop on toy design on Saturday, November 2nd, from 2-2:30pm on the 3rd floor of the marketplace! Space may be limited, so check the website for updates.
I’m excited to announce that Mochimochi Land is coming to Vogue Knitting Live Chicago in November!
You’ll be able to find me and entire armies of gnomes and snowmen all weekend in the art gallery area of the marketplace. See just how naughty tiny mochis can be in Gnomes vs Snowmen, and hunt for zombies to win a free copy of Super-Scary Mochimochi!
I’ll be there in person all weekend with all of my books (which I’m happy to sign) and tiny mochi kits (with special event discounts).
I have even more extra-exciting news about Chicago coming up soon… it’s big, so stay tuned!
UPDATE: This event is now open for RSVPs!
Save the date, NYC! I’ll be returning to the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on October 24th for a special Huge & Huggable event.
At 6pm, come meet some of the mega mochis from my new book, Huge & Huggable Mochimochi! I’ll also give a talk about how I went from knitting teeny-tiny hotdogs to knitting a giant hamburger that could eat your placemat for breakfast, and I’ll discuss the design process that went into my hefty new friends.
Books will be available and I I’ll happily sign yours if you like.
This event is free, but you have to RSVP to attend!
This is what happens when a robot goes swimming right after eating three botdogs (robot hotdogs).
If he’s feeling better by this weekend, he’ll come with me to Ann Arbor to frolic with other mochi creatures in a big display! (I’ll post photos here too, of course.) And if you’re in the Ann Arbor area, I hope you’ll come to my talk at the the downtown library this Sunday (July 14th)—full details are at the Ann Arbor District Library website.