I love that the awesome people who organize VK Live set aside a generous space for fiber art. This year they had more artists than ever, and also more visitors than ever to the marketplace, where we were set up to show our work.
Some of my original 45 pieces have been sold since the November show, and I pared down the remaining pieces to 24 so that they would fit two tables put end-to-end. It was a super-easy setup (way better than hand-stitching my past display together all over again), and I loved how simply it all fit together in this configuration.
Initially I wasn’t sure how all the knitters would react to the crazy cartoonish violence going on in the scenes, but the response was really awesome! All ages of people were walking slowly around the tables, laughing and cooing over the snowman stranglings and gnome stabbings. And those who were a little less inclined to love gnome-on-snowman fighting just passed by quickly saying, “oh, a little village, how cute!” So everyone was happy.
The hotel lighting, combined with my cell phone-only photos, did not make for great images of the other artwork in the room, but there was also beautiful work by Rania Hassan, who makes paintings with delicate knitted pieces emerging from them, Julia Ramsey, who designs amazing knitted gowns, and Carol E. S. MacDonald, who creates knitting-themed prints. There was also the knitted ceramic work of Alyssa Ettinger, beautiful t-shirts by Angela Spencer, and an impressive yarnbombing by Suzanne Tidwell.
It was a pleasure sharing the space with these talented people. A big thank-you to Carol and everyone else at VK Live for inviting me to be a part of it again! And more thank-yous to Lion Brand and Knitty City for inviting me to their booths (for a Q&A and a book signing, respectively).
By the way, VK Live is coming to Chicago in October, so those of your in the midwest should seriously consider it! (Who knows, some warring gnomes and snowmen might even make the journey too…)
Vogue Knitting Live is coming to NYC again next weekend!! I’ll be there, and I’m even bringing a couple of armies with me…
You’ll be able to find me and my Gnomes vs Snowmen in the Art Gallery area of the Marketplace, which is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, January 14th and 15th (with a preview for VK Live attendees on the evening of the 13th). I’ll also have books and kits for sale there, including a super-secret new kit! You’ll have to stop by to find out what it is.
Aside from my own display, you’ll be able to find me at the Lion Brand booth at 6 pm on Friday, January 13th, where I’ll be doing a Q&A. Then on Sunday the 15th I’ll be doing a book signing at the Knitty City booth at 11 am.
I can’t wait to see lots of familiar faces and meet many more knitters too. Please stop by and say hi if you’ll be there!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out last night for the opening of Gnomes vs Snowmen!! I had such a great time and I hope you all enjoyed the cute chaos and adorable violence. Photos are coming soon!
For anyone who might be in the NYC area and interested in learning a bit more about what it is that I do, I’m giving a presentation at the American Folk Art Museum next Thursday as part of their new Make it Thursday series!
I feel so honored to have the opportunity to give a talk there. I’ll be showing some photos and talking about how I got started knitted toys and how they turned into the big crazy projects I’ve been doing in the past couple of years.
The talk starts at 6 pm on November 10th. Tickets are $10 for non-members, and can be purchased at the museum website.
Going to VK Live in LA this weekend? Me too!
I’m bringing my big world of Mochimochi to the west coast! You’ll be able to find it (and me) in the gallery area of the Marketplace, which will be open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday (September 24th and 25th).
I’ll also be showing some of my Mochimochi knitting techniques at the demo area (also in the marketplace) at 1 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Be sure to stop by and say hi if you’re there!
I had such a great time at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio last Thursday! They invited me to give an artist talk (coinciding with my installation) and do a book signing, and although I was nervous to speak in front of 50 people, I think it went well. It’s always a joy to meet knitters and share my crazy take on the craft with them, and I take so much energy back with me from these encounters. (Of course it was wonderful to see some familiar faces there too!)
For those who couldn’t make it out to the talk, here’s an interview that we taped beforehand:
Patty Lyons and all of the staff at the LBYS gave me the warmest welcome, and I even got to hang out with them after the event. It was probably the most lively conversation I’ve ever had with a group of knitters! They are a riot.
Big thank-yous to everyone at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, and to everybody who came on Thursday!