I attended VKLive in NYC and as always, it did not disappoint. I really look forward to this weekend of complete immersion in classes and all things fiber related. Which is different from my day to day in that I was the student and not the teacher. It’s a real pleasure to take classes, meet other students, and learn new things. I came away enthusiastic and inspired.
First I must digress to share my trip into the city. I am a country mouse. If I could, I would take taxis everywhere because subways confuse and frighten me. Cynthia encourages me to be brave – it’s more economical and (generally) more efficient. She spells it all out and I am getting better(ish).
I had a rolling suitcase with me, my purse, and a knitting bag. I did not think to ask how one navigates the subway turnstile with all these encumbrances. There was no one traveling in front of me with a rolling suitcase to watch and emulate. Let me just say, it was not pretty or graceful.
In a word, I got stuck in the turnstile, my suitcase wedged. I couldn’t go forward or back. I was most definitely stuck. I was inwardly panicked that there was a timer to how long your swipe of the card lasted for and that I’d have to use up my whole Metrocard just getting myself and the bag through. This panic probably lasted less than a minute before a nice man came and rescued me. When I saw him I just laughed and said, “yes, nothing says tourist more than this”. On the way out, I saw someone lift their suitcase over the turnstile – not easy – but I managed.
Now onto the show recap. This was my class line up:
I learned a number of reversible fabrics that look good on both sides but are not necessarily identical.
I must share that there was homework for both classes. I remembered that there was homework for one class (the Saturday class) and as a whim on Thursday, (VKLive began Friday) I checked the class description.
From Neighborhood Fiber Co, I found this skein of Silk & Steel in an electric purple.
And a lovely skein of Silk & Mohair in shades of Burgundy.
Then there was this skein of Dream in Color Everlasting DK in a colorway called Galaxy. It was all my favorites wrapped in one skein. I bravely put it back the first night. I always buy this color, blah, blah, blah. The next day I was looking for a pattern that was exclusive to VKLive. OF COURSE it was in the same booth as this yarn. To make matters worse (or better depending on how you look at it) the skein was falling out of it’s cubby as if to say, “take me too”.