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Yarn Events for June 5-11

June 4-10 Yarn events

Local:

June 92012- Argyle Park, Babylon, NY Long Island Knitters Guild Bring a chair, refreshment and can for a local food bank hosted by

Knitty City hosts World Wide Knit in Public Day in Bryant Park

Sunday June 10th, 2012- Bryant Park 2:00-4:00

National:

June 5th 10-12 @WEBS Yarn store in North Hampton MA, Meet Iris Schrier

June 6-10 Rockywold-Deephaven Camps, Holderness, NH Squam Art Workshop Retreat

June 7-10 Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Estes Park, CO Estes Park Wool Market

June  8-10 Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, TX Texas Folklife Festival

June 8-11 Coast of Maine Maine Knitting Cruise with Bill Huntington

June 9-10 Dallas County Fairgrounds, Adel, IA Iowa Summer Sheep and Wool Festival

June 9-10 Butternut Hill Campground, Bouckville, NY Central New York Fiber Artists & Producers Annual Showcase: From Animals to Art

World Wide Knit in Public Day www.wwkipday.com Find an event in your area

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Great finds at VK Live

I think I am still recovering from Vogue Knitting Live but I can’t help write about all of the fabulous things I saw and bought. My second blog about this event will cover the amazing booth that Knitty City. ( The link to their shop is on the right of my page). I first found out about them last year when I had visited Vogue Knitting Live. I loved their little set up and I was entranced by the Knitty City tote bag everyone was carrying and I had to have one. After seeking the booth out just because of the tote bag (yes branding is that important!) I was amazed at the amount of books that covered such a wide range of knitting techniques. Then the copious amounts of book signings had me hooked.

This year was even more spectacular then last with the likes of Tanis Gray, Nicky Epstein, Brandon Mably, Cookie A, Rosemary Drysdale and Sally Melville. Everytime I walked by I think I bought another book…My favorite was Tanis Gray’s Kntting Local. The other two I picked up was the Color Knitting book by Amy Djetsen and Meg Swansen of School House Press and Barbara Walkers First Stitchionary ( you can never have too many stitchionaries)

So much more to come….. enjoy!

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Where does your needle craft inspiration come from?

Inspiration from Classical Knitters
With the new resurgence of needle crafts, many of us “new” knitters are looking for information. I love to go to a LYS (local yarn shop) and just chat with whoever is in there whether it be the owner, customer or teacher. This practice is so underrated in this technological age. Knitting and crocheting used to be an art that you just knew. There where few written patterns for sweaters as most people of the period just “knew” how to make a sweater. Lately on my yarn shop adventures, I found myself at Knitty City which is really close to Central Park and started talking with one of the amazing staff members and we started discussing designing and where we get our inspiration. She found time while the store was a flutter with many customers and students to help point me to the right books I was looking for. I usually find knitting and crocheting books by accident and then find out later that the book that I thought was “the” source on a technique actually is. I left with “Knitting from the Top Down” by Barbara G. Walker, a book by Mary Thomas and Knitting Guernseys. Three of the most information packed books on knitting that I have ever found. If you are looking for a text book on sweaters and stitch patterns they are IT!!!!! This week on my blog I will dive a little deeper into what I find out to be THE authority books on needle crafts. So I say to a new generation of knitters and needle crafters not to pass by the books that look slightly dated because if you really want to knit and to eventually break away from commercially written patterns these books are for you !

Leave a comment about where your needle craft inspiration comes from and you will receive a free pattern from http://www.eastendhomearts.etsy.com

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