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Vogue Knitting LIVE New York: preview

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As the winter weather starts to break, as the kids are finally settled into their second semesters, and as the new laws of our local governments go into effect, yarn crafters from around the world are starting to arrive in Times Square, where Vogue Knitting LIVE 2014 will open at the New York Marriott Marquis tomorrow.

The expo in New York is the largest of the Vogue Knitting LIVE events, which have traveled to Seattle, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The Marriott Marquis has proven in the past to be a suitable and manageable venue for both vendors and patrons of the event, and New York is the perfect city for couture and craft to collide and be attainable to all from the beginning knitter to the runway fashion designer.

The event unofficially kicks off Thursday, one day before the published dates of January 17 to 19, with registration available in the afternoon and a handful of pre-expo, three-hour master classes from Mary Jane Mucklestone, Amy Detjen, Lorilee Beltman, and Kate Atherly. Then on Friday, the event hits the ground running with a full docket of classes on every topic from Basic Brioche to Fascinating Fibonacci, and runs all the way through Sunday after the sun sets. In addition to longstanding traditional classes at Vogue Knitting LIVE, such as Intro to Entrelac, the event features dozens of new and exclusive classes for annual attendees and new patrons alike to stretch their knitting legs with the master teachers of the industry.

Purchasing a class at Vogue Knitting LIVE allows access to the famed Marketplace, a place where vendors from all over the world offer their wares and promote their craft with exclusive deals and eye-catching displays. The Marketplace opens on Friday evening and will maintain hours on both Saturday and Sunday as well. The Marketplace in New York differs from the layout in Chicago, where the fashion shows are held in a different location. New York's Marriott Marquis offers both the Marketplace and runway in the same location, allowing passersby who otherwise would miss the fun to be captivated by designs coming alive before them. Designs from the latest issue of Vogue Knitting will be featured, in addition to items from Malabrigo, Zealana, and the finalists of the Fiber Factor.

Some pleasantly surprising perks of the Marketplace include a Yarnspirations-sponsored area where Vickie Howell and her team will be teaching free Learn-to-Knit and Learn-to-Crochet lessons, and Vickie herself will also be sharing a demonstration of knitting's newest trend, arm-knitting. A fitting station, sponsored by Berroco, will allow garment-knitters to get their accurate measurements taken to ensure a proper fit on the next knitted garment. A ball-winding station and Yarn Tasting booth will also be available to knitters who want to try new yarns, or wind the yarns that were just purchased in the Marketplace.

The Knitted Art Gallery, a Vogue Knitting LIVE favorite, has introduced new artists to the yarncraft community and helped to show attendees that there is even more to knitting and yarn than just a pattern and a garment or accessory. Artist Kelly Fleek returns to the exhibit, along with Anna Hrachovec and Ashley Blalock. Carol Milne and Going Gnome, among several other artists, will also bring their diverse talents to the gallery, which is free to attendees of Vogue Knitting LIVE. With access to the Marketplace, some artists will also be offering demonstrations and lectures throughout the weekend. Check the Vogue Knitting LIVE New York home page for more information.

In all, Vogue Knitting LIVE New York is a weekend not to be missed for anyone in the area. In addition to meeting the master teachers and seeing the endless possibilities of what can be done with yarn, knitters get one of the greatest gifts of the craft industry: a network of friendly, creative, and eager students and peers who want nothing more than to be fascinated by the world presented to them. Vogue Knitting LIVE is exactly the host for that network.

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