Crafters in NYC brave the snow for knitting show

Crafters in NYC brave the snow for knitting show

The weather in parts of the US has been somewhat fierce in recent weeks, but snow and ice wasn't enough to put keen crafters in New York off attending one of the city's most popular knitting shows at the weekend.

Between January 17th and 19th, high-end hotel the Marriott Marquis played host to the Vogue Knitting Live event, which attracted yarn enthusiasts from far and wide to check out the latest trends.

Lectures, classes, workshops and fashion shows were all ready and waiting for attendees, as well as yoga classes for knitters, book signings, demonstrations of new products and much more.

One of the most popular workshops was toy design, which invited people to create their own miniature knitted toys under the guidance of Anna Hrachovec from Mochimochi Land.

Reporters from US newspaper The Examiner went along to check out Knitting Live and said that there was lots of pink wool on show, thanks to the fact that Pantone has chosen Radiant Orchid as its colour of 2014.

Small-scale projects such as cowls, shrugs and scarves were particularly popular, with knitters keen to be able to create a finished item in an evening or a couple of nights.

However, the biggest phenomenon was chunky yarn, with the news provider saying it was on show almost everywhere. Perhaps that could be something to do with the aforementioned bad weather - thick wool is what's needed when the mercury dips far below zero!

Most knitters - particularly on this side of the Atlantic - won't have been fortunate enough to go along to NYC, but the show does travel around, so it may be worth seeing if you can catch it at a later date.

Many of the trends will already be showing up in Britain, but you could get ahead of the game by knitting plenty of pink projects this winter and pointing out that you've taken influence from Pantone. 

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