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Vogue Knitting Live Seattle Recap


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If you’ve never been to a Vogue Knitting Live show yet, put it on your bucket list! VK Live is full of fun classes from fixing moth holes to designing toys, and a marketplace of colors and textures to die for–plus real live bunnies! For last week’s west coast Seattle show, Jill and I partnered with Lion Brand Yarn for an epic new installation: an Octopuss knitting and crochet class.

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Going big with┬áJill’s best selling knitting pattern, the half-cat-half-octopuss named Octopuss, we churned out six “students” and one gigantic Octopuss “teacher” named Spud. The teacher put her tentacles to good use, teaching knitting one one side and crochet on the other. One student (named Vickie after Vickie Howell) tried out arm–er, tentacle–knitting, and another student struggled to get the hang of winding a ball of yarn.

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Giant Octopus knitting pattern

We used a combination of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick and Hometown U.S.A. super bulky weight yarns, and held them double to knit on 10 mm needles. Jill modified the pattern a bit for Spud, but the others used the pattern exactly. That’s one of the things we love about knitting huge things: you can usually just size it up with no sizing worries.

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Giant Octopus knitting pattern

Vogue Knitting Live has so much to inspire! I got a bunch of unique notions and accessories, and Jill got some adorable felting kits from Going Gnome. A definite highlight was meeting the other artists and learning about their techniques and approaches.

Hand made buttons at Vogue Knitting LiveKnit snake charmaer basket

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On the way to the airport we checked out the HUGE craft space called Maker’s Mercantile in Kent, WA. They used the Addi Express machines to yarnbomb the store with a million snakes–adorbs! If you’re near SEA-TAC, drop everything and spend your money.

Yarnbombing at Maker's Mercantile Ribbon Spools at Maker's Mercantile

Another amazing place to check out is Country Village Shopping Center in Bothell, WA. We had high tea with huge roosters, drooled over curly fries fabric, saw a shop in a boat, and so so much more!

Country Village Shopping Center in Bothell, WA Country Village Shopping Center in Bothell, WA

We have so much work to do now that we’re back, so there’s no time to sit on our laurels. I promise to keep showing you our projects here on the blog, so stay tuned on Facebook for updates!

xxxo,

Lorna

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