VKLive L.A. Giveaway

Update: to give readers more time to win, we are enabling commenting on this post until Saturday, July 9th, at noon! Good luck! 

Vogue Knitting Live in New York was a smash! With attendance clocking in at 6,000 enthusiastic knitters, and classes at over 95% sold out, it was the knitting event of the year. Well, until September!

Vogue Knitting is doing it again in L.A. from September 23rd to 25th. With all the to-do about knitting celebrities, this one promises to pack even more excitement. In the words of Trisha Malcolm, Editorial Director of VK, "Expect just as much style, marketplace buzz, and the top names in knitting, but with the added luxury and star power that L.A. brings." For a peek at what VKLive in NY was all about, take a look at this short video with celebrity interviews, marketplace footage, and views from the classes and lectures.

And guess what? You could be there! Vogue Knitting was generous enough to offer two of our lucky readers one marketplace ticket each!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us what knit-celebrity sighting would leave you starstruck. Don't forget to include your email address or Ravelry name to be considered (though Blogger asks you for it, we don't have access to it. You must put it in the body of your comment). Then Vogue Knitting will enter those two winners into a larger giveaway to win a basketful of VKLive branded goodies! Commenting will be closed at noon on Thursday, July 7th.

Your Marketplace Ticket Includes:
Knit-Couture Fashion Shows
Yarn & Accessory Boutiques
Beginner Bar—Novice Knitters Welcome!
Pro Lab with Knitting Experts
The LIVE Lounge
Celebrity Book Signings
Technique-Driven Demos (FREE)
New & Knitworthy Products
Raffles & Giveaways

(BTW, you have one more day to get early-bird pricing on classes and lectures, so head over to their site today!)

Thank you for the tickets, Vogue Knitting!

What's on our Needles?

As you can imagine, we're always knitting around the office here at Classic Elite. After our usual lunch around the conference table, you can always find someone knitting away on a new project, whether its a top secret sample from next season, or a new independent design (we're lucky to have some fabulous in-house designers...) But most of the time, we're making the things lined up in our Ravelry queues. I thought you might want to see how we're using Classic Elite yarns.

Susan, our creative director, completed an adapted Annis in Firefly to wear to TNNA.

Meg, our graphic designer, just finished up a Starry Night Stripes blanket in Liberty Print to brighten up her living room. This pattern is her own design, and is one of our Liberty Print Subscription patterns, free to subscribing LYS's.

Tonia, you remember her from her designer interview a few weeks ago, is knitting up Parkhurst, also one of her own designs. I love Silky Alpaca Lace!

Cheryl churns out sweaters at a rate that puts us all to shame. No, seriously, look her up on Ravelry. She is on her ninth this year! This is her eighth, the Soay cardigan by Gudrun Johnston in Cotton Bam Boo.

Andi just finished one of Tonia's patterns, the Cascading Leaves cardi, in Soft Linen. The drape is perfect and its the ideal thing to keep in the office for overzealous air conditioning. She also has a good start with her Honeysuckle cardigan from our Spring booklet #9136, Meadow, in Firefly.

Heather knitted her fingers to the bone to complete her modified Double V cardigan designed by Melissa Wehrle from Interweave Knits Spring 2010 for TNNA. She's also using Soft Linen to beautiful effect. In a neutral color, its perfect for manning the booth at TNNA. Doesn't it look store-bought?

Lastly, as for me? I was entranced by this color of Woodland. It almost glows, the soft yellow is so luminescent and pretty. But what to make, what to make...Watershed! Designer Amy Swenson wrote this pattern for Aran weight yarn, so some thinking was required to make it in a DK weight. Sadly, this little sweater's journey was one of ripping and frogging, due to TNNA ADD and other knitter-mistakes...not to mention it was the tragic result of overblocking and is now flat as a pancake! Any tips to perk it up?

TNNA Hooray!

What a weekend. I love reading all the recaps about TNNA, and can sympathize with those who wish they took more pictures!

How it all begins...
As you might have heard, pictures are not exactly allowed on the show floor, so I have few to spare. I can show you our yarn wall though...cue angelic voices...

Expert packing
 Classic Elite is know for the Yarn Wall, and I can see why. Its high drama all the way. Betsy and I thought, way too late, that we should have filmed us putting it up. Next time, right? Thank goodness I had the help of some seasoned sales reps to make me feel necessary, otherwise I would have just floundered in the wake of so much to do. Before you know it, the booth was set up and the new yarns were out. I can't wait to share Fall. Soon, soon...

Friday was a long, dusty, hot day of setup with the craziest thunderstorm EVER that night. The manager of the restaurant we ate at said he had to stuff towels under the door because the rain was blowing in completely horizontally.

Liberty Wool Print Accessories

I was happy to have my Lodi cardigan in Solstice from the Summer issue of KnitScene with me, and everyone loved it. I wish I had finished my Watershed in Woodland though...

Lodi cardigan in front of the yarn wall

Eunny Jang complimented my outfit two days in a row, the Ravelry team is as cute as they come, and retailers and designers from across the world were in our booth. I am constantly wowed by how innovative and energetic LYS owners are, they are truly the front lines of our industry. Nichole Reese of BlueGirlKnits dropped off a Green Point shawl in the color Vivid Fuchsia, which might have just pushed this to the top of my queue. It looks great on Heather, doesn't it?

The LYS promo (remember that?) was a finalist for TNNA's First Annual Business Innovation Award! Though we didn't win, we were completely honored to place and are looking forward to stepping it up next year.

Otherwise, the rumors about the food in Columbus are true. I ate well every night and had ice cream from Jeni's every single day. It was so good, we had to ship some home for the office. Have you had the macaroon ice cream sandwiches? Amazing!

Anyway, it sure is nice to sleep in my own bed and get back to some quiet knitting. Believe it or not, I barely knit a stitch in Columbus, thus ensuring that I did NOT complete my TNNA Watershed. Lessons learned--next year, start early.

June Liberty Print Colors and Patterns!

Yes, it is upon us...the final monthly release of Liberty Print for Spring 2011. Our experience with the subscription program has been great! We got some awesome feedback from local yarn shops and crafters all over the country; stores that participated in this program loved it! Wish you had signed up? Stay tuned! We will be offering it again starting in January 2012.

Without further ado, our June colors, Starry Night and Red Rock Canyon!

We also have two new free patterns to share. Though these are currently available free only to our subscribers, you can still find them on Patternfish once the month is over.

Starry Stripes Baby Blanket
A colorful blanket every baby and mother will love in machine washable Liberty Wool. The subtle slip stitch chevron showcases the stripes in Liberty Wool Print to their best advantage.

Liberty Wool
by Classic Elite
8 balls 7811 Starry Night

Button Center Pillow
A simple to knit Stockinette stitch pillow that highlights the stripes of Liberty Wool Print. This pattern is easily adaptable to different size square pillows. Another option? Knit each panel in a different Liberty Wool colorway!

Liberty Wool by Classic Elite
4 balls 7812 Red Rock Canyon