Vogue Knitting Live comes to Los Angeles this weekend
Vogue Knitting Live, a three-day event offering classes, lectures, demonstrations, fashion shows and shopping for the fiber enthusiast is scheduled to make its West Coast debut at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Friday through Sunday.
Hosted by Vogue Knitting magazine, a similar event in New York City in January drew 6,000 attendees, and with 3,000 already preregistered, organizers say that the West Coast one is on track to push the needle(s) even further -- partially because, we're told, the West Coast is home to more knitting shops than anywhere else in the country.
In addition to fiber-focused fashion shows, the event will be offering hand-knitting master-level workshops and technique-driven courses taught by the knit community's A-list instructors (including Debbie Bliss, Nicky Epstein and Deborah Newton), with world-famous master colorist Kaffe Fassett slated to deliver the gala dinner keynote speech on Saturday night.
And it's not just for the professional purlers either, for the novice knitter there will be free lessons -- by knitting celebrity Vickie Howell -- all day Saturday and Sunday.
While we've never knit a stitch in our life, we can already tell what the big draw will probably be -- the marketplace area which, in addition to hosting fashion shows, celebrity book signings, live technique demonstrations and giveaways, will be stocked with everything and anything a knitter might need including needles, yarn, gifts and accessories.
Tickets for the Vogue Knitting Live LA marketplace ($20), lectures ($25) and classes ($95) are available at the door starting at 7 a.m. each morning. A detailed schedule of events and additional information can be found at vogueknittinglive.com. Vogue Knitting Live takes place Friday through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos: The January 2011 Vogue Knitting Live event, which drew 6,000 attendees to New York City. The debut West Coast event is scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday in Century City. Credit: Vogue Knitting Live