Monday, October 22, 2012

Knit City

The weekend before last was Knit City in Vancouver and boy was it a whirl wind! I apologize for not posting earlier but it's honestly taken me this long to recover. Working tirelessly to wrap up the book in time, preparing my booth for the event, and moving to a new home all at the same time has really taken its toll and left me completely exhausted. 

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Let me just say that the show was incredible! Amanda and Fiona did such a good job putting this event together and the sheer number of volunteers showed tremendous support for their efforts. The show kicked off with a swarm of people that didn't let up until later that afternoon. People were lined up hours before the doors opened on Saturday to score exclusive Knit City swag bags slated for the first 50 attendees. It was heartwarming to see such a positive response to the first year of this event, its a sure sign that Knit City will grow and gain recognition from further and further afar in the years to come. The selection of vendors was the best I've ever seen at an event like this which made it an absolute delight for attendees and participants alike. 


We brought a limited number of copies of my new book ISLAND for pre-release and I have to say that I really underestimated our order for the show. We sold out in a matter of hours on the first day and I apologize if you wanted to bring home a book but weren't able to. It will be available online very soon and I promise, next time I will bring more!

 A big HUGE thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth to say hello, buy a pattern, purchase a book, or give us a hug! My favorite part of Knit City was the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people! I'm kicking myself for not taking note of all of your names (or rav id's), I would be so grateful if you would leave a comment to say you stopped by, or come find me on Ravelry and say that you did! 

 Aja (thanks for my goodies!), Shannon, me, and Melissa



We got to meet and visit with all of the ladies of Baaad Anna's (above is the lovely and gorgeous Caitlin ffrench) and let me tell you, these ladies are Fun with a capital F!!! I know where I'm stopping next time I'm in Vancouver!




I was so excited to meet Tasia of Sewaholic the first day. Out of her purse she pulled this gorgeous version of Aesderina in Madtosh Vintage, the colourway is Jade. 

On the second day Tasia came back to show us her first mitten from the new book! Shannon and I were SO impressed, thank you Tasia for sharing your Rathtrevor mitt, you really made our day!

I also had the great pleasure of meeting designer Liz Abinante who travelled all the way from Chicago to teach and tend a booth. It was so great to talk shop with her and Andrea Rangel, plotting which knitting events to attend next!  


Thank you Shannon for taking this journey with me and for not leaving my side! I can't believe how lucky I am to have you as a friend!


 And thank you Arika for jumping in when we needed you most! I don't know what I would have done without you! 

...I'm already counting the days until next years event!


18 comments:

  1. hurrah! congrats jane on such a fantastic event!!! xoxoxo

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  2. looks like a lot of fun! I can't wait for your book to come out!

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  3. It's a beautiful little book, can't wait to knit something out of it! Nice to see you again. Btw my knitting group loved the book too!

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  4. i heart you and am so glad we took this journey together! it was soooo fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. It was lovely to meet you at Knit City! Congrats on selling out of your first run of Island so fast!

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    1. It was so great to meet you too Holly! I hope you can make it to sewing one of these months, it would be so great to have you! ...and I think Shannon and I owe you a coffee run :)

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  6. Hi Jane! I had so much fun meeting you and Shannon! I can't wait to try some of your knitting patterns (right now I mainly crochet but I want to get into knitting more too). Getting to see your book and all your work is truly an inspiration. My ravelry name is JulieLev.

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    1. It was so good to meet you too Julie! Thanks for following up... now you have 3 friends on Ravelry :) Hopefully Shannon and I can get you knitting more!!!

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  7. It was great to meet you and Shannon and score a copy of Island (and a swag bag too - woohoo!) My bag was filled before I left with Madelinetosh in order to knit all those georgeous patterns in the book. And I was beyond thrilled when I got home and saw that the Rae pattern was in my swag bag! It's been on my knit list for a while now!
    Now to get the holiday gift knitting done so I can start on myself!!

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  8. It was an amazing event and so wonderful to meet you at Knit City! I can't wait to knit the lovely patterns from Island!

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  9. I was too shy to approach your table, but I really wanted to!

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  10. no, I wasn't there... but I just had to say how much I love the new book. can't wait til it's available! Grace, especially, looks amazing. congratulations!!

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  11. I love the sweater you're wearing in the last picture! Did you make it?

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    1. If I am not mistaking, this is the lovely cardigan for the new book. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

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    2. You are absolutely right Marie, it's Grace from the new book! We just opened up a special pre-order and Grace has been really popular!

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  12. Yay for having such a successful event Jane!! And I'm glad I finally got to chat with you this time around! ;)

    Knit City was just too much fun, I'm already looking forward to next year's too!!

    Congrats again on the book and for selling out so fast! ♥ I can't wait to finish my Grace!

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  13. I feel how amazing and fun Knit City was through your pictures! I wish I could have been there! :) Maybe next year! Congrats on a successful event! ♥

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