Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Vogue Knitting Live, Chicago 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013
I spent this past weekend at Vogue Knitting Live, Chicago in the luxurious Palmer House Hilton in the "loop." The promoters of VKL generously gave artists the opportunity to exhibit in the "artists' gallery" and I took advantage in order to promote my new book, The Fine Art of Crochet, and to exhibit some of my art.

In this often knit-centric conference, crochet was more visible this year. They have been gradually introducing more and more crochet over the last couple of years. This year there were crochet classses, many products and books for crocheters and the ever-present Crochet Guild of America, ably represented by the 3 Chicago land chapters. I was very pleased to be able to show the beauty and versatility of crochet with my display to so many knitters who were in awe of the "delicate stitches and interesting art."

I was very pleased with all the contacts I made, the books I sold and the many crocheters I was able to speak to from all over the country.

My booth in the gallery
The Queen came along and drew a lot of attention!
Some of my art I brought to show
Stefanie from Handmade by Stefanie has already posted a photo of my art on her blog
Although there were only 4 artists in the gallery (which is real sad), 50% of us were crocheters!

Ashley V. Blalock

I was very busy most of the time and didn't get much of a chance to shop. Here are two things I did buy:
I'm old fashioned and still believe in writing notes to friends!
book by Nikki Epstein 

Nikki Epstein book signing: Crochet for Dolls

Dolls from Nikki's book.

Vicki Howell was teaching crochet at the Yarnspirations booth and MaggieKnits was offering a wonderful kit for a Tunisian crochet shawl and matching purse at the Bagsmith booth.

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