Fifteen Things That Happen When Knitters Get Together

This particular article covers the Vogue Knitting Convention, sponsored by the Vogue Knitting magazine, which took place in the Manhattan Marriot on a long weekend some years ago. The first event took place in Chicago and was followed by a second one in Seattle and, to put it briefly, squeezed the entire knitting community under a single roof.

The event was attended by hundreds of vendors and knitting enthusiasts and featured classes, panels and even fashion shows, allowing the members of the knitting community to show off their skills. You could find knitted lobsters, Batman, and even a former contestant from America’s Next Top Model. The top eighteen things that we found the most interesting have been featured in the article and are sure to impress you.

1. The food isn’t edible.

All the knitted food comes from a project by Colorful Stitches, a yarn store in Lenox, MA.

2. And you can’t drink the booze.

3. Things that would normally qualify as broomsticks or weapons can be used as knitting needles.

These are size 50. Just look at the card in the corner for comparison.

4. It’s not unreasonable to drop nearly a hundred bucks on a single ball of yarn.

Qiviut is a type of muskox, and its wool is legendary for its warmth and durability.

This is a qiviut.

Doesn’t he look nice? Also, “qiviut” is an unbelievably annoying word in Words With Friends and Scrabble and the like, because it has a Q that’s not followed by a U but then THE U APPEARS LATER IN THE WORD.

5. You can get to know the lil’ guys who produce your goods.

Alpacas are key members of society. This yarn comes from the Long Island Livestock Company.

6. Knitters sit front row at fashion shows.

7. Former “America’s Next Top Model” contestants steal the spotlight.

We already knew of the strange and beautiful relationship between knitting magazines and former ANTM stars, but it’s another thing entirely to witness it in the flesh. Either this girl is a total doppelganger of April Wilkner, from Cycle 2, or the tradition lives on.

Tyra clearly taught her how to strut.

8. Ponchos get their sartorial chance.

Although the model doesn’t look super pumped to be wearing one.

9. As do cozy sweaters.

10.You can take a break when you need to.

Complete with hand massages.

11. These exist.

They’re aliens/hats/Art.

12.So do these.

Just a bunch of felted hands.

13. Literally anything can become yarn, like the tape from VHS cassettes.

These crocheted vessels are by artist Adrian Kershaw, who works entirely with recycled materials.

14. And steel.

It’s by Habu Textiles, and knitting with it feels like magic.

15. And milk.

Get it from Kollage.

16. Women pretty much dominate, except for the errant (awesome) dude.

17. Everywhere you look, there are more incredible colors.

This was taken with no filter.

18.This truth is universally acknowledged.