Last week I jetted off with my friend Ruth from Rock & Purl to attend Vogue Knitting Live in New York City. It was SO much fun! We took classes, we wandered Manhatten, we wore all the handknits and layers we could scrape up as the temperatures plummeted to -17 degrees. MINUS 17!!! I have never been out in such cold weather (I came close 13 years ago in Germany) and discovered that you actually have to wrap stuff around your face just to be able to breathe.

Here I am by Central Park, it’s lovely and sunny, but don’t be misled by that sparkliness. I’m wearing uggs, tights, handknit socks, jeans, camisole, cashmere sweater, silk shawl, woollen shawl, gloves, mittens, puffy coat, and the snow day hat. It was still cold.


There was some shopping involved…

Sock yarn:


Including the amazing Dream in Colour Smooshy with Cashmere which I assume is new as I’d never heard of it (why not? why not?) And none of my friends had either, plus two skeins of Sweet Georgia Tough Love.

A couple of red hats:


One for me and one for Neil.

Mittens perhaps?


I’ve always wanted to try out this yarn, and I’m a bit in love with raspberry at the moment.

I also fell in love with this in a gorgeous haberdashery store we found (I have no idea where now):


And to help with the sock stash:


I took a class with Cookie and got to see all these socks in person - there’s loads I want to knit, first up will most likely be Pointelle.

There will be more posts to come with swatches and notes from the classes I took - I thought they deserved posts of their own!

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