Hello, and Welcome to Bellevue, WA.
Ugh, we had such gorgeous weather last weekend, really. Those lucky people attending Vogue Knitting Live,
I spent the morning, late afternoon, and evening at the Meydenbauer volunteering. In the morning (7:45 check in time) I helped direct people to their classrooms on the 4th floor. This was easy and fun, and I got to at least see the teachers come in, and then help move tables for Anna Hrachovec of the amazingly cute mini mochi mochis. She is teaching how to make her designs, but also has an art installation in the Market (more on that later).
I went home at 9 because I had to drive the Doc to the airport. He is down in So. Cal. helping out at my brother's house for the weekend. What a great brother-in-law and husband.
I finished up my Flower Exchange package for the Gryffindor Swap (but forgot to get a photo), mailed it, then headed back up to the Meydenbauer with VanesaPolo. We sat and knit for a while before her class and my next volunteer shift. I worked on my Braveheart Socks. Chockelet was there at an afternoon class, and joined us when she was finished. We were also joined by CathiC, and MsWiz (who was there to join VanesaPolo in her class). It was fun to have so many Eastside Stitchers present.
We were knitting at a table on the first floor near the registration area and the Market. Today, this table and the area around it will be a Beginner Knitters' Lounge. The tables are equipped with yarn and lots of needles for people to use as they practice.
Hanging from the 2nd floor, above this area, are skeins and skeins of Cascade yarn.
These are all grouped by color. On Sunday, there will be a "Yarn Drop." The yarn will be dropped into the crowd below, and the people who are able to catch the skeins will take them home.
My evening volunteer shift was at the Market doors.
Here is a quick rundown of the Art in the Market:
Anna Hrachovec has a display, more like a tiny town, of her mochimochi.
Suzanne Tidwell is a fiber artist who works mostly in the Seattle area. She creates large scale yarn-bombing type installations.
Her installation is an interactive one. Last night, the panels of yarn were just beginning to take shape. As the weekend progresses, and more visitors participate, they will grow.
Carol Milne knits with glass.
Kelly Fleek uses fiber in sculpture, wearable sculpture.
Julie Kornblum weaves baskets with fiber and found/recycled materials.
Jean Hicks is another fiber sculpture artist, but she works with felted materials. She is a milliner (hat maker), and has made hats for Seattle's own Theatro Zinzanni.
Mandy Greer weaves, crochets and knits strips of discarded materials into mixed-media performance art. She works with groups out in the community, including her audience in the process. I'm not sure if I am explaining this well, but, the pieces are really fun and organic.
Ashley Blalock crochets giant wall doilies. That doesn't begin to describe the huge yet delicate creation on display.
Darlyn Susan Yee is a contemporary artist from Los Angeles. She uses unexpected materials to create what could be ordinary bits of clothing, a dress, an apron, yet are completely different and surprising.
The line of attendees was well mannered, but excited to get in to the Market and see the goodies.
I need to eat breakfast so I can get my stuff together and head out for another day of fiber and fun. I will be at the Meydenbauer in the morning, then moving to the Hyatt at 2. Hope to see you there.
shaping the world at Vogue Knitting Live, Bellevue