Post VK Live pt.1

Can you get a hangover from yarn? After spending all weekend at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago for Vogue Knitting Live, I can answer 'Yes'. Today I woke up with a serious yarn hangover. My Friday started out with stepping foot into one of the most beautifully ornate hotel lobbies. This is the third iteration of the hotel built by Potter Palmer and his estate. When you walk up the stairs to the foyer you get a little bit of Old Chicago grandeur.
Looking over the lobby
Grand Ceiling

It really was the perfect place for this event. Instead of a sterile convention center, a posh hotel smack downtown adds a little enchantment. After a quick check-in and a couple of maze-like hallways, the room where Steeks to the Rescue, my first class, was found. Steeking is a way of setting up your knitting to be cut. Why would you want to cut into your knitting? The biggest is making a traditional fair isle cardigan without having to purl your work. Others include inserting a placket to make a smaller piece bigger, taking out a section if your garment is too big, adding pockets or a neckline. Chris Bylsma was a fantastic teacher giving me the confidence to make quick work of a steek. Now I can tackle the fair isle sweater of my dreams.

A Steeked neckline
Downtown Chicago for all its options does not yield a high percentage of amazing fast lunch options. But, there are a few hidden gems; Oasis Cafe being one of them. Located in the back of one of the diamond storefronts on Wabash. After a quick lunch of falafel and a cup of coffee from Intelligentsia, I sat in the lobby knitting, well, really more people-watching. The market did not open until 3 pm, so I had nothing better to do than make new friends and bump into old ones. For the rest of the evening I worked with Lana and Kathy at the Hemp for Knitting. You could not meet two nicer people if you tried. After smiling for so many hours it was a gin & tonic at the hotel bar (hello $14 cocktail). Antonio from Malabrigo met up with me and we had dinner at Lockwood where we talked architecture, cuisine in Lima and color theory. By the time I got to my friend's birthday and we closed down Blind Robin bar I didn't think I could be more tired. Time for the marketplace on Saturday and part two of VK Live.

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