Vogue Knitting, which normally does several live conventions and other smaller events every year, did their first virtual event this past week. I went to two classes and a lecture and had a great time!
Participants get a personalized Event Hub, where you have access links to the classes and lectures you have signed up for. The actual classes and lectures were on Zoom, which is pretty nifty. People could have their cameras on or not, and the teachers I had encouraged questions and participation.
My first class was Shawl Shapes, taught by Bristol Ivy. She had a small mishap at the start of the session – she locked herself out of her studio – but she quickly figured out a workaround, and everything went very smoothly after that. It was a very interesting class and she is a well organized and knowledgeable teacher. I learned some good rules of thumb about shawl design principles, which was exactly what I was hoping for. We worked little mini- shawls to learn the design principles, which was fun. There was only time for 4 of the 6 designs in the materials, but since I had a couple hours to my second class, I finished the other two.
My second class was Shawls, Sharves, Scarfs & Ponchini, taught by Steven Be. His class was more about making your knitting your own, breaking rules, taking yourself seriously as a fiber artist, and translating inspiration to product. It was very inspirational and I picked up some creativity jump-start techniques. He was very enjoyable, and I got what I was hoping for out of it, so calling it a win. I will say, if you enjoy an organized, A to B approach to things, Steven Be will make you crazy. He is a one-man Mardi Gras of knitting. In a good way. But if you want a pep talk about being yourself while getting a little glitter in your knitting, then he is definitely the man to go to 🙂
And finally, today I listened to a talk by Cecilia Campochiaro on her new book, Making Marls. She talked about marling yarns together in general, where the idea for her book came from and how she put together all the materials for the book. And also she talked about the process of physically having the book made, which was very interesting.
In addition to the classes they had a marketplace of vendors, which had links to their online shops. The vendors had slots of time where they could do Zoom talks or show tours of their stores or whatever they wanted to do with it. A lot of the vendors were offering attendees discounts or had special products for the event, just like at in-person conventions. They also had other online community activities for attendees, like meditation and yoga for knitters, Q & A sessions with various designers, and that sort of thing.
All in all, it was a very good event! My only complaint was that they didn’t give advance notice of when they were opening the registration, so I wasn’t organized enough to register quickly when it opened. A couple of classes I wanted sold out while I was fumbling around trying to get into my calendar. But that is a small quibble. And also partially my fault for not being a bit more prepared. Hopefully they will hold another one of these events a little later this summer – this time with more notice 🙂 Maybe it’s something they will do even after the current situation is over! I can see this type of event appealing to people who wouldn’t be able to make it to a regular convention at all, but would still like to take classes.
Have you been to any online events at all over the last couple of months? If so, what did you think of it?