Happy New Year

This year, I’m celebrating Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Dragon, the year I turn 30 (along with Vogue Knitting magazine, I’m in FANTASTIC company) and the year that I truly began my duties as Creative Director at Skacel. My skills were immediately put to the test planning for two of the hottest industry events, the third Vogue Knitting Live in NYC and the biannual TNNA show (the January show is usually in California but has recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona). You can see all of my photographic notes from this whirlwind of a month here, but here are some highlights in the meantime…

Before heading off, I knit myself a Twin Cities headband using one ball of Schulana Cashmere Moda. It is a major party foul to work a booth and NOT wear at least some of your yarns. This fit the bill perfectly: it knit up in no time on my size 4 Addi Clicks and only took one ball of luxurious yarn in the color of the year, Pantone #17-1463 Tangerine Tango. I barely took it off all weekend, not even when crammed into the back of a limo with Alice Starmore and over a dozen other knitting denizens! 

Crazy Limo

I also had to carefully consider my polish options for the weekend. I settled on a favorite neutral, Butter London’s All Hail the Queen. Appropriate when spending time with knitting royalty like Debbie Bliss, Sarah Hatton, Josh Bennett and Trisha Malcom, no? 

Polish Options


What followed was a weekend full of fashion shows, bento boxes, shopping and chatting with friends and new to me knitters. Every hour seemed to outshine the last and I spent all of them with my vivacious new boss Karin. I knew she was a kindred spirit when we hit my beloved Momofuku Ssam Bar the first night in town. We devoured a plate of pickles, then artisanal ham, then pork belly sliders, then crack pie…we both couldn’t stop snapping photos and saying “MMMM!!…” She even indulged my fan girl squealing when I spotted and subsequently fawned over Amanda Brooks.

Together we ran a cafe themed booth where we introduced the latest in the Click line. Interchangeable needles with long but pointy tips, a lifeline threader built right into the cable…very exciting stuff! 

Skacel Cafe

New Clicks

Radiance Teahouse


Soho Lady

At Loopy Mango, an incredible blend of haberdashery, antique shop and boutique. I am really, really glad this store is all the way in Soho and not Seattle!! 

Loopy Mango

The same is true for Brooklyn General, a yarn shop that more than lived up to the heaps of praise I’d heard about it (they stock TONS of our yarns, too, maybe I’m a bit biased…) I especially fell in love with this giant squishy cowl, knit in Imperial Stock Ranch Bulky 2-Ply, a roving style pencil yarn that comes in giant wheels. 

Imperial Stock Ranch Cowl

La Casita, another cozy and well-loved Brooklyn yarn shop, won me over with their wine bar and this dissected frog. Pattern is by Emily Stoneking, her amazing post-mortem menagerie is available here.

La Casita

Clearly, I love New York. More and more with every visit. If I find myself missing it I will watch one of my favorite NYC movies. In no particular order: 

Crossing Delancey, Hannah and Her Sisters, Taxi Driver, Royal Tenenbaums, Bill Cunningham New York, The Baxter, Pieces of April, Tiny Furniture, The Warriors, Muppets Take Manhattan

New York

3/1/2012: You can find part two of my January travelogue here


all text and images © cirilia rose 2017