As August draws to a close, I can count the number of days I spent at home on one hand. I had the incredible opportunities to work several jobs in many cities, launch new projects, meet wonderful people and work with others I already know, love and respect.
At the beginning of the month (well at the end of July actually) I left for New York City. First job was a 2-day knit and crochet how-to video shoot in lower East Side Manhattan for Red Heart Yarns. We taped dozens of YouTube videos in a couple of days. It was unseasonably hot in NYC and it felt hotter than where I live in South Florida, believe it or not! Here are a couple of photos from the video shoot:
Because I was going to be in town for a few days, I decided to ask around for some fun things to do in the evening. One suggestion was to walk The Highline, which is an old, above-ground train track, converted into a boardwalk/park. It was gorgeous and I managed to make it just before sunset one night. Here are a few of the snapshots I took:
After the lovely walk, I went to my hotel's restaurant, The Forager, for one of my favorite meals: asian roasted short ribs. I know it doesn't sound fancy, but finger foods are my favorite and this is one of my alltime favorite finger foods! On a side note, I sat 2 seats away from Katie Holmes in the restaurant that night. And every night I was compelled to head up to the rooftop deck just to see the NYC skyline, including a great view of the Empire State Building.
There was a day lag between the Red Heart job and the next NYC job, so I took the trip out to Queens to visit the Tahki Stacy Charles offices. I was warmly greeted by the entire staff and took a tour of the entire facility. Stacy Charles & I made a couple of videos while I was there, and I got to see a sneak peek of new yarns coming out soon. So exciting! I love them and think you will too :)
I insisted on having them drop me off at the subway station to figure out my way back to Manhattan on my own. It was fun, exciting, a little scary but certainly adventurous. Most of the ride was uneventful, but one person did a lot of screaming & yelling. It wouldn't have bothered me as much if my phone WORKED! But unfortunately I had no cell reception the entire ride. Talk about spoiled! I don't go anywhere without my phone anymore (well, except for the gym).
Next stop was to move a little further uptown to Time Square and exhibit at the CurveNY Lingerie & Swimwear trade show at the Javit Center with Eucalan to launch my new product, Wrapture! This was a big secret that busted at my seams for months! I'm so excited to finally be able to talk about it! \
Eucalan’s latest addition to their delicate wash is Wrapture by designer Kristin Omdahl, infused with the beneficial essential oil of Night Bloom Jasmine. Like all Eucalan products, Wrapture is best for lingerie, hosiery, loungewear, athleticwear, swimwer and is especially useful in helping to preserve the original tension on elastic fabrics. Using Wrapture preserves the life of specialty materials such as Lycra and nylon, silk, satin, cotton, organza, lace, cashmere, wool, jersey knits and embellished items.
Jasmine oil is a natural antiseptic making it perfectly suited for your most delicate fibres. Like all Eucalan scents, Wrapture contains a touch of lanolin to naturally condition fibres and keep static to a minimum. Wrap your delicates in the romantic and intoxicating scent of Jasmine.
The lingerie/swimwear trade show was so much fun! I saw so many beautiful designs! It was a fantastic experience networking with new people in a whole different industry. I talked to all kinds of media, designers, promoters and all around good people.
And the food? OMG, food was amazing. I was around the corner from Hell's Kitchen and had an amazing pizza with arugula and proscuitto on top at Caprizzi Pizza. Heavenly.
Can you see the shawl in the picture? It is a new design that will debut in the next couple of months. The yarns are GORGEOUS. More info to come soon :) Wrapture was very well received at the show and I was so excited to share it with everyone!
From New York I headed directly to Chicago to attend the Stitches Midwest Knitting & Crochet Trade Show -- without returning home first! This was my first multi-city trip. Part 2 of AUgust Whirlwind blog will be about Chicago and then Part 3 of August Whirlwind blog will be about Las Vegas! Stay tuned for more blogs coming soon.
Please leave a comment below sharing what you knit or crocheted in the month of August and I will randomly choose winners to receive prizes, including patterns, books, samples of Wrapture and more!!
Congratulations, Alexis! You are the FIRST winner and will receive 2 free patterns of your choice. More winners will be chosen tomorrow! Thanks everyone!