I’m really glad that my first visit to New York wasn’t as an ordinary tourist, but was to exhibit at such a prestigious show in such a classy location as the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. There were many moments that felt surreal to me, particularly being in places I’ve seen in film and television all my life, and doing things off the tourist track, including a trip to the Salvation Army thrift store, where I bought a chair for our booth.

Some of the highlights were meeting US fans, folk who have admired, purchased and knitted my designs over the years. A good number of them had knitted Hedgerow and William. I was particularly impressed by one knitter who had knitted Tups in a lovely rust brown colour, and wore it to the show, and by Marie Paul, who has knitted William with her own handspun!

A few folk took selfies with me:

Total fan girl moment with @annkingstone at #vklive #vklivenyc #knitstagram #vklive2017

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Another highlight of my week in New York was our visit to Purl Soho, which is a beautiful shop. I particularly admired these library steps they had for reaching high shelves:





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