2011 was a non-stop knitting year for me–It began with my book ” Knitting Block by Block” becoming a blockbuster best seller and ended with me putting the finishing touches on my new book “Knitting In Circles” to be published by Potter Craft/Random House in August 2012.
Started off the year at the TNNA Show in Long Beach California, with a series of book signings and catching up with knitting industry products and trends. Then back to New York for the first annual Vogue Knitting Live Show at the New York Hilton, that was a smashing success. I taught, and gave a power point presentation to an audience of over 200 knitters. I also had my own booth selling my buttons, books, patterns etc. but it was a lot of work, even with the help of some dedicated friends.
In February I was the featured designer at the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, where they had a Barbie Doll Retrospective of designs from my 3 Barbie Doll books. It was great fun.
In April spent a lovely weekend in Kent, Connecticut teaching at the wonderful Black Sheep Yarns and met some interesting people.
May in Minneapolis at Steven Be’s Knitting Event at his incredible Yarn Garage. Lots of lovely people including my pal Mary Taylor who is halfway through with knitting all the pieces from my “Knitting On Top Of The World” book.
If it’s June…it must be TNNA in Columbus Ohio. Great turnout with “Knitting Block by Block” getting rave reviews. I also taught classes at the Knitting Connection event, visited my alma mater Columbus College of Art & Design with old friends and got to spend time with my Aunt Angie & Uncle Anthony and family
In July I threw out the first pitch at the Seattle Mariners game for “Stitch & Pitch” night. It was great and I pitched a perfect strike (thank goodness it didn’t bounce). Also got to spend some time with my soulmate Debbie Macomber, who was kind enough to throw a get together barbecue at her lovely home. She is an amazing person!
In September we sailed away on the Nicky Epstein Knitting Cruise to New England and Canada with a great group of knitters with old and new friends and delicious lobster rolls.
October?…Off to Vogue Knitting Live in Los Angeles where I taught and gave a power point presntation to overflowing and enthusiastic west coast knitters.
In October I finally launched the Nicky Epstein Knitting Club which is now in full swing. So, off to London and London’s fabulous Knitting and Stitching Show ( over 40,000 attended) at the beautiful Alexandra Palace. Taught classes and signed countless copies of my books which the Brits have embraced.
And being so close to Paris, Mr H and I hopped the chunnel train for a week of wining, dining, and an unexpected chance for me to participate in a charitable knitting event with hundreds of Parisian knitters–A dream week!
Our last and perhaps, most lovely trip, was to Edmonton, Canada, where the gracious sisters, Barb Barone and Cynthia Hyslop, who run the beautiful River City Yarn shops had me host their Wool, Wine and Wheels Tour. Sixty talented and fun-loving Canadian knitters and myself took an elegant train trip to the amazingly beautiful Jasper National Park for a 4 day marathon of great dining, sightseeing, joyful knitting classes and bonding (they’ve invited me back again next year, so come and join us)–I had an incredible time and it was an incredible ending to an incredible year.
Got to go home to West Vriginia for Xmas and enjoyed my nephew Mason opening his presents, celebrating my cousin Jennifer’s baby shower (I knitted her 5 baby hats on the drive down to WV), and then enjoying my niece Tristan’s 16th birthday back in NY.
2011–Oh What a Year!!!! I want to thank you all for your ongoing support and wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year and hope, in 2012, you have a ball!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, Nicky