I was there. Hosted a group of out-of-towners, including the Tsarina of Tsocks ( http://www.tsocktsarina.com/ ) who went to the sock knit-in at Strawberry Fields and did a yarn crawl to Habu and School products. My favorite LYS, Knitting City, was packed with people from all over, including a talented Tennessee knitter whose handsome husband knew even more about luxury yarn than she did and kept urging her to buy more, more, more. Knitty City was also a collection point for contributions of hand-knitted hats for the homeless. My two hats were added to a considerable pile.
Of the 750 seats in the auditorium at Fashion Institute of Technology, I’d estimate that about 700 were filled. At each seat was a skein of Paton’s SWS and a pair of needles, and we were all encouraged to knit patches for Warm Up America, a project of the Crafts Yarn Council, during the program. McPhee is a good stand-up comic and the crowd appreciated her riffs on C.H.O.K.E., a fictional organization that stereotypes knitters and doesn’t take the knitting industry seriously.
It was a good day for knitting in New York.