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23 Things That Would Happen If Knitters Ran The World

Vogue Knitting Live is an enormous convention that takes place in New York, Seattle, and Chicago every year. It's basically prom, Pinterest, and paradise for knitters all rolled into one.

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9. Famous writers would come together to discuss their love for knitting.

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Ann Hood edited this truly delightful collection of pieces, and writers including Barbara Kingsolver read theirs aloud at a panel during the convention.

"For the purpose of these four days," Kingsolver said, smiling, "I am not a writer who knits — I am a KNITTER!"

10. Every animal would breathe a sigh of relief, because their pelts would no longer be hunted.

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Ruth Marshall knits versions of endangered species' pelts to call attention to illegal skin trading.

11. Games of chess would become wildly imaginative flights of fancy.

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This board, by Going Gnome, featured an in-progress game that passersby were asked not to interfere with.

15. Mundane objects like film rolls and calculators would have a new lease on life.

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They're the brainchildren of crochet artist Nicole Gastonguay, who understands the innate power of a pair of eyes.

18. Even avant-garde fashion would be knitted.

These were on display as part of a student designer showcase and it took every last ounce of willpower not to steal the backpack.

21. Everyone would be super willing to help you learn new skills.

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This table was packed all day with people of all ages sitting down to navigate sticks and string for the first time. (And, of course, with those helping them out.)

22. (No matter how hard the skill in question.)

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I took a double-knitting class with Stitch 'n Bitch author (and BUST editor) Debbie Stoller. She warned us at the beginning of class that it would probably feel "like learning to knit all over again," and she wasn't wrong — the totally reversible, two-color process was insanely difficult, but we ended class with a much better feel for the technique and a few inches of work to show for it.