The weekend before last was Knit City in Vancouver and boy was it a whirl wind! I apologize for not posting earlier but it's honestly taken me this long to recover. Working tirelessly to wrap up the book in time, preparing my booth for the event, and moving to a new home all at the same time has really taken its toll and left me completely exhausted.
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Let me just say that the show was incredible! Amanda and Fiona did such a good job putting this event together and the sheer number of volunteers showed tremendous support for their efforts. The show kicked off with a swarm of people that didn't let up until later that afternoon. People were lined up hours before the doors opened on Saturday to score exclusive Knit City swag bags slated for the first 50 attendees. It was heartwarming to see such a positive response to the first year of this event, its a sure sign that Knit City will grow and gain recognition from further and further afar in the years to come. The selection of vendors was the best I've ever seen at an event like this which made it an absolute delight for attendees and participants alike.
We brought a limited number of copies of my new book ISLAND for pre-release and I have to say that I really underestimated our order for the show. We sold out in a matter of hours on the first day and I apologize if you wanted to bring home a book but weren't able to. It will be available online very soon and I promise, next time I will bring more!
A big HUGE thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth to say hello, buy a pattern, purchase a book, or give us a hug! My favorite part of Knit City was the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people! I'm kicking myself for not taking note of all of your names (or rav id's), I would be so grateful if you would leave a comment to say you stopped by, or come find me on Ravelry and say that you did!
We got to meet and visit with all of the ladies of Baaad Anna's (above is the lovely and gorgeous Caitlin ffrench) and let me tell you, these ladies are Fun with a capital F!!! I know where I'm stopping next time I'm in Vancouver!
I was so excited to meet Tasia of Sewaholic the first day. Out of her purse she pulled this gorgeous version of Aesderina in Madtosh Vintage, the colourway is Jade.
On the second day Tasia came back to show us her first mitten from the new book! Shannon and I were SO impressed, thank you Tasia for sharing your Rathtrevor mitt, you really made our day!
I also had the great pleasure of meeting designer Liz Abinante who travelled all the way from Chicago to teach and tend a booth. It was so great to talk shop with her and Andrea Rangel, plotting which knitting events to attend next!
Thank you Shannon for taking this journey with me and for not leaving my side! I can't believe how lucky I am to have you as a friend!
And thank you Arika for jumping in when we needed you most! I don't know what I would have done without you!
...I'm already counting the days until next years event!