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the best part about stitches west

I just realized that it’s been exactly one week since the market preview evening at Stitches West!

Wow.

What a Stitches, what a week, and boy, do my feet still hurt. 🙂

I wish I had really great photos, or maybe just more photos, but I’ll share the photos that I thought to get, in the midst of sheer madness.

I had an incredible time, as always; however, Stitches was full of drama for me, maybe like a thriller or horror movie, where you just can’t bear to look, but you continue to look?

I won’t go into gory detail (hehe, horror movie …), but a few of the scarier highlights include standing and lifting and carrying and setting up and tearing down with a broken toe and a skinned toe. Oh, and not having a uhaul truck on Sunday, despite reservations, so …

I was the VERY LAST vendor to leave at less than five minutes to the deadline to leave at 10pm on Sunday. I had to make several car trips to get all my stuff home. And still had to leave the yarn racks in a hallway (thank you, Convention Center!) to pick up on Monday.

There was the thrilling tension of arriving at my booth after parking my truck only to find … and empty booth.  My entire truck load of supplies and equipment was missing!  I walked the entire convention several times to find that it had been unloaded at the opposite end of the big hall.  Oy.

But once I had my goodies, I went madly to work, because the market preview was opening in just a few short hours.  You can see through the gauzy curtain in the photo above … Ysolda’s booth!  I kept hearing a familiar voice in the booth behind me, and realized it was Wonder Mike, but was too focused and busy to go say hi.  I didn’t have my banner yet (it hadn’t arrived by the time I absolutely had to leave my house), so later in the day, wanted to let my back wall neighbor know that I’d be careful in putting up that banner the next morning, knowing how much time she’d spent hanging fabric and lights.  And was a bit stunned to see the lovely and talented Ysolda Teague hanging lights.  🙂  Gotta love Stitches West, you never know which knitting luminary you might share walls with!

I was really delighted at how well Texelle was received at Stitches.  I ran out of patterns every single night and had to print more for the next day.  I think I had a small handful left by Sunday night.

And I was thrilled with the reception of Phydeaux yarn.  So great to hear real time feedback about fiber base, color, weight, etc.  I am super excited to get back to the dye pots.  In …

a few weeks.  I need a break!  I can’t believe how much work I put into preparing for, setting up, manning (or womaning), tearing down, and taking home … Stitches!  I was completely incoherent until yesterday (and was back at work the day before).  I used up reserves I didn’t know I possessed and then some.  I can’t believe I was lugging hundreds of lbs of fiber and patterns and equipment at full speed ahead for days on end.  Which might explain why I’m a wee bit sore.

This will be my first weekend in close to two months of NOT preparing for Stitches.  I’m looking forward to a massive housecleaning, leisurely knitting, and quality time with two horribly ignored kitties.  And I hope to get photos of the remaining yarn – I’m so excited to share with you the new colorways that I developed for Stitches and beyond!

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  • Elena March 2, 2012, 7:09 AM

    Brenda, sounds like you are in for a MUCH needed break! Your space looked splendid, and I’m not at all surprised that your yarns and patters were a hit!

    Considering the logistics slip ups that were out of your control, I’m amazed that you were able to pull through and live to write a blog post about it! :))

    Having just finished a major retail show, and with two more ahead in the coming weeks, I can very much relate to the convention center madness experience.

    It’s interesting the different paths we have taken… I am happy for you and wish you the very best on your journey. Just don’t forget to take time off for yourself! (Easier said than done, I know…)

    P.S. Did you have those racks custom built? They look great!

  • Kepanie March 2, 2012, 1:11 PM

    Your booth was wonderful, Brenda. I thought about you on Sunday about you were faring and all. You are such a brave and ambitious soul. I can’t wait to make a hat for myself in that Blood Orange worsted!

  • Carla March 9, 2012, 8:30 PM

    I was so looking forward to stitches and your booth, BUT I have to have back surgery. I didn’t have enough vacation time to take for stitches. I sent your booth name with friends and they loved your buttons and set up. Next year I am going to be there….I have to be there…..

    I love your patterns and buttons. Thanks for your creativity!

  • brenda March 17, 2012, 8:10 PM

    Carla, I hope you’re healing up! Back surgery definitely is more important, as is your recovery. 🙂

  • brenda March 17, 2012, 8:11 PM

    And Elena, those racks were borrowed, and custom built – great aren’t they??

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