Monday, June 08, 2009

a good weekend

phew... i'm back. and what a weekend....
thanks to the miracle of vacuum bags, we managed to fit the entire yarn mountain into two suitcases & one box, & packed the car up on friday morning to drive down to the much anticipated uk ravelry day.

packed & ready

it was cold, gray, horrible & rainy when we set up the market stall, after driving all the way down to coventry the day before, spending a night in a caravan, and getting up ridiculously early on saturday morning (who knew there was such a time as 5:30 a.m.??). the lovely lynette, who came to help out, didn't want to be in a photo, but i managed to snap her hiding at the back of the stall anyways!


it could have been an absolutely awful day - we were outside in the pouring rain for more than ten hours, sheltering under the foot & a half of awning overhanging the back of the stall. we were both exhausted, damp, & frozen, and were out there all day with hardly any time to grab something to eat or even to go to the loo! but it wasn't awful at all - it was absolutely fantastic. the rain didn't seem to put off any of the wonderful ravelry folk from coming out to see what all the market stalls had to offer - and even eloise the sheep guarding the old maiden aunt stock didn't put them off from buying lots & lots & lots of yarn.

eloise at rav day

despite the weather, we had a wonderful time - it was so great to put faces to ravelry names, and so exciting to see so many people buying the yarn i've spent the past few months making! i even managed to sneak a few minutes to run around the other market stalls & gather up some ravelry day booty of my own...

rav day booty

a beautiful hand-sewn project bag from chookiebirdie (i was actually selling these from my stall, as the woman who made them has a studio just up the road from me in west kilbride - i couldn't resist buying one for myself!); some lush merino aran in a vivid green from fyberspates, some knitpro dpns, and some gorgeous buttons from textile garden...


(i couldn't resist the bees, & i know exactly what i'm going to use them with already).
& although we were both utterly shattered by the end of the day, it was an amazingly wonderful experience. i managed to sell an absolute ton of stock (ok, i exaggerate slightly, but the car was about 15 kilos lighter on the way home!) & meet a whole bunch of wonderful ravelry folk - thank you all for coming out in the pouring rain to see my stall & buy my yarns (and thank you especially to liz, who brought me some lovely chocolate even though i assassinated her in sock wars a couple of years ago!!)
the ravelry day plans for next year are already underway, and this time it's going to be in stirling in august 2010 (& in case of rain, the marketplace is going to be inside, thank goodness!!). after having such a great time this year, i'll definitely be applying for a market stall at next year's event as well. all in all, a very good weekend - now, i think i need a nap!


Tricia said...

Hi! I'm so glad you thought it was worth it to come to UK Ravelry day. I was certainly very pleased to be able to see your yarns in the fleshh so to speak (I think I accounted for at least half a kilo of the yarn that didn't make it back with you). Looking forward to seeing you at the Socktopus trunk show in September, Tricia (TriciaindaHouse on Ravelry and the person with the purple Caricia who kept on coming back for just one more skein!)

Blink said...

So glad it went well for of my Southern friends already showed off her purchases, including some Old Maiden Aunt, on her blog. Look like a fantastic day!

Anonymous said...

It was so good to finally meet you after al the email buying and to introduce my friend Black Purl to your fantastic Homecoming collection, I knew she'd love it! I'm sorry I forgot to bring the chocolate I'd intended to bring you, I'll have to post it. The Midnight sock wool is intended as a present for someone...but they may never get it as it is sitting by my chair calling to me to keep it, ah well I'll just have to order some more from you.

Paula said...

Glad to hear it went well.

Anonymous said...

It was lovely to meet you after reading about you on Ysolda's blog - and now I am gutted I don't live in Scotland and can't come and do a dying workshop myself!

Just had to comment - because I got the bee buttons too! They are fab aren't they.