I'm home from my first VKL NYC, and I'm struggling to figure out where to start. This experience has been like no other for me. The 10th Anniversary of this NYC event was my very first time attending, and it was my first time vending at such a huge fiber event. What should I tell you about first...the People? ...Being part of the VKL Launch Pad program? ...the Inspiration and Joy?
When my younger two boys have extra time in the morning before school, they often go into the spare room and play Hero Factory guys on the pull out couch. Last week, they started doing something new. I went down to the family room and found they chose a new place to play, the family room couch. Once again, the Hero Factory bin was left out, though they had cleaned all the guys into the bin, which isn't bad. I saw something unusual on the couch, and thought, "Oh no! My knitting!!"
Things have been a bit all over the place around here...
So in the spirit of chaos that is my life right now, here are some random thoughts.
Seeing your own ad on Ravelry for the first time is surprising and wild! I was adding my new project to Rav and I saw a Jilly & Kiddles ad for the first time. Dudes, it was amazing.
Over the weekend, Jilly & Kiddles had it's first trunk show. What an fun experience!
I've been preparing for this for weeks, dyeing lots of extra yarn and deciding how I'd like my popup shop to look. There was a lot to do, but I think it went really well. I enjoyed meeting so many new people and getting to show off my yarn in person. My husband Brian came with me to help with checkout, and I'm so glad he did. Without him, it would certainly have been much more chaotic. I think we pretty much worked out the kinks. Plus, he provides some stress relief, for sure. Here he is trying on a slouchy hat for some customers for laughs. I can't thank him enough.
So, you know what's pretty strange these days? Not having any cell reception or internet. Seriously. It's just bizarre.
My family is back from our vacation, and it's so good to be home. The six of us went away on a week long cruise out of NYC, along with my parents, and my sister's family of four. It was amazing! The only thing, is we decided not to purchase any sort of internet package, so we were all offline for the week. What a weird feeling! Plus, my two high schoolers were, um, not exactly loving it. We all survived, though, and it almost feels nice after you get used to it. No need to check email constantly, or see if you got a text. I didn't realize how often I check my phone until I couldn't. I'll have to work on that.
Here's the story of our wonderful week away