I dedicate this post to Nicole, not to shit you even more about missing the show, but to try and get you as close to the action as I could without actually flying you over. We all send our love and missed you!Such a great day yesterday.
First there was a quick tour of the incubator to meet the crafting blogging glitterati. So many heros.
Then off to help out at Wardrobe Refashion. This was way more fun than I expected and although I only signed up for a couple of hours, I stayed on the stand for most of the day. Who would have guessed that in the face of a entire hall for of craft material purchase possibilities I would opt to hang out with a big pile of second hand clothes, fabric scraps and sewing machines, helping complete strangers make aprons and bags from old shirts and sheets? So much fun! I even squeezed in a few quick things, like a wee linen bag made from a trouser cuff and a wrist pin cushion stuffed with yarn scraps. I just love the challenge of making something from seemingly nothing...
I slipped out to see Faythe Levine's Handmade Nation which was really excellent and made me want to get my movie camera out again and make a doco about the aussie scene, though I reckon I'd be hard pushed to find anyone to make music anywhere near as good as her's....but geez, perhaps I should think about this one more seriously...? And whilst watching I finished off a guinan hat for myself in the possmerino aran I had left over from my Teva Durham vest from last winter.
I made a few forays out of the stand to buy some fat quarters, just love love love the work of the ink and spindle crew and meeting them in person at last was a delight. I picked up a few more bag making bits from Nicole because again, after so many internet purchases getting my hands all over her stuff was too much to resist.
My only other purchase was special in a different kind of way. In anticipation of Amy's 7th birthday which I know is MILES away and all, I bought a skein of the totally gorgeous '100s and 1000s' yarn Sue at Pear Tree Yarns has specially designed for a first knitting project. A sweet set of short 6mm bamboos and I think this will be a very a memorable gift.
So that may have been it for purchases, but that wasn't it for goodies. At the show Nichola and the Burda dudes gave me a lovely little giftie for helping out - how cute is that fabric?!
I organised a post show bloggers/crafters/exibitors dinner largely because I really wanted to meet Jodie and test my suspicions that we may have been sisters separated at birth (there's a good chance - she gave me this gift of toilet paper as a reference to this old post so many people seem to remember and hold dear. I laughed very hard at the dinner table in a most unglamorous fashion). Can't believe I didn't get photos of the selvage entourage!
What started out as a dinner for two quickly escalated to a dinner for 32, just, you know, me a few mates. By the night the numbers had peeled back to 24, but it was still a spectacular event and a special chance to meet and put faces to names I have long known.Sandra and Kristen Jodie Cathy and Louise Jenny Liz and Ellie Bianca Matt Tegan and Lara Cathy and Michelle Janet Lisa and Caroline Lara Nicole and Jodie Eleanor and Susan (bloggers will be snap happy bloggers).
Part of the dinner was a lucky dip gift swap and I scored a wonderful gift of fabric from Lara in exchange for one I gave - this hat (also the guinan - this time in aubergine Merino Spun) which Sandra (AKA the felt dealer) from Winterwood scored. The lovely Tinnie Girl even gave me a bit of her wonderful fabric haul from Jenny because it was all over cars and Wil would undoubtedly love it more than anyone - thank you Tinnie and by extension Jenny!
A totally great evening - as Jodie said does blogging and craft make people nice or is it just that nice people are attracted to craft and blogging? Chicken or egg, I don't care, but it is true there's not often you can chuck that many strangers together and have such a darn good time. Thanks everyone for sharing the madness and helping me cover the short bill produced by some stupidity on my part! :-)
And to cap it all off I got home to find this big luscious pile of undyed silk merino awaiting me from The Knittery closing down sale. I can feel some lace coming on...After a bloody good sleep!