Back home after a whirlwind weekend (actually a whirlwind month of preparation!) at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival. I'm still trying to come down off of the high from the weekend and can't settle down to any one thing or another.
The preparation that goes into an event like this is insane and I wonder how the vendors who do show after show make it seem so routine and casual.
After weeks and weeks of sewing, and days and days of packing and labeling, and hours and hours of driving my booth partner, Stacey Serafin of Fierce Fibers and I arrived to start setting up. For those of you who haven't done a show, set up involves checking in to get your registration packet and finding your assigned space - which consists of an area marked by tape on a floor. The hustle and bustle of all the vendors trying to unload their cars, trucks, and trailers creates chaos on the docks and taking turns getting through doorways and sharing carts and handtrucks to haul all of the heavy grids and boxes into the showroom.
Unfortunately for the pictures we had the back of the booth to the huge picture windows so lighting wasn't great, but just look at all the color and selection we were able to cram into that space. I loved the transformation!
I've posted before about how much I love the knitting community. I am always so happy because of the way this community comes together to help and support each other. There were so many people who practice random acts of kindness at these events. Truly heart warming. I would love to list all of the people and kind acts, and kind words, and mention friends and customers, but there are just too too many. Just know that the love, support, and kindnesses are recognized and appreciated. Wow, that last line makes me want to end this with "Peace Out." LOL. And it's good to be home again.