So. What an exhausting and exciting time we had!
One of the funnier things that we experienced, happened before we even got on the plane! We (Donna and I) decided to pay the small fee for the carry-on bag and we packed the top (zippered) half of the suitcase with her yarn.
Of course, the bag was overweight so we unzipped the top and, Man, I wish I could've snapped a shot of the airline worker's face! He looked completely dumbfounded and stammered, "Uh. Most women pack shoes."
We arrived Wed. afternoon and had these grand plans of stopping at a store to get a few things we needed for our booth, setting up our booth and going about a leisurely evening hanging out with my friends. (John and his fiance Melissa were graciously letting us stay at their house for free.)
What a laugh! We got off the plane, got our bag, got our car, raced out to J and M's, got our boxes, loaded up the car, found a store to buy our purchases, raced to the Convention Center, checked in, flung our stuff at our booth, then drive out to the Kennedy School for the Lantern Moon "vendors only" meet-up. It was lovely! We got free drinks, had a little bowl of amazingly delicious soup. Met some very nice people (namely the Abstract Yarns people and Jennifer of Holiday Yarns). Then we drove back to J and M's for a light, late dinner at a pub and dropped dead asleep in the inflatable beds they provided.
Our plan for Thursday was to go to the Convention Center, put our booth together in an hour, find Downtown and experience the "cart" food we heard so much about, then come back to Marketplace and leisurely peruse the other booths. HAH! It took us FOREVER to put that booth together! We arrived at about 10a and finished up at 3p. Just in time to race down the street to Burgerville (which was quite yummy!), throw some food down our throats and race back to our booth before it opened up at 4:30p for the students only day!
2 hours of sheer madness but we did manage to get a picture with our friend Marisa and....
Amy Singer! (editor of knitty.com)
Here's pictures of our booth...