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.
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.
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…
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!