The Rose City Yarn Crawl has once again come and gone, and with it, the b.Woolens trunk show at Dublin Bay. Tricia kindly kept my work up for a few days after the crawl ended, but I went and picked everything up this week so now its officially over….
its taken me about this long to feel rested and like a normal human again, and to finally be able to reflect (and share) what a fun weekend it was! and let me tell you it was a ball.
I have to start by thanking Tricia, Stephanie and April over at Dublin Bay for 1. Giving me this opportunity to share this new adventure with a few other knitters, even though I am still in the most early stages of figuring out what b.Woolens is and how it all works and 2. for the IMMENSE amount of support, love and friendship they provide. Seriously, b.Woolens would not exist without them. Not only did Tricia help me take my knitting life to the next level when she hired me to work at Dublin Bay like….wow…five years ago now…but as a group these ladies have helped me work through patterns, talk over ideas, pick yarns, test knit….the list goes on and on. Seriously these are some of my favorite people and I am so glad that they are part of my life and part of b.Woolens!
The day before the show I was able to go over to the shop and set up my little window area. Before I left home I gathered everything up, samples scattered hither and thither all over my house…things that I had finished and immediately cast aside to manically start on the next project. I have to say it was pretty wild to see all nine patterns gathered together in one place.
It was even more wild to see them all set up at Dublin Bay! Of course Tricia and the girls have such a lovely shop, you could probably throw a ball of tangled up Lion Brand in their window and it would look gorgeous…but again, seeing all my hard work gathered together in once place, and all dressed up on hangers with the lovely printed versions of the patterns…It made me feel pretty dang proud of myself.
Thursday (the first day of the crawl) was the worst because I was at work all day and not able to be there in person….I was an antsy bugger I have to tell you. Its extremely nerve wracking to put your work out there in front of the world, exposed for everyones comments. The yarn crawl brings knitters from all over the country, and each shop has amazing displays of designers and yarns…at Dublin Bay alone they had a Knitbot (are you KIDDING ME) trunk show, never not knitting and my good (and super talented) friend Linette. What if I am the only person who thinks these patterns were a good idea? What if actually, these look like the kind of thing every designer in the world as thought of writing up and then thought “but…eugh…who would want to knit that??” these are the thoughts that filled my brain all day Thursday.
Thankfully, it seems that no one reacted that way. Or if they did…they were polite enough to keep it to themselves (thank you knitters of the world and attendees of the yarn crawl). In fact…we sold out of most of my hard copies on the first day and I have to bring in more. I was over the moon, and it was even more fun to be there on Friday and Sunday in person, to meet so many lovely knitters, see some old friends who I knit with back when I worked at Dublin Bay, and to get lots of useful feed back on the Isla & Friends collection as it stands so far.
My ultra talented cousin Erika of Erikashmerika designs was up from Medford crawling for the weekend and stopped in to say hello. And randomly enough, my other darling cousin Katie was up in p-town on a little weekend getaway with her equally darling husband Chris. As neither Christ nor Katie are knitters, it was pretty fun/hilarious to share this particularly hardcore knitting event with them.
We were able to get together for a little lunch at Lovejoy bakery, a nearby eatery that I absolutely love. It was so fun! Even Isla and her mommy came. Over course Isla had to put the look on her namesake knits. It was super fun and inspiring, and now I have this lovely body of work that I can share with the world whenever I want.
What an amazing feeling. I tell you, this whole “being a knitwear designer” thing has its ups and downs, but yarn crawl…it was totally worth it and super fun.
I’ve got *two* more little treats in mind to round out the rest of the Isla & Friends Collection and then she will be all finished. I’ve been knitting for pure pleasure for the last couple of weeks so I will have to post again soon and share my fun with all of you.