On the cab ride to the airport, leaving Manhattan, I was listening to Alicia Keys singing "New York State of Mind" and realized how much I truly loved New York this trip. I modeled there years ago (at 16) and didn't appreciate it. On this 8-day trip to NYC I spent so much time walking the streets, people watching, building/architecture admiring, and really enjoyed it.
Two short flights later, and I arrived in Chicago. Check out this airplane. Is that a puddle jumper or what???
Went directly to a trunk show/book signing event for "Complements Collection" with Bijou Basin Ranch at a beautiful little yarn shop called "Wool & Company " in St. Charles, Illinois. From there I headed to Schaumburg, Illinois to Stitches Midwest.
Went directly to the show floor to set up the Bijou Basin Ranch booth with Marly Bird, and specifically my corner of the booth! I set up my trunk show for Complements Collection and displayed its book, along with "Seamless Crochet", "A Knitting Wrapsody" and "Crochet So Fine" on the table. I happened to have the only samples of Wrapture in the world with me, and was so excited to lovingly place them on display, too. I couldn't wait to share the jasmine scent of Wrapture with anyone interested in smelling it!
Checked into the hotel, got cleaned up and headed back down to the booth for Student Preview, which is the opening night of the show. I sold lots of books, met lots of lovely people, and remembered many from last year at Stitches Midwest! The response to Wrapture was awesome! CAN'T WAIT to have inventory to sell. Only a few short weeks...
Went to dinner with two of my FAVORITE fiber peeps: Marly Bird and Drew Emborsky and had a lovely steak dinner. Seriously, I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't eat red meat...
Classes began the next day! I taught three classes at Stitches Midwest: Seamless Crochet, A Finer Edge, and Knitted Motifs. All 3 classes are related to my current and/or upcoming books. I had some returning students from last year, and some students took all three classes! Met some really lovely people. I never get stage fright going on stage, going on set, or speaking to large groups of people, but for some reason, I get serious gitters before heading into a classroom. To my delight, all 3 classes were well received and everyone learned from me. Yay.
On Friday night, Marly Bird hosts the PJ Party and it is so much fun! I always volunteer as one of her assistants for the party and get to hand out ALL THE AWESOME prizes when people win during our fun and silly games. I wore PJs I picked up at the lingerie/swim trade show in NY, but it was so chilly so I wore my Jasmine Shawl from my Sweetheart Shawls Craftsy online class to keep me warm!
Speaking of Sweetheart Shawls, the next morning I hosted an informal demonstration and how-to for the Jasmine and Gardenia shawls from my Craftsy class in their booth. Quite a few people came, and it was so fun watching them marvel at a simple, but different, way of making flowers :) That makes me so happy. The Jasmine shawl is on display behind me in this photo. Doesn't it look like angel wings? LOL
For the remainder of the days, I taught classes, promoted in the Bijou Basin Ranch booth, and networked with lots of lovely people. Met some new friends, and got to catch up with others. The Crochet Dude had his own booth at the show, and promoted the invites as come get your own Crochet Dude experience. How can one resist? I stopped by his booth and it was ADORABLE! I'm so happy for him. The booth was awesome and his customers were thrilled to have him at the show. Win-win :)
Sunday night after teaching my last class, I flew home and got to see SharkHunter the next day! I was gone from home 2 weeks, and missed the entire first week of school :((( Not a good feeling for this mama. But we did lots of fun stuff in the partial week I was home before I set up for Las Vegas for the final let of my August Whirlwind of Knit Crochet & More Excitement. Stay tuned for Part 3 of 3 blog post about The CurveNV Lingerie/Swimwear trade show in Las Vegas!
In the meantime, please leave a comment below for an opporutnity to win one of MANY prizes! I'm going to be giving away pattern, books, samples of Wrapture and YARN!!!!! Please share with me what was your favorite family moment from the month of August. Mine was making SharkHunter's favorite meal request the night I came home from this trip: Spaghetti & homemade meatballs and sauce. He was so excited for a home cooked meal. And I was over the moon looking at his smile :)