It was great to see all the folks I only see at events like this, Stitches, Retzlaff, etc., both attendees and vendors. This year's vendors were most of the usual suspects: Red Fish Dyeworks; Dizzy Blonde Studios; Jamie's Metalworks; RK's Mom; Bee Mice Elf; Fickle Knitter; Slipped Stitch Studios; The Yarnover Truck, and Mimi's Needle Basket. Even if I weren't vending, I'd want to go as an attendee (and you KNOW I would have taken the belly dancing class!). Of course, a road trip with Hubby and a weekend away from
|My booth set-up: Cooperative Press books with samples,|
plus some of my own independent patterns (Fangirl,
Perennials, Bijou Bijoux, Bag Ban Grocery Bag) with samples.
Every year, two or three of the vendors pick a theme and dress in costume. This year, the theme was "Firefly" or "Serenity". I meant to get a picture of everyone who was dressed up, but my timing was off, so I just have Jayne and Kaylee. (I should have made her stand up so you could see the appliques on her jumpsuit; they were perfect.) Laura was dressed as Wash, as was "Jayne's" daughter. Since Fangirl was inspired by a "Firefly" character, I would have gladly dressed up too, had I known. Guess I'll have to ask the cool kids to let me in on the secret next year in time to plan for it.
|The other goodie I brought home was this "KNIT" sticker that|
FickleKnitter gave me. NO, not the iPad, just the sticker!
Dinner at King of Siam on Friday was, as always, crazy good, and having Laura and Desiree with us only made it better. Saturday night, we tried a place we hadn't been, The Shed. Service was really slow, but Sharon who came with us was good company, and the food was very good. Next year, I think we'll stick around for the post-retreat brunch at The Village Grill, as long as we can also find a place where Andrew can watch football. This year, while all the cool kids were there for a retreat wrap-up and planning session for next year, we were back at the hotel, dealing with a dead battery and AAA before our five-hour drive home.
What did Andrew do while I was vending on Saturday? He went on a 17-mile bike ride up to The Tehachapi Loop and back, then took a nap before watching college football, of course.