This Saturday I will be at the Decadent Fibers Booth from 1:00 to 3:00. You can find their beautiful yarns and me in booths 727 & 826.
At Stitches East and the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival – Decedent Fibers will be giving away 50 copies of my Meddybemps patterns FREE with the purchase of yarn. Their big 490-yard skeins are Great for this pattern.
These types of shows happen all year around, all around the country. This week I am sharing my tips and tricks for enjoying these great events.
#1.) Have a Plan.
Review the map and vender list, mark your favorite venders and must-stop booths on your map. Also note when and where any special events, speakers, or book signing are on you map. Take care not to lose you map.
#2.) Set a Limit.
Know how much you can spend comfortable on yarn and goodies and stich to it. I do this by leaving my plastic at home. I carry cash in my front packet, when the cash is gone- I am done shopping.
Good in a Group
It is fun to attend these events with a group of friends. If you do remember these 3 simple rules:
#3.) Before the group breaks up – make sure every one knows when and where to meet when it is time leave.
#4.) Respect the time to leave and be in the right place at the right time.
#5.) Be kind to your driver. As you sit in the car and knit and talk away, the driver has a very important job making sure you get where you are going safely.
#6.) Case the Joint.
I like to take a walk thru of the vender area before I buy anything. This was I don’t spend all my money in the first 3 aisles and then find something I like in aisle 4.
#7.) Listen to Your Gut
If you find something you have to have right now and it is in limited quantities BUY IT! It might be there when you come back. If you are not sure about something finish shopping and go back, if it is still there – it is waiting for you.
#8.) Bring Project Info.
If I am shopping for a specific project, even a possible project, I like to copy the material section of the pattern, this way I know who much yarn in how many colors on what size needle.
#9.) Know Your Needles
Buying a kit or yarn new project, make sure you have the needles – bring card with a ll your needles marked or a filled in cool smart phone app with all your needles so you can start right away when you get home or back to your room.
#10.) Need to Buy Yarn to use up Your Stash
It never fails; if I have yarn I want to use up, I never have enough, so I have to buy yarn to use up yarn. Make sure I have the perfect match, I cut a 4 to 6” piece of yarn and slip knot it to my key ring or bracelet. This way I do not have to relay on my memory of my last glimpse of the yarn in the back of my dark closet.
#11.) Buy Enough and One More.
If this is a yarn that you cannot get locally, and you are making a big project, BUY all the yarn you need and one to two EXTRA BALLS. This way you wont have to worry about running out. Trying to finish your project 4 months later and running out- it will be really hard to find any more in the dye lot your need.