I must admit I was in a bit of a meltdown last week. Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have realised that from my tweets on Thursday. By the time Simon came home I was having a complete meltdown. I was on the verge of tears and wanted to give up doing everything. Part of the reast I was stressed out was that this show came a month after Woolfest and it takes me a couple of weeks to fully recover from Woolfest. I've also had several deadlines in the last month and I've got several patterns on the go for deadines this week and trying to juggle that with family life and preparing for a show as very, very difficult. I'm quite relieved that our next show isn't till end of September (Yarndale).
I also hadn't done Fibre East before so had no idea what the stalls will be like. I knew the meaurements but it's difficult to imagine how big that is. I'd also expected some kind of dividing walls between the stalls but found out last week that wasn't the case. I should have taken a pic of our space before we set up. Turning up to a rectangle marked out on the tarmac and 2 tables then having to try to work out how to set things up is not easy.
In the rush to pack I'd brought my old banner which annoyed me a lot and I'd also forgotten to bring my carrier bags. Our lovely friends at Purlescence helped us out and kept us supplied with carrier bags for the weekend. And that's the thing I love about these shows and this industry as a whole. Yes we are competitors but we are also friends and the friendship and helpfulness between stall holders is great. Everyone is just so friendly.
The visitors were wonderful too. I met several of the Lace Lovers Club members and other regular customers. It was great to put some faces to names, although you may need to remind me again who you are next time we meet as I'm rubbish at remembering who's who. There were a few 'fan girl' moments which are flattering but which i never quite know how to react to. I met some of my sample knitters and friends I've known online for years and I met several indie designers & yarnies I've known online but never met in person before. It was wonderful to meet you all and you really made my weekend.