We've all been there... overwhelmed by the dazzling stands at a show... so dazzling in fact that we have completely forgotten what we came for, or been too overwhelmed to really take in all of the inspiration.
Some times we come away feeling like we've missed things, or just mentally exhausted.
I decided to write a Wool Show Survival Guide to help you get the most from your next outing.
Ok, so where to start…
There is lots of choice here in the UK for shows now and certainly in the US too, so planning and picking between them is something you should consider. Let’s view this as if you are a first timer…
Indie Dyers will often tell you what shows they will be attending each month. Like most I remind you monthly on my newsletter, but I also have it on my events page on the website.
Sites like Ravelry can also be useful, because the forum aspect helps you to ask for people’s opinions on a show and their experiences with travel, or staying overnight. There may be options to meet up and travel in groups too.
Of course do remember to use this as part of your standard planning research;
- Visit the show’s website page… who is exhibiting? How much does it cost to get in?
- Use Google maps to plan the travel distance… is it a day trip, or a weekend stay?
- Use public transport sites if you plan travel by train, etc… how many changes will you have? How close can you get to the show site?
- Use booking comparison sites to look at accommodation in the area if you choose to stay overnight… What is on offer?
Work out all of your costs, travel details and how visiting the show might work for you.
Next book your tickets, travel and accommodation if necessary and wait...
So the day draws near - what do you need?
The project I worked on at Wonderwool Wales recently was my sock blank, which I stock in the shop.
They are simple to use... you unravel the length from one end and start knitting. As they are a length of fabric essentially they are also easier to transport and you don't get any tangles!