Hi Knitters & Crocheters!
Well, it’s been a week and some days since I’ve been back from conference. As much as I looked forward to getting away, I looked (even more) forward to coming home. Getting back into my routine is always a good thing.
So, I wanted to take some time and give you some feedback. You know, the things I loved and the not-so-exciting parts for me.
I arrived Wednesday, July 22nd. The shuttle driver was so cool, and explained to me that the previous week the sewers and quilters were riding in his van to the Town and Country Hotel. Must be quite the spot, I thought to myself.
And let me tell you, the hotel was charming, full of character, and the rooms were inviting. The guy told me I was on the 8th floor. Well, those that know me, know that heights aren’t my thing. *eeek* But, the views were beautiful. The movie, Pretty Woman, quickly came to mind. I viewed from the slider, as close to the slider as I could get. 🙂
See the green umbrellas just past the pool? That was my spot every morning for coffee, every afternoon for tea, and most evenings if there was someone down there to talk with.
After putting away my things, I ventured downstairs to locate some coffee and conversation. The people I met were so friendly, as all knitters and crocheters are, right?
Well, I sat there for awhile, found the coffee, got out my knitting and people watched.
By now, you’re probably asking yourself, where is the conference stuff. I have to be honest…here it comes…I wasn’t impressed (at that moment). I know! I should have been, it was TKGA for goodness sake, but for me, the wow factor wasn’t there (yet).
Knitters and Crocheters were very friendly as you would expect. Yes, I was able to sit at any table and chat. Yes, they always asked what I was working on. Yes, I gave out a lot of cards.
Being Wednesday, there wasn’t a lot going on. A few classes had started and the conference was underway. But, where were all the people? That was what was most surprising to me. There didn’t seem to be a large crowd.
Thursday was a bit nicer with more people arriving, but still not to the level I would have expected. The coffee line was now longer. 🙂 That told me many more had arrived. This hotel had only one Market where you could get a sandwich or salad, coffee or tea. The little restaurant next door served Breakfast and Lunch, which I did most mornings. Breakfast anyway. As for dinner, well, the main restaurant had closed down just the week before. We did discover a mall within walking distance. Score! We ate dinner there.
You can definitely see the charm, can’t you? The food was awesome. The fruit was fresh cut. I found this to be my every morning breakfast spot.
I went for a walk around the property and found some fun plants and trees…
I met some great friends who I think I will remain connected with for a long time…From top right: Gloria, Barbara, Sharon and myself. These ladies made me laugh the entire time. And our server was adorable. He escaped before we could snap a picture of him.
So, what about the shopping, Deb?
Glad you asked…
I wasn’t thrilled. Though, honestly, I think this conference is very heavy on the crochet. That may have been more of my issue. Though, the amount of vendors was lacking, in my opinion. I’m guessing 50 or so vendors. Not a lot when it’s part of a conference.
I walked into the room and Red Heart booth is right there. Very impressive actually. Some very cool people were hanging around that booth. You know, it was in the hotel’s conference center, right there on the hotel property. Convenient? Yes!
This is a Marly Bird and Myself. Pop over and visit both of our Facebook pages, we love to interact with our peeps.
Here’s the funny part…The minute I turned my camera around to do the selfie, my comment was, “OMG, look at my hair.” She busted out laughing. This is the picture after I got over it. 🙂 I adore Marly. She’s so genuine, happy, and loves to talk with you.
Now, I did watch a fashion show. It was fun. There were a lot of fun pieces, though the two that caught my eye were:
Both of which were crochet.
BUT…The Best thing EVER for me was the YARNOVER TRUCK!!! OMG! Here are some pics. These are not from the conference. I think I was so in awe of this truck that pulled right into the room, I forget to get a few pictures.
I mean, who thinks of things like this? Maridee and Barbra. Read about their story here. These two women are so friendly and inviting, you can’t help but step into the back of this truck.
So, you can clearly see the things that appealed to me and the things that did not. I’m not sure if it was because I’ve been to two very large conferences, Stitches and VKL. Both of which had hundreds of vendors. This was a smaller scale type of event. Though, I had a great time, met some fun women, and made some business contacts. THAT was worth it for me.
Would I go again? If you had asked me that on the last day of the event, I’d probably have said no. But, after recapping the event, I would have to say, YES! It was worth every cent. I think I also realized I made a quick judgment based on the number of people attending and the lack of vendors. This isn’t enough to keep me from going again.
I chose not to take any classes because when I signed up, the choices weren’t there for me as a knitter. The ones I would have taken were sold out. The class sizes were too small according to my peeps. I’m wondering if it was the lack of space that kept them smaller. Just a guess, though.
That’s my take on the whole event. I stayed the length of the conference, though I did leave before the final event Saturday night.
So, as I always say,
Knit On! (and don’t be judgmental of an event until you’ve re-thought all the details.) 😉