I went there.
I had to go later because, you know, I have this shop and I had to be in it on Saturday doing my favorite thing - talking about spinning and spinning wheels and wool huffing.
So Sunday morning I got up and ready and was out of the house by 5:30 AM. Stopped by the shop to pick up a few things and got on the road. It's really nice driving on Sunday morning because there was no traffic the entire way.
I got to Columbus at about 9:20 so I made good time. I had time to talk to Abby for a minute before she went off to her post at the Louet booth to do her favorite thing - talking about spinning and fabulous fibers.
I also had a good amount of time to spend with Janel Laidman. We talked about her classes when she gets here in a month.
And we also talked about Spindlicity. It's been in hibernation for some time but there will be a new issue coming up this fall and we chatted about ideas for the magazine. It's very exciting. Keep an eye out for that one. I'm sure I'll tell you when the new issue is up.
The next hours are a blur. Talking to people and meeting people. Running into people who I know but I was sure they wouldn't remember me - many did and I am amazed. I missed lunch and then all of a sudden it was dinner time. I had the opportunity to have dinner with Jane Patrick, Stephanie and Mellisa - all from Schacht - and Abby. The food was delicious and the company was fantastic.
On Monday morning there was a meeting of the SWA (Spinning and Weaving Association). It was a good meeting even though very few people showed up. I think it's a fantastic organization dedicated to spinning and weaving promotion and education. I believe I will probably be getting more involved with this volunteer organization in the future. If you are shop owner, supplier of tools, or a teacher you definitely should get involved too.
Then there was more shopping and schmoozing and spending of money.
Then I filled my car with 3 Schacht Wheels, 2 Schacht Flip Looms plus bunches of tools and other fun stuff and hit the road for home.
Now let me just say that I will be getting some cool stuff over the next few months. Some chachkys, some laceweight yarns from Hand Jive and Blue Heron and some fiber from Chameleon Colorworks and ....somewhere else with a lovely dyed Romney....who was that?
The other thing I'm so excited about are spindle bags from Off Hand Designs. They are beautiful.
Of course I have no pictures cause no pictures were allowed:-( You can look around at the cool kids blogs to see who was there. It was quite a party and definitely worth the drive ... especially for that 30" Schacht-Reeves.