Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sock Summit - day 2: booth set-up

Most all of the unpacking and booth set-up happened on Wednesday, but on Thursday we put the finishing touches on.

You can see JessaLu's box bags here, the shawl that Alison Hyde made me specially for the show, and periwinkle sheep quilt made by my friend Amy.

The table with the Luminary Panel colors.

Two of my awesome booth helpers, Sarah K. and Melissa, who grew up in Saratoga Springs but now lives in Portland. I met them both through ravelry.

The socks my knitting group and my booth helpers made for the show. It was like I had my very own sock museum!!

The finished booth. Came out quite lovely, if I may say so myself!

Thursday the market was only open from 4:30 to 6:30, for class participants and their teachers. Here's the crowd outside the one point we heard them singing "99 skeins of yarn on the wall". These knitters knew how to have a good time from the get-go.

Doors opening.

Shoppers rushing in.

After that, we were a tiny bit busy. :)
There has been a lot of discussion on ravelry and elsewhere about how the vendor market did or didn't do. As first time vendor at a big indoor show I wasn't quite sure what to expect - there had been a lot of excitement, if not hype, about the sock summit.
I ended up talking with several other vendors, from small indie dyers to very established and experienced ones, and the general consensus among the ones I talked to was that we all expected there to be more visitors to the marketplace, and had stocked up accordingly.
It was a lot slower on Friday and Saturday than I personally expected (and hoped for, to be honest). The folks that did come to shop took their mission very very seriously and filled up their knitting bags, sometimes several times over, making sure they spread the wealth among many vendors. We will yet have to see what the aftereffect will be - I for one am grateful to have been given a large forum to showcase my yarns, I am thankful to all the shoppers that bought my yarn -- I hope you are as happy knitting with it as I was dyeing it for you!
If anyone is interested in Periwinkle Sheep happenings from now on, you can go to my website for general information, and directly to Dyenamics Yarn for online shopping.
Both the Anna Zilborg (black/turquoise) and the Cat Bordhi colorways (sun yellow) are sold out right at this time, and I have to order more yarn to dye them in.


  1. Thank you for the great photos. Your booth looked so enticing. I wish I could have been there!

  2. OH MY~! Your yarns look soooooooooooo nice! I love how the socks were hung how cool. I love yarn lol.

  3. you booth looked incredible! perhaps your sales weren't what you had hoped for but think of your exposure and all of the great feedback. now you are stocked to do other shows and sell online. i am proud of you friend.

  4. Your booth looked so awesome!! I wish I could have come out to help you! Maybe next year... ;o)

  5. Ravelry rules! Glad you were able to find local helpers to relieve you from dealing with the crowd all by yourself. Your yarns look just beautiful, delicious! I had your Dyenamics Yarns page up and my son took one look and decided he really liked the names, especially the food names.


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