Just got back from another wholesale tradeshow, this time in Philadelphia. The BMAC tradeshow in Philly is probably my favorite show – the quality of work is phenomenal. Everything at this show has to be crafted in America or Canada (nothing mass produced overseas). Marianne and I do this show together, which just adds to the fun.
I usually have an easy knitting project I work on while at a tradeshow. I have an awesome circular needle clutch from Offhand Designs which makes traveling with my knitting stuff so much easier. I often default to making a hat, but this time I decided to do a pair of fingerless mittens. I love using Noro Kureyon yarn and when I found this easy and free knitting pattern for fingerless mittens I decided to give it a go. I only got the right hand done, but it looks great and matches the hat I knit in San Francisco last week.
I had dinner on Saturday night with one of my favorite jewelry artists, Lori of Lieske Designs. Lori is an absolute hoot and every time I see her at a show I always seem to pick up at least a piece or two of hers. I’m also very excited about a new little table I bought for the entry way of our house from Studio 78. Very fun & colorful.
One of my favorite parts of traveling for work is discovering new places to eat. Since I’ve been doing the San Francisco show longer I’m a lot more familiar with those restaurants and I have some favorites that I revisit each time I’m there (i.e. Shaha). This time in Philadelphia, on Lori’s recommendation, Marianne & I had dinner Monday at a restaurant called Audrey Claire’s. Absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. If you have any Philly dinner favorites let us know so I can try them when we’re there in February.
I usually don’t mind flying (especially since it usually means I’m starting out on some type of adventure or going home to see my dog), but this time I had a layover in Dallas… now I know that Texas is a meat loving state, but you’d think that they’d have the occasional vegetarian traveling through this major international airport. It was tough finding meat-free food and I’m surprised that the yogurt & granola I got from a coffee stand didn’t have bacon bits in it. The universe made up for it when on my flight from Dallas to Portland, OR I got to watch a lightening storm at night from the plane. Simply breathtaking. Watching a night lightening storm from above it was kinda like playing God and watching the weather from the other side. Such a neat experience.
I’m home now, but I head to New York on the 14th for the NYIGF show. If you’re planning on attending we’re in booth 6221 (handmade division near the German stage) – stop by and say hi! We’ll have samples to show of the new Autumn Series sock style with us: October Morning!