I was pleased to see so many creative types there. A few of them I knew, and a lot of them I didn't.
First, let's drop some names: standing in line waiting to get in I saw Ashley. It was great to meet Ashley in person because I often lurk on her blog. Then, there were these lovely folks. I love hangin' with my peeps, whom I don't see enough. We just missed Julia. She was coming in as we were leaving.
Based on what I remember reading about last year's BB, I was prepared for a crowd. I was not prepared, however, for the sheer sensory overload once inside. There was a lot of amazing, handcrafted stuff from very fine craftspeople. I love events like this, because I always discover new artisans.
Luckily, I got in early. When I arrived at 1:30pm on Tremont Street, the line was already down the block and I knew that I shouldn't hesitate to get inside the Cyclorama. I'm glad that I didn't. Two hours later, people were being let in only as other people left. Yes folks, it was *that* popular.
I bought a few other non-knitting things, but mostly I collected business cards. After an hour in that environment I seriously doubted my judgement. If these items still appeal after a week or two, I will be in touch with the vendors.
Yankee Girl Designs: beautiful unusual silver jewelry
annabuilt: striking fused-glass jewelry (really, I would have bought a necklace if there were any in wardrobe-friendly colors)
Woolarina Handmade: Yummy yarns, and popular, too. I had to fight my way into the booth.
Plain Mabel: Go and have a look at the tape-measure belts. Want. One.
Jill Killjoy: Handmade clothing for real (i.e. not anorexic super-model) bodies. She had really cute stuff.
baddins design: ditto on the clothing.
Miss Hawklet: Cute handmade journals, and amazing handspun yarns (scarves, anyone?)
I'm sure that I missed loads.
Will I go back next year? I don't know. When I write "crowded and overwhelming" I mean that the Cyclorama was seriously crowded and overwhelming. Things that I could have done without:
1. My stupid backpack! Yes, I was that annoying person constantly bumping into people with her giant LLBean bookpack. That was a mistake.
2. That music! There was enough to occupy our senses without that crazy loud techno beat shaking our innards. The music also made talking to vendors very difficult. Had I not been meeting people inside, I might have stayed for 45 minutes and beat a hasty retreat. Of course, that might have been the plan all long. Next year, turn it down!!
3. The people! Geez Louise, could the organizers maybe hold this for TWO days instead of one afternoon? Obviously, there's an interest level to sustain two full days. If that means that they charge us $2 admission instead of $1, then so be it. Do what it takes to cut down on the crowds! I know that there were booths which I missed because the backpack and I could not get anywhere close.
In knitting news, I cast on for my Dad's mittens. These things are flying. The pictures came out too blurry to post. Just imagine mitten cuffs, and you're right there.
Meanwhile, these images make everything clearer. If only I could zip down to DC!