There’s nothing like a ginormous, stupendous, VERY IMPORTANT trip to throw this I’d-rather-be-at-home crocheter into paroxysms of anxiety. The bigger the event, the earlier I start getting knots in my stomach. I’m talking about my appearances at the best consumer textiles exhibition in the UK (perhaps all of Europe), the Knitting and Stitching Show in London, at the Alexandra Palace, or Ally Pally as my UK posse calls it, Thursday 6 October through Sunday 9 October. HOKEY SMOKES, that’s next week and I have not yet begun to obsess over it!
Aside from the usual “what the heck should I pack?” worries, a trip to the UK involves a whole other layer of angst. Will I collapse and die from exhaustion hauling my overpacked luggage from Heathrow to the hotel? If I survive that, won’t the jet-lag kill me? Aren’t the electrical plugs different? Will I be able to charge my laptop and cell phone? Hey, will my cell phone even work across the pond???? How about the currency? What’s with shillings? Is there decent chocolate cake? I am so grateful that at least the language won’t be so foreign and I will be speaking English … of a sort. From watching BBC America programming I’m already familiar with a few Brit-isms. I will most certainly mind the gap. You think I might need a Brit to American phrasebook?
My hosts at the exhibition, Tulip Company of Hiroshima, Japan, are showing in the UK for the first time, so we will all be wandering around in complete awe. Lucky for me I’ll have a comfy place to hang out while I’m at the show. Here’s a look at the Tulip booth, which will be at N-8.When I’m not hiding behind the booth, I will probably be sitting and crocheting over there to the side, working with my favorite Etimo hooks and demonstrating techniques such as the chainless foundation start for a mobius cowl and also broomstick lace. I’ll be signing my books, too, which will be available for purchase. And if that’s not a full enough dance card, the book distributor GMC is giving me some signing time at their booth on Thursday and Sunday from 12:30 to 1.
What’ll really help would be for me to see some friendly crochet posse amongst the crowd. The show covers all textiles; yarn and in particular crochet are but a small part of the action. Any crocheters in attendance please please come visit me, Thursday through Sunday, from 10 am to noon and from 2 to 4 pm. Hey, if you’re wearing a Doris Chan design, I’ll give you a hug and a special gift.