OK I was a fool! - I didn't take a camera!!, I had the headache from hell, and I didn't buy anything except the Yarn Harlot's new book. BUT it was the most awesome day.
I met loads of people from the CTnY forum (and didn't meet nearly as many! - seriously I must have been walking round in a daze). I stroked yarn, and perused a few books, I stood in a queue for a book signing for a while, whilst people knitted (that was cool), I was a complete ditz when it came to my turn and couldn't think of anything to say (I was SO in awe!),I saw a little bits of some of the fashion shows and I watched the hundred different ways that people knit - I swear I didn't see two people holding their yarn the same way.
... and then there was the Yarn Harlot talk. Well it was the most enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half. I laughed far more than I thought I would, and I actually learnt a lot too! Apparently knitters are about the cleverest people on the planet - along with monks!! (OK it wasn't quite as simple as that, but I like that precis so I'm sticking with it!) (and I knitted my sock too!) Stephanie was so entertaining and engaging and deserves full credit for standing in front of that many people and not running out!! :)
As for the event itself, well I personally thought the venue was much better than last year - there was much more space and air (although it was very hot) and it never felt too crowded, which for me is quite important. However the increase in space did mean that it lost a wee bit of it's personal feel, and the impromptu party atmosphere which has been at last year's IKnit was sadly missing a bit this year. (I'm sure I remember music/singers) I think last year's venue benefited from having the bar area in the same hall as the market place and fashion show - it allowed people to sit with a drink and watch the world go by, and although there was plenty of seating this year, the cafe/bar was downstairs so was removed from the event. Having said that, you obviously can't please all the people all the time, and for me I think the increased space and "non crowding" won over the slight loss of atmosphere.
So, Craig/Gerard...... what you doin' next year then?! ;)