Yesterday was a lot of fun! Our CGOA Chapter, The Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club, made it's 6th appearance at the Eastern States Exposition, locally known as The Big E. For six years we have gotten up early in the morning, traveled north to West Springfield, Massachusetts, to promote and demonstrate crochet for the day. According to the Big E officials, there were 75,661 attendees yesterday -- a new record for "Connecticut Day" -- and I think we talked crochet to about half of them throughout the day!! (*a slight exaggeration, yes, but it sure felt like we did, and it was a blast to do so!)
What was different this year is that we were provided with a wonderful booth, and that FEZA provided us with yummy yarn to crochet with for the day. Mission accomplished: there was a steady stream of people coming to our booth and talking crochet with us! One of my favorite visitors was from Vermont ... "How long have you been crocheting," I inquired.
"About four weeks."
"Fantastic!" I exclaimed. "And what was your first project?"
I smiled. "And how long is your chain?"
"About 20 feet!! Now I'm working on a scarf with real stitches."
This visitor was a young man of seven years. And his brother crochets too. ((I asked his mother to email me some pictures of their crochet work so I can post it here. I hope they do.))
When not (wo)manning the booth I got to check out the entries and talk with the coordinator a bit. There was some confusion about if my skirt had placed, and after a few minutes the mystery was solved. It did. (Flip through the pictures to see how it did.) There were many wonderful items for the eyes to feast upon!
A fun time was had by all!! :)