Day One of the Tour de Fleece

Yesterday, Scott and I were at the Derby City Comic Con in Louisville, Kentucky.  I began my day at 12:30 AM.  I didn’t mean to, but that’s when I woke up and I could not go back to sleep.  I read some, I knitted some, I played Spider Solitaire, anything to try to relax me and make me sleepy again, but nada.  At 3, I gave up, took my shower, packed up my spinning wheel and got ready to start the day.  By 4:30, we were on the road and headed south.  Every day, I thank God for allowing us humans to discover caffeine, and I was very thankful for my cup of hot tea.

Scott slept most of the way down there, so I listened to a Nero Wolfe book on CD and watched the sun rise over my left shoulder.  By the time we arrived at the convention center, the day was waking up beautifully.  We unloaded the car at the loading dock and I parked the car while Scott began the table set up.

2013 Derby City booth

I love how the tables have spaces between them so we can get in and out easier – what a lovely gesture from the show owner, Chuck Moore.  Thank you, Chuck!!!

2013 Derby City booth closeup

See what is peeking out from behind the Karl Vincent books? Yes, that is the back of my spinning wheel flyer.  I was set up for the day of spinning.  BTW, that bottom left book that says Scott Story on it?  It’s the brand-spanking new, hot off the press Scott Story Sketchbook Vol 1.  It arrived just in time for the show and Scott has every right to be proud of it.  The Karl Vincent books aren’t ours, although 95% of the art in them is Scott’s and that is why we are selling them for the publisher.  And the book on the upper right isn’t ours either, but Johnny Saturn is a major character in it by our permission, so we have a few of them to sell as well.  The rest of the stuff on the table is purely Story Studios and all ours!

While Scott talked to people, drew pictures and sold books and T-shirts, I spun (and kept track of sales and inventory).  Remember what I showed you on Friday that I had chosen for my Tour challenge?

TdF Day 1

It’s even prettier spun up!  I took the braid and split it down the middle giving me approximately 2 ounces each half.  One half I put away for the second bobbin and the first half, I split again into 8ths because I wanted short sections of each color.  My goal was to get 4 of the 8 (or one ounce) spun up during the show.  I knew there would be a lot of interruptions and I would be sent on errands or would walk around some to see friends and what everyone had for sale, so I figured one ounce at this super fineness would be all I’d get.  I reached my goal around 2:00, and managed to get another 8th section spun up, so I have 3/8ths to spin up today to reach today’s goal.

My goal is to have this completely spun up and plied by the end of the coming weekend.  With work, teaching, house cleaning, dyeing and such, my spinning time will be catch as catch can, but I believe I can get it done.  I will not get to spin at all tomorrow because I’ll be gone from 4:30 tomorrow morning until close to 10 that night.  Tuesday night, Wednesday night, part of Thursday and Friday night I can spin.  Probably none on Saturday since Sandy and I will be spending the day finalizing up some tie-dyeing and getting our custom orders finished.  Sunday, I should be able to get it all finished. I’m keeping my fingers crossed anyway.

I’ll leave you with a parting shot.

dustin being photobombed

Dear friend Dustin Carson getting photobombed.  I swear that going to these comic cons is like going to a huge family reunion.  I got many hugs and kisses on the cheek yesterday. I feel like everyone’s sister or aunt there.  Lots of laughter and smiles to be had everywhere.  And everyone was glad to see the spinning wheel again.  They had missed it.  The Spinning Lady is back!!

5 Responses

  1. Cindie Says:

    your colorway is beautiful – can’t wait to see the finished yarn.

  2. Sandy O'Brien Says:

    Love the yarn!! I rode another 17 miles this am but it was hot and windy. It’s already 95 outside! So the rest of the day will be in front of the A/C spinning my little heart away. (Working on the Blog site!)

  3. Cheryl Says:

    I’ve wondered what it was like inside, at a comic con. I’ve only seen the dressed up attendees outside the big San Diego one.

    Hey…I play Spider Solitaire too! Too bad you couldn’t sleep. Nights like that can be so frustrating. I seem to have more and more of them. Argh! lol

    How nice that you were able to have a day to relax and spin. I’m so glad you posted about the Tour de Fleece before it started. It’s the kick start I needed to finally do some spinning. My wheel sits there looking at me all the time and I always think about how I want to spin but this actually got me going. YAY! I spun yesterday and today! Woo hoo! My goal is to spin each day and get enough yarn done early into the Tour to start my project. 🙂 I just hope I’ll be happy with the yarn.

    Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

  4. roxie Says:

    Scott is so lucky to have you!

    The yarn is lovely. What a good start on the Tour!

    Hope you get more sleep soon.

  5. Cindy in FL Says:

    Looks like a great show-hope it went well! Nice to come back to a repeat place to see friends, too.

    The yarn is working up beautifully!

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