Purl Alpaca at Knit Nation
Last weekend the Purl team attended Knit Nation at Imperial College, London. It was only the second year of Knit Nation and we had heard good stuff about the first, so we wanted to be part of the fun!
So Tracy packed up Bessie Thursday night to drive down to London on Friday morning; Bessie – if you didn’t know it – is Purl’s new van (Kari-Helene is very excited to be part owner of a van without knowing how to drive!). The intention was at least to leave Friday morning, but you know what they say about best intentions and Bessie is known for throwing a few tantrums!
So Friday morning when Tracy wanted to add the last few bits before heading down to London, do you think Bessie wanted to open her door? Oh no she didn’t! So Tracy had to drive all the way to where she bought Bessie, the mechanic had to sweet talk her into opening the door and then have the lock seriously attended to. Tracy drove back to finish loading and only then could she head off. By this time it was afternoon and Tracy decided to rely on the GPS Navigation App on her phone. It was brilliant until the battery became low and the GPS signal disappeared when she got to East London. Eventually Tracy arrived at Imperial College at 15.30 and in an hour and a half Tracy and Kari-Helene had unloaded the van and put the whole stand together, stocked and ready to go! It was a real race against time as the previews opened at 17.00!!
The rest of the weekend went really well and with the help of Fiona and Bronwen aka the Purl girls we sold, chatted, demonstrated and made new friends. We also met Marie Goodwin who has knitted Duchess and with strong encouragement from her friend modeled it beautifully for us! Doesn’t she look good?!