So for the last three years I’ve been wanting to go the Urban Craft Uprising shin dig over at the Seattle Center. Here’s a link if you have no idea what I’m talking about:
Scearley actually reminded me about it and I was tempted to try getting there early enough for one of their swag bags but it didn’t open till 11am and most people get there at around 8am to secure a spot in line as only the first 100 people get a bag right? So from where I live to get there by bus would be a commute and wait time of 6-8 hours and you know…I have SO MANY tote bags and I don’t need “stuff” though I have to admit I love the free stuffs. Really though…I figured I needed to just forget the swag and go for the experience. SO…MANY…PEOPLE. Holy crap cakes!
Scearley said he was down to bus with me and we invited Mom to go too but she did hella walkin the day before and opted out. Told her it was going on again tomorrow if she changed her mind so we’ll see.
There were so many fun and interesting vendors but moving through that place (the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall) with all those packed vendors and people (especially the groups of people ALL OVER THE PLACE that decided that stopping in the middle of the walk ways every few feet was a great place to yak it up) well it left my thresh hold for close confined people filled spaces a bit AUGH! Oddly though I was having fun. I mean I figured the environment was going to be like this so I was prepared for the squishy of it. It also helped that all the people were crafty oriented and so were of a good disposition. I said “Sorry Hun” and “Excuse Me” almost as a mantra out loud the entire time as I was constantly bumping into or being bumped into people. As crowded as it was it didn’t feel invasive or negative in any way. I still wanted to hurry the hell up and get the funk out of dodge. *laughs*
I quickly decided that my main goal was to get exposed to as many (all of them) of the vendors as possible. I had my mission: COLLECT BUSINESS CARDS. *Que the mission impossible music* I told Scearley that I wanted to walk the outer rim then make our way up and down the aisle. He said “LEAD THE WAY.” So I did. I decided not to complicate my later lookinz by taking every single business card so I only snagged up those that had stuff that looked neato to me. I still ended up collecting over 30 business cards. The last vendor I snagged a card from had to work his way through his own space just to get to me. I looked at him and said “I will be looking at you online later.” and he looked around at his sardine-esque packed space and with round wild eyes nodded his head yes. He TOTES understood where I was coming from. Too crowded to look. There were a few stalls that I excused and nudged my way through but I only did that a hand full of times.
Scearley loves local made stuff / hand crafted etc. He found a few vendors that interested him and that was cool. Unfortunately it was just a bit too crowded to seriously look/try on stuff so I made sure to get on their mailing lists and we got to making our way the funk out. I stopped at ceramics stall and as I was reaching for a business card I hear “KAT! Omg Kat!” I’m like “BUGH?” So I turned around and it was MaidaMac!!! I haven’t seen her forever. While I was going to school not far from where she used to live we would 4square check in to the same doughnut shop and take the mayor-ship from each other – though most of our connection is online. I told her “My thresh hold for OMG PEOPLE is kinda at the line here – so ready to go!” We laughed and she agreed. We chatted a bit then both took off in different directions. We ran past each other once more as Scearley and I were leaving and we smiled with big eyes and OFF TO THE OUTSIDE!!!
I didn’t realize how warm it had gotten in the exhibit hall even with my jacket and scarf off. I ended up walking a few blocks outside just to cool down but then the wind kicked up so I quickly re bundled myself We checked out a local book store – found nothing and then made our way back twords Sushi Land OM NOM NOM NOM!!! As we were walking Scearley asked if I noticed the high amount of 5 ft and under people at Urban Craft Uprising. I busted up laughing. I thought I was the only one to notice something like that. I accidentally boobed knocked two ladies. One got my side boob to her cheek and the other one got a full face bonk. I didn’t mean it and they didn’t mean it – it was just that crazy crowded and sometimes you just couldn’t see where you were going or someone was coming and BONK. My boob was knocked once more but it was a knock and run so I didn’t know who it was or where I boob knocked em so *shrug*
Good times good times.
I went specifically to try and find something for Anna for xmas and they did not have what I was looking for. I have some ideas but now it’s time to hunt for it. So we’ll see what I can dig up! I got some ideas for Scearley and I actually scored something for Mom over at Silver Platters.
You know I really want to write more but that was pretty much the bulk of my Saturday. Right now I’m itchin to KNIT!
PS OMG SO MANY TASTY FIBER ARTS!!! I got a handful of yarn shops to peruse online and another handful of Etsy shops I added to my favorites I’m glad I opted to check everyone out at home on the comfy non crowded couch. NICE.