Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cool New Displays for our Travelling Road Show

Mr. Wendy and I just finished doing a test run setting up the new display fixtures for our Sock Summit booth.  Pretty exciting! 

I'm sure glad we did the test run.  Besides gaining some invaluable practice at putting the network binning together, we identified two little issues that needed to be addressed.  First, one of the connectors wasn't correct, but the ever handy Mr. was able to modify and correct it.  Second, we are missing a part!  Guess I'll make that call tomorrow.  Plenty of time...  no biggie.

I'm very happy with my choices.  Although these units are lightweight and will pack into a relatively small space, they provide us with enough sturdy shelf storage to house about a gagillion skeins of yarn, and six linear feet of hanging space for lots of kits and notions.  Together with the table that is provided for our booth, we'll be in great shape.

And...  I was contacted by the Vogue Knitting Live folks on Friday.  They wanted to make sure I knew about their West Coast conference that is happening in Los Angeles in September.  Over 6000 people attended the market at the East Coast event they hosted, so it sure seems like we just might want to exhibit there, too!  And then the Torrance Fiber Festival in November...  we're going to be getting pretty mobile around here.  Our new fixtures should be getting lots of great use.  


Friday, May 13, 2011

Eleven New Feet

We're so Sock Summit focused around here lately that even Mr. Wendy is getting into it!  I thought you might enjoy seeing the creative work he's been doing to help make our booth look great.

Mr. Wendy is a woodworking hobbiest.  He has done some really beautiful work around our home - our pub with a walnut bar, our office with a 12-foot long cherry wraparound desk-for-two with matching cabinetry above, beautiful maple cabinetry in one of our baths, and a Tuscan-inspired wine wall in our kitchen with oodles of storage and featuring an oil painting done by his mother.  Yes folks, we're both lucky to have a lineage of generations of creative people! 

I needed some feet to display sock sample for the exhibition booth, and asked Mr if that was something he would be interested in producing.  He just happened to be looking for an excuse to get his tools out, so he enthusiastically headed to Home Depot to find some wood.  Using one of my plastic sock blockers that I got from Knit Picks as a template, he traced the feet onto the wood, and then rough cut each one using his band saw.  For step two, he used his router to fine tune the cuts, and then finally hit them all with a bit of sand paper to smooth out the edges.  Kelie and I both used the same word to describe his results:  "Perfect!"  They really are.  Thanks Mr!

This weekend we'll be giving our new display fixtures a test run set up to make sure I got all the pieces when I picked them up last week.   Can't wait to hang a few feet on them!