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Planning our 2016 Travel Schedule

Yesterday Annie and I both wrote about the fiber show we did on Saturday.  It got me thinking about our 2016 show schedule, and what we do to bring our yarn to our customers.

kathleen_annie_station_wagonOne of the things I do here at MKY is plan our travel schedule for the following season. This is the time of year to apply for shows as far out as a year away. I’ve been busy downloading application forms, ordering photos of our booth, writing checks for application fees, and crossing my fingers that we are accepted!

How do we find out about shows? There are many ways; word of mouth, Ravelry, various newsletters. One of the best places to find new shows is on the events calendar at Knitter’s Review. This is an amazing list of all things fiber all over the US, Canada, and even Europe! I’ve found it to be a great resource for finding smaller shows near us.

We are applying to the larger, well-known shows as well. I sent our application to Maryland Sheep and Wool back in September, and our Rhinebeck application is almost ready to go as is our application to SAFF.

Our booth at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool 2015
Our booth at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool 2015

Will we be accepted at these shows? Only the jury committee knows for sure. Competition is very stiff, and there are very few openings each year, and dozens of applicants. But we will keep applying! You never know…

We have a calendar on the website where you can see where we are vending and where Annie is teaching. If you click forward to April, you’ll see we are at both Interweave Yarn Fest and Yarnover . There were a few other shows in April we wanted to do, but right now we can’t be in two places at once!  DFW , Stitches South, and YarnCon are all the same weekend as Interweave Yarn Fest!

Maybe next year!!

So far we’ve applied to Shepherd’s Harvest, Great Lakes Fiber Show, Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival, Michigan Fiber Fest, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool, North Country Fiber Fair, The Zombie Knitpocalypse Market, and a few others. We’ll keep you posted via the calendar, newsletter and this blog as to where we’ll be.

Tomorrow: some personal knitting projects ( also known as Kathleen’s UFO basket!).





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