....and the exact weight/size/colour of breton stripe I've been looking for all year.
I had one last 3-day weekend of the summer left, and Greyhound was having a web deal, so I thought, what the hell. Last trip down to NYC in September of 2011 went quickly, and the wifi on the bus meant that I had 7 hours or so each way to catch up on some blog reading. Unfortunately, it seems that the whole of Quebec decided to cross at the I-87 border that Friday, which meant a 5.5hr hold up for customs and immigration. Sigh. Luckily bus people are a patient lot who don't demand to skip the line because don't-you-know-who-I-am and I-have-somewhere-very-important-to-be, like business class fliers tend to! Everyone settled down for a long wait, broke out their packed lunches, shared everything around, and I got to meet some great people and hear their stories about summer travels to family reunions.
There have already been some great blog posts about Male Pattern Boldness day 2013, so I'll just do a quick recap:
I'd been wanting to meet Suzanne for a couple of years now, so it was a treat to get to talk for a while before the main crush of MPB day overtook us. By the time we got to FIT for the RetroSpective exhibit, we were 25+ people (plus one husband/fabric carrier). No photos allowed in the exhibit, but there are lots available on the website.
We invaded a cafe en masse for lunch, during which we got to swap patterns, meet Michael and refuel for the epic fabric shopping to come.
|Suzanne and Nettie at Mood|
We ended the day at Kinokuniya Japanese books, where I picked up some treats for my kids and a pattern book that I'd been thinking about ordering for a while.
Then we flopped into a corner of Bryant park and spent the next couple of hours rehydrating and comparing fabric. I did a little speed-dating turn around the group so that I'd get a chance to talk to everyone. Now I can say that I've actually met all these NYC bloggy friends, rather than trying to awkwardly explain to people that I have a huge group of friends that I "talk to" regularly, but have never met. You know what I mean, don't you?
Thanks for hosting Peter! And I'll see you at MPB 2015 perhaps? But I think that next time, I'll fly....