It has been the oddest couple of weeks. The sort where you're swimming through a quagmire, frantically clutching to-do lists and desperately hoping everything that needs to be done gets done.
In part the insanity was of my own making, but the postal service, and BT also got in the act. Fibre that normally arrives in 2 days is still missing, and then our internet went down just before I was due to leave for Unravel. I've come out of the other side, thanks to lots of help from friends and family. The lovely wrigglefingers and barberblacksheep not only raided their own supplies to sort out the final fibre I needed for Unravel, but have also been manning the Ravelry group, and allowing me use of their internet.
I spent last weekend doing some teaching, which was lovely, but it's never just the day teaching, there's the half day either side loading and unloading the van. I then finished off the dyeing, and got the Time Traveller club parcels sent out, packed the van, before heading in to the traffic for the drive to Surrey and Unravel show.
The show itself was as lovely as ever. Several other shows could learn a lot from how well they cope with the limitations of the building, and by the friendliness, and helpfulness of the organisers. They circulate almost constantly checking everything is ok, providing much needed sugar hits from a tub of sweeties! Unravel is a bit different to my other shows, there are far more finished items and kits, and far less suppliers, it has it's own unique vibe, and is all the better for it.
Usually when we go to shows Mum and I rough it by sleeping in the back of the van. There are always toilets and washing facilities at the show we can use, and I sleep just as well in a sleeping bag as I do in a hotel bed. February however is a bit chilly, so we were in a hotel bubble this weekend, spending 4 nights doing little more than eating, and sleeping.
I spend most of my days by myself with nothing but the radio for company, and in an average week will only see Mum and Dad for company. It makes doing shows very overwhelming. So much noise, and so many conversations. It's lovely, but I'm glad to be home. even if the sleet/hail is currently hammering on the windows.
However, there are a couple of days of work, and then I get to unwind for a couple of days. The one thing that has had to give is the BoB club. I had planned to send it out on Thursday as I was going to do the dyeing before I left for Unravel. However, time spent driving around to get access online meant I lost a work day, and I won't get it dyed, dry and packed in time. Sorry, but it will have to go on Monday instead.