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GenCon-related knitting events Aug. 9th, 2007 @ 10:13 am Next Entry
First, HI THERE and THANKS to the pre-existing members of this group, for letting us use this group as a planning space for Gencon activities. Those who live in Indianapolis but aren't going to make it to Gencon are of course welcome to join in on any of the things we're planning! (Edit: For those not actually going, the con dates are August 16-19, with things below suggested to happen between Wednesday, August 15, and Monday, August 20).

We started this planning process over in knitting, so you might want to take a glance at that post if you haven't already, just to see some of the information about various places that have already been discussed. Here are the places that are available to visit:

If you want to see where each of these is located, check out this custom map; sadly, though it's on the map (for now), the Golden Thimble has closed up shop, so ignore it.

Given the geography and the types of places, I think breaking this into two events makes sense -- one event, which I'll call the "field trip", would be a trip out to the countryside SW of Indy, to visit (in some order) the Indiana Traditional Arts Center, Sheep Street, and Apple Works, an orchard which is fairly close to Sheep Street; the other event, which I'll call the "yarn crawl", would be a trip either starting at the convention center and working northward, or vice versa if that made more sense, and hitting the yarn stores in order of distance, which would be Mass Ave, Knit Stop (maybe), Keepsakes (maybe), Stitches&Scones. In addition, if we wanted to have a dinner or lunch thing, or maybe a hang-out-at-coffeshop thing, I would be up for that.

Since I'm spurring this, I'm going to propose times which fit my personal schedule; feel free, however, to organize something that's at a different time if these times don't work for you! On Thursday afternoon, anything I do has to include my kids, I really can't do anything on Friday (except maybe a coffeeshop hour in the late afternoon), and I'm busy on Sunday mid-afternoon. The rest of the time, I'm pretty open, and I'm getting to town on Wednesday afternoon and not leaving until Monday afternoon.

Here's what I propose:
  1. You may have noticed that I left Trading Post for Fiber Arts out of the two event lists -- it's in the wrong direction to combine with other things, and their hours are really limited. HOWEVER, on Wednesday afternoon after we get to town, I think we're going to take our kids out there, since that's one of their open days, and if anyone would like to join us out there, you're welcome; I could possibly even provide transport for 1 or 2 people, if you can meet us somewhere near the airport (like one of the hotels in that area).
  2. Thursday will be "field trip" day -- we'll visit, in some order, Apple Works (open 9-7), Sheep Street (open 10-5), Indiana Traditional Arts Center (open 1-6), and have lunch somewhere in there, too. I'll have my kids (ages 4 and 10) with me, and can provide transport for a couple of others; if others could provide transport also, though, that would be great. If someone is available just part of Thursday, and wants to join us for only a portion of this, we'll try to work that out, but you'll probably need to figure out your own transport.
  3. Saturday will be "yarn crawl" day -- the shops available are Mass Ave (open 10-4:30), KnitStop (open 11-6), Keepsakes (open 10-4), and Stitches&Scones (open 9-4). It might make sense to start furthest afield and earliest, with Stitches&Scones, and let their coffee/tea and scones be our breakfast, and then work back into town, but I'm open to suggestions here. I'll be kid-free for the day, and can provide transport for probably 4 others besides myself.
  4. I have not planned a dinner thing, preferring to see who's available when. Thursday evening might work for me, if the Field Trip doesn't leave me wiped out; Friday evening only works if it's kid-friendly. Saturday evening works just fine, as does Sunday lunchtime or evening, or Monday lunchtime. And, of course, if there is a handy coffeeshop, or one of the hotels has a nice lounge with comfy chairs where we could hang out, please point that out!


So, there's a general plan: Field Trip on Thursday, Yarn Crawl on Saturday, and optional joining in for llamas on Wednesday; dinner still TBD. Alternatively, we could do the Field Trip on Saturday, and do the Yarn Crawl on Thursday; however, I have to have my kids in tow at least for the afternoon on Thursday, and that puts something of a strain on a proper shopping expedition, not to mention taking up two spots in the car. Another possibility would be to do the Field Trip on either Thursday or Saturday, and do a more limited Yarn Crawl on Monday, late morning-ish -- Mass Ave (11-6) and Stitches&Scones (10-5) are open that day, and I don't need to be at the airport until about 4:30. However, I think the first schedule I laid out above works best, so unless it just turns out to be impossible for everyone, I'd as soon stick to it.

Please comment and let me know what you can/want to participate in, and if you need transport for yourself or can provide transport for others (and how many). Once we figure out who wants to do what, I'll make separate posts and we'll work out the details of the individual events.

If you want to organize a dinner, or an event at one of the times I'm not available, please feel free to make a post about it in this community; the mod has given us permission for a temporary invasion. :)
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From:snapesgirl_62
Date:August 9th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
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When is Gencon? I might be able to go with folks on one or two of the trips depending upon the calendar dates. I have a room for three passengers plus lots of yarn, etc. in my small station wagon.
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From:sarakate
Date:August 9th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that might have been helpful. It's starting in about a week -- the Wednesday I reference is next Wednesday, 8/15, and the con dates are August 16-19.
From:snapesgirl_62
Date:August 9th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
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I think the Saturday is move in day for my daughter at Butler. I will find out for sure and let you know. I am in for the field trip since I live on the south side.
From:5eh
Date:August 9th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
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dang, now I'm even more depressed that I'm not going to GenCon :-)
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From:iam2faboo
Date:August 9th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
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I can definitely transport up to 4 folks for the yarn crawl on Saturday. As far as the "field trip" on Thursday, I would only be able if my oldest goes to his grandparents, which is a distinct possibility, and then I could take 2 and would have my 19 month old with me. Keep me posted. :)
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From:sarakate
Date:August 9th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
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How old is your oldest? 'Cause I'm going to have my 4-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son with me, and definitely plan on Thursday being a kid-ok event.

And it's great to hear you're in for Saturday!
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From:iam2faboo
Date:August 9th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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He's 4, but with him in the backseat with his brother I can only fit one other in the car with us. He's been going to his grandparents most Thursdays all summer, I just haven't heard if we're on for next week. :)
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From:sarakate
Date:August 9th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh, well, I wouldn't want to deprive him of a visit with his grandparents. But if it comes down to bringing him or not going, please bring him! If we need more cars, we'll get it figured out.
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From:iam2faboo
Date:August 10th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
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What time were you thinking of meeting up Thursday?
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From:sarakate
Date:August 14th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, I meant to get back to you the other day on this. I haven't totally decided, but since it's about a 50 minute drive over to the first location, I was thinking that we'd plan to meet up at the convention center (main location for GenCon) around 9, which after allowing for some organizational time and general milling around, should put us out at the first destination around 10. If that's too early, though, just say so. I'm fixing to put up another post just for the field-trip planning, so we can get everything settled.
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From:sharkynell
Date:August 13th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
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I just got home from Stitches Midwest, so I can't afford a yarn crawl, but I'd be up for meeting up at some point to dip into my new stash. :-) I'm free all day Saturday and Sunday, for dinner, drinks, coffee, what-have-you.

If you hit Mass Ave around lunchtime, there is a fantastic Greek restaurant a few blocks away called Santorini Greek Kitchen. It's moderately priced, around $12-$20. Also nearby is the Fountain Diner, an authentic 50s soda fountain. Oh, and Peppy Diner, which is a super-cheap greasy spoon. I think it's fun and quirky, but lots of people think it's creepy, so discretion is advised. ;-) All of these places are easy walking distance from the store, but they're small, so you might want to avoid hitting them right at noon. There are other diners and cafes in the neighborhood, but those are the ones I'm familiar with.

Downtown, most of the local independent places are bars (there is a Buca di Beppo and a Spaghetti Factory for families with kids; also, kids are allowed in the dining room spaces at places like Rock Bottom and Champps). A stroll up and down Massachusetts Avenue will give you several options for dinner and drinks; MacNiven's is my favorite. It's a Scottish pub with a beautiful beer list and a vegetarian-friendly menu (I swear the veggie haggis is amazing).

My favorite coffee shop is the South Bend Chocolate Cafe on Monument Circle, and they also have excellent sandwiches and soup around lunchtime. For breakfast and lunch, I love Cafe Patachou on the southwest corner of Washington and Capitol (a couple blocks north of the convention center). It's a little pricey but SO good (and vegetarian friendly). They have very good coffee, too, but they close early, around 3 pm.

If the weather is nice, I would also suggest taking a walk along the canal, which meanders through downtown and ends near the zoo at the White River State Park. It is seriously beautiful, and you get an amazing view of the skyline. At the west end, there is a shady hillside that slopes down towards the river; the view is incredible and there are lots of places to plunk down and knit.

If I think of anything else, I'll let you know. :-)
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