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:
- Mass Ave Knit Shop (lots of recs, couple adverse comments about service)
- KnitStop (I'm lukewarm on this one -- several comments about bad service, and poor organization/selection, but they may have made changes recently)
- Keepsakes, in Carmel (no website that I know of)
- Stitches and Scones (although it's fairly far afield, I hear great things!)
- Indiana Traditional Arts Center (out to the SW of Indy)
- Sheep Street (sheep farm and yarn shop, to SSW of Indy)
- Trading Post for Fiber Arts (llamas, alpacas, and yarn, to NE of Indy)
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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. :)