This post is where we'll nail down the details for the Yarn Crawl trip on Saturday, August 18.
Here are the four shops we can visit, in order from closest to furthest from downtown:
Mass Ave Knit Shop, downtown, open 10-4:30
Knit Stop, on 82nd street, open 11-6
Keepsakes (no website), in Carmel, open 10-4
Stitches & Scones, in Westfield, open 9-4
It makes sense to visit them in that order, but we could either start close to the convention center and end far away, with a long drive back in, or get the long drive out of the way early, and end close to the convention center, which would also possibly let us get an earlier start and therefore allow more overall shopping time, since the shop in Westfield opens earlier. It's a total of about a 40 minute drive from downtown, so if we were to, say, meet at 8:30, then we'd be out there a little after 9, and could have scones and start our shopping.
So, choices! Please indicate in comments which you prefer:
1. Let's start close by: meet at the convention center a few minutes before 10, be at Mass Ave when they open or shortly thereafter, and work our way out from there.
2. Let's start far out and early: meet at the convention center at 8:30, be at Stitches & Scones a little after 9, and work our way in.
3. Far out is good, but early is for the birds: let's meet at the convention center at some later time (say when, please!), then start at Stitches & Scones and work our way back towards downtown.
You'll note I've specified the convention center (100 S. Capitol Ave, for the natives) as the meeting point in all cases; that's where GenCon's main events are, so I know all attendees can get there even if they don't have cars. Once we've decided on a time, we can also decide on a place; in the absence of a better suggestion, I'm going to say "in front of the Customer Service Kiosk", as I know you don't need a badge to get to that point, and presume that it'll be easy to find. If you'll email me at my livejournal address (username-at-livejournal-dot-com), I'll email you back my cell number, and that way if you're running late or having trouble finding us, we'll know to wait for you.
Here's the important part: if you want to go, PLEASE COMMENT TO THIS POST. Specify which itinerary you like, from those above, and let me know how many are coming, and whether you need transportation, or can provide it for yourself and maybe others (if you can take others, please say how many). I'd really like to have a headcount by Thursday or so, so I can let the shops know if it's going to be a big mass descending on them, so if you could give me at least a tentative answer by then, I'd appreciate it.