I woke thinking how wonderful it was to be home - immediately followed by what an easy journey it must have been because I couldn't remember it (you know where this is going don't you) - and then I opened my eyes and of course was still in my hotel bed. By this point I really really wanted to be home in my own bed, nothing is better than your own beddy byes.
The journey home was pretty grim, the train from Stirling to Edinburgh was a game of sardine, utterly packed (thankfully I had a seat where I could see my bags), by the time I got on the next train I was past caring whether I was in first class or in a toilet - I tried to pay for a bottle of coke and some crisps with a tampax. That about sums it up.
I left the hotel at 10am, got home around 4pm, tried to catch up on Ravelry and online - and then this blog went utterly mad! Over 3,000 hits yesterday which is insane - thank you all!
So a summary of the week that was. Someone said we need tee shirts along the lines of 'I survived KnitCamp'.
- meeting Becca and having such a great time
- meeting many friendly, charming people
- laughing, lots
- breaking out of my hermit lifestyle and being sociable (best medicine ever)
- the encouragement and support for my sewing
- spinning class
- mucho wool buying
- like minded people
- great B&Bs
- fresh air, greenery, grass (the walking on variety), bunnies
- the tapestry / weaving at the castle
- making new friends
- the Sulky in Scotland thread which is hilarious
The not so good points
- utter disorganisation
- complete disregard and lack of care for those who had paid for classes and who needed information
- unprofessionalism - why wasn't someone delegated to keep the website updated with relevant information?
- using Ravelry to promote the week - especially when it was done in such a crappy way - deleting posts, locking threads, the infamous flounce - it should have remained on the website
- shite teaching from one tutor (I am wondering how someone who moans about their health made it up the Wallace monument, I know I couldn't have done it with my ME), and being a bit cross with myself for not telling her there and then that she was out of order and walking out (which I would have done if I was on top form)
- the adoration from a small group who semed utterly oblivious to how crap the 'organisation' really was - and who then felt it necessary to be rude to anyone who dared complain
- money grabbing schemes, fluctuating prices
- ack, the list could go on and on but I suspect you all get the message
They should NOT have had to do this.
They - we - made it a great week DESPITE, not because of, ShitCampKnitCamp.
The fact that people had fun does not negate the, ahem, 'organisers' from an abysmal cock up.
I have been approached with 'A Plan' by several people - and the plan was very similar from all.
Watch this space - lessons have been learned from this week (or not, they were mostly so screamingly obvious that a sodding hamster could have done better), plans are afoot (so is 12 inches).
Thank you for reading!