If you've never been to a Crazy for Ewe trunk show, you're probably wondering what it's all about. You may even harbor secret fears that it's like one of those in-home parties where you're captive for hours and hours while someone extolls the virtues of all manner of jewelry/baskets/gadgets/plastic-ware. Right? Let me set your mind at ease by saying that a Crazy for Ewe trunk show is nothing like that!
A trunk show simply means that we have a whole bunch of sample garments on hand for you to see and touch and try on. It's a casual and relaxed event - come when you can, and stay as long as you like. I love trunk shows because it's exciting to see garments in real life those pieces we often see only in books, magazines or on the web. It's hard to know just how long they are, or how big the neckline is, or what the fabric feels like when you're just looking at pictures. Having access to the actual garments allows you see what the garment looks like, but more importantly, to see what it looks like on you.
A trunk show often has a theme - sometimes it's all the garments from a particular issue of a magazine, like Vogue Knitting, or a book, like those we've had from Wrap Style, Lace Style, and others. Sometimes a trunk show focuses on a particular fiber, like those we've had from Manos del Uruguay featuring Silk Blend and Serena. Often I'll ask a yarn company to bring garments in a few of their fibers as well as a selection of those fibers as a special treat for you, as we are doing with the Blue Heron trunk show this month, and the Claudia's Handpaint trunk show in September.
There's a little secret about trunk shows too - attending one gives you that great opportunity, while you and your knitting friends are sitting around looking at pattens, to say, "Yes, I tried on that very garment, and it looked fabulous!" Who doesn't love that just a little bit! Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming trunk shows and lots of other fun stuff too.