'Had a GREAT time at A Knitter's Fantasy in OH! Celeste, Marybeth, & I rode together. I picked up some Noro and some Annadele Alpacas yarn. The fashion show was AMAZING. I would've gotten pics, but I was seated too far away.
One thing I would like to say to vendors out there: I stopped at a booth (which shall remain anonymous) and wanted to buy a pattern. The pattern called for 5 skeins of a yarn they carried. The yarn was $30/skein. I really liked one colorway, but they only had 3 skeins. Then I chose another colorway - but they only had 3 skeins of it. Then I was told that unfortunately, they were discontinuing this yarn. They only had 2 colors, one of which I kinda liked (but wasn't at the top of my list) in which they had enough skeins for the pattern. I decided I didn't want to spend $150 on yarn I kinda liked for a garment I would wear. So I told the saleswoman that I would like to only purchase the pattern. She told me that they would not sell me the pattern unless I bought the yarn. I walked away. I got on my smartphone and downloaded the pattern for $8 from Ravelry right next to their booth! They have lost me as a customer. And instead of making $8 or even $10 off of me, they made NO sale. AND all of the knitters from the knitting group witnessed it and also did not want to buy anything there. This is a prominent yarn store in Ohio. This is NOT the way to do business. It is rude. And unless the knitter has no other way to obtain the pattern but through your shop, you've GOT TO BE STUPID not to sell the pattern alone when a knitter will gladly spend the money somewhere else for it.
UPDATE: Just bought Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky yarn from WEBS closeout in color I LURVE (Mimosa) - got enough for the entire pattern PLUS 1 skein extra. Buying pattern directly from the designer and yarn from WEBS - $38 (TOTAL). Buying pattern and yarn from snobbish vendor would have been $160 (TOTAL). Knowing I spent my money wisely and with people who have TERRIFIC customer service - PRICELESS.