Well, I am a bit late in commenting on my experience at the ANG national seminar, but I thought late is better than never!
I started my trip on Tuesday so that I would have time to spend with my dear friend who lives right next to DC. Since I was driving, I do what every other enthusiast does, I made stops along the way at needlework shops!
Frist, I went to Hillside Needlepoint in Stevenson MD, right outside Baltimore. As usual (I stopped here once before), the owners were delightful and helpful. I love accessories, so as is often the case, I bought “gadgets” They included heavy duty plastic project bags, a tote and plastic needle cases with screw lids to replace the ones that I use in my needle case that keep opening. Having chenille needles mixed in with the tapestry ones is not fun! Of course, I made a quick visit to Lori K, which is in the same shopping plaza and bought a couple of tops for fall.
Then came decision time, should I drive to Waste Knot in Arlington or go to my friends’ home which is halfway between the two shops? They were holding Evertites for me at Waste Knot, so I decided I would drive to Arlington. As I started out on the drive, I was hit with monsoon rains. Then the traffic ground to a halt. So I decided I would turn around and go to my friend’s house. Oh boy, I “got” off the road I was on, to turn around and there was no place to exit the new road for about 5 miles. I was not happy! By the time my GPS got me back on the right road, the traffic had started to move, so I just went on to Waste Knot. They had my Evertites, but of course I also bought some great magnets from the Meredith Collection as well a couple of books I just had to have.
With some rest and visiting time in Chevy Chase with my friend, I went to DC the next day to register for the conference.