Monday, October 13, 2008

New Poll

Some of the girls here in Springfield, Missouri are trying to organize our ideas for a hook-in for the future.
We are curious as to why people go to hook-ins............or perhaps a better way to ask is "what are you looking for" in a hook-in?
Do you go to hook, socialize, get ideas, shop for wool, shop for patterns......I know that it is all of these, but what is your PRIMARY goal when you go to a hook-in?

Also, what about the venue? I like a venue with good lighting, clean, inspiring....we have plenty of time to we just need your input.

Also, what about food and admission price. Would you rather forgo food and keep the admission price low or would you rather pay a bit more and have lunch included.....I many questions.

Thanks for taking time to leave comments and take the poll as well.


  1. I would like cheaper price with snacks. Then I can buy more wool with less guilt. Lunch is great but people tend to pack up and go home right after and the hooking seems shorter.

  2. Tammy,
    Great questions. What do "I" like? First and foremost is spacious hooking area with good lighting. If I am going for a few hours, I like to feel comfortable and not cramped with no place to lay my things like tables for example. I would rather brown bag my lunch and keep the cost down. You can always offer coffee and tea, and or just bottled water. I go to larger hook-ins to buy some wool first, then socialize, then hook in that order lol. I'm sure you will all come up with a wonderful hook-in. Just sorry I live so far away, or I'd be there in a heartbeat!! Have fun with it...

  3. A spacious clean area with great lighting is a must! I kinda like the idea having snacks and drinks rather than a full lunch. Primary reason for attending a hook-in has got to be the socializing! Seeing others work is always inspiring, but mostly it's just being in the same room with happy people with a common interest that just refocuses creativity!

  4. I had these same questions when I decided to plan our first Utah hook-in last year. I also polled the local hookers and they all wanted a provided lunch, so that's what we do. There are some affordable places to get box lunches for under $10, or you could go with the trays from local grocery stores, or make it potluck! Location was my biggest issue, we finally found somewhere affordable at the local old train stations; now turned into railroad museums, galleries, and restaurants.

    One thing I found helps keep people longer (so they don't pack up right after lunch), is to have some kind of short 30 minute demonstration on a hooking topic like microwave dyeing, intro to rug braiding, etc. We have some great local gals who teach these for us for free, or in exchange for being able to vend. We do these about 2:30 pm, so usually people are starting to leave by about 3:30 pm.

    Sorry this is so long, but I hope it is worth it and helps you! Good luck and let us know how things turn out, I'm always looking for good hook-in ideas.

  5. Tammy, I love to socialize at Lenexa but also love, love, love the vendors. I get most of my wool from Judy Cripps but look for other things at Lenexa.....books, a special hook, possibly a pattern, whatever. We also bring our own lunch or go out so food isn't much of an issue. I like Angela's idea of a short demonstration after lunch. I'd love to see a demo on dyeing.

  6. Great lighting, clean and comfortable surroundings.
    I love seeing what everyone else is doing & being able to purchase some items.
    Personally I prefer to bring my own lunch or run out for something, snacks are great though.