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For a long time, we’ve been talking about improving the pattern information so that we can provide a better search and more ways to find patterns. We’ve been working hard on new categories and attributes, and we need you to help reclassifying patterns that are still missing information by using the Search Party Tool: http://www.ravelry.com/searchparty.

We know that going over the 166,000+ patterns in our database is going to take a lot of work, but we have some incredible donations from some fantastic companies to help reward your efforts! For every pattern you reclassify (that is not your own design), you will be entered for a chance to win one of the sweet prizes listed below. There are 17 amazing prizes with a total retail value of over $5,000, and each one is absolutely drool-worthy! Be sure to scroll down to check them all out – and a huge, huge thank you to our friends who so generously donated these wonderful prizes!

Prize #1: SweetGeorgia Yarns!

Sweet Georgia Prize

  • 2 skeins of Superwash Sock in Tourmaline and Pomegranate (new for Fall)
  • 1 skein of BFL Sock in Autumn Flame (also new for Fall)
  • 2 skeins of Merino Silk Lace in Black Plum and Cayenne
  • 2 skeins of Buttercrunch Silk in Saffron
  • 5 skeins of Silk Crush in Goldmine and Marigold

Prize #2: Buffalo Gold!

buffalo gold prize

  • Buffalo Gold canvas/bison leather tote
  • 2 skeins of Buffalo Gold Lux – Mountainberry colorway
  • 2 skeins of Buffalo Gold Moon – Smoke colorway
  • 100% Pure Bison Roving
  • Buffalo Gold collectors mug

Prize #3: WEBS!

WEBS prize

  • WEBS Bamboo Interchangeable Needle Set
  • Valley Yarns Pattern #327 Sojourner Cardigan
  • Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK in Blue Mist – 15 balls to complete Sojourner Cardigan
  • Valley Yarns Pattern #301 Oriel Cardigan
  • Valley Yarns Greenfield in Grey – 10 balls to complete Oriel Cardigan
  • $50 WEBS Gift Card

Prize #4: The Loopy Ewe!

The Loopy Ewe Prize

  • 1 Namaste Newport Bag
  • 3 skeins of Wollmeise Superwash
  • 3 skeins of exclusive Sock Kit Club yarn
  • 1 Della Q Travel Needle Case
  • 1 Loopy Accessories Tote with knitting gadgets
  • 1 Little Loopy Traveling Pal

Prize #5: Designs by Romi!

Designs by Romi Prize

  • a 2011 membership to the Designs by Romi Pins and Lace Club, Romi’s Choice option – includes 4 quarterly shipments of custom yarn, shawl pin and new shawl pattern
  • 7 Small Shawls eBook subscription
  • 3 skeins of sock yarn

Prize #6: Rowan!

Rowan Prize

  • 1 bag of Rowan Pure Silk DK in Damson
  • 1 Rowan Classic Reminisence
  • 1 copy Rowan Winter Gifts
  • 1 Amy Butler bag

Prize #7: eat.sleep.knit!

eat.sleep.knit prize

  • $200 eat.sleep.knit gift certificate
  • eat.sleep.knit T-shirt
  • Vine Bolero pattern
  • 5 skeins Ravelry Red colorway of Malabrigo Silky Merino (enough to make the largest size of Vine Bolero)
  • eat.sleep.knit mug with scarf pattern on the back and a skein of our exclusive colorway of Malabrigo to make the scarf
  • 1 12 oz bottle of the Ravelry Unleash scent of SOAK Wash

Prize #8: Bijou Basin Ranch!

Bijou Basin Ranch prize

  • 4 skeins of our Bijou Spun Mountain Treks 50% Pure Yak/50% Prime Alpaca
  • 2 ounces of 100% pure yak roving – perfect for spinning or thrums
  • Finally, 2 Bijou Spun patterns designed specifically for Mountain Treks and Bijou Spun roving: thrummed mittens for your hands and a hooded scarf for your neck and head

Prize #9: XRX/STITCHES Knitting Expos!

STITCHES prize

Winner’s choice – either the “Works” package from STITCHES Knitting Expos, redeemable at any STITCHES Knitting Event in 2010 or 2011, and which includes:

  • Opening Day & Opening Day Lunch
  • 21 class hours
  • Fashion Show & Fashion Show Dinner
  • The Student Banquet
  • …and of course access to the Market all weekend long!

  • Or, in the event that the winner would not be able to travel to a STITCHES Knitting Expo during this time, the winner’s choice of $300 worth of XRX books!

Prize #10: Berroco!

Berroco prize

The entire 2010 Berroco Design collection, which includes:

  • Comfort Afghan Book
  • Norah Gaughan Men
  • Norah Gaughan Volumes 6 and 7
  • Spring/Summer 2010: Booklets #292, 293, 294, 296, 297
  • Fall/Winter 2010: Booklets #298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303
  • Plus! A $200 (retail) Berroco yarn credit!

Prize #11: Louet!

Louet Prize

  • Yarn and pattern for our Gems Light Worsted “Ribs on Diagonal Pattern” (your choice of Gems Light Worsted color)
  • 2 14 oz bottles of SOAK in the scent of your choice.
  • $150 of Louet North America Spinning Fiber of your choice of over 150 handspinning fibers to make whatever type of yarn or felted project you like

Prize #12: knitspot!

knitspot prize

  • the les Abeilles shawlette sample, knit by Anne Hanson in Briar Rose sea pearl, which measures approximately 19 inches long x 50 inches across the top edge.
  • a $50 gift certificate to the knitspot pattern shop to be emailed to the recipient at time of award

Prize #13: Wollmeise!

Wollmeise Prize

  • A Wollmeise Discoball! 15 skeins of either Wollmeise Twin (80merino/20pa) or Wollmeise 100% merino superwash, dyed especially for the winner in her choice of any of Wollmeise’s colorways. Have them all dyed in the same colorway for a sweater or cardigan, or each skein dyed in a different colorway – it’s the winner’s party!

Prize #14: Malabrigo!

Malabrigo Prize

  • Two bags of Rios, the all new superwash worsted yarn from Malabrigo – one bag in the Ravelry Red colorway, and the other in a surprise colorway from Malabrigo. The winner will have the chance to try the new yarn before it is available in stores!

Prize #15: Schacht Spindle Company!

Schacht Prize

The total Get Started Weaving Kit and Caboodle:

  • a Schacht Cricket Loom with a full complement of reeds (5-, 10-, 12-dent)
  • a pick–up stick
  • a copy of Weaving Made Easy and Time to Weave.

Prize #16: Namaste!

Namaste Prize

  • Monroe bag in Hollywood Pink
  • Wallet in Hollywood Pink
  • Mini Clutch in Peacock
  • 15″ Cozy in Eggplant
  • 8.5″ Mini Cozy in Eggplant
  • Buddy Case in Red
  • Binder – Red

Prize #17: Ravelry!

Ravelry prize

  • a Ravelry hoodie
  • winner’s choice of large Ravelry tote bags from the minimart
  • winner’s choice of small Ravelry project bags from the minimart
  • 1 bag of Louet Gems Light Worsted Merino in your choice of any of the Ravelry colorways
  • 1 bottle of Unleash Ravelry SOAK Wash
  • a sweet assortment of Ravelry buttons, stickers, and drinkware!

WOW, right?! We are so grateful to all the donating companies for giving such amazing prize packages for this! We can never get over the generosity of this industry and the people in it – thank you, thank you.

As with all big Ravelry updates, we’re talking about this in For the Love of Ravelry – you can chat with us and other users in our thread for general discussions and chatter; if you need help choosing a category for a pattern, we’re talking about that in this thread. We’re going to be drawing the winners throughout the day on Monday, July 19 – the same day our brand new pattern search (that you are helping create!) is released on the site!

We hope you have fun with this huge reclassification project – we couldn’t do it without you! Good luck – we’re already looking forward to seeing who the lucky prizewinners are!

A few months ago, Elizabeth from Squam Art Workshops wrote me an excited email asking for some photos of Casey and myself to use in a new project.

“I wrote your story as a fairy tale and I think you are gonna love it!”

Experience has told me that when Elizabeth writes you, don’t ask too many questions and just give her what she needs. The result is always the same: she will surprise you with something wonderful.

I have a feeling that this journal book will be no different. I hope that you check it out and get a peek at the rejeuvenating, calming, exciting and educational experience that is Squam Art Workshops.

TNNA Summer 2010!

June 22nd, 2010

Wow! We had such a wonderful whirlwind of a time at TNNA – we all got back last week but have been working hard to go through our photos and catch up on email (ha) so that we could share about our week with you all!

At January’s TNNA show in Long Beach, we started thinking about ways that we here at Ravelry could participate more with the show. We really wanted to focus on two things: enhancing the sense of community that is already there within the industry at the show, and finding a way to share the excitement with all of our users.

The Ravelry Ice Cream Social on Friday night got the ball rolling at the show. Held just after the fashion show, we took over the Hyatt Lounge and a private dining room, and thanks to our sponsors, we had unlimited scoops of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (YUM – it’s truly the best) and plenty of drink tickets for all. Casey even came up with a Guinness and dark chocolate ice cream float. ;) Jeni herself came to the party, which was extra fun – she got a lot of yarny love!

Ice Cream Social

About 600 people (and Bobsolda!) attended the party, and we didn’t even run out of ice cream! (The scooper RJ was a real pro – my arm would have given out in no time.) Thank you so much to everyone who came, and special thanks to our sponsors – we could not have thrown this party without your sponsorship help!

Our Banana Split Sponsors were Rowan and Ysolda Teague.

The Waffle Cone Sponsors were Buffalo Gold, Knitter’s Magazine, Malabrigo, and Namaste.

And our Single Scoop Sponsors were Bijou Basin Ranch, Classic Elite Yarns, Dream in Color Yarns, Kollage Yarns, Lantern Moon, Skacel, and St-Denis!

Thank you so much, sponsors! We really appreciate your help – we just love working with such great companies!

The ice cream social was a great way to kick off the weekend, but it was Saturday on the show floor when the real business of TNNA began. The summer trade show is when companies bring out the new yarns, patterns, designs, and notions that will be available in stores for the fall. Retailers from around the country come to check out the new products and place order for their shops. There was such a positive feeling to this show! Exhibitors were happy, retailers were busy, and everyone was chatty and excited to be there.

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Before the show, we worked with TNNA and got permission to set up a special website for the show – helloTNNA.com. Throughout the show, Sarah, Jess, Casey, and I posted photo and video updates from the convention center. Since TNNA is an industry-only trade show, we thought the Hello TNNA site would be a fun way to share the show happenings with interested folks around the world. We got permission from everyone who participated (thank you so much to you all! We wish we’d had the time to post from every single booth!) and had a great time asking the exhibitors to show off their new goodies for fall. The companies in this industry are so creative – we were blown away by all the new products! You can still browse the Hello TNNA site (and archives) if you want to check out anything you might have missed – and check to see if it will be in your local shops!

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Each TNNA show gives us so much inspiration. We’re just full of new ideas for Ravelry! (Which is great, because we definitely have a lack of ideas and things we already want to do… ha.) Getting to spend time with our friends in the industry is so encouraging, and one of our favorite parts of these twice-yearly shows. We can never take for granted how lucky we are not only to have such a wonderful community of users but also to work in such a creative, supportive industry. Yay yarn!

tnnafriends

If you’d like to see more photos from TNNA, check out Jess’ set on Flickr! We also started a Hello TNNA Flickr group; if you attended the show and would like to share your photos, please add them to the pool!

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Ravelry visits Yarnmarket!

June 17th, 2010

Last Thursday, we had a really nice visit with Yarnmarket and got to meet some local Ohioans! We usually are so busy when we come to Columbus for TNNA in June that we fly in and out pretty quickly, so this was quite a treat!

Deborah and Alex from Yarnmarket were such great hosts- they let all of us run around their (omg yarn up to the ceiling!!) warehouse and hang out in the lovely showroom and office.

They even invited the great people from Della-Q, Kollage Yarns and Denise Needles to come show off their products and hang out with us all.

We wished we got more photos but apparently we were too busy talking with all the Ravelers and enjoying our sandwiches. Thanks so much to Yarnmarket and to all the Ohio Ravelers who came out to see us!

If you are in the Pickerington area, definitely stop by and see Yarnmarket! They have a nice showroom to sit and knit, with couches and lovely yarn to touch. Info here!

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Squam Art Workshops!

June 16th, 2010

Casey and I had an amazing time at the beginning of June when we traveled up to New Hampshire for the Spring session of Squam Art Workshops. We relaxed, hung out with new and old friends, and had fun learning new crafty skills from the amazing teachers!

We also had a little table at the Squam Art Fair- we brought some yummy cake and beer to share.  We were in great company, the vendors were just incredible. My only regret was that I didn’t bring enough cash ;) Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to say hello to us- next year we will bring a little more cake!

Thank you so much to Elizabeth and all of her helpers!

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Jess and Casey are having a great time at the Squam Art Fair! Sarah and I holding down the fort, and we’re all getting excited as we get ready to travel to Ohio next week – we’re heading to Columbus for the TNNA (The National Needlework Association) summer trade show. We always come home from TNNA with so many ideas for making Ravelry better for all of us! This year, we know we’re going to have an extra fun time – we’re hosting two events in Columbus: a party at Yarnmarket’s store and an Ice Cream Social for TNNA attendees and exhibitors. Want details? We got ’em!

banana split

Thursday, June 10, 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Ravelry at Yarnmarket

Deborah from Yarnmarket graciously invited us to have a party in her shop, and we really can’t wait! This is a great chance for us to meet some folks in the local knitting community while in town for the trade show. This evening is open to all (with RSVP – space is fairly limited) and is sure to be a fun time! If you’d like to attend, please email Deborah at ravelryATyarnmarketDOTcom (just replace the AT and the DOT with their regular email symbols). She’ll be able to put your name on the list while there is still room, confirm your place, and set you up with directions to the shop!

Friday, June 11, 8:30 – 11:30 PM: Ravelry Ice Cream Social at TNNA

The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) hosts industry-only trade shows in Columbus each summer, giving us the chance to see what is coming next in the fiber world and get caught up in a whirlwind of activity and people and lovely new yarns and designs. We are so lucky to be in an industry full of so many creative, talented, passionate, and just plain nice people behind all the companies we love to support, and we thought it would be great fun to start off the weekend with a bang meeting and networking with our fellow convention-goers… over yummy ice cream! After all, Columbus is the hometown of Jeni’s Ice Creams (otherwise known as the fuel of the Columbus TNNA show. Seriously. We may or may not eat it multiple times a day when we’re in town… ahem).

The generous support of our sponsors helped us to turn our fun (and perhaps slightly silly) idea into reality:

Ysolda Teague Rowan Namaste Malabrigo Knitter's Magazine Buffalo Gold Lantern Moon Bijou Basin Ranch Classic Elite Yarns Kollage Yarns Skacel Dream in Color Yarn St-Denis

Banana Split Sponsors:

Rowan
Ysolda Teague

Waffle Cone Sponsors:

Buffalo Gold
Knitter’s Magazine
Malabrigo
Namaste

Single Scoop Sponsors:

Bijou Basin Ranch
Classic Elite Yarns
Dream in Color Yarns
Kollage Yarns
Lantern Moon
Skacel
St-Denis

Thank you so much, sponsors – we truly appreciate having the support of such fabulous companies!

The Ravelry Ice Cream Social at TNNA is going to be held in the foyer (across from the bar) of the Hyatt Regency Columbus, just after the TNNA Fashion Show. We’ll have drink tickets, music, plenty of room to hang out and meet with your fellow TNNA attendees and exhibitors, and lots of delicious Jeni’s Ice Cream! It’s sure to be a great time – if you’re coming to TNNA and would like to attend the Ice Cream Social, please RSVP on its Ravelry Events page. We think this is going to be a very memorable industry soiree!

We’re really looking forward to this trip: meeting lots of Ravelers, brainstorming new ideas for Ravelry, and lots of ice cream sounds like the makings of a pretty fantastic week. See you soon, Ohio!

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Squam Art Fair

June 1st, 2010

Casey and I have almost finished preparing for our weekend at the Squam Art Workshops up in Holderness New Hamshire- we have all our class materials ready and are doing the last load of laundry!

Before we head out, I had to remind local folks of our event on Saturday- we will be at the Squam Art Fair on Saturday, June 5th.  There will be some great vendors there, including:

We will have some local beer and some Hello buttons so come by and say hello!

Directions here!

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We had a fantastic time in Atlanta last weekend at STITCHES South! Friendly people, great food (ok… really great food, and lots of it), fun events, and lots of amazing goodies in the marketplace: what’s not to love? Our weekend was jam-packed and full of happy, positive people – we just loved meeting everyone.

The entire event had a wonderful community feel throughout the weekend. The marketplace, classes, and evening events all took place in the same hotel at which many attendees were staying, so the seating areas in the lobby were full of crafters throughout the day and late into the night… so was the hotel bar. ;) This gave the weekend such a cozy and casual feel – it was kind of like camp for yarn-loving grown-ups (who’d rather sleep in a hotel than a tent).

StS Party

We started our weekend with a bang, hosting the Ravelry party on Thursday night. Around 350 happy Ravelers came by for some music, snacks, drinks, giveaways and door prizes… and even a chocolate fountain!

Cam and the Chocolate Fountain

Thank you again to all of our fabulous sponsors – we wouldn’t have been able to host this event without your help, and the generous door prizes and giveaways you all donated made lots of attendees very, very happy. :)

Knitter's Magazine Skacel Knitting eat.sleep.knit WEBS Trendsetter Yarns Handknitting.com Discontinued Brand Name Yarn Kollage Yarns Bijou Basin Ranch Sassafras Creations Interlacements Yarns Mirth Lion Brand Yarn della Q Knitting Notions Miss Babs Knit Witch Lisa Souza Only Ewe & Cotton Too

Whenever we work with sponsors to throw an event like this, we are reminded of just how lucky we are to be in an industry with such lovely people behind the companies we all support. Please visit these links and check out the fantastic yarns, designs, notions, and goodies from our sponsors!

Qiviut: Knitter’s Magazine

Cashmere: Discontinued Brand Name Yarn, Eat.Sleep.Knit, Handknitting.com, Kollage, Skacel, Trendsetter Yarns, and WEBS

Merino: Bijou Basin Ranch, Della Q, Interlacements Yarn, Lion Brand Yarn, Lisa Souza, Knitting Notions, KnitWitch, Mirth, Miss Babs, Only Ewe and Cotton Too, and Sassafras Creations

Special thanks also to our fabulous party volunteers (Lauren, Kim, Jessica, and Kathy) who helped us set up before the party, clean up after, and took care of all the attendees as they entered the room. We also owe a huge thank you to the good folks at XRX, especially Benjamin and Molly, who helped us with our trip to Atlanta every step of the way, and Lisa, who seemed to be everywhere at once taking pictures of the event, and let us use some of her great photos for this blog post. Planning our attendance and party at STITCHES South was a breeze (and fun, too!), thanks to their help and support. It’s easy to see why STITCHES events are so popular when you meet the warm and friendly people behind them all. :)

with volunteers, Benjamin, and Molly

The party was only the beginning of a whirlwind weekend. STITCHES events are packed with fun things to do! Friday began with the opening day talk (block your swatches!) and lunch with the fantastic teachers in attendance, and ended with the big fashion show. Sarah, Jess, and I were all so inspired by the fashion show garments, particularly the beautiful summer wear in warm-weather fibers. The weather is heating up where we all live, so the drapey tanks and skirts really caught our eyes.

On Saturday night, we served as special guest judges at the Student Banquet and Fashion Show. This event allows attendees to get on stage and walk the runway in their favorite projects from the past year, and all we had to say was: WOW. It was great fun to see such amazing pieces, and really hard to choose a winner! In the end, we gave our prize to this stunning sweater from Phyllis (who we are pretty sure is ngaknitter on Ravelry – we forgot to write her username down but the name, location, and fact that she’s been knitting for about 3 years definitely match)!

Phyllis

The sweater is her own design, knit entirely in reversible cables, and can be flipped not only inside-out but also top to bottom to change the look of the sweater’s length and shaping around the neck. It was a stunner! As you can see, Phyllis was absolutely glowing – who wouldn’t be, after finishing such a gorgeous garment? We were proud to give her a special Ravelry prize pack (a tote bag filled with goodies from the Ravelry minimart).

phyllis casey hug

Naturally, we hit the marketplace floor every day – there were lots of wonderful vendors, and it’s impossible to get tired of looking at such lovely wares. Even Sarah’s little one, Cam, had fun checking everything out! The Atlanta Knitting Guild and the North Georgia Knitting Guild even had a table set up right as you entered the marketplace, greeting everyone with a warm welcome and a table full of swifts and ball winders to use after a few purchases. :)

sarah cam market

out and about

It was so great to travel as a team to a new part of the country and take part in such a big event. Thank you, XRX, for inviting us to come!

If you were an attendee and have photos from the Ravelry party or meetups this weekend at STITCHES South, please add them to the Ravelry Events pool on Flickr! Thanks so much to everyone who gave us such a warm welcome in Atlanta. We had a blast, and hope your weekend was wonderful, too!

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Happy 4th Birthday, Bob!

April 23rd, 2010

Happy Birthday, faithful and snorty mascot!!

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Ravelry at STITCHES South!

April 8th, 2010

Here in the US, spring is in the air – temperatures are rising, flowers are blooming, and it makes us think of one thing… the season for big fiber events is just beginning! We’re so excited to announce that this year we’re going to be kicking off the season in a part of the country we haven’t visited yet – we’re heading to Atlanta, Georgia for STITCHES South!

We love getting to go to explore new areas and meet new people, and naturally, we knew we had to host a party! ;) As always, we have to extend big huge thanks to our party sponsors for making this event possible – we’re truly grateful to have such a supportive community that will help us throw an awesome event for all of us!

Knitter's Magazine Skacel Knitting eat.sleep.knit WEBS Trendsetter Yarns Handknitting.com Discontinued Brand Name Yarn Kollage Yarns Bijou Basin Ranch Sassafras Creations Interlacements Yarns Mirth Lion Brand Yarn della Q Knitting Notions Miss Babs Knit Witch Lisa Souza Only Ewe & Cotton Too

We’re going to be right in the Waverly Hotel in Ballrooms 3 & 4 on Thursday, April 22, from 8:00 – 10:30 pm (just after the STITCHES South Market Preview). We’ve created a Ravelry Events Page for the party – if you plan on attending, please RSVP! All Ravelers are welcome to this event – you don’t need tickets to the Market Preview. Come on by and have a fabulous time!

We’re going to have music, snacks, and drinks (we will have drink tickets; after they are gone we’ll have a cash bar), door prizes and giveaways from our generous sponsors, and a great time hanging out with all of our Ravelry friends.

Thank you again to our wonderful sponsors:

Qiviut: Knitter’s Magazine
Cashmere: Discontinued Brand Name Yarn, Eat.Sleep.Knit, Handknitting.com, Kollage, Skacel, Trendsetter Yarns, and WEBS
Merino: Bijou Basin Ranch, Della Q, Interlacements Yarn, Lion Brand Yarn, Lisa Souza, Knitting Notions, KnitWitch, Mirth, Miss Babs, Only Ewe and Cotton Too, and Sassafras Creations

You guys rock!

The party is going to be great, but that’s not all we’re doing – the folks at XRX have been so welcoming to us, and our STITCHES agenda is really packed! We’re going to have daily meetups on the Marketplace floor, as well! Please come on by and see us in the concessions area at the following times:

Friday and Saturday: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 – 11:00 am

We’ll also be at the Fashion Show on Friday night, and we’ll be special guest judges at the Student Banquet and Fashion Show on Saturday night! We can’t wait to see all the fabulous goodies on display.

If you’ll be attending STITCHES South, please do come by and say hello! It’s going to be a great show – we’ll see you there! :)

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