I'm quite the introvert.
Thus, eleven days of Summerfest drains quite a lot of energy out of me. You see, selling CDs at Summerfest looks a bit different than it does at other shows that we do. At this festival, Dan plays for tips and CD sales, so while he plays, I chat with people, sell CDs from the table, walk around with a tip bucket, and walk around with CDs! From before he starts playing until well after his set is done, I'm socializing, small-talking, and explaining who we are and what we do. While I love doing this, the introvert in me gets throughly exhausted in the process, especially when the process happens twice a day for eleven days!
I've found, though, that I'm able to knit my way to extrovertism (yes, I know...I made it up...) Having my yarn, my needles, and even a book in my hands (or even just by my side) throughout the day makes me feel so much more grounded. A few stitches here and there makes me feel alone in my own world, even if it's only for a minute or two. It helps me recharge, making me ready to chat with and enjoy the next wave of people who come my way.
Here's to a chilly Summerfest Day #7, filled with lots of people, a page or two of reading, and a few rows of knitting!