Saturday, April 28, 2012
Knitters Frolic 2012
I was looking forward to attending Knitters Frolic ever since I went for the first time last year, and the day finally arrived! The Frolic is an event hosted by the Downtown Knit Collective of Toronto and it is held annually at the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto. Tons and tons of knitters, spinners, yarn dyers, crocheters, and anyone who adores all things wool were in attendance! The marketplace was huge (and quite crowded if you arrive earlier in the day like I did) and there were lots of great finds, including unique hand-dyed yarns.
My apologies to any people who unsuspectedly ended up in the blurry photos that I took with my cell phone. It is hard to grasp how busy it was, but many shops had a line-up to get into the actual booth, and another line-up to purchase the wool!
I headed to many of my favourites from last year, as well as some new ones! Even though I really didn't need to buy any more wool, as I have a huge stash to work my way through, I couldn't resist buying a whole bunch of wool! After all, the Frolic is only once a year! Here's what I purchased:
This lovely Manos Silk Blend in a beautiful oceanic combo of blues and greens - at the Rose Haven Farm Store booth (2 skeins).
Soft and amazingly wonderful wool from the Tanis Fiber Arts booth - one of my faves from last year! I bought one skein of the Purple Label Cashmere Sock yarn in Deep Sea, and enough skeins of the Yellow Label DK Weight in Grape to make the sweater from the pattern also shown - "Terracotta". There was a knitted sample sweater out on display and it looked so cozy! I couldn't resist trying another pattern by Tanis as the "I Heart Aran" sweater that I made from the yarn purchased at last year's Frolic was awesome!
Here are two skeins of wool by Viola - m/c/n Worsted in the shade "Prophecy", a lovely shade of light purple-gray. I bought some of this yarn last year and it made a great tank-top (will post later!) so I can't wait to try out something new with this new wool.
I picked up some Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn (can you believe both of those are the same color of yarn? All of the pinks must be hidden beneath in the bottom skein...I love Noro!) and Punta Yarns MeriSoft Hand Painted Merino Wool from Mary's Yarns. I will have to take a trip up to Unionville someday and visit her retail shop!
I also bought this bottle of Soak - it will come in really handy and it smells fantastic!
The event was held at the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. I walked around the small Japanese garden outside - such a peaceful place!
I can't wait to decide what I'm going to make with all of this wool!