Sunday, 7 June 2009

Yarn Crawl, Toronto style- TTC Knitalong!!

When the weekend is approaching, people usually ask if you have any plans for the weekend. It's office small talk. And I had so much fun telling people that I was going on a Yarn Crawl. No one looked that surprised that I was doing something that involved yarn, but I did have to explain the concept of a yarn crawl to a few people. I was part of the East Team A (full of fabulous people, indeed!), which made stops at: The Naked Sheep The Purple Purl Lettuce Knit (where the above photo was taken) Americo and Romni I knew that in the face of 5 stores worth of delicious, delicious yarn, I'd need a game plan. So, my rules and goals were:
  • no green yarn (I alread have so much green stash you'd think I'd killed Kermit the frog and all his little green friends and spun them into skeins)
  • pick up yarn for the uber popular whisper cardigan
  • get some yarn for the Tea Rose Halter
  • get a set of 6 mm circulars
And I'm pleased to report, that it all worked out: That is 887 yards of grey pima cotton, 10 skeins Paton's DK cotton in blue, and one skein each of Tanis Fiber Arts laceweight in Chestnut and Stormy. I also got the 6mm circs I needed, A cute and kitchy needle case from recycled materials,and there was a bag of awesome swag from The Purple Purl which included a buttery soft skein of Earth Collection Mainland. And how awesome is the TTC Knitalong tote?! Let's have a close up of the beautiful handpainted laceweight for a second: ah, gorgeousness. One of those will be a whisper cardigan. I should confess that I didn't buy the Paton's DK cotton. I was lucky enough to win it for sporting the "Fiercest Knit" on my team- I was wearing my Honeymoon Swallowtail shawl. I'm not entirely sure I deserved it, there were so many great knits in the group, but I'm very pleased to have won- espeically since I was looking for dk cotton and didn't find what I had in mind. But when you go and win ten skeins of exactly what you need- I guess the knitting gods were sending a sign! This is Team East A with all our yarn piled on the tables at the Rivoli: Thanks to everyone who put the event together, and to the stores that hosted us. A good day, indeed!!

14 comments:

eliza said...

that looks like it was fun! also, gorgeous choices for the whisper cardigan! i have some deep blue malabrigo waiting for its moment to become one...

Clumsy Knitter said...

That looks like so much fun! I wish they would do something like that here. Nice haul!

Phoe said...

Looks like so much fun. Wish I didn't live in the knitting drought counties. :(

crazyknittinglady said...

Yay! Nice pics and report. And Team East A really was the best (okay I might be a little biased).

Ella said...

Ooo - such yumminess! Whichever you choose for the whisper cardigan - it's going to be beautiful! Sounds like a fantastic time! :D

Hilary said...

How fun! Looks like a wonderful day, and you got some fantastic stash enhancements!

hibou said...

Oh, what a fun idea! I have to praise you for your display of self-control in the face of such yarn temptation. The blue in your prize yarn is gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing what you use it for.

e said...

that looks like so much fun! I'd need to save up for a month to participate in one of those though. ha.

weezalana said...

Nice yarn haul! (Maybe they should call it Yarn Crawl and Haul. ;)) That Eskimo print is too cute!

Susan said...

What fun! They have a few of those near me, but I have yet to make it to one. Great finds, too!

Maryse said...

Wow! This seems like so much fun! We should do something like this in Montreal! Congratulations for your prize! I look forward to see what it will become!

Michele said...

Looks like a fun day - how could it not be? It involved yarn! Congrats on winning the prize - Your swallowtail is pretty fierce.

Rose said...

first, i love the gold mini! so cute, and a perfect match for that yarn. yarn crawl looks like so much fun.

floderten said...

What a cool idea - I wish we had things like that in Denmark! I'm glad you had a good time.

I love the yarn you bought, especially the Tanis.. I want to try it out some day, the colours look so magnificent. I also like the colour of your DK cotton - big fan of electric blue! :)