Tuesday, 13 July 2010

TTC Knitalong 2010


Another summer, another TTC Knitalong in Toronto!!  If you haven't done it before, let me tell you: It's SO MUCH FUN. This year our awesome swag bags were filled with wonderful goodies from Bernat, The Naked Sheep, The Purple Purl, Plymouth Yarns, Patons, and even some bags had knitting books donated by Simon & Schuster. It was a serious score. And then to top it all off, many of the yarn stores were having special discounts and sales for the TTC Knitalong crews! Talk about getting your fiber fix. If you live anywhere near Toronto and haven't done the TTC Knitalong, you're missing out. Even if you think you're too shy, or don't have any one to go with- don't worry! You don't need to bring a friend. You don't need to be super outgoing. You just need to show up, and the mutual love of yarn and knitting pretty much takes care of the rest. It's a very welcoming, fun day for knitters of all skill levels.

I was fairly restrained in my yarn purchasing this year- I bought with very specific projects in mind, which really helped me stay on budget and on task. Let's get a closer look, shall we?
The two skeins of the Mission Falls superwash is to make my nephew a little Sheldon stuffie. The gorgeous Indigodragonfly skein (which is called "Oh Glenna and her Lemongrass Martinis") is destined to become  these armwarmers. The lovely sunshine yellow skein of Tanis Fiber Arts yarn is going to become Duck Socks (well, probably many, many pairs of duck socks). As for the Malabrigo....I couldn't resist the Pearl Ten colourway (that's the brownish-grey skeins), and then I couldn't leave the lovely, creamy natural skeins behind, either. Sigh. You can never have too much malabrigo laceweight!! Projects? Ahem. So much for staying on task! I haven't quite decided, but probably a whisper cardigan, and a featherweight cardigan. Or maybe this cowl. Or..... we'll see!!

20 comments:

Phoe said...

Love the color scheme you chose. :)

Tanis said...

That looks like sooo much fun! I really want to make a trip to Toronto next year. What a way to spend the day! I love how all your loot coordinates. Expert shopping!

swayinglights said...

I'm glad you guys had so much fun this year! I wish I'd gone again, last year was a blast.

A bit of a caveat on the Malabrigo laceweight - I knit a Featherweight in it last year, with the laceweight singles, and it felted pretty much the instant I put it on. I was very disappointed.

The Sweatshop of Love said...

So pretty! That sounds like such a fun day. You are right about knitting events. Go alone and make friends!

Rainy Daisy said...

oh, how fun! How far a drive do you think it is from Portland.....?

hehe
cheers!
Daisy

jdknitter said...

I should've known. When I first saw your picture, I instantly liked the brownish skeins and white ones. And of course, they're Malabrigo. =)

erica-knits said...

Oh what a lovely day it was! Oh the over-purchasing that went on! I think I was saved by the Saturday Afternoons pattern book. It gave my buying some direction. Remember, don't let me buy any yarn until September. By then, I should have at least two of these sweaters knitted (hopefully not wishful thinking). ;)

So glad you invited me along!

CanarySanctuary said...

That does look like so much fun. It's totally on my list for next summer!

crystal said...

Looks like it was a blast! If I ever move back to Toronto I am definitely in for that :)

Aesderina said...

Wow that is so cool that you guys have a knit-a-long together!!
that malabrigo is a beautiful colour!
featherweight and whisper are so similar? I myself think I will knit whisper.. because I saw it first?!? LOL I'm not sure if that is an good reason.. but good enough for me!

NJ said...

That sounds like a fun thing! They do this every year?

Allison said...

Looks like just a ton of fun! That tote is really fantastic :)

Maryse said...

Wow! TTC rocks! Do other transit agencies in the Great Toronto Area have such an event? I wish the STM in Montreal would also organize such an event! Have fun!

Michele said...

That looks like a lot of fun! The additions to your stash are awesome - so much knitting to do!

soknitpicky said...

Fabulous finds! That looks like a ton of fun.

yoel said...

Wow! It looks like you had a blast! Love all the yarn--how can you choose which one to cast on first?

Andi Pants said...

Nice haul of loot! It looks like it was a ton of fun.

weezalana said...

Fun! And wow, that is an impressive swag bag! But I did a double take when I saw "TTC Knitalong" and wondered if you were trying to get pregnant - TTC as in "Trying To Conceive"!

nasseknits said...

Looks like a lot of fun!!

SugarMaple said...

Wow - this looks and sounds like tonnes of fun. I will have to go next year! Thanks for sharing :)