|Sweet Fiber Yarns in Vintage Lace|
|One of the many yarn filled trunks/suitcases|
|Groovy knitted in Mrs. Crosby|
|Mrs. Crosby in Sunset Regatta|
By the time I made this purchase the crowds and lines were very big and it was difficult to actually get into the booths. Eweknit, a favourite Toronto yarn store of mine, was another stop where I squeezed my way in and bought a very cute project bag.
|Project Bag from Eweknit|
The last purchase I made was at Shall We Knit. The owner had a fantastic selection of Koigu that I couldn't get close enough to see. But I bought one of my long time favourite yarns called String Theory Caper Sock Yarn in Cobalt along with two skeins of yarn called Breathless by Shalimar Yarns, a 75% Cashmere 15% Cashmere and 10% Silk blend in Corfu and Ore. I was thinking of knitting Ashburn with this combination. There was a sample of this pattern on display that I found quite beautiful.
|Yarn for Ashburn|
Next year I might try going in the afternoon, as I found the crowds even bigger than last year and the lines to purchase items were very long. But I definitely think it was worth going because the selection was so varied and there is nothing like seeing yarn you have admired on line, being able to touch it, and see the colour in person. I came with a specific list in mind but my honestly I really didn't use it, it was just too busy.
I find the marketing side of the yarn business so fascinating. For example, the Needle Emporium's owner Julie was so smart as she built interest for weeks prior to the show about the new yarn line on her blog. She had so many samples of what the yarn looked like knitted up in her booth. Tanis Fiber Arts couldn't make it to the show but she debuted her new yarn line and colours in the Purple Purl's Booth (which by the way I couldn't get close to when I tried to go back). She also built a lot of interest on her blog.
Overall I had a great time and there is nothing like being around other people that are as obsessed about yarn as I am.
I want to thank my friends who gave me yarn money for my birthday way back in January...I saved it for the Knitter's Frolic and thoroughly enjoyed using it up!
Next time I am excited to show you, not one, but two finished items! Have a good week. : o)