Daily Archives: September 12, 2011

all’s fair in love and knitting

let me get started with my closing remarks about the knitter’s fair:

mom and i had an absolutely fantast-ico day. i think we say that every year.

that’s really all you need to know. but, of course, i have more to say and show you!

mom and i met up for our september outing of the month promptly at 9:30 a.m on saturday.

i don’t care if it’s 100 degrees outside, i have to wear one of my handknits every year to the knitter’s fair:

i balanced off the sweater with shorts! didn't wanna boil!

princess diana made this pattern famous in the early ’80s. this was my first effort (i was in my teens) at a pictorial sweater and at changing colours. it’s still one of my favourites.

this year, the weather was divine:

summer returned with a bang on saturday, after going mia all week

over to bingeman’s we drove.

turn here! turn here!!

mom and i played “remember how i always can’t find the entrance and we drive past and have to turn around???” this year, we got it, first try. [sidenote: this knitter’s fair is h-u-g-e. people travel overnight, by bus, from other time zones, practically, to attend. we squeal because we drive eight minutes and we’re there!].

let's go, let's go, let's really go!

just to give you and idea of the shopping options…

this map shows ONE HALF of the booths and vendors at the show

we followed our usual method: enter the room, turn LEFT – not right, no never – go around the outside, then circle the inner aisles.

vendors come from all over, too:

residents of ontario will get the "it's worth the drive to acton" slogan - but isn't this outright stealing from the olde hide house??!

all the way from ottawa (5 hours away). aren't knitters punny?!

usually, we take a tour before we start to purchase. that rule is broken, however, if you see a deal that may disappear.

mom quickly found a bargain for her project linus projects!

i’m not one to post artistic photos. but i see beauty in colourful yarns:

hanging skeins

socks as art

”]”]my nemesis!

i made thrum mittens ONCE and never again. that and knitted dolls/stuffed animals

knitting humour:

cutesy-poo, eh?!

i thought these were funny, anyway!!

mom also picked up a stocking stuffer for me at this stall. i shall be *very surprised* on christmas morning, wink, wink!


i was looking for one ball of noro “sekku” sock yarn so that i can make another baby blanket similar to this project. found it! and at 15% off!

don't mind my crazed expression; i get a little excitable on this day

can you get drunk on yarn fumes?!

i will now be able to make the lace extravaganza blanket that i envision in my head:

talk about variegated colour!

the exits are closely guarded at this event:

not your typical security guard!

at about this point, mom and i were laughing our heads off because every man we saw looked like he had just had a root canal. check out this series…

a newspaper and briefcase to pass the time...

i've lost my wife in the wild jungles of alpaca and bamboo...

i better get a homemade pie for this (oops, that's what my dad would be saying!...)

any more purchases and i'm going to need another arm...

whew! mom and i needed a break. we made a trip out to the rav to dump off our bags, and then collapsed into chairs settled down for a spot of lunch:

yes, my lunch tote is an easter bag. twelve months of the year. gift from mom about nine easters ago!

revitalized, we went back for round two, also known as spendspendspendyourmoney.

mom picked up some super cute gift cards - and knitting-themed lunch napkins!

can't tell ya what i got! hint: aunti loves to knit for the nieces!...

look who we met!


a photo with brenda is becoming an annual tradition, too! (this is the brenda i referenced last week!).

the coup of the day: i found a kit that i can make for a donation to the mcc relief sale quilt auction for either 2012 or 2013 (will depend on time). this will be my fourth contribution!

a classic log cabin design; but i love the modern colours against the striking black background

mom generously and kindly purchased the kit, and i will do the knitting.

all yarn needed is in that bag - and that's an emory board flower on top!

the kit comes from passionknit on yonge street in toronto. the two women working the booth were super-friendly and helpful. wish i lived closer to passionknit!

here’s our unofficial 2011 trend report: what is big in terms of fashion: shawls, shrugs, and jackets in multi-coloured hues and natural fibres. in terms of the fair itself, we noticed a resurgence in bargain priced yarn. that’s good for us!

yellow for mom, orange for me. three giant balls at $3 EACH cannot be ignored!

time to stagger out to the rav...where's a valet when you need one?!

so, as a final tally, i now have FIVE new projects in the knitting queue. that should keep me out of mischief.

mom and i exited the knitter’s fair with happy hearts and empty wallets and fairly bubbling over with enthusiasm for our new projects. as i stated at the top, what a fabulous day!

at what venue would we capture a photo of you looking completely bored out of your mind and disinterested? my eyes glaze over as soon as i enter a museum. or any site of historical significance.

conversely, what place makes your eyes dance out of your head? shopping malls in the u.s. excite me to no end!