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:
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:
over to bingeman’s we drove.
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!].
just to give you and idea of the shopping options…
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:
usually, we take a tour before we start to purchase. that rule is broken, however, if you see a deal that may disappear.
i’m not one to post artistic photos. but i see beauty in colourful yarns:
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!
i will now be able to make the
lace extravaganza blanket that i envision in my head:
the exits are closely guarded at this event:
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…
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:
revitalized, we went back for round two, also known as spendspendspendyourmoney.
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!
mom generously and kindly purchased the kit, and i will do the knitting.
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!
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!