Grinding to a Halt

Last weekend I went to the Knitter’s Fair in KW and it was awesome, in every sense of the word. There was so much yarn-y goodness it was daunting and a bit overwhelming. At first I didn’t think I’d be able to actually commit to a purchase there were so many options (don’t’ worry, I got over that fear).

I took my advice and made (almost) a complete round of the booths before laying down cash. (Yup, I was good and left the plastic at home. ) I tried spend on  yarns or other items that I don’t normally have access to, or yarns that I’ve been dying to try.

Here’s my yarn haul.

String Theory Caper Sock Yarn
Colour: Labradorite
Yarn: Merino 80% Cashmere 10% Nylon 10% (so soft!!)

Skein Sock Yarn
Colour: Sea Salt
Yarn: Merino 85% Nylon 15%

madelinetosh light
Colour: Opaline
Yarn: merino 100% single ply

Now that I have all these new treats, I have ever more project ideas floating around. And not just patterns that I think would maybe be nice to knit, but patterns that I have everything to cast on right now!

Turnalar Socks which I’ll use Cascade Heritage Silk in Italian Plum and Malabrigo Sock in Lettuce for.

Thanks mom….that purple/green colour combination stuck with me. 

Marin, which to be fair, was already in my queue, but now I have the yarn to do it. Methinks madeline tosh light is just the thing.

However…despite having all these fabulous new yarns to play with and new patterns to try out, I can’t. All knitterly endeavours shall be suspended until I finish this shawl.

It’s my Love on the Edge shawl. I’m hoping to will have it finished for an upcoming event. The shawl is beautiful, the yarn is delightful, but the project in general is starting to become the bane of my existence. Nothing like a firm deadline to take the fun out of knitting.

This bag now goes with me everywhere. I’ve been trying to squeeze in a few rows whenever I get the chance. Thankfully, this is paying off and I’m almost done the body. Almost.

Fingers crossed the border isn’t too slow.

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KW Knitter’s Fair

It’s on.



Tomorrow is the Kitchener Waterloo Knitter’s Fair.

It’s the perfect chance to see many Canadian knitting vendors all in one spot. It’s my first time attending any sort of fibre festival and I’m so excited. And a little bit nervous. I know that I’m going to be overwhelmed with fibre-y goodness. To keep my emotions (and spending) in check I’ve tried to approach it practically.

Tips for a Successful Fibre Festival

  • Arrive early. Parking is a premium and hiking to the venue is not the best use of yarn shopping time
  • Do a complete tour before making any big purchases. You never know who’s got the best deals.
  • Bring cash. Preferably only as much as you want can afford to spend and leave the credit card at home. You’ll appreciate it later. Yarn fumes can have strange effects on your will power.
  • Bring water/snacks. I tend to get a bit crabby if I don’t have enough of either.
  • Make a list. Sure, you have all kinds of project ideas and must have yarns, but the moment you step across that threshold it’s likely your mind will go blank.

And so, my own list of items to keep an eye out for:

  • Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles: 3mm
  • Solid sock yarn in vibrant colours, not necessarily full skeins.
  • Signature needles (mostly to ogle, not to purchase).
  • Complimentary solid and variegated fingering yarn. 750 yds/840 yds (It’s not too late to start Malice).
  • MCN solid, maybe grey, for Marin

Once upon a time in Mexico,

I “just” got back from a week long vacation in the Maya Rivera at the El Dorado Royale Spa and resort. It was my first time ever going on an all inclusive trip and to somewhere nice and hot. Let me just say I had a hard time packing up my things that morning as the bright sunshine was streaming into our room. To make matters worse I came home to the first day of snow in Toronto (though I am thankful that I’m no longer in London where they got 97 cm that day).

I don’t have the pictures yet, they’re on my boyfriend’s camera, but sometime next week I’ll be posting some beautiful pics of our room, our tip to Coba, one of the oldest Mayan temple complexes, the wedding we were there to attend and various other shenanigans that we got up to on the beach.