KW Knitters Guild. I usually attend with my sister, an avid knitter, but she had an important choir rehearsal, she sings with the Fanshaw Chorus in London, Ontario. I was asked by another friend, Karen, if I would take photos to share with her. I hope you enjoy the show along with me. I can't feature every vendor as there were so many, so I picked out a few that appealed to me.
Alpaca Acres. Karen and Ann knit in the same group in Stratford, Ontario. I haven't had the pleasure of knitting with alpaca wool yet, but I do have to admit, that it is wonderfully soft. Very appealing.
It was a very busy day, so I could only spend a few minutes speaking with Ann. I did learn that the alpaca are very happy after shearing. There wool is cut when it is approximately five inches long. It must be a lot cooler once it is off. It is this strand length that makes for such a soft, supple wool.
The Purple Purl. Every year at the show my sister manages to buy a large bag of supplies here. I think that she really does it just to get the super cool purple shopping bag.
I believe that Miko is standing in front of a display of Cascade 220 wools. The colours are wonderful.
Rose Haven Farm Store as their booth was so crowded with buyers.
The Knit Cafe in Toronto keeps putting out patterns that appeal to me. The majority of the patterns are printed on cards that measure about 4 x 5 1/2 inches. Some are single sided and other requiring extra instructions fold open.
Iwona's Groovy scarf several times now, and have a few more planned.
designer Natalie Servant. I was attracted to her booth by this gorgeous yellow shawl. It really is more yellow than this photo shows. Even though she has only been designing for a few years, she has over a dozen pattern available on her site. You can purchase them through Ravelry. I am going to be making the scarf Fast Forward. Love the end details.
Wednesday afternoon update: I ordered an e version of this pattern from Ravelry and printed it out. Can't wait to get some wool.
Shall We Knit from Waterloo. (some how I managed to miss that the shop moved a half hour closer to me. It used to be located in New Hamburg. This definitely means a very short road trip, driving time will be short, visiting time lengthy, in my near future.
I love the 'cute' monsters that have been knit by the staff. Notice all the little legs hanging at the top of the photo.
It was only while writing this post that I came to realize that I missed a whole room of 33 booths. When I entered the show and paid my admission, no one mentioned that the show was in two rooms in two separate buildings. Were there signs I should have read? I was handed a show guide which I promptly put in my bag. On the very back of it was a map for the second room. Oh well, I did miss thing that a few vendors were missing, I just put it down to this economy.
Have you written a post about your favourite yarn/wool shop? Leave me a comment with a link to your post. I'd love to visit with you.
Next week I'll be back with my regular needlework update. I have been sewing on more pairs of boxer shorts.
Rikki at Rikki's Teleidoscope has posted an update to her crochet project. It's perfect for a needleworker wantin to start out with a small project.
Sherrie over at Just Books has an update on her doily project. I absolutely adore the thread colour and am going to have to order some.