This past Saturday, two of my yarnie friends and I headed down to the Toronto Knitters' Frolic. It was a knitter's nirvana!!! We got there before the doors opened and the line-up was almost the length of the parking lot when the doors actually opened. The weather was lovely and there were oodles of beautiful handknits to ogle while we waited in line.
The first booth we hit up was Bling Your String. If you are unfamiliar with her knitting and notion bags, they are fabulous. Cute, trendy, practical and big bags come complete with smaller notions bags and matching stitch markers.
First I bought this one:
Those are knit sttiches. It photographed more psychedelically than it appears in real life. It is sweater sized. It came with a smaller notions bag and matching stitch markers:
I also bought an even bigger bag - with a view to storing all my small projects in it:
Note the adjustable shoulder strap. Also came with notions bag and stitch markers:
After Bling Your String, I found this:
It is a Namaste Mini Messenger bag. I already have one. It's so nice I bought it twice :) It is my favourite colour, I needed something to carry my purchases in and it was half price, people! It was the only one the vendor had.
I know there are mixed feelings about Namaste bags in the knitting community, but I have two (aside from this new one) and I love them both. My other Mini Messenger is Peacock Blue. Do not be fooled by the name, there is nothing 'mini' about this bag. Like the TARDIS, it is bigger on the inside.
So many pockets! And when you open that zippered compartment, your cargo space practically doubles. I highly recommend this bag. My other one is at least 3 years old and in great shape. Did I mention that Namaste bags are vegan? Another point in their favour.
After buying-all-the-bags, I finally picked up some yarn at the Turtle Purl booth. This was by far the busiest booth at the Frolic (Indigodragonfly was a close second). My one criticism of the Frolic is that the booths are so tiny. Once you have 3 or 4 people browsing in a booth, it is too crowded to view the merchandise. But I was able to squeeze into Turtle Purl and buy these:
The second photo is the truest colour representation. These will be lovely socks for me :).
I picked up a few sets of Karbonz - one can never have too many sock needles:
And to top off our morning, we swung by Indigodragonfly and I pick up these beauties:
Those would be laceweight and the colour is "Daleks don't give out pink slips". I was torn between this mustard yellow or a deep red. Mustard won. It is quickly becoming one of my favourite colours. This is the yarn that will become EnPointe Pullover.
So, I spent pretty much all the money I took with me but I stayed within budget. Yay me. I don't think there will be any yarn purchases in my future until the Kitchener Waterloo Knitters' Guild even in September. Seriously. 5 months. I can do this.
Also, my opinions are my own - your mileage may vary. I have not received any compensation or consideration for reviewing any items.