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It’s contagious – Knit In Public Day Toronto 2007

This is a big (BIG) ol’ photograph post from my experience yesterday with the TTC Knitalong, with (perhaps somewhat cheezy) lyrical accompaniment by Regina Spektor, whose song ‘Us’ I heard right aroun the time the Yarn Harlot launced her ‘Represent’ book tour, and now the two are completely linked in my brain.

Thank you to Village Yarns, Romni Wools, Lettuce Knit, Americo Original, the Naked Sheep, and all the other Toronto yarn shops who opened their doors to us (and the TTC Knitalong discount), in celebration of Knit in Public Day. I think the best part was just being able to spend time with so many great knitters across the city – and of course, getting the full range of expressions from onlookers, that was a plus, too. ;)

(If you are in these photos please feel free to ID yourself in the comments, OR, if you’d prefer not to be pictured, let me know here or by email and I will remove pictures that you are in.)
On with the show…

They made a statue, of us.
And put it on a mountain top…

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Now tourists come and stare at us.

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Blow bubbles with their gum, take photographs for fun.
For fun…

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They’ll name a city after us.
And later say it’s all our fault…

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Then they’ll give us a talking to,
then they’ll give us a talking to,
Because they’ve got years of experience…

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We’re living in a den of thieves…

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Rummaging for answers in the pages…
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We’re living in a den of thieves,
And it’s contagious,
And it’s contagious…

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More tomorrow about my purchases and other miscellaney. All’s I’ll say is the yarn purchasing was minimal…but there was something else… ;)
Have a great Sunday!
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Relaxation

I went with my sister M and my friend R (visiting from NYC), to Lettuce Knit last night, where the No Sheep For You launch party took place. M had never been with me to LK before but was interested in the book, and R had been to LK on past Toronto visits and was most definitely going again. (I think the most surprising thing I heard all evening was when she said that, despite all the NYC yarn shops, there isn’t this same kind of knitting community in NYC as you find at Lettuce Knit in Toronto. Dude, colour me proud of Toronto knitters.)

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M and R are not weighed down by the stupid almost interminable shyness that I have had at going to Lettuce Knit knit nights. They just smile, chat happily with people, and buy stuff. I do not know why I couldn’t have just gotten up to that speed on my first go. I do not know why it took me about 8 visits to finally realize that, oh wait, none of these people will eat me alive and there is no hidden social hierarchy and there are no real rules other than “thou shalt knit” and it’s all fine. Really, it’s fine. I wonder why I couldn’t have realized all this before. (I dearly hope people don’t mistake my quiet restraint for disinterest. ::fidgets::)

Anyhoo, it was quite a fun night. We knitted, Amy gave away freebies like No Sheep buttons, and then drew tickets for door prizes. Hoo boy, that was some carefully orchestrated mayhem. I feel the need to point out that my sister, attending LK for the first time ever, scored an early draw and walked off (unknowingly) with a wound skein of Handmaiden Seasilk. (I got a book and it was great too, but still. MAN. Handmaiden. She is so damn lucky.) There were also chocolate cupcakes. And some beverages. And then when I came home I put my feet up and watched my videotaped crap television (still ‘Bones’) before bed, so all in all a good evening. I managed to restrain myself and not buy any yarn – they had a new supply of Euroflax Linen and I could have easily snatched some up, but I will try to finish the things on my needles right now and hopefully by that time there will still be some linen left. Hopefully!

Also, hooray for a Toronto Yarn Harlot event! Yay! I have friends in cities all over who have gotten to go to one of these, so i’m so excited I get to go to one too, now, May 25th at Bay&Bloor Indigo. There has been speculation of the Brennan Cardigan making an appearance, so maybe M can wear it and I can get off my bum and get the pattern written up and posted by then, too. (Now, if only I can remember what all of my design instructions were…) Maybe the weather will cooperate and cool down enough for me to wear an actual knitted sweater, too…my warm-weather handknits are sadly very few.

Happy Thursday! I am sending good thoughts to my hometown where a friend is having surgery today. Hopefully recovery will go well.

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Nothing is more important to you right now…

…than looking at these photos of adorable chidren:

(Laura with Aven‘s wee guy)
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He gets very excited about all the yarn, and expresses his appreciation for knitters through happy wailing.

 

(Elizabeth with Emily’s wee gal)

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She expresses her love of yarn by cutely sticking her fingers in her mouth and watching your every move with a hint of a smile on her face.

I took these pics last week but needed to make sure I had permission from both the mamas to post. And look at me, I went to knit night last night too – a whole two weeks in a row, someone stop the presses! I am going to try to keep going because I like seeing everyone’s knitting and all the yarn and needles (for some reason I never buy on a Wednesday, though – i talk myself out of it and then go back on Friday, heh). But I always feel like I don’t know what to contribute to the conversation. I don’t have kids or a spouse, and talking about my dissertation makes me want to twitch and break out into hives. So mostly I sit and try not to say anything very stupid. Baby steps.

(Poppy progress – 2/3 of a front and the beginning of a sleeve)
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And it would just go figure that when I finally do finish the springtime-y perfect-for-April-in-Project-Spectrum socks, we get snow overnight. Ah well, I will prefer to think of it as, “more time in which I can wear the handknitted socks and sweaters I finally finished.” Yes.

(Basic socks in Austermann Step, colour #10 melba, 2.75mm DPNs – please pay no attention to the unwoven ends and ungrafted toes)
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This weekend, I predict lots of chocolate-eating, knitting on Poppy, and possibly casting on for something new depending on how the arms and wrists hold up. Happy knitting!

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Fridays are for Finishing

I did it, I did it, hoo-ray…The EBTKS sweater now has 2 sleeves and a body. Now, just to do some seaming and a collar and that baby will be finished!


I’m hoping the sizing will come out all right in the end, here’s crossing the fingers.

In other news, since I commented last week about loving the Clessidra sock pattern so much, I noticed that my blog was getting hits from people google-searching for “Clessidra knitalong”. And there wasn’t one. And, darnit all, I wouldn’t mind a Clessidra knitalong either! So I decided to start one. We’ve got 4 people so far and I’m sure there will be more. I won’t be able to start the socks for another week or two at least, but I’m very happy to live vicariously through others! Go on and tell your friends, Knitalongs are all about the-more-the-merrier ;)

On Tuesday I went and waited at the Passport office (for 2 hours, a mercifully short time compared to the 5+ hours people were dealing with not too long ago – thank you, new US border regs), and read a bit of The Blind Assassin for this month’s Knit the Classics selection. I also knitted another purple tube. It’s always amazing to me how many people don’t bring things with them to occupy their time while they wait. I think I was the only knitter in the room, but there were plenty of others waiting with books, newspapers, crossword puzzles, toys for the kids…why just stare off into space? Oh well.


Then on Wednesday I went to knit night at Lettuce Knit, and may finally be getting over my Irrational Shyness of knitting groups. I sat between David and Elizabeth, who are fabulous conversationalists. Elizabeth also had her niece and daughter with her since it was March Break, and they were learning how to purl. And, Elizabeth showed me the socks-on-2-circulars method! Woo hoo, new skills, baby!


Those are her hands in the photo, showing off my 1/2-inch of progress after fixing a mistake – I ended up with all the stitches on one needle, which I’m told is a common mistake. I’m not ready to totally give up all my DPNs yet, but I will definitely keep giving this a try. I just need a 2nd 2.5mm Addi so I won’t have to have permanent custody of Elizabeth’s.

AND, finally, I’m pleased to say I found out this morning that a pattern of mine will indeed be featured in a forthcoming issue of MagKnits. Hoo-ray! I think I’ll have a cup of tea to celebrate.

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Saturday knitting tour

The good news is, I’m feeling better today – so much better that I’ve even had a shower and have already consumed some dry cereal. I might even try some dry white toast with a bit of honey later, it’s all very exciting. The bad news is that I’m better enough that I do actually have to do real work today, so I’m wondering how fast I’ll be able to get through that so I can return to lying around and actually get to enjoy it. It’s been nearly 3 full days since I last picked up my knitting needles, and that’s just too damn long.

But, before all of The Unpleasantness (I think I may have narrowed it down to some ceasar salad consumed on Saturday night, either that or some random bug), I did have a lovely visit from Kelly. She arrived on Friday and we did some knitting and lounging around, and on Saturday we continued that pace until about midday when we ventured out towards the yarn stores. In Ottawa she doesn’t have access to the same variety that we do here in the T-Dot, so she was raring to go. (I of course had to be pushed out the door kicking and screaming. You believe me, don’t you?)

Our first visit was to Lettuce Knit. We ogled and fondled and browsed. I made my purchase of bamboo needles and then actually sat and waited for the others and knitted a few rows of my Ribbi Cardi sleeve #2, fresh with new bamboo 4.5mms just sleeve-sized:

(The second sleeve, in the state I left it in on Saturday afternoon.
Sadly, it has not grown since then.)

Kelly escaped with a copy of a spinning magazine and a pair of Lorna’s Laces skeins. (She has since been contemplating whether to in fact knit them up for a gift as planned or to figure out a way to keep the resulting socks for herself.) My sister fondled many things lovingly but none so much as the Misti Alpaca laceweight. I should mention here that, the night before, my sister was found flipping through my back copies of Interweave Knits magazine and saying things like “ooh, shawls…” But she did not make any purchases. Yet.

(Kelly and Me in front of Lettuce Knit)

We carried on to Romni Wools. I had tried to prepare Kelly for what she was about to walk into. I kept saying things like, “They have a lot of yarn. They have fibre. They have an upstairs and a downstairs. Your eyes might glaze over. Really.” But I don’t think anything can truly prepare you for Romni, particularly when you haven’t had the ability to rely on stores of that size as a matter of habit. We all went in and dispersed, and I went directly to the Noro section. I had anticipated buying a pair of Addis, but before departing had found that I already owned the size I was prepared to buy, so instead I decided to go for the Noro Silk Garden and see if I could find a couple more skeins of the same Silk Garden I received at Christmas, so that I could use put it towards a Poppy sweater. Well, after doing quite a bit of digging, I found what might possibly have been the last remaining skeins of Silk Garden #201, unless they had secret things hidden where I can’t see them.

By the time I emerged and caught up with the others, Kelly had made her way downstairs and had seen the fibre. She was practically giddy, and I’ll let her tell that part of the story, but suffice it to say she was thrilled to be able to touch the fibre she was interested in buying. I hear that’s a big deal for spinners. ;) (I’m still holding out, but will happily watch others discover this and its joys). So, she made out with some purchases as well.

On our way back home, my sister decided she wanted a second look at Lettuce Knit. And so we returned. And there was more fondling of sock yarn, and more fondling of Misti Alpaca laceweight. And lo, my sister became the proud owner of two yummy purple skeins of her first laceweight, destined to be an Icarus Shawl one day. She even got to have it wound on site and couldn’t have been happier:


And that’s pretty much the exciting knitterly tale of the weekend. I wish there was more, but sadly no. I lie in wait for next weekend when I will be ready to pounce on so many projects it’ll be like knitting before it goes out of style. I hope everyone out there in blogland is having a good week!

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