Just before 10am Gavin dropped me off to begin the TTC Knit-Along. Each participant contributed $10 with the proceeds to Sistering, and each was given an identifying pin and bright red tote bag. Glenna and Joyce, our team leaders, welcomed the 15 members of our group and outlined the schedule. Lots of time to travel, chat, knit and shop. With treats, prizes and discounts through the day culminating in a meet up of all 4 teams in downtown Toronto.
With Team East A, I began my day at The Naked Sheep. Where the yarn selection includes Malabrigo, Mirasol, Tanis Fiber Arts, Fleece Artist and Rowan. We looked around and shopped while tempted by an amazing spread of cookies, coffee cake, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. We popped balloons with knitting needles or crochet hooks to find prizes. For me? A Naked Sheep starter kit including a pen, button, measuring tape, beaded stitch marker and Naked Knitter loyalty program card.
Next, onto the Queen Streetcar to The Purple Purl. Where the yarns includes Noro, Malabrigo, Indigo Moon, Debbie Bliss, Mission Falls and Louet. Each knitter was welcomed with a tote bag, calendar, sachet of Soak, coupon and a skein of Baby Alpaca! Then Lettuce Knit to ooh and aah over the Koigu, Lorna's Laces, Dream in Color, Socks that Rock, Blue Sky Alpaca, to name a few. After lunch in Kensington Market, we went on to Americo to luxuriate amongst the skeins of handspun silk, alpaca and llama. Last stop? Romni Wool: two levels of floor to ceiling yarn of every description. Complete fiber overload! A couple of beers and then home on the GO Train. What a great day! Thanks to the organizers and the LYS owners for all their efforts. And a special thanks to whoever arranged the perfect weather!