Monday, 5 June 2017

2017 Toronto Knitter's Frolic Haul!

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It's taken me longer then I'd like to write this, considering the Frolic was over a month ago.  My apologies.

To those who aren't familiar with the Toronto Knitter Frolic, I promise, my delay is solely because of the sheer amount of awesomeness there is to write about!

The big questions are always: "what did you get!?"  "Who did you visit?"

And well, here is my answer to that question!  Those of you on Facebook may have already seen these photos (I'm more active on Facebook then other social media, I think it's because it's the most familiar to me!), so if you've already seen these, then you're ahead of everyone else, and I ask for your patience once again!

My first find was from the wonderful folks at *The Woodlot, who've been coming to the Frolic for a number of years now.  The buttons are all reclaimed wood, which is awesome.  I'm not entirely sure what exactly these will be used for, but they've been tucked away safely in my button jar for now!
A small plastic package containing wooden buttons. At the top, there is a cardboard foldover with an image of trees and the text: Wood Buttons.

It's not just wooden buttons, either, but bigger tools, as well!  Courtesy of AB Originals, I finally got myself a nostepinne.  (And yes, I had to look up how to pronounce that!) 
I've already put it to use winding up tag-ends and half skeins for a scrap blanket.   It did take some exploring on Youtube to make it work, (you can find the video tutorial I used on my Fiber Arts Resource Page, scroll down to Nostepinne to find it!) 

 Wooden Nosterpinne. A wooden dowl with a carved handle, and a notch around the other end.

Next find is from Stix and Stones.  I first got introduced to these wonderful folks when they came into Toronto as vendors for a Toronto Knitter's Guild Meeting, and I was excited to see them as vendors at the Frolic, as well.   I picked up two skeins of Dragon Strings Siren Hair.  The colour is "Froggie in the Pond" which was another hard one to photograph.  Despite my best attempts, I'm not sure the colour is completely true-to-life, but it should still give an idea of the awesomeness that is this yarn.
Two twisted skeins of turquoise variegated yarn

My random lucky find at the Frolic was two skeins of Truffula, which is a limited-edition base from Red Sock Blue Sock.  I stopped at their booth on a whim (I was distracted by the pretty colours!) and ended up with this.  It's called "Blue Jay", and it's gorgeous.  It feels a bit rough in hand, so I'm curious to see how it behaves when I wash it.

Two skeins of varigated blue-white yarn on a wooden surface.

Every time I go to the Frolic, I hit up Dye-Version. Jane is a total sweetheart, and I always end up chattering to her at the booth. Plus, I really do love their yarns, especially their BFL Sock!  This is possibly the hardest-wearing sock yarn I've found; and the colours are amazing.  This particular batch is called "Neptune".

A skein of deep turquoise yarn laying flat.

Sadly, this isn't their BFL Sock, but it is another favorite, of their 100% Bamboo! They do a Fingering Weight and a Sport Weight Bamboo, and this is the Sport Weight.  The colour is "Nymph", and I have plans for it to be a shawl, I think.

Two skeins of blue-green yarn on a wooden background.

And it's only now in typing this that I realize I missed photographing one of my finds!  Arg!  The yarn in question is now nicely stored away in my big plastic bin of lace-weight yarn, so I don't want to go digging to fish it out. That said, here goes:

I got two skeins of the special Frolic Blend from Cottage Craft Angora. It's a gorgeous yarn, a blend of a number of fibers, including 10% Qiviut.  I've never worked with Qiviut before, so that's going to be exciting for me!

Another exciting find for me this year was the Upper Canada FiberShed. I'd seen their booth in previous years, but not really checked it out (which, I admit, was foolish)!   I got 4 skeins of 100% Alpaca from Nuevo Norte Alpacas at their booth, and the pictures don't do the yarn justice.   I'm planning for this to become a cabled tunic.
Image Description: 4 skeins of marled yarn.

Last but not least was the awesome yarn that was tucked into the Gift Baskets from the Spring Social! It was hard to get a picture that photographed true-to-colour, so this was the best one I could find. The yarn is a sport-weight cotton from Universal Yarns, who were one of the sponsors for the Spring Social.

Two cakes of green/turquoise yarn
 And for those of you who are wondering what this Spring Social was, you can check out the description here (scroll down), and you can see pictures on the Toronto Knitter's Guild Flickr Stream. I originally was on the fence about going, but I'm really glad I did! It was wonderful, and I very much hope they do it again next year!

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