At the TTC Knitalong — an annual charity event in which groups of crafters spend a Saturday travelling (and knitting/crocheting) on public transit to visit multiple yarn shops across the city.
Proceeds of the event go to a local women‐centered agency, participants get to hang out with fellow crafters and meet new people, yarn shops get lots of visitors and love — everybody wins! Whoever invented this is a genius. It is in its 10th year and this year’s got the biggest turn out yet! The only disappointment is that I didn’t know about this in previous years… will definitely join again next year.
And now, some pictures from my day :D
My group started at Wool‐Gathering in the west end. It has on display this beautiful rug, which makes me want to learn rug hooking one day.
I also love these small rugs with vibrant, abstract designs.
Our next stop was Passionknit. Look at these delicious colours! More excited than a kid in a candy shop :D
I spotted this photo of me on instagram, knitting along on the subway, and chatting with our awesome team captain :D (if you’re wondering, I’m making a keyhole scarf in fisherman rib)
In the meanwhile, our other team captain completed a snowflake on the subway while standing the entire time!
Then we hopped on the approaching train above and made our way to a sun‐filled Lettuce Knit in Kensington Market. These friendly ones are enjoying the sunny spots and relaxing by the knitting pile…
Also hanging out in the sun…
This was when I remembered what my mom used to always say to me when I was a kid and we were at the store and I wanted to bring home all the plush animals. “You can give it a hug and put it back.” Such dreamy colours…
We spent some time on the patio outside. Spotted these cheerful yarn‐wrapped branches. My phone camera does not do the colours and sunshine justice.
And this beautiful yarn‐bombed bike!
More knitting on the streetcar…
… and arriving at our final shop, The Knit Cafe :D I’ve always been a big fan of the shop and its fabulous window displays.
People chatting about patterns, marveling at the wool, the warm afternoon sun pouring in, the ball‐winder busy spinning… the happiest place :)
And look who I ran into :D
Found the secret knitting garden.
Here we are at our final stop, the Firkin for drinks, food, and more knitting.
I didn’t buy a whole lot that day, wasn’t at all prepared with shopping list or even project list, and feeling slightly overwhelmed most of the time (not a bad thing though), mainly because I didn’t know what to expect. But I did get a skein of hand‐dyed wool from Wool‐Gathering (far left), because the colours remind me of sunsets, and a giant skein of Cascade Ecological wool (centre), because I love the colour and it was the last skein on the shelf (I already have an idea of a sweater for it, but have to finish my holiday crafting first). ALSO! I won a draw at Lettuce Knit, which generously donated 4 skeins of wool the colour of strawberry ice cream :D I was rather surprised, because I don’t ever win anything.
This means I definitely have to join the knitalong again next year :D
I actually don’t knit or crochet on public transit very often, because sometimes I get motion sickness from it, especially on the bus. But after the knitalong I think I will start bringing my knitting to work, so I can at least knit after work on the subway (there is no hope of getting a seat in the morning, and I haven’t developed the skill to knit/crochet while standing yet :P). It’s actually quite calming, and I think it will do me more good in terms of de‐stressing than playing Angry Birds.
Hope everyone has a wonderful week! :D