We went yarn shopping in Toronto, of course. My husband Rainer makes a point of going and picking up yarn treats for me even when he travels alone. To say that he’s a great non-knitter to shop with is to substantially undersell his awesomeness.
Here he is picking out the yarn he’d like a new hat out of. It’s Biscotte & Cie, Gobelin in the colourway Poisson Tang. I’ve knit him a hat in each of the home and away colours for our soccer team, but apparently he has a need for a striped version.
Want to know what the yarns are? Here’s a link to my yarn stash on Rav tagged for this trip.
I shopped in three stores total: EweKnit (pictured above), Knit-O-Matic, and The Knit Cafe. I loved that each one had its own specialties, and that they carried so many fantastic Canadian dyers. Almost all of my purchases were of Canadian yarns.
This Riverside Studio Merino Singles Worsted in Sailor just about bowls me over every time I look at it. I have cowl plans, oh yes indeed.
We also have a tradition of going to Bakka Phoenix Books when we hit Toronto. It’s Canada’s oldest sci-fi/fantasty book store. Chris, who works there, is nearly my favourite person in all of the Metro Toronto area, except that I have so many family members there. She has this uncanny ability to figure out what you like and recommend more. Her skills at summing up a book without giving anything away yet totally whetting your appetite for it…fantastic. Here are most of the books she talked us into getting.