Frolic: 2019 Edition

April 27 was the annual Toronto Knitter’s Frolic, hosted by the Toronto Knitters Guild.  This is a much loved annual tradition, not only for people in the Greater Toronto Area, but from all over. I’ve attended this event since 2015 (and wrote about 2016, 2017, and 2018), and it is always fun, slightly overwhelming, and my bank account leaves a little lighter.  Being ‘old hat’ at this event, I know to budget my nickels accordingly so to avoid doing too much damage!

In a nutshell, the Knitter’s Frolic is a large yarn festival, held in Toronto and featuring vendors from around Ontario and beyond.

This year, I was quite pleased with my purchases:


In the middle is a project bag, made by Bling Your String. They seem to be a Frolic mainstay, featuring lovely project and notion bags of lots of different shapes and sizes. The Tardises on the bag really sold it for me. Last year I bought a sock yarn set from this vendor and made a pair of Hermione’s Sock with it.

The blue and white yarn above the bag is Regia, which I’m planning on overdyeing for a pair of the Thirteenth Doctor socks.  When the Doctor regenerated into Jodie Whittaker, their style regenerated too. She wears a long trench coat, rainbow suspenders, and underneath her boots are a pair of blue striped socks. Coming to my needles soon…

Continuing with my Doctor Who obsession theme, to the left of the bag is Fourth Doctor self striping sock yarn with co-ordinated brown heel.  There’s 125g of sock yarny goodness in those skeins, and I have lots of time to find the perfect shawl/cowl with which to showcase this yarn!  It was done by indy-dyer The Yarn Therapist, and her etsy shop is HERE.

The green yarn caught my eye at the All Dyed Up booth.  It is a little different from colours I usually gravitate to; blues and teals are my jam, but this lovely skein came home with me.  I’m not sure yet what it is destined to become, but I’m sure I’ll think of something.

Finally, the last skein is from Songbird Yarns and Fibres. It was dyed, like all of her yarns, inspired by different songbirds. I bought the Red Winged Blackbird in, surprise surprise, sock weight. What is especially lovely about this yarn is that the dyer donates $2.00 per skein to Bird Studies Canada to help with conservation initiatives.

This year, I went with my cousin, a new-ish knitter, so I got to spread the frolic joy to a new yarn enthusiast!

Another Frolic in the books. Looking forward to knitting with all my lovely new purchases.

Frolic: 2018

For the past few weeks, I feel like I was struggling for inspiration, not only for knitting and finding new, exciting, and engaging patterns, but also on the blog. The lull seems to be over as I’m knitting up a storm and will have a few new posts coming in the next few weeks! But enough about that, let me show you my newest purchases.

Aren’t they pretty? This past Saturday was the annual Knitter’s Frolic, an event put on by the Toronto Knitter’s Guild and which I’ve been attending since 2015. This fibre festival brings vendors from all over the province of Ontario and it’s a wonderful chance to see yarns and shops that aren’t your LYSs; often the yarn vendors are Indy dyers and small business owners.  Every year I’ve tried to buy something that is just a little different.

So what’s above?

The black and white speckled yarn is from Northern Bay Fibres in their Speckled Slate colour way. The lovely blue speckles are Dragon Strings, Sleipnir base, Ocean’s Alive colour way, and finally, the co-ordinating mini set is from Bling Your String, 70g total in their Beach Glass colour.

This year, I went with my friend Victoria, who happens to blog over at Keep Calm, Knit On, and it was her first time Frolicking.  We each went with budgets and an idea of the yarn we wanted to buy, we had a very similar approach to what is a very overwhelming shopping experience (do a lap, see everything, then go back and buy), and we were good about not enabling each other TOO much!

Right now, I have no idea what my new yarn will grow up to be (although the Bling Your String will very likely become socks as that really is their raison d’etre). Obviously I’m in some speckle phase as all yarns have a certain speckle and pop to them. For now, I’m happy admiring the new skeins.

A Finishing Kind of Mood

What a productive week, at least for knitting.  I can’t really comment about the rest of the week because my time was largely spent knitting.  Because of this, I now have two new shawls to add to my ever growing collection.  Earlier in the week, I finished my Bigger on the Inside shawl, pattern by Kate Atherley.  I posted months ago about dyeing the yarn for this shawl, my first foray into home-dyeing.  After working on this shawl for months, I’m rather happy to see it off the needles.

The other project I happily finished had only been on the needles for two weeks.  It was a very fast knit.  The pattern is called Tipsoo Cowl from Creative Knitting magazine.  I checked libraries in my city and surrounding towns, but no branch had this issue; my desire to make this pattern was strong enough that I caved and bought the digital edition of this magazine.  Totally worth it because I love this finished cowl.

The cowl was part of yet another challenge I joined (apparently I can’t help myself).  The Toronto Knitter’s Frolic is hosting a challenge, encouraging people to use yarns in your stash from previous frolics, and if you do so, you may have a chance to win prizes. I bought this beautiful yarn from Indigodragonfly from last year’s frolic.

AND, on top of all this, I’ve been dyeing again.  I’m a huge fan of the MCU and am very excited for when Infinity Wars hits the theatres. I’m so excited, that I’ve started knitting a Captain America shawl, because, why not at this point. I had enough blue yarn left from the Tardis shawl, and I thought it would be nice to have the shawl made entirely from yarn I’ve dyed.  Red was dyed on Saturday, and I had today, Monday, off, so the grey/silver was dyed this afternoon.  It was a tricky colour to get right, but all afternoon, I’ve been peaking at my slow cooker, getting increasingly happy with what I saw.

So, what have I been up to this week, you ask? Yarn.  All the yarn.

Knitter’s Frolic 2017

It’s that wonderful time of the year: the grass is getting greener, the flowers are starting to bloom, the temperature is rising, and in Toronto, the knitters are frolicking.  The end of April means the Knitter’s Frolic, an annual event hosted by the Toronto Knitter’s Guild.

This is not my first time frolicking. I’ve attended this event in 2015 and in 2016, but this is the first time where I’ve debated attending. In an effort to be ‘financially responsible’ and making ‘adult decisions,’ I actually thought hard about not attending, but I’m glad my irresponsible (or should I say fun-loving) side won out, not for the things I bought, but for the chance to hang out with friends.

The Frolic is a wonderful event for those who are addicted to all things woolen. Walking around the Japanese Cultural Centre, you know you’re among your people. Overheard phrases include ‘stashes’ and ‘skeins,’ and I giggle to myself every time I hear an ‘knitting-ism.’

I met up with two friends at the Frolic (one of them is the delightful Knitter Nerd) and we had fun looking at all the different offerings from suppliers, and Amy pointed out every time we got ‘Atherley-ed’ (meaning we walked past Kate Atherley, one of the workshop instructors, knitwear designer, and all around cool knitter).  We all left with a little less in our wallets, but I was proud that I stuck to the budget I allowed for myself, as finances were the big reason I was hesitant to attend.

So, the good stuff! What did I purchase? Two skeins came home with me that day, this amazing skein from Dragon Strings – I immediately had to untwist the skein to see the colours and how it was dyed. I also bought myself a skein from Dye-Version, something which is now becoming a Frolic tradition as I have bought from them every year.

What didn’t make it home with me immediately was the skein I bought from Indigodragonfly.  Every year they make a special Frolic colourway and I fell in love. Really, how could I not. But, I was able to order a skein which will arrive right at to my door.

Image ©Indigodragonfly, from their Facebook Page
All three skeins were from indie dyers, which I love and makes me love my purchases even more. I don’t know yet what they will grow up to be, but in the meantime, I can admire them, waiting for the perfect pattern to come along.

Frolic – 2016 Edition

How much do I love the Knitter’s Frolic?  I posted last year after attending what was my first Frolic, the knitting event hosted by the Toronto Knitter’s Guild.  It’s essentially ComicCom for knitters with the market place open on Saturday with vendors from all over the province and sometimes beyond, and there are additional workshops that one could register for where you can learn all sorts of techniques.

After last year, I knew how dangerous this event could be to one’s bank account, so I had been squirreling away spare cash for weeks and intentionally left my credit card at home.  I am so very happy with my new purchases.


Before showing off the yarny goodness, I’ll start with the book I bought – Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, better known in the knitting community as the Yarn Harlot. I just picked this book up from my library and fell in love with it, so when I saw a copy for purchase, it had to come home with me.

Yarn Harlot was actually at the Frolic this year, leading some workshops, and I had a yarn fangirl moment when I saw her around the Frolic a number of times! I was sorely tempted to kinnear her, but I resisted – follow the link to find out just what kinnearing is!

Now for the good stuff!

My cotton DK from Dye-Version, based in Mississauga:

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The colourway – Blue Steel! I couldn’t resist

From Shelridge Farm in  Durham, ON, two skeins of fingering wool, Peacock colour, and a pattern that I can (and will) make with it.


And from Stitch Please (how can you not love that name!!), fingering merino, colourway Men in Tights.

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I am so suckered in by fun names…

I also tried something new this year and I volunteered! It was a last minute decision on my part to send the email and commit, but I am so glad I did!  I spent two hours winding yarn from skein to cake, and it was so much fun! I was able to chat with people, something I love to do, and I got to see all the lovely yarn that people were buying! And besides, winding yarn is fun.  I’d love to help out again next year at the winding station, and I won’t wait until the week before to commit!