I will admit right now that I took EMBARASSINGLY few photos. Everyone was so busy from beginning to end that I didn’t even think about it until I sat down to write this post. Overall I would say it was a good time. I would say it doesn’t really feel like Fall is on the way yet without the K/W Knitters Fair happening. It makes me feel warm inside and gives me the need to knit ALL THE SWEATERS!
The show was Saturday September 12th, so on the Friday, Paul and I drove down to drop off some of the show things and set up the tables. I had been contemplating a change in the way the booth had been set up. I got some really great advice from the Crochet Crowd guys to make it easy and accessible. Last year there was no small amount of tripping and attempting to get out of the way, our booth was so packed at times. I wanted to make it more inviting. We ended up setting the tables up around the perimeter of our booth and boxing ourselves in. That way people would be able to browse around the outside edges and any helpers would be on the other side.
Lisa and Christine were there helping me out. Lisa stood around the isle the whole day knitting a sock from the rainbow self-striping, psychedelic onyx. This was really amazing and we actually sold out of the rainbow yarn! There were only a few skeins left of the self-striping as well, we came very close to selling out of those, but as Paul would say ‘there are worse problems to have.’
One thing that sold really REALLY well was the colour Rule the Night. A couple customers had mentioned it looked like Laurier’s school colours, and that totally wasn’t even on purpose. It wasn’t until later, when I got home and looked it up, I realized that Laurier is actually IN WATERLOO. I knew it was close, but I guess it just never connected in my head that it was RIGHT THERE!
I saw a LOT of familiar faces and finally connected some usernames to faces. On twitter or Ravelry it’s easy to start communicating with others and never actually meet them. I am on quite a lot of the forums on Ravelry and sometimes it feels like a know people, but it is always great to meet face-to-face. I got to see some finished object photos, which I ALWAYS enjoy! Two of which were the Rule the Night socks. It knits up really pretty.
We also got two new wholesalers if you’re looking for us in stores locally. We are still in Stix and Stones in the North Bay area. We were recently picked up by Creative Yarns in Scarborough and Knit House in St Jacobs. It’s all very exciting. If one of those is your LYS head over and check us out!
I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to run around much, but I thoroughly enjoyed this show. I am already looking forward to next year. I am also really starting to prepare for Knit City in Vancouver; dyeing replenishment yarn, getting all the travel plans set and looking at a new self-striping just in time for Halloween. I am also looking at gradients, so you may see a little more of that here!
I still can’t believe it is September already. It’s going to be sweater season soon and you can bet your bum I’m preparing for that. I really can’t wait for the fall season. Especially since this Labour Day weekend was SO HOT! I couldn’t believe it! I was obligated to be outside a couple days over the long weekend and it was brutal! Almost 40 degrees!
Even though it has been very hot outside I’ve been working with warm things non-stop. That is right, the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters Fair is this weekend so I am attempting to get everything ready. I haven’t really been on my game lately so I wasn’t prepared weeks in advance, like I had hoped to be. Let’s be honest though, do those plans ever really work out?
The biggest thing I have been trying to get together is the dyeing. I dyed some of the self-striping Psychedelic Onyx. I will be carrying it there, but in limited quantities. I am also going to be dyeing the Warped Porch and A Study in Blue… and Black for the show, but again… there aren’t going to be a vast amount.
Just a quick update today because we’re obviously super busy in the dye labs. Making sure everything is ready and getting all the details of life in line with details of craft shows! Please stop by and say hi if you’re heading over to the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters Fair, we’re going to be in booth 59 this year. Same physical place as last year, just a different booth number!
I can’t believe it is September already and we are in the last weeks of summer, but at the same time… KNITTING SEASON IS UPON US! Knit fast and die warm! I was just reminded of this saying the other day when I saw a tote bag with a skull and cross bones and this quote. It was really fantastic.
What have I been up to in knitting? Lots and lots of things apparently. I have cast on a few new socks, but this one I haven’t started knitting yet; there is something of a story to it. I saw this colour-way at Nerd Girl Yarns in Vogue Knitting Live Chicago 2013. There are ALL sorts of really fantastic colours corresponding to my favourite fandoms, but when we were in Chicago Paul and I really liked watching the show Supernatual. We had eventually grown apart from this TV show, as we tend to binge watch things once the season has ended. Preferably when the next season has started… I have this problem with patience. The colour-way ‘Gank Demons’ was A) an awesome quote from the show and B) in my favourite colours. I had it squirrelled away in my stash for a long time and came across it unexpectedly.
I actually have two stashes, one is upstairs and classified as a ‘perhaps someday I will knit this’ and the other is much smaller and stays on the main floor next to the couch. This is a more immediate stash for things that have projects waiting and just need to be started. It IS a stash of it’s own because it is much larger than a small box next to the couch; trust me, it’s a small shelving unit from Ikea. I had moved all my random sock yarn into the ‘immediate stash’ area and randomly decided to cast this one on the other day. I ended up balling it and casting on, but no knitting. Come think of it, I might take it out and ball it into two separate balls for the sake of matching socks.
If you receive the Stitch Please Newsletter, you will have seen the newest self-striping colour-way! I am calling it ‘A Study in Blue… and Black’. This colour-way always reminded me of the scarf Sherlock wears in the BBC TV version of Sherlock. The scarf it self isn’t striped, but it is blue… actually come think of it, these socks look nothing like that scarf. No idea why it makes me think of Sherlock, but I do love the books AND the TV show. I should really start doing more fandom colours, I always like to knit fandom colours with a fandom pattern while watching said show. It really instils the geekieness.
Yes that would be preparations for the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters Fair!
That is all I’ve got for you today! I am going to need to start another bigger project, I am getting way too many socks on the needles at present. I am hoping to do a few rows on my grandmother’s sweater as well, but with show season coming up… who knows?! I would also encourage anyone on twitter to randomly tweet me to guilt me into working on my grandmother’s sweater. I think I just need a good kick in the butt to get moving on it!
When Paul and I were in Chicago I got an email with an offer to sign up for a spinning class in Kitchener/Waterloo area. This is an hour drive from me, but I am free on Tuesday nights and I have been dying to try my hand at spinning. Spinning isn’t something that you jump right into though. I wasn’t about to run out and buy a spinning wheel to give it a go. This class allows you to grasp the basics of spinning while borrowing a wheel from the guild. This means they can assign you homework and you have no excuses.
Last week was my first week of a six week class. It did not start on an auspicious note. I left slightly late, for me, and while on my way there was waylaid by construction. More accurately I was delayed by bits of road that were blocked off for construction but not actually being worked on. If my compulsion for being perfect is not evident enough in my knitting, you won’t be surprised to find out that I HATE to be late. It is a huge pet peeve of mine and normally I leave enough of a buffer that I am chronically early. Needless to say that this time I failed to deliver.
I was already five minutes late when I showed up to the building, so I was trying frantically to find my class in a hurry, but not appear like the frenzied crazy person I am. The address I was emailed was to a daycare that used to be a school. The front gate was childproof, so I was outside, in the dark, messing around with a gate. Next, the door was locked; there were lights on inside, but the door was definitely locked.
Naturally, I knocked. No answer. I knocked again with the same result. Seeing as I was already late, I lost all patience and simply pounded on the door until a janitor peeked around the corner with a look that said ‘What the..?’ I let him know that I was supposed to be taking a class with the K/W Knitters Guild and he directed me to the last door on the right. It looks like there were another set of doors right beside the class room, but they were not the obvious ones, so I didn’t manage to see them at all.
The class was really interesting, but much harder than I anticipated. Usually I catch onto things very fast, but this took some practice. I’ve been practicing this week, so hopefully my next class will go much easier!
The Kitchener Waterloo show was a complete and total success! As well as a lot of fun. I had a great staff which included Lena, Sara, Liane and Paul. There was yarn and a great atmosphere to go along with the show!
Set up the night before started at 2:30pm and went until 8pm. Unfortunately we ended up leaving home at 6:30pm, got lost along the way, and showed up just after 7:30pm. That time, it was just Paul and myself, so we unloaded the things we had brought and semi planned out the both. There was one booth, which is a 10 foot by 10 foot space; in reality that is really not a huge space. Paul and I moved the tables around and tried to come up with a pleasing arrangement.
That night, there was a lot of yarn. For some reason, I had not started putting the tags onto the yarn yet and that all had to be done the night before. Liane and I tagged and labeled all the yarn for the show and Paul kept re-skeining. There was some yarn that was not dry yet and couldn’t make it out to the show. This included Nightfall and Gaia; a few skeins of the Ultra Bluberry and Supreme Sovereign made it out, but that might have to wait until the next show.
The next morning we started loading up the truck at 6AM and were on the road at 7AM. When we got there, it was not too hard to set up since we thought about how we were going to set things up the night before. I was really nervous we were going to forget something essential or something would go catastrophically wrong, but everything was fine!
The fair opened at 9:30AM and we managed to get everything set up by 9:20AM and were able to just tuck in tags and neaten up the edges for ten minutes. Paul had his cash station all set up, I called it the accounting department for the entire day.
There were a lot of customers and questions about the yarn since Stitch Please is a newer company, but I think we made a good impression! I got to talk to a really wide range of people and heard about a lot of great new projects! It makes me so excited to knit new things! I saw quite a few very remarkable garments including the eastern skies shawlwith a TARDIS beaded into it! I may or may not have geeked out about this for a good 10 minutes. Even after the lady left our booth, it was still rolling around in my mind and I would just randomly say “A Tardis, in the night sky!” For any Dr. Who fans, you totally geeked out just now, and everyone else; I am sorry about the fan references. I would also highly suggest you watch Dr. Who.
I was really surprised that the most popular colour was Vampire Barbie. I am not sure which one I thought would be the most popular, but it just never struck me that it would be Vampire Barbie! I guess it is a really cool colour. I do love the socks I knit from it; they are quite comfy! The Sapphire Label was a huge hit too. Sapphire Label is the sock yarn line with the nylon in it. The Amethyst Label and Garnet Label were tied in second place for most popular bases, which I expected. They’re very soft and super wash, so easy to care for.
I had so much fun at this show; I can’t wait till the next one. I think it will be a lot of fun. It is too bad I am getting married on the same date as the Woodstock Fleece Festival or else we would have been hitting up that one as well!