Friday, October 10, 2014

Knit City 2014 :: A Recap

IMG_7775 - CGY Finger Paint

Hello!! I just realized that I haven't posted in almost 3 weeks! Yikes! So much for "blogging more for the rest of the year" like I had said in my Summer Obsessions post. I didn't mention anything on the blog about Knit City (which happened this past weekend in Vancouver!), maybe in passing? Or about going to A Tempestuous Affair: Knit City Kickoff Party & Tempest Book Launch the night before Knit City officially commences. Nor did I say anything about the fabulous, in-person visit with the ever lovely Rachel of the blog House Full of Jays.

The worst part of it all? I didn't take any photos. I know, I know. Bad blogger!!! Bad!!! Of the entire Knit City weekend I took a total of 10 photos. Ten. And of those I had only posted 3 as they were the only use-able ones of the lot. The others were too blurry to even tell what the picture is actually suppose to be of, or they were last minute scenery shots of the swanky venue where the kickoff party/book launch soiree took place. In my defence I was phone-less for a while there and when I finally got it back I had spent more time catching up on messages and whatnot rather than taking photos. Maybe I should make it a mission to take more photos. I seem to always remember that I have a camera on hand after the activity. 

Anyhoo, so a few events have happened over the past 3 weeks: the start of the new school year, which means trying to help the Munchkin transition from the playful days of kindergarten to the more academic ways of grade 1; the aforementioned A Tempestuous Affair Knit City kickoff party and Tempest book launch; and Knit City. 

Since I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to attend Knit City I didn't sign up for any classes. I had a game plan for the marketplace and that was to find buttons that would go with the yarns I was planning on knitting up in the next few months, to look for sport weight yarns, to avoid purchasing single skeins, to avoid sock yarn, and to purchase only sweater quantities. So how did I do? Well, I found no buttons, no sport weight yarns (the ones I did find there wasn't enough to make a sweater quantity), and I bought 4 single skeins of sock yarn. Yes, I said single skeins of sock yarn. 

I am weak.

From my Ravelry stash page

I bought another skein of CaterpillarGreen Yarn in Finger Paint (far left) simply because I couldn't resist the colourway. I was starting to get excited because I was able to resist all the other yarns, knowing that I would be able to procure them after the event. But then 10 minutes before the Marketplace closed I fell. When I stood back up I realized that I had bought 3 skeins of Tipsy Sheep Yarn in their Socktail base (not self-striping) in Cosmopolitan, Night Black, and Blue (from middle left to right).

Did I mention that I was weak?

Other purchases included super fun stitch markers and a tote bag from Tipsy Sheep Yarn, a hot pink yarn ball magnet from Rain City Knits (thanks again Arika for letting me have the last one!!), and a few pattern books (more on those later!!). I have to admit that I spent more time chatting and socializing with friends from out of town and those who I haven't seen in ages, than I did shopping or even browsing all the booths thoroughly (I had missed a few booths and am totally kicking myself for not paying proper attention!). A few people had recognized my leggings from Instagram and I got to (finally!) meet a few knitters that I know only from social media (hello Fiona and Amy!!).

I'm quite proud of myself for not going crazy and had not only purchased a few skeins of yarn (yes, 4 is a very reasonable amount considering what I brought home from previous years and other knitterly events!) but yarn that was new to me and my stash (except for the CaterpillarGreen Yarn...but look at it, can you blame me??). Normally I would have gone back to Knit City the second day but this year I went to the event with a few ladies from one of my knitting groups and there were grand plans for the Sunday of dim sum, Daiso, and cheap (and much, MUCH needed) reflexology foot massages before heading back to the island on an early ferry. It was, after all, a school night. I didn't think I had enough time to spend at Daiso, but now, I'm glad that I had such limited time as I know I can do a lot of damage in there. I came home loaded down with washi tape and more cute food containers that I really don't need. I would like to say I bought them for the Munchkin, but really, only one of those containers were for him.

As for the knitting front, I found it quite interesting that I felt the need to bring 2 fairly large projects and was actually worried that when I finished them (not "if", oh no, I honestly thought "when") that I wouldn't have anything else to knit on, even though my trip consisted of 2 nights and 2.5 days. Why do knitters always think they gain an unlimited amount of knitting time when travelling? The ferry trip over to the mainland I didn't knit at all. Actually, all Friday I didn't knit a single stitch. Saturday, I think I squeezed in maybe 10 rounds on a sock throughout the day? Same for Sunday. I have to admit that I felt a little discombobulated all weekend and had cursed myself several times for forgetting all my allergy meds. The act of knitting on a knitting related trip just wasn't in the cards for me.

Aside from the yarn and lack of knitting, the weekend was one of food debauchery. At the kickoff party/book launch I feasted on the most delicious creme brûlée (I still regret not eating more of it though), enjoyed tiramisu, sampled the most richest chocolate pudding ever, and had the best glass of perfectly chilled water. Trust me, there really is such a thing! I ate hot dogs, gelato, Chinese buns, sushi, and overly decadent waffles that were loaded down with whipped cream, maple syrup, bananas, and candied walnuts. I drank copious amounts of coffee. To the point where I think I had replaced all fluids in my body with that hot elixir of buzzing life. I'm surprised that I was able to sleep all weekend. Sadly, my weekend of indulgence is kicking me in the butt and all week I've been trying to "reset" my system by eating clean again. My body hates me.

I saw a lot of lovely hand knits at both the kickoff party/book launch and Knit City (I think it's safe to say the pattern of choice this year was Color Affection by Veera Välimäki), which has upped my desire to knit allllll the things!! I can't really pinpoint just one highlight that could sum up the whole weekend, although I'm sure finding and getting my phone back is definitely up there (you really don't realize just how much you rely on your phone until you lose it!!). I did go home inspired and with a lot of things that I needed to think over. I also came home wanting to knit more, but I guess that's really nothing new. 

Did you go to Knit City? What did you get? What was the highlight for you? Did you like the new venue? Since the event was a bit of a blur to me I want to hear what others have to say and saw! 


  1. Son of a crusty uncle... I wrote a nice little comment on my iPad but it doesn't seem to have worked. Sigh! Anyway, I'm so sorry to have missed you at Knit City on Saturday. I like the new venue, although I felt the "classrooms" were a bit noisy. The amount of room for the vendors was a huge improvement. I fell back in love with some yarns I had been neglecting over the previous year (I'm so sorry to have neglected you, Sweet Fiber). Next year, you and I are making a date to meet-up :)

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