Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Not This Year, Dear

Hello, August. My, you arrived pretty fast, didn't you?

Usually around this time is when a lot of local knitters and fibre enthusiasts start to get excited about the upcoming fibre events (and if you're a vendor, then you've most likely have already been preparing for them for the past few weeks, if not months) . After all, fall is right around the corner. In this part of the West Coast, there's Fibrations here in Victoria (which happens this month!) and Knit City in Vancouver in October. I've been getting a few emails and messages lately about these events and about whether or not if I'll have a booth at either. I don't know why but I've kind of been avoiding the question, but now I think I should just come clean.

Fellow Fibre Enthusiasts, I'm sorry to say that I will not be vending at this year's Fibrations. Due to my tendonitis and CTS earlier this year, I haven't been able to sew up any stock. I missed the application deadline but even then wasn't sure if my hands would be able to do any sewing. Then I realized that even if I was able to sew, I wouldn't have been able to build up enough stock to take with me anyways. I'm hoping that I can at least attend the event for an hour before my little family and I head out of town for a wee family adventure.

As for Knit City...well...again, I'm sorry to say that I won't be vending there either. I wish I could say this is also due to the aforementioned health problems but it's not. Last year, even though I wasn't a vendor, I still attended Knit City and I felt guilty the entire time. The weekend of Knit City was also the weekend of the Munchkin's birthday but I selfishly went to the event anyways, thinking we could just have the kiddo's birthday party the following weekend. That didn't happen. My kiddo is very by-the-book and sometimes certain things have to happen in a certain way (it's the inflexibility of a person only someone on the Spectrum can have, I suppose), even though I told him I didn't mind if he had a party without me. He couldn't do it. He couldn't celebrate his birthday without his Mom there. I felt horrible. But I couldn't back out on going since I had already committed financially.

This year, Knit City once again falls on the same weekend as the Munchkin's birthday. I just don't have the heart to take off and go out of town for a second year in a row, to attend a knitting event so that I could selfishly shop for yarn and mingle with other knitters. I know I might be missing out on seeing friends that I haven't seen in a long time, on meeting new knitters, on networking, on seeing all the new knitterly things...I just know that I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself.

So, sadly, 2015 will be the year in which I attend not a single knitting event. And when I think about it, haven't accomplished much in terms of knitting or even sewing (thanks for nothing CTS!!). Hmm...2015 has not been my year. Oh well, just keep knitting...just keep knitting...right?


  1. I wish Toronto had as more fiber events, but we only have one a year, which seems nuts. Your reasons make a lot of sense, and you have to do what's best for you and your family.

    1. That's kind of funny in the sense that I had always assumed that Toronto had way more fibre events and was a little envious of that.. Or maybe I'm just confusing it all by thinking the East Coast in general has a lot of events - mainly Rhinebeck and all the knitting retreats (which I also forget that you have to pay a lot to attend).

      Thanks for validating my reasons too! After I wrote the post I wondered if I came off more like I was making excuses rather than stepping back and trying to have common sense about what I can and cannot do, on top of being there for my family. ♥

  2. You will be greatly missed! But your reasoning is totally understandable :) You're a fantastic mom and I just know the little man appreciates it.

    1. Thanks Chantel!! I seriously think I'm just humouring myself in thinking someone will actually notice that I'm not around! :p


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