Toronto, as always, totally rocked. It was so bizarre to be somewhere, anywhere, by myself, with the freedom to just do my thang.
Where to begin?
How about a dorky self-portrait, taken just after the giddy realization that I was in Toronto, alone, with 22 hours before my meeting? I snapped this on the tram between terminals 1 (where I arrived) and 3 (where I was staying). I had a tram car to myself, and I very loudly and very badly bellowed show tunes and even woo-hooed a little. Not even kidding.
I ditched my bags at the hotel and went out to the arrivals area and caught the "Airport Rocket", the express bus between the airport and the western end of the subway line. From there I went one stop east and hoofed it over to Village Yarns. It's a terrific shop, but they were a bit torn up in preparation for a large festival this weekend (I totally forgive them). I called this my warmup shop, where I stretched and slowly took in the yarny goodness.
Back to the station, where I headed east to Spadina, then hopped a streetcar south to the Kensington Market area. Just a block or two in?
[my bag is there to prove I was actually there, not just plucking random photos off the 'net.]
What a beauty. Cozy, friendly and, most importantly, yarn-filled.
I found a few things.
Megan, the owner, was lovely and helpful and very obliging when asked to pose for a blog photo.
[She's totally not that type, but if it were me, there would have been dollar signs in my eyes.]
The bluish stuff above is Colinette Jitter Bug, which has now been set aside for an unbloggable project.
Some Koigu KPPPM, my first!
Posh. Let me say it again. POSH! (Lucia, 70% merino, 30% cashmere)
Lorna's Laces in Glenwood, longtime member of my wishlist.
[I seem to be on a pastel kick with my yarns right now.]
And some Alchemy bamboo for good measure.
I also had a great visit with a cool knitter.
[who may look familiar to those of you who don't live under rocks and twigs.]
We had a wonderful time. I love when I meet an online friend and it's like seeing an old friend. Amy also treated me to the best organic fruit smoothie, perfect for the mind-numbing heat.
I hopped the streetcar to Queen St. West, where I meandered past the fabric, bead and boutiquey shops to Americo and Romni. No purchases at Americo, but their selection of exotics was incredibly beautiful. Romni is a sight to behold. More yarn than I thought existed in the world. (I'm barely kidding). I think I was too tired to really see it all. I need to return fully rested, fully fed and fully caffeinated some other day. I did find some cotton that is destined to be funky hats for my girls.
[Brown Sheep Cotton Fine. Love it.]
Hopped the bus to go a bit further west to the Knit Cafe, which I'd heard had a nice selection of Koigu. I was not disappointed.
I rested and regrouped for my evening. Knit night at Alterknit!
The girls were wonderfully welcoming, the staff friendly, and the yarns sublime. I was just about yarned out, but I found some nice sock yarn in a sale bin.
[2 skeins, 2 samosas and 2 cold drinks: $30. Traveling to Ontario and finding out that one of my fellow knitters is the daughter of the owner of my favourite Nova Scotia LYS: priceless.]
Total transportation costs were $11.25. Yarn was perhaps a bit more. If sock yarn "doesn't count" as stash, I was a very good girl. If it does, I'm still a good person.
Just a person with more sock yarn than you.