Previous years, the fair was held in a very pretty, park-like setting, with picnic tables for those of us that brown-bag our lunch. The interior of the building was also pretty. Nicely decorated with a feeling of elegance. The showrooms were in the ballrooms. That set the bar high for the feel/tone of the fair.
This year, for reasons rumored to be more parking and cheaper rent, the fair was relocated to a hockey arena. No park-like setting for our lunch - we ate on the grass beside the parking lot. Nothing elegant about washrooms, stairways or eating areas in a hockey arena. A different tone altogether.
We arrived early and thank goodness we did. Within an hour of the show opening, the Fire Marshall had arrived and was limiting the number of people in the showroom. That meant l-o-n-g lineups to get in. Some knitters said they had a 45 minute wait before being allowed in. Yikes!
The number of vendors was way down, it seemed. Down a bit last year from the historic 75 - 80, but this year, there were only 54. As one of our group said, it is the first year she would rate the Knitters Frolic in Toronto a better/bigger show than Kitchener. Sad.
My spending was down this year too. Is that related to atmosphere?
First stop was the Knitca booth where I picked up the bulky yarn that was waiting for me.
The Knitca Mom & Dad were very clever people I thought. They stationed their two, knitting offspring at this little table with lots of Knitca yarns and needles, giving shoppers, like this lady, a chance to try out their yarns.
Beyond that, I found some long cables for my Knit Picks needles at Grand River Yarns. Thanks, Rochelle.
Beyond that, I went to the Colour Riot workshop
Glenna C you see in the purple sweater, kntting and listening.
And beyond that , the knitterly items that caught my eye were this great coffee mug -
and this DVD & pattern by Meg Swansen.
Overall, the day was great. The weather perfect. The drive easy and uneventful. Some, but not too much money spent. Great, like-minded friends to hang out with.
But that hockey arena. Really?