Monday, September 15, 2014

A Much Improved Knitters Fair

Christmas In September or   Christmas For Knitters is the way knitters often describe the Kitchener Waterloo Knitters Fair.    Saturday was fair day and my Meaford Group took 2 cars and 6 knitters down to smell the yarn fumes.  We were anxious to see what the KW Guild was offering for 2014 as last year, the first year in 'The Aud' as the grand old arena is called,  was such a disappointment.

Accustomed as we knitters were to the  ballrooms, carpeted halls and fancy washrooms at the previous location, we all found the arena to be a let down.  Crowded.  Poor food. No seating.   Cement floor.  Arena washrooms. 

Of course, nothing could be done about the washrooms or the floors, but otherwise the Guild had made changes to make the day a much more positive one.  Two venue spaces versus one eliminated the crowding. 

Large areas with tables and tablecloths set aside for lunch and sore feet.

A spa where knitters could get their nails polished and take a class in chair yoga. 

 Those are my nails, calling out for a manicure.  The little squiggle painted on the index and middle finger is a ball of unwinding yarn. 

 Fashion shows and speakers on the same floor as the show.  All in all, well done, Kitchener.  Our group certainly enjoyed our day.

Were there purchases?  Oh Yes.  And my purchases  were exaactly opposite to what I normally buy.  Normally I say the Fair is not for bargains.  Rather it is for great, unusual product not seen every day in every yarn store and all under one roof.

But this year.  I got bargains. 

One skein Americo Cotton Flamme.  $10. Half price.  To be used for ???   -  probably a scarf, shawl or wrap.   One skein Super 10 cotton.  $5.  Same colour, same yarn  as I purchased locally last week for $15.  To be used in a summer skirt I have planned. One ball of Sock yarn.  100 G $8. Half price.   

Two great books. 

One an impulse buy, but the Barbara Walker book has been on my list FOREVER!

I ran into a far-away friend  - Laurie M of London

and saw her purchases.

A bit of star gazing as we were greeted at the door by Sally Melville!  Always fun.

Good friends to share the drive and the day.

  All in all a great day. 


Sandra said...

glad to hear it was great - sorry I missed it!

Yarn and Ivories said...

Thanks for the update! Enjoy your bargains!!

LaurieM said...

It was so nice to have a sit down chat with you Brenda and I was thrilled to meet Ingrid in person. I agree, it was a great fair!