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1128 Martin Grove Rd
Toronto, ON, M9W 4W1
Canada

Toronto-based yarn and gift store focusing on Alpacas and sourcing natural fibres spun in North America. Alpacas have a luxurious, naturally hypoallergenic fibre, which occurs in twenty-two natural colours. Additional collaborations with Indie Dyers, create an endless colour palette to choose from.

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Knitting with friends!

kerstin kerr

Knitting is a wonderful solitary practise and gives opportunity for slowing down and reflecting on life but we are made for relationship and knitting with friends is so rewarding! It occurs in many ways and yet there is a common love of fibre and creativity that connects us:) When I started knitting again in 2008, I was blown away by what I found out there in terms of the choices of fibres and the patterns that are available to us.

Ravelry was fairly new but I signed up right away and not many a day goes by that I do not spend some time checking out what my friends are knitting or adding another pattern to my huge list of patterns!! 

A friend of my invited me to join their knitting group and I didn't accept for a long time but when I did, I was once again blown away by the instant comradery that I experienced. Comradery is defined as a feeling of trust, a bond created by a shared goal or experience - you don't have to be best friends with everyone in the group to know that you have their support.

I recently joined the Toronto Knitters Guild and at first was intimidated by how many more experienced knitters were there and wondered if I would fit in? Well, what better place to learn new things and make new friends!! We are all different and with a larger group there are more opportunities to discover and learn many new things.

The first time I went to a large knitting event was in 2009  and I could hardly believe that there were so many people in the world that enjoyed knitting and I love attending these events that afford an even wider view of what is happening in the world of fibre lovers of all kinds! Planning is well under way for The Knitters Frolic at which I will be a vendor again this year. Make sure that you have marked your calender for April 30!!

Finally, with all the  technology that is available we can learn and experience community even while listening to a podcast or finding how to do something on line but actually getting together is highly recommended. My two favourite podcasts for inspiration are Woolful.com and 6 Bits Storybooks.com! 

I hope to see YOU soon....have a wonderful day!

 

Community

kerstin kerr

I started knitting again in 2008 and it was not long before I was invited to join a group of women who meet together once a week to knit! It took me a while to accept and I did not anticipate how rewarding this would become! What is so special about this community of knitters and fiber lovers in general? Is it just  that we have a shared interest?? We do have a shared interest but we are all different and we are all at different stages in our life journeys. We mostly laugh together and share what we are making or learning or what we would love to do if only we had more time! We never seem to have enough yarn or patterns:) There is of course a much larger community of fiber lovers that we discover on Ravelry and many other designer websites and more. The first time I went to a "knitting event" was in Kitchener Waterloo and I went as a vendor. I paired up with another alpaca gal so that I would have enough for a nice display. I was in awe of how many people liked the same thing I did! This is the weekend for the K-W Knitters fair and I won't be there as I am spending a few days with my sister who lives in the Upper Ottawa Valley. We will very likely find our way to the nearest yarn store, to find some new treasure and support a LYS. For more information on this fun event go to https://www.kwknittersguild.ca/fair/  

I have finished listing the new yarns, so take a look and watch for more accessories to be added soon.

Happy knitting wherever you are this weekend!