In Toronto we’ve lucky enough to have not only a huge knitting community, but also a large and very active guild, the Downtown Knit Collective. The DKC is “dedicated to advancing the art of knitting through the sharing of ideas and techniques, education and community involvement”.

They have many projects focused outside the knitting community – drives and donations to good causes.

Kate, in action

But our favorite activity is focused at the knitting community – their annual Knitter’s Frolic. Held every spring, it’s a weekend-long festival all things yarny. There are two days of classes, with top tier instructors. Last year’s keynote instructor was our own Franklin Habit, and this year, it was the fantastic Ann Budd.

And there are local teachers, there, too – myself included.

But the best part by far? Saturday is a retail fair. The group takes over a lovely building in an otherwise uninteresting part of Toronto, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center, and stuffs it full of yarny goodness.

So many fabulous yarns…

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indigodragonfly deliciousness

and fibers…

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Yummies from Gateway Fibreworks

And it’s not just yarn…

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Jewelry by Cynthia Blanton

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Beautiful yarn bowls by Laura Sheppard

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SOAK, the knitter’s friend

So many friends to see…

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Ms. Ann Budd and Ms. Denny MacMillan

So many great FOs on display…

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A Lanesplitter in the wild!

It does get a little crazy at times, but we love it!

The Shall We Knit booth

The Shall We Knit booth

This event is a major highlight of the knitter’s calendar in this part of Canada, and we’re grateful every spring to the DKC for putting it on.

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3 Responses to Obsession: The Knitter’s Frolic

  1. Chris says:

    It was a fab event. I had thought that maybe I wouldn’t go but am so glad I did. I enhanced my stash mightily.

  2. etcgirl says:

    It’s a good day to make sure someone has locked up the deed to the house, so it doesn’t get turned into stash. :)

    Thanks for the faboo action shots.

  3. Meg says:

    i will have to work this into next year’s schedule. Covet Central!!!

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