It May seem strange to you‚ a person who knits for a living taking the time while on vacation to visit a local yarn shop. Agreed‚ it is a bit counterintuitive. And it certainly does not make my husband happy‚ but it does make me happy.
I made a point of picking out a local yarn shop to visit on our recent trip to Toronto‚ Canada. There are actually several shops around Toronto but I make it a point to purchase local yarn and the shop I picked specialized in those artisans. So off we went to Kensington Market to visit Yarns Untangled and its array of Canadian yarns.
Let me first tell you‚ this was NOT the kind of weather you want to go yarn shopping in. It was hot. VERY hot‚ and Canadian shops either don’t have air conditioners or enough to deal with that level of heat. I mean‚ I get it‚ it is cold most of the year up there. Just wanted to give you some ambiance to set the tone.
Anyway‚ so this very hot day (they were all hot on our trip‚ we went during a heatwave) we decided to go shop for wool. I was super excited to see all the pretty local things this shop had to offer. We found it fairly easily with big windows showing off the rainbow of colors captured inside. I took time to admire some of the samples knit by the expert hands of their staff before jumping into the serious shopping.
I must have felt every item on every shelf before asking for help finding the most hyper local fiber they had to offer. Since I am not from Canada at all‚ anything made north of the border seemed close enough for me‚ but I was able to find something manufactured in greater Ontario. But what color to choose?
There were so many other things that caught my attention I could not purchase them all. Have I mentioned Pokemon recently? Well they were right on trend with an assortment of project bags with various themed fabrics‚ including my personal favorite Pikachu. They also had several mugs‚ some covered in stockinette and cables‚ others with the logo of this fun fiber shop.
We did not stay long (because it was hot‚ as I know I have mentioned) but we had a great time. Nah‚ I had enough of a great time for both of us. If you live in Toronto or are just visiting‚ make sure to stop by Yarns Untangled. They also have a website if you are in the mood for Canadian yarns.
What local yarn shops have you visited on your vacation? Any places that have something different and worth the trip?