Yesterday was world-wide knit in public day. Every year, yarnies all over the world gather to knit en mass in the streets, parks, malls . . . wherever! 2 years ago, I celebrated WWKIP day with 2 friends on the TTC-along in Toronto. We used the TTC (transit system in Toronto) to travel to a number of yarn shops, knitting all the way. Last year, I celebrated with swollen feet, ankles, and a wee baby on board. I went nowhere, I did nothing. I was saddened. This year, Mr. Wonderful took Sweet Pea to Nana's, in order to free me up for . . . .
The Shall We Knit WWKIP Extravaganza!
It was awesome! I wish I could show you, but in a moment of sheer excitement, I left the camera at home.
I did take pictures when I got home though . . not quite the same, but still.
To begin with, I was in a weird place. I had no WIP's, and no idea what to bring along. I mean, there's the lace shawl, but lace is not conducive to a KIP most of the time - add to that the fact that this lace is/was in time out for extreme naughtiness, and you can surely understand that I didn't want to bring it. I wasn't feeling the love. Not for anything new, not for the lace shawl. What's a knitter to do?
This is what I brought:
Here's a better view:
I'll wait while you count.
Yes, that's right. 10 balls of yarn, 2 patterns, and 2 pattern books. The pink on the left? That's the ill-behaved lace. I won't even embarrass myself by admitting to how many sets of needles I brought along.
Now, guess how much knitting I got done.
If you guessed none, you're right! I did get out the lace. I worked a row, I tinked it. I worked the same row, I tinked it. Over and over. Finally, I put it away.
The event was a blast nonetheless. There was sock blank painting, a timed contest with 6 foot needles, and $1960+ raised for breast cancer research! Best of all, I didn't have to chase my wee girl around - I got to relax. I did A Lot of zoning out.
After knitting, we went for a little family excursion to Family & Co. This place is really a treat. I mean, really! If you live in Ontario, and you haven't been - you really should go. How can you resist a place that does this for a bag?
Hint: when they say 'do you want it wrapped up?' Say YES!! (I didn't know that until yesterday)
Inside the bag? TOY GOODNESS! Sweet Pea's Nana picked her up a few of her favourites.
From left to right - blue dragon finger puppet, Squeaky clicking girl, black pony finger puppet.
This one, though, was so well-liked by the wee lass that she wouldn't even allow it be placed in the bag:
It's a bath toy. Sometimes I fear the child is addled. She actually fell asleep with this silly bath toy in her tiny hands. Aw.
So, I like to think we all had a pretty great day yesterday.
Today, I cast on for something new. I'm feeling really happy about it. More on that later.