The weekend of October 26-27 saw the second annual Knit City extravaganza at the Croatian Cultural Centre. I, Sarah, was fortunate enough to be able to attend both days of the event this year, and I was amazed by how much it had grown. I might be crazy (why do so many of my sentences start with that?!) but it felt like there were WAY more people this year - both exhibitors and attendees. It was incredible to see such a diverse gathering of people truly passionate about their craft.
One thing that struck me towards the end of the second day was the amount that RainCityKnits has grown over the past year. It's hard to believe that at Knit City 2012, RainCityKnits wasn't even three months old yet. Though the bright yarn colours were there in all their glory, the journey had really only just begun. Over the last year it has been wonderful for me to be able to watch Krista refine and perfect her techniques, thus being able to offer even MORE vibrant colourways, yarn weights, and fibres. (The Graffiti colourway is to die for, amIrite??) Krista even got her own studio space in which she can do all her dying magic without needing to commandeer parts of her home. I'm sure her husband doesn't miss the rogue patches of hot pink on his socks!
All my best-friendly gushing aside, it was lovely for me to talk with the Knit City attendees and hear their positive feedback. I was even lucky enough to see some of the finished items made from RainCityKnits yarn. Though I'm not involved in the dyeing process myself, I felt like a proud momma nonetheless.
We were also fortunate enough to share our booth space with Rena of The Red Fox and Gown. I'm sure some of you have already seen her Double Rainbow pattern (featuring RainCityKnits yarn) in Knitty -if not, check it out! While there, I was able to flip through her new book of patterns Urban Knitting: From Country to City , which she had available to pre-order. Having known Rena for many years, it was great to be able to look through the book and see not only the patterns she has created, but also the photos that capture different important moments and places in her life. She was a lovely and entertaining booth-mate to have for the weekend.
Before my blog post degrades into rambling, there was one more observation I wanted to share. I think it really speaks to the calibre of people involved in the knitting community, and it's this: everyone is SO supportive of each other. As a relatively new business, it was wonderful for me to see the way that so many of the knitters, dyers, pattern-makers and suppliers would come together to share their advice, promote each other and really do all they could to ensure their mutual success. With a relatively small, niche community, one might expect that businesses would be competitive and cut-throat, but that's not the way things are in the yarn community in the least. Over the weekend there was a sense of community and inclusion. I suppose that's what happens when people share a true love for a craft.
I think I can safely speak for both Krista and myself when I say that we can't wait for Knit City 2014.
Check out Part 2 of the Knit City 2013 recap.