Has it really been a week since I returned from Toronto? Whoa.
What an amazing experience I had at the Downtown Knitter's Collective Frolic. This was my first big out of town event, and my first out of province event. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. You guys overwhelmed me! When I saw the line forming out front nearly an hour before the marketplace opened, I knew this was a dedicated crowd.
I also realized at that point that my supplies were woefully insufficient. I honestly thought that three suitcases would be enough. Next time, I'll just fill an industrial cargo container and ship it over ;)
On that point, my apologies if you hoped to get a particular item and it was gone by the time you made it over to us. To ease the pain, we're offering 15% off for you with the code FROLIC13 until December 31. (Please note that this code is only valid for customers in Canada).
Right, back to the show.
I met so many wonderful people. You all said such kind things about our yarn and I am so touched.
Congratulations to Shoshana from Toronto. She entered our draw and is the lucky winner of our Nearly Neon DK Sampler Pack. If you want to get your mitts on a pack, here they are.
A special thank you to those of you who offered to be RKC brand ambassadors at your LYS. Your enthusiasm for our products is the most effective way to convince shop owners to stock us. I send good karma your way - and possibly free yarn.
Like many indie dyers, I work mostly in solitude (except for my faithful companion). So one of the best parts of these shows is meeting other dyers! It was so great to meet my booth neighbor Jane of DyeVersion. Her stuff is exquisite, as evidenced by the endless line of shoppers in her booth. Not only that, she is a super friendly lady. She even shared her chocolate with us. Thanks Jane!
I also met fellow Western Canadian, Hasmi of Raventwist. I missed meeting her at Knit City 2012 so I seized the opportunity this time around. We commiserated about schlepping our yarn across country. Good times.
Also finally met Melissa of Sweet Fiber. Though we're both from the Lower Mainland, it took a show in Toronto for us to meet! I have admired her work for ages. It's evident from looking at her stuff that she gets colour theory. All her colours are beautiful, but her self-proclaimed specialty is grey. It might surprise you to read it, but my favourite colour-shade-chromo-thing is actually grey. Our love was predestined.
Lastly, a huge thank you to Kim and Ron of IndigoDragonfly for generously helping me out with shelving when my original plan didn't bear fruit. High fives!
I could go on and on but Toronto, let's just say you rocked my socks off. Already looking forward to next year!
Next time on le blog: Part 2 of our great adventure to Toronto - A visit to a couple LYS's. and an overzealous cat.