Living in Muskoka/Parry Sound, getting down to the city (Toronto) happens for special occasions and for trips to Ikea. Okay, that is GTA/Vaughn, but everything south of Barrie is "city" to me.
On the third weekend in April we take a trip down to the city (that nearly always involves a stop at Ikea) for the Downtown Knit Collective's Knitter's Frolic. A one-day yarn market extravaganza, this event is a great way to get your hands on some of those special indie hand dyers that you don't always see at our small LYSs around here.
This year was particularly fun because Carla and I met up with some friends and we brought along our mom, who bought her very first skein of yarn (for me to knit up for her, because she isn't quite ready for socks). The only disappointment was that Tanis, of Tanis Fiber Arts, wasn't able to make it this year. She did send lots of yarn to the Purple Purl, I really like to get my indie yarns straight from the source, so I picked up a couple of skeins of sock yarn from her new website on Sunday morning.
Meeting up with lots of Rav friends, we had lunch with Rayna, a good friend of many years, and Shireen, a new friend who shares a love of Georgian Bay and Rigid Heddle weaving. (Go check out both of their blogs, lots of fun yarn-y goodness within).
I'm already looking forward to next year!