But I digress. I was telling you about Toronto, wasn't I? Well, Toronto does NOT have an LYS shortage, let me assure you. I Googled "yarn stores Toronto" and holy wow. My hotel was located on Queen St West and lo and behold, there were three (three!) yarn stores within 4 kms (that's like, not very many miles, maybe 1-1/2 of something...totally walkable) of my hotel.
OH YEAH. THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN'BOUT!
I didn't have a very big suitcase with me, seeing as this was a 2-day trip, and I didn't have much money to spend, but I walked in to The Knit Café, had a delicious cup of tea and fell pretty hard for some Madelinetosh Merino Light. Well, ok. I fell pretty hard for ALL the Madelinetosh everything, but this one hit me especially hard. I had to buy it - the pull was just too strong.
The smoosh factor is extremely high, with this one. It's called "Opaline". I know, dudes. I know.
After that, I kept on walking and saw some pretty interesting stuff (egads, there's a lot going on in Toronto... I live a very quiet and sheltered life, in comparison).
Here are some highlights taken with my iPod:
|A back-to-school window display...|
|...made from pencils!!!|
|A beautiful design/décor store - I LOVE that door|
|An art gallery window display... love.|
|Cakes that I would never be able to bring myself to eat|
|Would it be weird for me to do this on my living room wall?|
And then. And. Then.
I was walking along and I knew that there was another LYS nearby, so I kept my eyes peeled, but I was getting tired (not from the walking, but from an imminent sinus cold, I later learned). Then, like a beacon in a storm, there it was:
Ok, I'm never going to be able to do this place justice, so I'm just going to say this: I stood at the back corner of the first level (there's a full basement, too) and took a photo across the width of the store...
...and then I turned 90 degrees and took a photo towards the front door:
...and then I walked across the store, taking photos down each aisle:
|third aisle - there's the front door, way down in the distance|
|I'm sorry if the photos are blurry - I was getting a little high on the yarn fumes|
I have never seen anything like it. I'm still a little shell shocked.
More shocking still: I only bought two balls of a cotton/acrylic yarn (on sale for $6/ball) to make DH a hat (he is a delicate flower when it comes to wool).