More Catching Up, Stories of Toronto and. Cold Weather Wear

Here I am modeling the cowl I made, it's made from
cashmere and so soft!  It is gray and purple. 

To add to the theme of the last post, keeping warm in this winter, I was able to use my "A Girl's Best Friend" Shawl, which I knitted after our trip to Toronto.  We called it our Yarn Crawl through Toronto.  I went with my three great knitting buddies that I met on the knitting cruise ship.  We have had riotous times together and the trip to Toronto was just the best!  Janice wore her "A Girl's Best Friend" and I was so entranced by it that I had her help my choose some yarn so I could make my own.  Here it is:

Of course, I have been leaning towards Purple and gray

for all of my latest projects! 

On the same trip to Toronto we visited a lovely little store off the beaten track called The Knit Cafe, where I found a beautiful shawl kit.  

Here is the shawl I knit,
It was knit in four pieces which then were stitched together.  It is mohair and a silky thicker yarn making the stripes.

It's sort of like a cloud, very soft and light. I love it!!  It may be perfect to wear at Juli's wedding in Montana as it will be chilly in the evening on the Helipad!

The owner was such a sweet lady we spent a lot of time there and bought lots of yarn, mostly in kits.  I also bought a kit for thrummed mittens which I have as yet to tackle.  Keep posted!
This is an example of thrummed mittens!

We four had a fabulous time in Toronto.  We stayed at an AirBnB and just shopped all the yarn stores.  We dined at an authentic 40's diner for Saturday morning brunch, it was so great.  Also were able to visit the huge Artisan Show where I met Gordon Harrison and we were able to buy fur pom poms. It was a very special day.  We were all disappointed to learn that one of our favorite places closed after we left, the Purple Purl.  Sorry to see it go.

Yarn Untangled was another quaint lovely shop in Kensington Market area that stocks local yarn, where I bought the luscious Lichen and Lace yarn to make socks.  It sang to me from the display. 
Here are the socks.
The photo does not do the yarn justice as the colors are gorgeous as is the feeling of the wool.  Definitely some of my favorite socks to date!