Where can you go, where you run into The Grocery Girls around every corner, see The Yarn Harlot going out for a run, or see Stephen West crossing the street? Where could you go to have breakfast with Andrea Rangel? Where would you have the opportunity to talk with Shannon Cook or Jane Richmond, or take a class from Felicia Lo, or have the opportunity to meet and talk with Julie Asselin? Well, you have to go to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and attend Knit City.
I had heard of this event before, but I had never attended. This year, a good friend of mine sent me a text as suggested we go. She booked the hotel, and it’s a good thing, because it quickly sold out.
The vendor lineup for the marketplace was beyond imaginable. The class list was impressive, the hotel was so close with the event not even a block away, and a Starbucks a block away in the other direction. Complimentary breakfast in the hotel with a bar right next door. The event even invited food trucks parked right out from with a great selection of food for our convenience.
As we stood outside in line to get into the market place on Saturday morning, bright and early, everywhere you look, are knitters wearing their hand knitted wears. Everybody in a great moods and happy to meet you. My friend and I are from the Kitsap Peninsula, located in western Washington, but we met people from Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, tons on Canadians, and there was even a lady from Iceland. Those are just some that I met. It was a well attended event.
Whenever you walked into the hotel, there were knitters knitting in a sitting room off the lobby. There were knitters in the elevator, and in the bar next door. We totally took over the place. I didn’t take a class, but my friend did. I’m so busy working, running America’s Knitting and babysitting my grandson, that I just wanted time to hang out and knit, and shop. That is exactly what I did. I knit a fingerless mitt while I was there, and I bought yarn that I don’t have access to in my neck of the woods.
I’m so glad that my friend suggest we go. We had a blast hanging out, laughing, knitting, going to happy hour, eating out, knitting in our room at night while watching podcasts, going out for coffee, and shopping for yarn and taking pictures. I really needed a vacation. Thanks Vancouver, it was SO fun…I hope to be back next year~
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