Hello, friends! I am blogging from Cleveland, Ohio, where I am attending my first National Needlearts Association (TNNA) conference. Exciting!
My navigation system said the drive from Cobourg was only 5.75 hours without stops—not bad. And it was a good day for a drive, with sunshine and clear skies the whole way. Since I had the whole day, I used Ravelry's new Road Trip feature, which lists all yarn stores between a traveller's starting and ending points. There were 33 of them within 5 miles off my route! Amazing! There was only one I knew I definitely wanted to stop at: The Knitting Loft, which recently opened in North York and which I'd heard great things about from some of my customers.
I was in love with the store as soon as I walked in, and meeting Maria, one of the four principals in the venture, sealed the deal. What a sweetheart! A knitting cafe, the store has a comfy seating area for knitters and offers a large selection of tasty beverages. But the yarn selection—that's what was most amazing! Walls and walls of beautiful, mostly hand-dyed, natural yarns. And then there was a lower level full of more yarn!
Looking at the Knitting Loft's website gave me more reason to love this store. The owners set out their purpose: sharing the meditative and therapeutic qualities of knitting with others. We have this purpose in common!
If you're ever in north Toronto, the Knitting Loft is definitely worth a visit. Of course, I always want you to come back to Yarn It! But I'm happy to share my wonderful customers with other fantastic stores. :)
Happy knitting! I'll blog about the conference in the coming days!