A funny thing happened on the way to yarn market….
Kary and I have turned our annual summer outing to yarn market into a crazy road trip. We even have our own Facebook page – Snarky & Catty’s Road Trip where you can follow along.
Our love of adventure, finding the interesting, and passion for historic hotels took us on quite the journey this year. Keep in mind that yarn market is in Cleveland.
Summer 2019 Itinerary:
- Sikeston, Missouri to have rolls thrown at us at Lambert’s Cafe – we do love our bread
- The Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky
- Toronto, Ontario (more on this stay in a minute)
- le Château Frontenac – Québec City, Québéc
- St. Paul Hotel in Montreal, Québec
- Niagara Falls, New York
- Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Downtown Columbus, Ohio
- Netherland Plaza – Cincinnati, Ohio
- The Peabody – Memphis, Tennessee
It is amazing how many places can be on the way to Cleveland when the two of us hit the open road! During our stop in Toronto, I decided to try something new and booked what I thought was a quaint B&B. Instead we got this-
The house was a dump, surrounded by fraternity houses with a huge adjoining pub packed with hundreds of people watching the NBA finals. Despite these odious conditions, it gave us great material for our travel page and a big laugh.
The next stop on our international tour was Québec City. It did not disappoint. We stayed in the luxurious le Château Frontenac, where we were immediately upgraded to a suite. We felt like royalty, which is easy when you’re at the same place visited by Queen Elizabeth.
Québec City was so fabulous. It is truly somewhere you must visit, if you haven’t already. The people were far friendlier than expected, didn’t protest too much when we could only speak really bad French, and the food was phenomenal.
While taking in the sights and shops of old Québec City, we stumbled upon a little wool shop. The ladies in the shop were machine knitting hats, scarfs and the likes out of local wool to sell the tourists.
Despite having the perfect landscape, weather, and fields full of sheep there virtually is no wool industry in the province. Each year, tons of fleece have been massively buried. 😮
The shop did have a bit of the wool for sale. Not being the greedy sort (and having more yarn than a human should be allowed to own as it is), I brought plenty back to share. The Charleroix Pure Laine yarn is part of the effort to change this sad reality and restart the wool industry.
The rest of trip was incredibly fabulous, but Québec City was definitely the highlight.
Today I’m giving away two skeins of Charleroix Pure Laine yarn, along with a cute little sheep ornament. They were also making these ornaments in the little wool shop. A quick and easy gift idea!
Simply leave a comment on this post with which color of wool you’d like to win: Naturel, Gris, or one of each.
- 80% Québécois wool, 20% nylon
- 50gm/273yd (250m)
- 32sts/4″ – size 0-2.5 (2-3mm) needle – Fingering
You have until midnight tonight! Check back tomorrow to see who wins.
congratulations sarah steele – you’re the winner of the pure laine wool and sheep ornament from québec!
Please note that all prizes must be picked up at our shop no later than February 1, 2020. We do not mail or ship prizes.
ode to tim hortons
Yes, we realize Tim Horton’s is the McDonalds of Canada. Even French Canadians surrounded by amazing French cuisine drive across the border just to eat at Qdoba, so we’re not so silly after all.
We discovered this amazing milkshake like drink while on our travels, only available at the Tim Horton’s in Québec called Givré Crémeaux. I found myself craving them upon my return. Thanks to my new Montreal friend Channelle (one of the numerous techie friends I’ve made while on this new website/software journey) I now have the recipe. We make them in Large Marge, our margarita machine, however a blender will work too.
Chocolate Givré Crémeux
- 6 tbs hot chocolate powder
- 2 cups ice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 ½ cups half-n-half
¾ cup milk
Blend smooth and serve with whip cream and chocolate sauce
For a vanilla version, replace chocolate power and vanilla with 4 pumps of vanilla syrup and serve with sprinkles!
what happened to yarn market
Well, we didn’t exactly make it to yarn market, or to Cleveland either. We became so excited while making our travel plans, we failed to realize that yarn market was the week after our return. We totally missed it – oops.
As exciting as yarn market may sound, in reality it is quite disappointing – especially if you’re a commercial buyer. It used to be moderately exciting, but over the years it has become rather lame. I think we spent a total of 1.5 hours there in 2018, yet were gone for a week. We really didn’t care too much that we missed out, but it did blow our cover with our husbands – who in all likelihood were already on to us!
next year’s adventure
Snarky & Catty’s grand road trip is going on hiatus next year, in that we are taking a group of 21 knitters (and people who like knitters) on an Alaskan Adventure. An opening for 2 has become available, so it may not be too late for you to come along. It is going to be a blast! Give us a shout at email@example.com if you are interested in joining us.