December 5: j’adore le québec

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.

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 if you are interested in joining us.


  • Someyeh Mirambeigui

    05.12.2019 at 05:31 Reply


  • Jennifer Elkhair

    05.12.2019 at 05:47 Reply


  • Stephenia d

    05.12.2019 at 06:33 Reply

    Quebec is on my someday list! Gris

  • Teresa

    05.12.2019 at 06:49 Reply

    Gris and Naturel

  • Jo Jankowski

    05.12.2019 at 06:50 Reply

    One of each

  • Linda Weston

    05.12.2019 at 06:50 Reply

    I can’t decide, which I’ll interpret to mean I should try one of each, si vous plait. 🙂

  • Linda Weston

    05.12.2019 at 06:58 Reply

    P.S. I’m so excited that Pittsburgh, my beloved hometown, was one of your stops! As for Cleveland, my dad, a retired truck driver, had a t-shirt that said “The Most Beautiful Sight in Cleveland,” which was a green interstate-like direction sign with the Interstate 76 symbol and “Pittsburgh, 176 miles.”

  • Judy Smith

    05.12.2019 at 07:21 Reply

    I would like one of each color.

    We are going to Quebec fall of 2020, part of our 50th anniversary year long celebration. Have signed up for your Facebook page. Will have to allocate an afternoon to reviewing it. Hopefully we can get together before we go to Quebec.

  • Bernadette

    05.12.2019 at 08:03 Reply


  • Melissa

    05.12.2019 at 08:08 Reply

    Gris would be simply lovely! Thank you!

  • Donna J Miller

    05.12.2019 at 08:08 Reply

    your photos were beautiful/funny!! One of each please…

    • Deborah Kimble

      05.12.2019 at 08:53 Reply

      One of each please!

  • Patricia Riden

    05.12.2019 at 08:41 Reply

    Fr is and Naturel for this great-granddaughter of Lilian Marinier.

  • Jennifer Walker

    05.12.2019 at 08:45 Reply

    Gris! What a fun adventure!

  • Amanda Shirley

    05.12.2019 at 08:49 Reply


  • Marilee Camerer

    05.12.2019 at 08:57 Reply


  • Amy Otto

    05.12.2019 at 09:13 Reply

    Gris would make a lovely hat!

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    05.12.2019 at 09:47 Reply

    One of each

  • Karyn Cook

    05.12.2019 at 09:53 Reply


  • Eva Maerten

    05.12.2019 at 09:56 Reply

    Love the grey and natural wool. Loved reading about the adventure! The sheep ornament is precious.

  • Carol Powers

    05.12.2019 at 09:59 Reply

    One of each, could do some lovely subtle colorwork

  • Jennifer White

    05.12.2019 at 10:22 Reply

    I would like both colors. And thank you for the recipe!

  • Jenna Port

    05.12.2019 at 10:36 Reply

    One of each please. How sad they have no wool production. Export potential, I would think. Love the photos and recipe! Thanks!

  • Ellen McKenzie

    05.12.2019 at 11:32 Reply

    Can’t wait to try the recipe and LOVE the lambie ornament ?

  • Jennifer McKinney

    05.12.2019 at 11:43 Reply

    The natural color, please.

  • Tammy Adamson

    05.12.2019 at 11:51 Reply

    Gris please

  • Sarah Steele

    05.12.2019 at 12:32 Reply

    Naturel! I loved following your adventure. Looking forward to this summer!

    • Keely

      06.12.2019 at 08:17 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. Please pick up your prize anytime before 2/1/20, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Liz Hall

    05.12.2019 at 12:40 Reply

    One of each I think.

    Love Tim Horton’s!! Toronto has been a family vacation spot for my whole life. Love it there.

  • Ana Johnson

    05.12.2019 at 12:54 Reply

    What a wonderful trip you had. I would pick naturel ❤️

  • Stevie johns

    05.12.2019 at 13:44 Reply

    One of each?

  • Laura McMahan

    05.12.2019 at 13:59 Reply

    one of each!

  • Betty Schlotthauer

    05.12.2019 at 14:23 Reply

    How sad that so much wool is destroyed, with so many possibilites lost forever. How fortunate you discovered this treasure!
    I would choose 1 of each color. I would love to knit a two color pattern with the combo.

  • Sarah Bailey

    05.12.2019 at 16:41 Reply

    I love that sheep! I’m working on knitted ornaments for a mini tree and he would be perfect among the branches. I’d like the Naturel.

  • Pattye Van McAbee

    05.12.2019 at 17:17 Reply

    One of each!!!

  • Cari Deen

    05.12.2019 at 18:17 Reply

    Both would be awesome! Thanks.

  • Mary Bourne

    05.12.2019 at 18:38 Reply

    Naturel, please


    05.12.2019 at 19:47 Reply

    I think I’d do one of each so I could do something colorwork with them together. Maybe even dye the natural one beforehand.

  • Lesley Rodgers

    05.12.2019 at 20:11 Reply

    I would love one of each, they would blend well together.

  • Amber Ketchum

    05.12.2019 at 21:29 Reply

    I would love one of each ?

  • Barbara Kinney

    05.12.2019 at 22:10 Reply

    I went to Quebec last year . It is a place everyone should visit. I like the natural.

  • Liliana Holbrook

    05.12.2019 at 22:47 Reply


  • Susan Phillips

    05.12.2019 at 23:15 Reply


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