I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Gail in Chicago twice in the past two years. The time finally came for her to make the trip to the Great White North. Gail was in Toronto from Wednesday to Sunday of last week and what a great opportunity it was to catch up in person again – there is only so far e-mail correspondence can take you, right? When Gail left and I started thinking about the time we had spent together in Toronto, I realized that her visit was a bit of an epic, four-day long, blogger meet up. Seriously.
On her first full day in Toronto Gail, Sara, and I had the opportunity to visit the lovely Kristiann of Victory Patterns at her studio in the heart of China Town. Kristiann graciously showed us around the building, which houses quite a few fashion studios and various other businesses in the garment making industry. Most of the designers behind these enterprises are young women, rendering the building such a fun and creative vibe. Kristiann also gave us a sneak peek at her most recent projects (spoiler: they are awesome!). She was very generous with her time and we ended up going for coffee with her in Kensington Market, where we chatted away about sewing, creativity, love, and the magic of life. Thank you Kristiann for a wonderful morning/afternoon!
Prior to Gail’s visit, there was talk between her and Kristin about painting the town red while wearing animal print me-mades. We called this event, where a number of drinks were imbibed by sewists wearing one form or another of animal print, “Leopard Cocktails”. Trust me, animal print + cocktails = fun! but if you don’t believe me, go try it for yourself.
The night before Gail left we organized a dinner with a few other Toronto bloggers. In addition to Sara and Kristin, we were also joined by Gillian, Tasha and Catja. Some of us had not met before outside of blog or instagram comments, some of us knew each other well. It was so good to have everyone sitting around the table, chatting away in real life.
Outside of these events, Gail and I shared mornings of lazy coffee drinking and knitting, as well as a couple of home-made meals followed by more knitting. Really, we knitted whenever we could. We also had plenty of opportunity to walk around town, hit the garment district along Queen Street (where Gail was remarkably restrained), visit a couple of yarn stores, all the while talking about sewing and knitting. Non-stop. It was splendid!
But, all good things must come to an end. It was a rude awakening the morning after Gail left. During my first morning meeting at work I kind of started jonesing for the daily dose of morning coffee and knitting I had gotten used to over the past few days.
One of my favourite things about keeping this blog are the friendships I have developed with crafty gals from around the world. Even better is when those friendships spill over from blogland into real life, don’t you think?