Monday, November 23, 2015

The Fat Goose Lays a Golden Egg

Yesterday I completed my weekend of craft fairs by dropping into the Fat Goose show at Queen's University's Grant Hall. It's a bargain with only a $2 admission charge. The surprise? Not all the vendors were strictly local--but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing from my perspective. I discovered Mailles (that's French for "Stitches"), a Mont-Tremblant based vendor of handknitted accessories all made with a thoughtfully chosen range of colours in Briggs and Little wools.

Gloves, toques, mittens made with Canadian wool by

Many of the pieces are lined fully or partially with fleece, because as anyone who has braved a Canadian winter knows, come January, one layer alone won't do the job. I bought a pair of these,

Wool mittens red black charcoal

and these.

Wool leg warmers black

So, why would an avid knitter like me spend money on legwarmers and mitts? 'Cause I love the inspiration that comes from looking at such lovely handknits, 'cause I want to support a Canadian company that uses Canadian grown and spun wool, and 'cause I don't have time to knit everything I want or (in this case) need. You can never have enough mitts in the house. A couple of pairs to wear while a couple of more pairs are drying out, while yet another pair is being washed....You get the picture.