Last week in spite of my plague, I ventured forth to The Knit Cafe for October High Tea. (The Knit Cafe does a monthly high tea on the first Sunday of the Month with catering by Jamie Kennedy catering...mmm. I don't miss it. In sickness or in health...) The menu was truly inspired (and with the exception of the squash/pipian was delicious):
* Pecan and Sage Scones with Black Raspberry Jam *
* Sweet Potato Pie with Molasses Crème Fraiche *
* Sheep's Milk Yoghurt with Pears and Hazelnuts *
* Steamed Squash with Pipian *
* Lake Trout Gravlax with Fennel and Red Onion *
Proving that miracles can happen, I offer the following:
Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, that is indeed Mr. Peeps IN A YARN STORE, looking rather content and happy in a Dr. Seussian way, which, trust me, has more to do with the menu above than the yarn even though he is surrounded by some pretty spectacular yarn...such as the Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky and Lace Weight by his right ear! (I'm surprised he didn't hear it calling...I did!)
But I digress. Somewhat. Getting back to the white albino squirrel from last week's post.
This little guy was the headline act for Knit City, an independent project created by Kristin and Iwona of The Knit Cafe for Nuit Blanche. (Nuit Blanche is a free all-night contemporary art thing - it was held on October 4 from 7 pm to 7 am.)
What is Knit City? Well, the Nuit Blanche web site says it best.
"Knit City” is an intimate look at our city. Toronto is made miniature, and entirely from yarn. Buildings are created from stitches not bricks; knitting not cement mixers. The creators give favour to their personal haunts and stomping grounds. Honest Ed’s may be included, but so are local markers like the Gladstone Hotel and Trinity Bellwoods Park, complete with albino squirrels.
Not wanting to be exclusive “Knit City” invites contributions. Guests are invited to add their own pieces of Toronto to the installation. Hosts, The Knit Café, will provide crayons and paper as vehicles for the additions. Over the night mini Toronto will grow from modest Hogtown to sprawling GTA.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. “Knit City” was conceived as a tribute to Toronto, and what makes it a warm and fuzzy place to live.(from the Nuit Blanche web site)
I missed Nuit Blanche the night before, but I was glad to see the Knit City when I went for tea. Here are some more images of the Knit City featuring some of Toronto's most unique buildings and landmarks.
The Knit Cafe, Knit City
OCAD's Sharp Centre for Design and Honest Ed's (complete with twinkling lights).
The Drake Hotel.
The Trinity-Bellwoods Park Gates.
CN Tower. I personally detest this landmark image of Toronto, but there is just no getting away from it and the ladies did do a pretty fabulous job on this knitted version.
And finally. The piece de resistance: The Knit Cafe. Home of the Knit City, fabulous yarn, people and food. Please note the loving detail that went into this one - the textured brick work, and painstaking replication of the building details.
See? It's things like Knit City and the Knit Cafe that make me really appreciate all that Toronto has to offer. There's good, bad and ugly, but sometimes the good is really, really good.