I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to Torontonian Kristin of K-Line and New Yorkian Sonja of Ginger Makes, who both gave me a load of great suggestions for places to go when I emailed them before the trip. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to do everything they suggested, but I still fitted in a lot.
Starting in Toronto - this is is the Garment District but such is my restraint I didn't go into a single fabric shop there as I was saving it for NYC. (Wearing my Sailor Picnic Skirt). We had a lovely time wandering about Toronto. I really liked Kensington Market and the Queen Street area - so many interesting shops to browse in.
Of course we got our lovely plastic ponchos on for a trip on the Maid of the Mist, which was really fun.
Then indulged in the tacky delights of Niagara. Such as....
Dinosaur Adventure Golf! Here I am being fake-menaced by a dinosaur
Then, onto the worst wax museum we could find - the Rock Legends Wax Museum.
Here I am pretending to be blessed by wax Michael Jackson.
And my word, the waxworks were terrible. But good terrible. Who do you recognise?
Then on to New York City!
We did a boat trip that went around Manhatten island
Went to lots of Museums (this is MoMA)
Saw the Flatiron building and walked over the Brooklyn Bridge (wearing 2 handmades - a Sorbetto and wrap skirt)
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Went to Coney Island (I wore this maxi dress a lot, it was great holiday wear)
Pretended to interact with some more waxworks (Woody Allen and F Scott Fitzgerald)
I should point out that we would not normally pay to get into Madame Tussauds (it was $36 -eek!), but it was one of the attractions included on the passes we bought and we had some free time, so we thought why not?
We also went on an NBC Studio Tour, did a bike tour of Central Park, went up the Empire State Building, went to a comedy club, saw a film in Central Park and lots of other things that I have forgotten. Before we went we got these New York Passes which covered pretty much everything we wanted to see, as first-time visitors to NYC.
Then a 12 hour train journey back to Canada...
I am stretching out my legs to show the excellent leg room, even in coach class
Then a few more days with my family in Toronto and London, Ontario.
Ice hockey game in London
So, now you have looked at the photos, here's the giveaway:
(Sorry about the terrible photo)
It's a little retractable tape measure I bought at Mood Fabrics in NYC. I love these measures, they are so handy. I have one in my knitting bag and always have one in my handbag. I find it really useful if shopping for vintage clothes. When I'm not sure how the fit will be and don't want to try it on, I just measure the waist.
If you would like to win the tape measure, please say so in the comments below. I will choose a winner on Sunday 23rd September after 5pm GMT by a random method. Entries welcome from anywhere.
I'll be back again soon with some posts about things I have actually made instead of talking about holidays or meeting up with other bloggers - fancy that, eh?
p.s My top celebrity spot was the fearsome Anna Wintour! She got out of a car in Greenwich Village and went into an apartment - She looked exactly like you would expect, with her trademark bob, and I noticed that she had a swanky leather tag with her initials on her handbag.