Saturday (June 9) is International Knit In Public Day , and knitting blogger Vivienne Suen and designer Beryl Tsang are organizing the Great TTC Knit-Along to mark the date. Knitters meet between 9 and 10 am at one of three yarn shops - Village Yarns (4895 Dundas West), Alterknit (1024 St. Clair West) or Passion Knit (3232 Yonge) - and embark on a tour of indie knit boutiques including Knitomatic (1378 Bathurst), Romni Wools (658 Queen West) and Lettuce Knit (70 Nassau). It all ends with a cocktail reception at Beach boutique the Naked Sheep (2144A Queen East). Log on to ttcknit.blogspot.com for your Knit-Along passport.
No one does fabulously femme and frou-frou prom dresses like Kingi Carpenter and her team of Peach Berserk (507 Queen West, 416-504-1711, www.peachberserk.com) screeners and sewers. This season's styles are cut from a mix of ruby, turquoise and other jewel-toned fabrics printed with killer stiletto silhouettes and CBGB signage. Styles include traditional Carrie gowns with tulle hems and more mod, A-line smock shapes. If your prom has already passed, the made-to-order collection is also perfect for frocking around a saucy summer bash.
Booming reworked vintage retailer Preloved (613 Queen West, 416-504-8704, www.preloved.ca) is opening up its first international shop in Sydney, Australia, and selling the line in U. S. Urban Outfitters stores this fall. Look for a collection inspired by 70s and 80s icons like Patty Hearst, Ali MacGraw and Jane Fonda. Meanwhile, jacket outfit Smythe (www.smythelesvestes.com), which is carried at Harvey Nichols abroad and Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333) at home, has expanded its fall collection to include fine cashmere sweaters and classic coats.
Woof, there it is
Your spoiled pup will look extra-pampered after a visit to this year's Woofstock (www.woofstock.ca), running Saturday and Sunday (June 9 and 10) in the St. Lawrence Market area (between Scott and Jarvis on Front and Wellington). Highlights include extreme doggie makeovers and an Old Navy fashion show on the festival's mainstage.
Terribly stylish twos
Happy second birthday to dapper menswear mecca Gotstyle (489 King West, 416-260-9696, www.gsmen.com). Dandy shoppers will toast the shop tonight (Thursday, June 7) at a private King West BBQ.