The Canadian Adventure part 1

Maligne Lake

Phew, halfway the Canadian adventure and I thought it was time for a little update. First I figured I’d make a little picture post, then I realised I took 15GB worth of pictures in that short amount of time, so I’ll probably have to sort through the best shots once I get home. But at least here’s a pic of lake Maligne taken yesterday evening at sunset. Canada has proven to be a truly magical place so far.

So we’ve been driving, starting off in Vancouver, going to the Okanagan valley, Revelstoke, Banff national park, Jasper national park and starting tomorrow we’ll be slowly making our way back to Vancouver island, where we’ll spend the last week. Days have been filled with driving, hiking and wildlife spotting, so I haven’t gotten that much knitting done. I started on my second Pebble Beach shawl with the beautiful blue Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply yarn I bought in the nick of time before leaving. This is going to be a gift for my aunt and it’ll be one size bigger than the shawlette version I made previously.

PB_shawl

Holiday reading right now is The Bees by Laline Paull, a book described as “The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games”, but with bees. So far a very enjoyable read I must say, certainly interesting reading a book from a bee POV!

Now if you think I haven’t visited any Canadian yarn stores yet you are certainly mistaken! In my defence I set up some very clear rules to follow. Rule #1 is that I cannot buy any yarn that I could easily get my hands on back in Europe and rule #2; if I’m going to buy sock yarn (like I ever buy sock yarn!) it should be in a colour that is not yet properly represented in my hand knit sock drawer. The latter rule is mainly to prevent me ending up with only green socks, oh I have such a weak spot for green sock yarn! Also can I just point out that with the current standing of the Canadian dollar I’d be insane not to purchase some yarns.

AncientYarns First stop was when I happened to stumble into Maiwa Handprints on Granville Island, Vancouver. Really a sweet little shop, also featuring undyed yarns and lots of natural dyes, which I considered but seemed a bit adventurous to me. So I ended up purchasing a new to me brand called Ancient Arts Yarns, which is a hand dyed Canadian yarn brand (score!) in a beautiful bordeaux red colour not yet present in my sock drawer (score!).

Now I know this was an excellent purchase because shortly after taking the yarn pics this bird hopped onto the bench right next to me ready to steal my yarnie goodness. Canadian pigeons sure look funny though (just kidding, I obviously know this is a great.. western.. canadian.. arctic.. blackish birdhawksparrow. Ok no clue what kind of bird this is).

birdie

Next yarn-stop was Art of Yarn in Kelowna (thanks for the recommendation Rebecca!). This shop was a huge temptation to all my rules because there was Madelinetosh EVERYWHERE. Sooo much yarn goodness it was hard to be strict with myself. But Madelinetosh can be bought at home, and I managed to walk out only buying one amazing skein of Sweet Georgia Tough Sock Love (colourway Rogue). Isn’t it a beauty?

SweetGeorgia SweetGeorgia2

And that’s already it for now! I still have my eye on one particular yarn shop I hope to stop by in Victoria, other than that I’ve shown great self restraint. Ok maybe I’ll share just one more holiday pic then!

Lake Louise

22 thoughts on “The Canadian Adventure part 1

  1. Wow, that first picture is stunning! Love how that blue yarn perfectly matches it, too. Canada is truly a gorgeous country. Lovely yarn souvenirs so far. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  2. Breathtaking pictures and wonderful yarn! Seems like heaven on earth! Wishing you very much pleasure with the yarn 😉
    Sigrid, Kat Kat Katoen

  3. Welcome to Canada! If you are talking about the Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria it is a definite must see! Button and Needlework Boutique is also quite lovely. Yarn & buttons…you can’t go wrong. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  4. Hey you are just north of my neck of the woods! Beautiful pictures of our neighbors. oh and all the gorgeous yarn…swoon. Looks like a most excellent adventure!

  5. Wow, those views are amazing! I’m so jealous of your Canadian Adventure 🙂 Glad to hear you’re having fun, and looking forward to more pictures!

  6. I’d love to go to Canada someday. You have avery good eye for picking out yummy yarns, that blue is stunning ????????

  7. You are definitely in one of the more gorgeous parts of the world out there. Spectacular views! And beautiful Canadian yarn, too. 🙂

  8. I love your yarn rules, and my you are acquiring some pretty yarns!! Glad you are having fun and enjoying Canada, I’ve been to some eastern provinces but not western….yet!

  9. You have such a lovely blog. I’m so glad I found it! It doesn’t hurt that you knit with great yarns and have wonderful scenery.

  10. oh my gosh, gorgeous photos, and gorgeous new yarn!! I live in Toronto, and have never seen that bird you photographed- must be a west coast bird!

  11. Hi Tahnee,

    Great restraint indeed! The colours you chose are really pretty, especially the Ancient Yarn Arts!

    I love the Great Western Canadian Arctic Blackish Birdhawksparrow too by the way. Since google-search-by-image only gives me owls and parrots, I guess the creature is previously undiscovered and Blackish Birdhawksparrow is now its official name?

    Looking forward to reading about the rest of your adventure!

  12. absolutely stunning pictures, I need to get by butt over to Canada! And well done setting yourself some sensible rules and sticking to them 🙂 wonder what you will make with the new yarns? 🙂 jenny xx ps the bees sounds intrigueingly weird, may have to look that up! jenny xxx

  13. Gorgeous pics of Canada. If I didn’t already dream of going there, I would after seeing those images!
    That sweet bird needs to come home and live with me.
    Yarny treasures for sure. You have excellent taste. You also have great taste in books as Bees is one of my favs.

  14. Well… maybe you could bend rule 2 if it was green Canadian sock yarn. Anyways, my knitting group says that sock yarn doesn’t count as stash 🙂

  15. I am Canadian, from the East though, and I really enjoyed your post! First time I read on your blog, thanks to Andi 🙂

  16. Gosh, I’m a Canadian AND I was just at Granville Island for my brother’s wedding. I didn’t get to see all the shops on Granville Island and am really bummed that I missed out on Maiwa Handprints! Love your yarn purchases 🙂

  17. Great pics and it sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Love the color of the SGY Rogue. Your bird ‘friend’ looks like a starling still in the speckled phase.

  18. Beautiful yarn, beautiful landscape! And what a mysterious bird. I have a soft spot for Canada, but sadly never made it there. I’d planned to study there for a year, but it fell through. I was planning to go to Victoria, too.

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