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Brigus South

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Back to Newfoundland for a few more pics – These are from the little village of Brigus South.

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There are 2 things about Brigus South that I found especially charming. The first thing was this odd little group of birds.

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The Goose (note the capital ‘G’) appears to be the Boss. Everywhere s(he?) went, this little crowd of ducks would follow. It was super cute, and, much like Newfoundlanders, the birds were incredibly, (and, to city folk like us, oddly) friendly. Domesticated maybe?

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The other charming thing was the graveyard. The cemetery appears to go back at least to the 1700’s, but instead of traditional markers there was only one cross marking a grave, a large cross that was a war memorial, and the rest of the graves were marked simply with pieces of the headland wedged into the ground.

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This was the headland where we guessed the headstones had come from. It has a certain charm, to be laid to rest in such a beautiful place, with a piece of the cliff as your marker, don’t you think?

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Only a few more Newfoundland photos to get through, but I am also knitting, designing, resining and spinning, so look for the return of the crafty stuff soon!

Something for the road

So now I get to reveal something that is both very sad and kinda exciting. Rayna, my fibre buddy, confidant, bridesmaid, craft companion in spinning, dyeing, weaving, designing… in other words one of the most important people in my world, is moving home to Newfoundland. Permanently.

In a lot of ways this sucks, and I’m going to miss her like mad. On the other hand, she’s moving to one of my favourite places in the world and a place I will happily visit regularly to see her and her hubby (though, as was pointed out, if she was moving to someplace ghastly I would still find a way to visit regularly).

All their stuff is being shipped home for them. There are 2 things, however, that need to be driven there (the car itself, and their doggie). Tito and I have opted to drive with her, to keep her company on the road and help get her settled.

We’re light packers. Camera gear will take up more room than clothes, and the only other thing is knitting, because that’s a lot of hours to be on the road. I confess that I’ve thought more about what knitting to bring than I have about what clothes I should pack. Then yesterday I saw Sous Sous by Norah Gaughan:

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So last night I did this:

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I knitted a sweater about 5 years ago and it turned out too tight so I frogged it. I bought a sweaters worth of Tosh DK in a colour called ‘filigree’ and cast on the ‘Effortless Cardigan’ but I missed my gauge and it was turning out really huge, so I frogged that too. I’ve never knit a successful sweater, but this pattern really captured me, and what better project for a week on the road?

I tell myself that she’s not moving that far, that the internet is a wonderful thing, and that I’ll see her regularly. I know that there will be some teary farewell’s in 2 weeks, but in the meantime I’m super excited for the drive! I will try to blog daily as we pass through some of the most gorgeous country on earth. Old Quebec City, Montreal, Moncton, the Bay of Fundy, Peggy’s Cove, Cape Breton Island, Port Aux Basque and then across the island to St John’s, this promises to be a gorgeous drive.

Mini-Getaway to NYC

Last weekend, Tito and I took a quick (and desperately needed) getaway trip to visit my cousins in New York City. We needed a break, for the end of the summer, and also I really needed to step away from the book. My editor had it for the weekend, so that seemed like the right time! I took only my little Fuji x100s camera, set mostly to archival Fuji BW film.

Here are some highlights from our trip to the Met. What an incredible place to get inspired, so many textures! As a knitter/potter/polymer clay/resin junkie I was in heaven.

My handsome guys <3

My handsome guys <3

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Samurai armour

Samurai armour

One of my favourites, this is Katherine Linn Sage (Kay Sage) and it's called 'Tomorrow is Never'.

One of my favourites, this is Katherine Linn Sage (Kay Sage) and it’s called ‘Tomorrow is Never’.

The colours! I must dye a skein of yarn to match this.

The colours! I must dye a skein of yarn to match this.

Goofy boys

Goofy boys

My other favourite. This is by a Norwegian painter called Pedar Balke. He painted this particular scene a few times, I love how real and silvery the water looks.

My other favourite. This is by a Norwegian painter called Pedar Balke. He painted this particular scene a few times, I love how real and silvery the water looks.

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We saw less than a 20th of the collection I’m sure, but I’m so glad it was part of the 48 hours we had in NYC!

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San Francisco and Fibre Stop 4 – Imagiknit

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San Francisco is very awesome. We were sorry that we only had one day to explore it – and we decided (we’re not sorry about this bit) to leave the big cameras checked at the hotel rather than carry them with us.

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I couldn’t resist having a bit of fun with the hills. Everything we wanted to see felt like it was all uphill, both ways.

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We spent part of the morning on a walk though (up?) Chinatown.

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These shots are so cheesy, but I get a kick out of them every time.

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The houses are the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I love them even more than I love jellybean homes in St John’s, and that’s saying something!

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Finally, we achieved the final stop on the fibre tour – Imagiknit. Holy selection, and it’s all good.

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I had a really tough time narrowing it down, but ended up settling on 100% tencel, hand dyed. This is where I got the weft for my latest palindrome scarf. The tencel adds strength and shine, but still has fabulous drape.

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If you look closely, you can see a tired Tito in the ‘man check’ area ;)

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We loved San Francisco so much that we’re planning a return trip, just to spend a few more days in the city. It was a great place to unwind from our road trip!

Fiber Tour Stop 3 – Yarnia, Portland

It wasn’t easy for us to make time to visit this little spot, but I couldn’t resist. Yarnia is, to quote their website, “the only yarn shop where you can design your very own custom yarn blend, and buy it by the pound.  You choose the fiber, color, thickness, and amount, and we’ll create your custom yarn for you right on the spot”.

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The store is cute, and small, but the shelves are packed with options. You can choose bamboo, merino, silk, alpaca and many, many more fibers. Don’t feel like designing your own? You can also choose from a variety of ‘house blends’ that have been pre-wound and swatched.

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I made a choice of a light turquoise bamboo, a darker turquoise merino, and a shiny chocolate coloured thread for added interest and detail.

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Once you’ve made your choice, they take you to a machine in the corner that will spin all of your choices together.

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While the results are very cool, one can’t help but ask oneself what the difference is between this and knitting from 3 balls (because your yarn is wound together, but not plied). The only answer I can think of is that it’s a lot less fiddly, and all your chosen yarns are wound to the same tension, making it easy to pull them off the cone together.

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If you’re in the Portland area and looking for something fun and different, I definitely recommend trying them out, here’s the website!

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I also picked up a light turquoise merino silk to use as a weft, and the custom yarn will be my warp. I’m hoping to combine this with my double heddle kit for some simple 1-3 twill – stay tuned for the results!

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Bandon Beach

Bandon Beach was one of those places that was high on the list for Oregon; I’d seen photos of the amazing rock formations and was really looking forward to shooting there, especially during the dusk, and at nighttime, where I was hoping for great sunsets and stars with low light pollution.

Unfortunately that wasn’t to be–we shot all day in a gorgeous, blazing blue sky and picked up a motel room right on the beach, but thick clouds came in by evening and the blue hour was a bit of a bust. We shot for a few hours anyways, but returned cold and wet a lot earlier than we’d planned to.

What can you do, right? You pays the man, and you takes your chances ;)

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