Happy Friday, friends! Today I have the first post about our Canadian trip. I’m still thinking about how I’ll share it all, but I’ve decided it’s best to start with an overview of our itinerary. We flew to Montreal on Thursday, September 19 and explored the city until Saturday afternoon (September 21) when we boarded the ship (Seabourn’s Quest). We sailed that evening, made a loop around Newfoundland (the big island with L’Anse aux Meadows and St. John’s) and returned to Montreal. We docked in Montreal on Thursday, October 3 and flew home.
We made seven stops along the way:
Monday, Sept 23 – Havre-Saint-Pierre
Wednesday, Sept 25 – L’Anse aux Meadows
Thursday/Friday, Sept 26-27 – St. John’s
Saturday, Sept 28 – St. Pierre
Sunday, Sept 29 – Cap-aux-Meules
Tuesday, Oct 1 – Quebec City
Wednesday, Oct 2 – Trois-Rivières
One wonderful thing about this trip is that Quebec is less than a three-hour flight AND in the Eastern Time Zone. Not all the ports, however, were so kind about the time. I did a little research to share our itinerary with my family and found this
…which in a nutshell meant we were changing our clocks a LOT! (fun fact – an Apple Watch gets VERY confused when the iPhone it’s paired with is not on cellular and you manually set its clock … I had to restart my watch after every time change.)
We lost an hour on September 24 (at sea), then another 30 minutes when we got to Newfoundland, and another 30 minutes when we got to St. Pierre (yep, even though it’s WEST of Newfoundland, it’s 30 minutes ahead). We gained back an hour when we got to Cap-aux-Meules and finally were comfortably back in ET when we got to Quebec City on October 1. (whew!)
With that Intro, let’s move to YARN!
The only activity I planned (apart from everything we did on the cruise!) was a trip to Espace Tricot in Montreal. It was a short cab ride from our hotel and a fun way to spend the afternoon of our one full day there. The shop was delightful. not huge by any means, but well-curated and packed with yarn … and helpful staff. I was a little disappointed that Lisa and Melissa weren’t there, but Mona was. I spent a very happy 45 minutes or so looking at yarn and ended up choosing Biches & Bûches Le Petit Lambswool to make achikochi. It was perfect timing – eri shared the pattern on Instagram that morning and I knew Espace Tricot carried the very yarn it called for. My mom chose a skein of yarn for socks and then happily posed for one of our first selfies
Turns out there were a lot of knitters on our cruise (maybe a dozen or more?) and one of them told me I HAD to visit Cast On! Cast Off! in St. John’s. We were there for a day and a half and had nothing planned for that full day. My mom was game, so OK!
We walked there Friday morning. The shop is tiny, but wow is the selection nice, especially for locally sourced yarns (Newfoundland, Quebec and Canada). My mom picked out two skeins of sock yarn dyed in Newfoundland for Karen and Lydia and I chose two skeins of Rhichard Devrieze’s yarn. We also both ooh’d and ahh’d over the colorwork mittens they had knit up as samples. We went back to the ship for lunch and I kept thinking about those mittens. So while my mom went back to our suite to catch up on her book, I walked back to the shop and bought more yarn! Turns out the two skeins I’d purchased in the morning were the same colorway as the shop AND pattern samples. So I picked up a third skein and added the Cascade 220.
So now I’m sure you want to see all of what I came home with? Here you go!
I’ve got a bit of knitting to do!
Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend … enjoy!
(and last but by no means least, thank you Kat for pointing out the Classic Editor Plug-in! this post took a lot less time to compose 🙂 )