Knitting,  Travel

Canadian Autumn | Intro and Yarn.

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 🙂 )



  • Vera

    Oh! Lovely yarn purchases! Achikochi looks so nice and that yarn looks so soft. Both shops look great! Interesting that there were so many other knitters on board – fun!

  • Carole

    I’m so glad you went back for the yarn for those mittens! I love them! And it all sounds really wonderful and cozy with all that yarn and knitting.

  • karen

    The time changing sounds a bit of a pain, but it looks like it was worth it. We were in Montreal a few years ago for a weekend and we enjoyed it immensely (did not go to the yarn store though). I’d love to see the places you’ve seen.

  • Kat

    Okay, the time jumps would have absolutely irritated me! But those yarns! YUM!! (and I am so glad that Classic Editor fixed your issues!) XOXO

  • Bonny

    You know it’s a good yarn shop if you have to go back a second time to get the yarn you can’t stop thinking about! I hope you enjoy the knitting; that lambswool looks delicious!

  • Sarah

    Those time changes make my head hurt! I think I would have just stayed on East Coast time and figured it out somehow instead of changing my phone constantly.

    Looks like you made some excellent choices at your yarn store stops, and I’m looking forward to seeing that sweater especially!

  • Patty

    Oh boy…I want to make both of those items now. Those mittens are going to be so great! I’m going to do some yarn store searching this afternoon I think…:-)

  • Margene

    Time changes can be frustrating, but the 30 minute change would be bizarre! I’m glad you came through in the usual mere fashion. Love the yarn choices and the planed projects!

  • Jane

    Beautiful yarns and what a wonderful trip. Enjoy every moment with your Mom. And now back to your knitting! I am looking forward to seeing your projects.

  • Alexa

    That sounds head-twirlingly difficult – some of us have trouble keeping track of time at the best of times :). Love the stories of your wool visits and purchases. That ‘achikochi’ is beautiful – for the first time in many years, I feel like trying to knit something. (Though I suspect it’s fiendishly difficult!).

  • Vicki

    Random time zone changes drive me crazy! There’s a weird line in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that divides it into Eastern & Central time zones. (It should be at the state line, IMHO!)

    What fun knitting projects you have lined up! I’m really going to have to try/practice stranded knitting…