Departures

Vancouver, you’re all right. But I mean, we knew that, right? We got the memo on the west coast awesomeness. But I’m glad to have verified that for myself. The air is just different out here. The west coast is paradoxical in many ways – prosperous but socially polarized, expensive but sustainably-minded, and yet I still come away thinking that it’s the west that’s going to save us. People out here care about stuff. (Which isn’t to say that people out east don’t, of course. I think being surrounded by oceans and mountains every day must translate something different, perhaps.)

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I capped off my visit yesterday with a day of walking – the park, the downtown, the art gallery (awesome and trippy exhibit involving a mirror of mazes) and a bit of visiting with Meg, who was fresh from the awesomeness of Madrona knitting weekend and happy to chat about knitterly things. Erin has been a lovely host and made sure I saw lots of the city, though I admit this also feels as though I have eaten the entire city, so maybe one makes the other possible. There were also a lot of conversations about Sock Summit (I met both of them there 2 years ago) and our hopes to attend, learn, volunteer, and continue the path of knitting world domination in general.

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Knitting-wise, Vancouver has much to recommend it. I only made it to 2 knitting shops but they were wonderful. Baaad Anna’s (love the name) in Hastings Sunrise is small but well curated, and friendly. And sarcastic. (See above). I came away with some pottery mugs and whimsical buttons.

Sunday dawned with anticipation of a yarn shop visit as well as brunch with Erin’s knitting friends, who were all fabulous and whose names I am going to forget right now, but take my word for it that it was a great brunch, both for the food and the company. (Seriously, go to Burgoo. Do not pass go, go directly to the delicious piles of food).

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We carried on to Three Bags Full, which is a remarkable little shop. Several local yarns along with a very sturdy selection of standby pics – possibly the best selection of Cascade 220 I’ve seen outside of Romni Wools in Toronto, which is saying something. I had a falling down in front of the Noro Silk Garden and came away with a sweater’s worth, but someone had to take that hit for the team since I learned that all four of the other ladies were on a stash diet. (They’re also all waiting to see who goes out first. Heh.)

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And today it’s back on a plane again and back to reality, but it’s been a slice and I’ve got new yarn, a bunch of knitting progress, and 2 pounds of Vancouver coffee coming back with me to prove it. Thanks, west coast, let’s do it again some time!

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18 responses to “Departures

  1. Must go to Vancouver. Now.

    Glenna, did you note how long the trippy maze exhibit is going to be at the museum? (Thinking about my PNW vacation this summer…)

  2. You know, I think you `Do` the best knitting travelogues of any blogger out there…you give us such a great complete package…other knitters, yarn shops (inside, outside and links!) and food too!

    Thanks so much for yet another satisfying virtual trip!

  3. The Ken Lum exhibit is there until September! Lots of time to absorb it. ;)

    G

  4. Fabulous! Now I just have to figure out how to get myself from the home base of Seattle to Vancouver. (Just thinking out loud here. I’m sure I’ll figure it out!)

  5. Martha

    Oooh, is that a Caffe Artiggiano latte?

    Love the knit shop pics, I’m bummed I didn’t get to more when I was there. Vancouver is awesome!

  6. LOL! Your comment that the people out west will save us reminded me of one of my first visits to the west. It was my first experience of seeing ‘grannies’ with placards demonstrating ?? – something they obviously thought would save us.

  7. It was delightful to have you! Mr.Q and the cats thought so as well. So glad you enjoyed your stay!

  8. Marjorie

    You take great pics! ( I read your blog and go – “wow – this is where I live – she makes it look so cool” Am very jealous. (And agree with Marie lol) Hope you come back soon.

  9. I want to know what that yummy lemony drink was.

  10. Sue

    Knit fast, die warm – I totally need that on a tshirt!

  11. don’t beat yourself up about the silk garden slip….I knit someone a sweater with it several years ago & she still calls to rave every time she puts it on.

    @ sue – I second the t-shirt idea.

  12. It was great to meet and enjoy a day with you. Y’all come back now, ya hear!

  13. That looks like Stanley park! I love Vancouver! You’re so lucky to get to go there. Last time I was there, I didn’t knit yet, so missed out on all the awesome stores. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Aww, now I’m homesick… and I’m in Hawaii. Not exactly suffering ; ) I’m glad you enjoyed your trip.

  15. pip

    .. it sounds like you had a wonderful time… I love virtually visiting cities, yarn shops and restaurants :)

  16. Now I want to go to Vancouver!

    Are you coming back to the west coast for Sock Summit?

  17. I must go to Vancouver too… they don’t do coffee like that in Texas, we get some oily (get it… it’s Texas) cup of black goo with lumpy cream and rock hard sugar.