Vancouver – Thursday on foot


After the conference finished around 1300 today, it was time to visit yarn stores. The DH who was returning from that dangerous place, San Francisco, was tied up in Immigration/Customs for almost two hours. No idea why the lines were crawling but something is going to have to improve before the Winter Olympics or there are going to be thousands of really unhappy people.

But I digress. After visiting the first store on Main Street, I headed off on foot up 20th in the direction of Kingsway. And this is what I saw adorning the fence tops along my route. Not on the cross streets, and not a block over. Something must have infected this street with a need for creature guardians.

Balls A Lion Creature Three Dwarves

Please note, I spared you the other four dwarves who were in a lot more shadow. Along with pineapples, more lions and other unidentifiable crowning elements. Snow White knew better than to be out in public.


Yarn Shops. Birkeland Bros Wool Ltd. is at 3573 Main Street. Not only do they have a wide variety of Canadian and Scandinavian yarns on hand, they have fibers and spinning wheels. And then there is the 100 year old huge carder still in the shop. You can see it from the front, the back and up close and personal. I would not put my fingers in there.
The larger drum carder The back The rollers
I also stopped at Burnaby Knitworks. She was having a storewide sale. A wide variety of yarns, mostly good solid choices were on the shelves. If I had anything planned (other than socks), I could have easily stocked up on Peer Gynt or Lannett. But I was good and didn’t buy anything.


At 0530 this morning I settled on Fluted Banister for my Barrister. The colour way is called Shades of Teal from Fly*Dyer if I am reading the label correctly. The sock is at that wonderful limp dick stage that is only obvious is you are knitting top down socks. Some times you really don’t want to wave it around at this point, It can really startle the uninitiated.

The sock yarn The fluted banister

Our flight is fairly early in the morning. Vancouver -> Toronto -> Frankfurt.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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One Response to Vancouver – Thursday on foot

  1. colin says:

    I don’t think I sahll look at my in porgress top down socks in quite the same way again!

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