Last weekend we spent a day, plus a little more on Gabriola Island, visiting with friends. Like always, visiting Gabriola seems like going far, far away; even when it is just a short ferry ride.
It was a little grey to begin with – there was no sunset at Lighthouse point the first night, but the sunset the second night more than made up for it! We love to spend a weekend at Gabriola, we laze around, take leisurely walks, and drink a little wine, nap and in all ways relax.
The Saturday was gorgeous. It started with a walk and a Heron sighting; followed by a visit to an Artisan’s Market that was bigger than average because it was the weekend of the Gabriola Theatre Festival.
I found the most gorgeous glass beads at the market. The Designer, Amanda Craigmyle, calls these her “Orphans”. Amanda explained that as she usually likes to create “pairs”, it may take several tries to get two to match as closely as she likes! I love them. Now to find ways to use them in my knitting.
After lunch we went for another leisurely walk around the point of the peninsula. The sun had come out and there was a brisk wind and it was gorgeous! Gabriola Islands sits on sandstone. Over the years the Sandstone has been carved out and shaped by wind and water. One of the interesting things is the shapes left behind. Round, hard stones, that rise and sit on the Sandstone. Love the way nature works to create beauty all around us!
Later there was a family of raccoons in the yard next too us. They are so gorgeous – I just had to take some pictures.
Dinner – and then a far less leisurely walk to the best place on the peninsula to see the sunset! We were running late, a little too much leisure! We were told that we missed the best of the sunset – but I thought that it was still spectacular!
It has been a busy week, and it will be a busy weekend; the summer is disappearing fast!
Celtic Fichu has been released on Ravelry and I will get it up on Patternfish tomorrow. Tonight I will string beads for the Turtle Flower Gauntlets and start those again. I have a ferry ride on Sunday – a great time to get some solid knitting in!
Last night I was BAAAD! I had to – I just had too! I have been looking at it for so long.
I picked up Lot #3 from the Great White Bale, wound it and started to knit. Ohh! it is like knitting with velvet! This is a worsted spun, merino/silk blend hand dyed by Jennifer Heverly of Spirit Trail Fiberworks. Clara and Jennifer blended 5 dye colours to get the resulting gorgeous colourway. Incredible.
The yarn is roughly a 4-ply weight. I am working with a 4.5mm needles to get as much out of the yarn as possible. The loft is incredible and it doesn’t feel too loose for being knit with such a large needle!
I am creating the pattern as I go. It will be interesting to see how it develops!