Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Knitting Sprawl - Regina
From Winnipeg, we headed west into Saskatchewan. We made one stop just before the border in Elkhorn, Manitoba to eat some lunch, mail some postcards and watch the trains go by.
As new Canadians whose main knowledge of Canada comes from being in Newfoundland, I have heard many things about the mainland from my (now) fellow Newfoundlanders. One thing we heard from nearly everyone is how boring it is in Saskatchewan - flat, flat, flat.
Well, I beg to differ. I loved Saskatchewan! I found myself immediately scheming about how I could spend more time in Saskatchewan. I saw many parallels between Newfoundland and Saskatchewan, and I finally learned how to spell Saskatchaewan. There is so much to love about Saskatchewan, I hardly know where to start. The flatness is all a matter of context. Yes, compared to western Newfoundland, it is flatter than flat. But compared to itself, there are many hills or bumps or nobs. And the sky! There are no words for the ever-changing sky. I couldn't get enough.
Finally I tore my eyes away from the sky long enough to head into Regina and join a regularly scheduled knit together held at Golden Willow Natural Fibers (they don't have a website so I can't make a link but they are right on 13th Avenue in the heart of Regina). I felt very welcomed by Sharon, the store owner and Debbie, one her main instructors there and a regular at the knit together, as well as all the others who graciously answered my questions and shared with me their thoughts on Regina, Saskatchewan, the idea of flatness and what winter is like when there aren't many trees.
Golden Willow is a dream of a shop. Excellent yarn selection - all natural fibres in case you didn't catch the full name - and a huge selection of spinning fibres and accessories. As the pictures indicate, spinning is big here. People know their stuff.
It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Thank you Golden Willow knitters!
And now, back to the sky...