July 2, 2009
Kelowna, Ogopogo, and not the blanket
Early yesterday morning Joe and I left the girls and came far across the country west, to Kelowna. Our friends Albert and Robina live here, in a beautiful house that overlooks the Okanagan lake,
and we've had the loveliest time. A very grown-up good time, with cocktails and restaurants and all manner of tidy things. Yesterday we went down to the Canada Day Celebrations in the city and over in nearby Peachland, and Joe and Albert played camera.
(See the different colours of the two hills behind Albert? One is green (trees) and the other side is brown after being cleared of trees by the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire. (2003). You can really see what it's like in this picture.
Crazy. Albert says this kind of pine needs fire to germinate, and that in that way these natural fires that come up every hundred years or so are a good thing, but it's still stunning to see.
Legend has it that deep in Lake Okanagan there's a big sea monster called Ogopogo- just like the Loch Ness Monster.
In fact, one theory holds that the Loch Ness Monster and Ogopogo might be the same beast, travelling back and forth through deep and unknown channels that connect the bodies of water. (Both lakes are super deep.That one seems really unlikely though.) I've spent a lot of time looking over the lake since I got here though, and I haven't seen it. (I'm trying really hard, too.) The closest I've come to a deep sea monster is my new sock....
Green and beady, isn't it? It's the Beaded Bells kit, and not an Ogopogo kit but it really seems appropriate to me for this place. While I love this kit and think this sock is beyond pretty,
I don't think that I'm going to work on it too long today. I might have overlooked the complexity of working a beaded knit in restaurants, airplanes, cars and dinner tables, and am leaving a few beads behind everywhere that I go. There's a few on an Air Canada plane, a few at a Mexican restaurant in Kelowna, a few a the beach...
If you find some, you'll know I was there.
Posted by Stephanie at July 2, 2009 12:22 PM
Looks like a lovely place to relax and knit :^)
great photos! the beads are a nice twist fromt he usual bread crumbs!
Hope you don't run out, searching the Air Canada plane could be hard.
Great sock! Doesn't it feel good to do something other than garter stitch?
I like to remember to thank God for Lakes.
So cool! My mom is from Kelowna, she grew up in Peachland. I had a mini version of that Ogopogo statue on my bookcase as a child. Have fun!
Canada is a beautiful country. I have relatives in Surrey. Enjoy yourself and the time off----you deserve it. Those socks are wonderful. I want to try toe up socks soon. A friend is making some and they are fab. I really like the toe. Take care and enjoy. Claudia
Just like Hansel and Gretel! We can follow the beads and locate the Harlot.
There are actually several different lakes around the world that are supposed to have deep-water monsters, including Lake Champlain. There's even a field of study called Cryptozoology, in which you learn about animals that may not exist.
Hey, you're only a (really long) day's drive away, c'mon up to Alaska!
Yay for you and Joe having a proper grown up vacation!!
That is truly gorgeous country. Spent some time last October just south, in Spokane and Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene - It's all just one beautiful hunk of woods and lakes, borders be damned!
I've spent many a wonderful summer day in Kelowna visiting my grandparents. Lovely area. I never did see Ogopogo, but believe nonetheless. I hope you are able to enjoy some of the local fruits (cherries, peaches, apricots, etc) and other produce from the Okanogan Valley during your stay.
The sock is very appropriate... the beads glittering like the scales of the fabled Ogopogo
Ooo, pretty, pretty beads on one of my favorite colors, green!
We have a deforested-by-fire hill here in Flagstaff too. I think it was something like 20 years ago, and it's still not re-forested. Of course, things grow more slowly here than in places that get rain.
That sock is only surpased in beauty by Okanagan lake. Really beautiful sock...sorrry about the lost beads!
Is your wedding on Saturday? If a tall, balding older man in a dark suit--Mr. C.--officiates the wedding, please do greet him. He's the Dad of a knitter, and also the son of a very accomplished seamstress, knitter, tatter, and hooked-rug-maker. (I cannot bring myself to call my late Granny a rug-hooker) He mentioned he had a long drive for his Saturday wedding.
nods, I find that beady projects are best done at home.... in the reclining chair
My hubby saw me checking the blog and asked if you were going to have the Ogopogo hold your sock if you see it. Gotta love him! Enjoy the rest of your grown-up vacation.
Nice sox lady!
I used to live there in the Valley until recently ( now on Vancouver Island.) but was there for the 2003 fires. Crazy time! Loved our 15 years there but the even increasing heat got to me and off we went. Back when we were rather new there and traveling between Vernon and Kelowna, mid winter on a bitterly cold and snowy day, I was busy watching the road ahead, when hubby pulled over to the side of the road and then backed up a bit. He pointed to something out in the lake and asked me what a saw. There in a cold deserted lake, was a long shiny object that had ripples coming off it as though it was moving through the water. What really freaked me out was seeing the shiny parts appear elsewhere and the original go below the surface. Then the whole thing disappeared.
We just sat there in stunned silence.
So keep looking but I don't think HE likes crowds or the hotter water...but you never know!
Sounds like a lovely trip. The socks look great.
The lake looks lovely. I've never been to BC. Well except for taking my bicycle to Vancouver Island. Then we discovered the ferries around the San Juan Islands and did that for a couple of days (much less hilly). Beads on a sock? Looks nice but how will it feel? Say, did you and Tina consider a turkish type sock ala Anna Zilbourg for the Sock Museum? I don't recall seeing one of those, but there were so many I may have missed it. Have fun with the grownups!
Beads = knitters' Inukshuk? My we are just full of Canadian cultural references around here this week, aren't we.
Also, those trees are called Jack Pines. Their pinecones only open under extreme heat...typically when there's a wildfire. They have a beautiful windswept, irregular, wild and free look about them.
It certainly is time for you to have a nice tidy vacation. You deserve some time to enjoy true beauty and relax restoratively. Please do that!
Another hopeless novice question (by which I mean that I seem to be ENDLESSLY a knitting novice. I'm not getting any better, really. But it's not true that I don't have hope.): Will you do a step by step tutorial some time about how one knits with beads? The idea scares me but when you explain things, i seem to be able to learn...
Thankee, and oh yes, please don't rush. Enjoy every second of that gorgeous vacation. We're all living through you.
Ah, the Okanagan Valley is so wonderful, especially this time of year. Hubby's family is from nearby Penticton. You should check out The Flashback (band) at the Summerland Legion tomorrow! I hear it's going to be a rockin' show. Enjoy the socks and the lack of blanket!
I love the Okanagan. Drove there on a road trip last summer. This is a beautiful time of year to go. If you have the time, you should bike through the Trestles - you can see the forest fire devastation up close... Oh and if you're in the area, make sure you go to Summerland. Go hike up Giant's Head mountain (spectacular views) and go to Summerland Sweets for some really awesome jams and fruit related goodies. Oh and watch out for those quails. :)
Enjoy BC, we love having you here. :D (PS Lester Q is playing in Victoria this weekend at the Organic Festival! I can't to see him live! Thanks for the recommendation!)
Beautiful pictures! Looks like a wonderful vacation. The pictures from the fire are striking. I know they are a necessary part of nature but it is hard to see all that scorched, treeless land.......
that sock is beeyootiful. I want!
For your bead problem:
It is small and compact Jewel-case (like a zip-drive size) with a really cool kind of tacky paper on the inside of each lid that holds the beads without leaving a sticky residue on said beads.
Trust me, I'm not just a needlecraft retail worker, I'm also a lace & bead knitter. :D
Oh how lovely, my grandparents used to live in Oliver with a house over looking Lake Okanagan. Loved visiting there! So beautiful and they grew the *best* raspberries in their back yard. When the moose weren't eating them.
If you have a chance, stop by Tickleberry's in Okanagan Falls for some super amazing ice cream. Yum! http://www.tickleberrys.com/
You know, I still can't get used to Joe with short hair... (I know it's been a long time now, but he doesn't appear in blog photos that often, so I forget.) I'm glad you are having a lovely time!
Hey folks! I am going to post a totally unrelated comment today. Sorry Stephanie for hijacking your comments section but I think you will like this. I collect vintage sewing books and there's a big group of them on ebay right now. The seller is vintage-vv-vogue. Here's a link to the list of books still available.
There are lots of books about sewing, hatmaking and a couple of other types of vintage techniques, but what made me go "WHOA!!" is this: Now *these* (the link below) are socks & look at those stockings - WOW! Those would make great garments for a second honeymoon. Just the stockings - nothing else LOL
I know this doesn't relate to today's post, but I do know it's knitting related so I can be forgiven right? To sweeten the pot, there are other knitting books there for knitting your underwear - like knickers and camisoles etc. To wear with your hand knit fishnet stockings that you knit!!
P.S. I am a sewer, not a knitter, although I have knit a couple of things when my kids (4 daughters) were very little. I was directed to your blog about two years ago by another friend (non-knitter also) and I read it daily just because it reinforces that we all have our "people" around us, either close at hand or on the 'net. People whose eyes don't glaze over when you talk about your fiber passions.
BUT having protested about being a non-knitter, I do have a "knitting bag" (on sale 75% off at Fabricland) that has grommets to feed the yarn out the sides, I then had to put something in it so I bought some needles, a pattern, and some lovely self-striping sock yarn cause I know my grandkids will think it's a hoot how it stripes all on it's own. And when I was buying that, some lovely light lime yarn hopped into my bag along with a pattern for an adorable summer cardigan.
Keep waiting for it, because if I ever start knitting, you will hear me yelling from the rooftops "I DID ID!!" And then I will chop up my credit cards because there'll be no stoppin' me then.
Hope someone scores some of these cool vintage books, just not the ones I want!!
Enjoy your time with Hubby !!!
And do it again and again......
(advice from a mum and dad that waded thru 21 years of parenting before escaping..... and are both really wondering why now.....)
Even your knitting will thank you for taking time away from teens for just you two. :o)
All the best !
Great photos of a most beautiful part of our country. Thanks for the memories too, Steph. My mom and step-dad retired to Peachland in 1978 and lived there till 1994, when my step-dad died and Mom moved into assisted living. With 2 kiddoes and my in-laws in Vancouver, our summers were spent doing the Calgary-Peachland-Vancouver thing (or the reverse). I knit on many of those trips too...and no, we never saw the Ogo-Pogo either... :-(
I think the key is to look for Ogopogo AFTER the cocktails, see?
Ogopogo sure gets around! Those underwater channels also go to Donner Lake and Lake Tahoe - both very deep and cold lakes.
I second the Tacky Bob comment. Have so many that I helped my local LYS become the highest seller of Tacky Bobs in the USA. Even have a personalized one with my picture on it holding, you guessed it, a wad of Tacky Bobs.
Wow! Your vacation spot looks wonderful. In two weeks my husband and I are traveling to Door County in WI. Do not know if there is a lake monster story there, but there WILL be sock knitting. After 38 years, Jim knows, "love me, love my knitting!" Great to love men who respect our passions, right? Enjoy!
A beautiful spot for a grown-up getaway, and who knows? Ogopogo may want to hold the sock for you!
Those beads could be a hint for a game at sock camp -- identify who's been where by the sock remnants left behind . . . the winner gets a new sock kit!
Beautiful pictures! Glad to could enjoy some knitting time in my province. My inlaws live in Kelowna - too hot for me...lol.
As a native of a part of the world (California) which used to be Mexico and where hearing Spanish spoken is as common as hearing English, I am curious about Mexican restaurants in far-off places, like B.C. OK. I am not curious. I am incredulous. I find it an anomaly -- sort of like good American hockey players.
I love the beaded sock. Must refrain from clicking the link. Must. Not. Click. Link.
sigh! I grew up in Kelowna. Sure do miss it - living in northern Ontario is just sooo not the same!
I love the Okanagan, that why DH and I moved here! Enjoy your vacation and let me know if you need direction to the LYS.
Yikes: your friends' view is almost mine. One of the downtown yarn stores has a sale on - have you checked it out yet??
No way! My family owns a cabin on Lake Metigoshe, which straddles the U.S./Canadian border at Metigoshe, Manitoba. And *we* have a relative of the Loch Ness Monster too! Maybe Canada has more lake monsters than you thought...
Once upon a time there was a lovely knitter named Stephanie who vacationed with her charming husband, Joe. One day Joe said to Stephanie, "Let's go hiking." So Stephanie packed some sandwiches, a water bottle, and her Beaded Bells socks-in-progress into a backpack, and off they went. Joe thought that the backpack seemed a little heavy, but, being an intrepid woodsman, he said nothing. Soon they came to a fork in the trail, and they didn't know which way to go.
"What if we get lost?" said Stephanie.
"I know," said Joe, "just drop a bead out of your sock kit every few feet, and then we'll always be able to find our way back."
"All right," said Stephanie, hating the idea of sacrificing her sock beads but knowing better than to argue with an intrepid woodsman.
An hour later they stopped for a meal, and Joe glanced down the trail in the direction from which they had come.
"What happened to all the beads you dropped?" he asked. "Now how will we find our way back?"
"At this time of year," Stephanie replied, "it does no good to mark a trail with beads, for the woods are full of knitters. But have you noticed what we're sitting on?"
"A couple of rocks," said Joe. "They're a little hard, but better than the damp ground."
"I thought of that," said Stephanie, "that's why I brought that crocheted acrylic afghan that your Aunt Eusebia made for us twenty years ago."
"I didn't know we still had that," said Joe. "I thought you hated it."
"I did," said Stephanie, "but it would have made a great damp-proof picnic blanket, so I brought it along. Only, when we thought we might get lost, instead of using my lovely beads I unraveled the afghan and let the yarn trail behind us, wrapping it around a bush every now and then. See what you might have mistaken for a very long brown worm on the ground there? We'll have no trouble finding our way back."
And they didn't. And they very much enjoyed the rest of their vacation. And the moral of the tale is this: do not scorn a crocheted acrylic afghan, for it could save your life, not to mention your beads.
Yikes, that was really long. Sorry.
Be sure to visit Kelowna Yarn & Needlecrafts
Say Hi to Anne & Stephen from me.
A lovely couple & a beauftiful store.
Ah-a trail of beads- the knitterly equivilant of bread crumbs...
I'm vacationing in Kelowna too. I'm visiting my daughter and my two grandchildren. Unfortunately I got the flu a couple of days after I got here. I'm OK today though and plan to start exploring the area. The Myra canyon sounds like it will be a good place for a hike. Now I just have to convince the others to go !
Have a great time and I guess we'll both be back in Ontario before we know it.
Kelowna! I've been there (albeit in winter when the temps were sub-zero driving over the mountains from Vancouver.) That lake is one of the loveliest I've seen.
I'll look for your beads the next time I fly Air Canada (which is another thing about Canada for which to be grateful.)
Nessie and Ogopogo are probably related to Champ - that'd be the lake monster in Lake Champlain.
Hey you are in town here! how cool is that. I am glad you are having a good time and the weather is not too hot yet.Lots to see and do here and there is a great LYS on Pandosy-enjoy your holiday here!
Where's the blanket? I want to see the--oh, a sock! *loses interest in the blanket and ooooohs at the sock* Soooo pretty...
'Playing camera' looks a lot more inclusive than 'playing electronic sound systems' and 'motor talk' - love it, and so(ooo) grown-up to. I am pleased that holidaying and restauranting leaves more time for knitting. Continue having a great time.
To paraphrase the song my mother used to sing to us: Rings on their fingers and beads near her toes, they shall make music wherever they go.
And that bare hillside looks very familiar: when we were househunting in California, an aunt tried to get us to live up in the hills near her. But the opposite hillside was totally denuded from an earlier fire, and each new house up thataway was now required to have its own water tower as a DIY in case the firetrucks couldn't get through the twisty narrow lanes between the redwoods. Uh, no THANK you!
Wow. The sun really does still exist. I have not seen any significant amount of sun since being in Columbus for TNNA.
Oh how I love the Okanagan Valley. It's one of my happy places.
Enjoy your little vacation. It's still raining in Ontario.
That's a beautiful spot for a vacation. If you're a fan of syrups and jams, pop into Summerland while you're out there. There is a place that makes delicious goodies and they give a nice tour of their facility as well. Enjoy!
OMG seriously. Which Mexican restaurant?! I hope to heck it was Hector's Casa. Best Mexican food in the Valley.
I was glad that I didn't head down town this year as I heard it was extremely busy, but now that I know that you were there, I regret not going. :( I would have had some fun trying to find you and just shake your hand!! Ack!
Hope you're enjoying your stay immensely!
Think of it as the happy, sparkly trail of vacation.
Years ago(like 30+) when I did more weaving than
knitting, I attended some kind of weaving gathering - it might have been a Convergence.
At any rate there was a Canadian woman who had designed and woven the Okanagan tartan. I remember greens and blues (like the yarn and beads in your sock) and a bit of yellow perhaps.
She had been born in the Okanagan region and that was her way of honoring her "homeland".
I looked for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland and I didn't see him either...
When I was a kid, we would go camping at Lake Okanagan, and my stinky older brother would say (in the middle of the night) "Ogopogo's gonna get you!" I would scream and we would both drive my mom crazy!
I bet I know that mexican restaurant - a local favourite located in the mission district right?
That colourway is gorgeous. A perfect sea-monster green.
He who dies with the most beads may win, but lose your beads and you live forever. Perhaps because it'll take that long to find them...?
I love beaded knits, but I have a silly question: can you feel the beads when you wear the sox? Doesn't it bother you? What if you wear boots?
Told you it was silly, but I do wonder. If I make a pair for a (sensitive) child, will it bother her?
I had to abandon a new and slightly tricky sock technique while on vacation as well. It was just as well, because I can finish socks faster if I make them they way I usually do. All that scenery gets in the way of a good knit, I tell you.
My sister lives in Kamloops, which I think isn't far from Kelowna. BC is a beautiful place.
Ooh, what a pretty non-blanket!
great pictures...I love the Okanagan... if you get the chance, the wineries are well worth a visit, If you weren't on a schedule, I'd say drive down to Naramata, it's a fantastic trip along the lake... gorgeous.
All my happiest memories are tied up there with my Aunt Betty who was a knitter, a spinner, a dyer, a member of the weavers guild... in short one of the most wonderful women you could ever hope to meet.
But this is my backyard! And now it's your discovery. Lovely, isn't it? I was wishing you'd do a book talk in Kelowna - and now you're HERE!
Just FYI (and we all know that you both need and deserve a lovely holiday) now that you know how gorgeous it is here, perhaps we can tempt you come back here on a book tour? We have some lovely LYSs and lots and lots of wonderful knitters. Think of us next time!
I live in Kelowna, and went down to Canada Day with my mom yesterday.
Lovely knit, btw ^_^
I'll bet that lake critter would love a knitted hat. Do you plan on staying up near the lake shore to try and Kinnear the beast?
Or perhaps people will think they are Ogopogo scales (or a trail of breadcrumbs to lead you back home...)
I remember exactly 2 things from my Renewable Resources course 26 years ago: The scientific name for Swimmer's Itch is Schistozome Dermatitis, and the reason pine trees need fire to propogate is that they have semi-serotinous cones that don't open to release seeds without the intense heat of a forest fire. Make that three things: A muskrat will allow itself to be trapped repeatedly if you feed it crackers and cheese.
Ah...wish I knew you were coming here. I would love to meet you. Last summer I just missed an event you were at in Toronto too. Hope you enjoyed the great bands on Canada Day. Hope the restaurant was Hector's Casa on Pandosy - just down the street from The Art of Yarn!.
Hello from Kamloops :) You just missed the "green season" - the few weeks the brown hills have a green tinge from the bit of rain we get. Everything looks like a mossy carpet.
Oh Oh, I can't believe you were in Kelowna. I live on the west side of the lake, now known, very imaginatively, as West Kelowna. Glad you're enjoying your stay here.
It's kind of a neat little legacy to leave though. A little piece of your project all over.
Although it does make it infinitely harder to finish the actual project.
Maybe the beads are a Hansel & Gretel trail back to fun times... after all, birds don't eat beads. (Though magpies like shiny things, so maybe that's not the best trail material.)
Those beads are cool- swimming in the rich lake grass-green of the sock...
Wish it were summer here!
Aack! no rain??!! We have had rain here in Maine for the past 21 days. You have sun, no fair! Has it been as bad as us in Toronto? We wait all winter -6 months- for this short but glorious summer and so far it's been rain all the way- sigh, but at least my husband's cardigan is getting finished while I watch X-Files....
Joe and Gretel? Dropping beads so you can find your way back? Good idea!
Lake Champlain also has a monster -Champ. Perhaps he, Nessie, and Ogopog are long lost siblings.
Lake Champlain also has a monster -Champ. Perhaps he, Nessie, and Ogopogo are long lost siblings.
If you'd seen the cartoon series Les Monde Englutis (Spartakus and the sun beneath the sea -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartakus_and_the_Sun_Beneath_the_Sea) you would know that are all kinds of things below, and between the "stratas", and all kinds of ways between...
The sock is gorgeous, and one thing is better than knitting is knitting with beads...
Enjoy your vacation!
My kids have a t-shirt and stuffed animal from when a friend raced Ironman Canada there. Enjoy your visit.
Thanks for sharing your holiday pics. Nice sock.
if you can, i highly recommend floating down the river in pentiction! you rent innertubes and a bus picks you up at the end and takes you back to your car! perfect for summer in bc :)
Remember back when you were touring with the second book and telling us all about your nightmare of sheep disappearing and no more wool? Well, it's not quite that bad, but I opened my newspaper this morning - yes, I'm ancient enough that I still love my morning paper - and gasped to learn that sheep are shrinking! It's that "non-existent" climate change that's making the sheep in Scotland smaller and smaller.
Of course, the upside would be that now you can really convince Joe that new pet is a shaggy dog with hoofs!
I'm glad you guys are having a great time! I was in Kamloops (just north on the highway) over the weekend and the weather was great and my company (family) was wonderful. I'm excited to see this socks finished. I love beads! Enjoy the rest of your stay.
Beautiful beading, lovely sock, and great pictures. Yes, one must choose travelling knitting carefully. For example, I usually knit something simple in the car, rather than a complicated pattern that must be scrutinized. There's enough to deal with in the car as it is, like the dog (with whom I always seem to have to share the back seat)who insists on trying to eat my French fries and licking up spilled iced tea off my purse. And then there are those dratted bumps in the road which can knock stitches off your needles. You must retrieve them before the next bump. Yes, it's not easy being a travelling knitter.
Thanks for the pictures of Kelowna! My aunt, uncle and cousins moved there in 1970 from the east coast and I have so enjoyed visiting them out there. (Only 66 hour drive from here!) I spent the summers of '73 and '82 out there, and over the years have treasured trips out there as my cousins married. I got a phone call from my aunt in 2003 as she evacuated from the fire and my uncle packed the car with their treasures - including her pickles! - as the ashes fell around him. My last trip out I visited the Kelowna yarn shop and got some lace patterns and locally spun yarn. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Kelowna!
lovely socks and beads... anyone know what size beads they are? I'd love to try beading something, but don't have the first clue about what kind of beads work best
hope your vacation is excellent!
Beads? For socks? Wouldn't that be a bit. . .prickly? And definatly not for everyday wear. But I like the yarn, what was it? You probably said it and I missed it though. . .
You have just reaffirmed my choice of not including the beads in a shawl I'll be taking with me to Ireland next week. :) I was doubting whether it would have been nicer or not... although I do think that it is quite nice without!
Socks look lovely, though! :)
I know that there are probably many Harloteers who despair when you post entries with little or no knitting content. For me, though, as a non-Canadian with atrocious knowledge of Canadian history and geography, I love your travelogues, history stories, synopses of current events, and all 'round Canadiana. You have been fortunate to be able to travel around your beautiful country, and I thank you for sharing it with us. (And the knitting content is fabulous, too.) (Actually, you could write about anything - heaters, dishwashers, rearing teens, belly-button lint, doesn't matter - I'd enjoy reading it.)
BC is magnificent! I don't get up there anywhere near often enough, especially lately. Glad you are enjoying your vacation, (belated) happy Canada Day and lovely sock. :)
Perfect socks for a perfect location!
I hope you'll be joining Tour de Fleece this year! You're how I found out about it - how many of us found out about it! Feel free to join the North Border group on Rav - we're the states and provinces along the US/Canada border. No rules - just enjoy the spinning company! Your vacation looks wonderful - and sans blanket! Priceless!
May you have more time to knit, more time to play with grown-ups, and may that great beastie show his head!
beads like gretal's bread crumbs...
What a beautiful and relaxing spot for a get away! Thanks for sharing.
Whoo! Whoo! You were RIGHT across the lake from the place my mother-in-law has in Naramata and where we spend a couple of weeks every summer. If you were in Summerland at any point you could have looked right across at the big stone house with two cottages! Of course, we were all the way across the country at the time, but still...
Wow Steph, those socks are beautiful! Nice to see you enjoying yourself w/not the blanket! Have an amazing time in BC!
It's nice to see that you and Joe are having a REAL holiday and enjoying it to boot. When you come home, please bring the sunshine with you. Ontario is sadly lacking in that commodity and I'm tired of having to wear a fleece in July!!!! And now-back to the Rushing Rivulet sock from Cat's book New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Cheers, Hazel.
My dad is from Oakanagan on the Washington side, and as kids we always looked really hard to see if we could see the monster!
I've always wanted to visit western Canada and your photos make me want to do it even more.
My family has a cottage in Georgian Bay and I am feeling sad that due to my new job and no vacation allowed for at least six months that I'll be missing my Canadian vacation this year. I'll have to live vicariously through others.
Love the sock and that weather. Is that sky blue? I haven't seen a blue sky in so long I forget what one looks like. LOL! Bring some of that weather back home with you.
Good for you - a little relaxation before the big event. How beautiful is that place! I think beaded socks were quite ambitious for holiday - beautiful but ambitious.
in reply to your twittering 06 July:
I am often feeling like I also need to enter "email bankruptcy", just delete my inbox and start again.
It won't go over well at work though ...
I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend in Kelowna a few years back for a softball tournament. The Corona in Kelowna. Yes, it was probably everything that you can imagine and more. We didn't spend any time at the lake - but what a beautiful part of the world. Isn't it great to have some time to just hang out with your husband?
stop checking email! It's vacation for petie's sake
What a gorgeous place and socks. I love the color and the beads. Have a good vacation! You have made want to visit lots of places in Canada - what a beautiful country.
How beautiful place and socks. I love the color and the beads. Enjoy your vacation! Through your blog I have discovered how beautiful country Canada is.
Oh, these pictures are so wonderful. I miss Canada so much. When I was a child growing up in Illinois, every summer my parents would pack up and drive me and my brothers to Jasper for 2 weeks of camping. I've gone back a couple of times as an adult....but always wish I could move there or at least live closer. The crisp, clean air, gorgeous mountains, friendliest people - your pictures evoke all of this.
Oh...and knitting. That is one seriously gorgeous sock! I just finished Rogue Roses -- I learned a lot with that pattern - thank you so much! And now am the proud owner of a seriously gorgeous pair of socks!!
I was hoping the punchline would be that you did spot Ogopogo and Kinneared him, or her as it were.
Looks like a beautiful place and a wonderfully good time you both had.
I wonder if those underwater channels go to Lake Champlain in Vermont! Maybe Ogopogo and Champ are friends...
A beautiful sock for a beautiful place. So glad you are enjoying your grown-up time...
(Today's my youngest brother's 18th bday, and my parents are wrapping up 32 years of raising kids in their home, and they're pretty psyched at the freedom. I can imagine how you and Joe might be feeling on this trip :)
Must. Visit. British. Columbia. Some. Day. Your pictures are so pretty. How lovely to attend a waterfront wedding, too! I've never been to the Pacific Northwest! I have been to Niagara-on-the-Lake, though, and seen Toronto, across Lake Ontario, though!
Interesting. There was a deep crater lake near where I lived in Japan called Lake Tazawa (or Tazawa-ko) and it had a legend of a dragon that dwelled in the deeps that had once been a beautiful princess.
hey Steph I only live 4 blocks from the ogopogo ....ya should have called me..cousin di