We took our electric car on its first eastern road trip this weekend, to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan! The primary purpose of the trip was to visit my best friend and some of the local museums, but I managed to squeeze in a trip to the one Saskatoon yarn shop I'd never been to: The Wool Emporium.
The store has a big focus on local fibre, especially alpaca. I picked up 20 grams of the SOFTEST green-dyed cria alpaca, which was was sold in bulk but almost gone (this was all they had left), a 100 gram bag of fawn coloured alpaca from Jubilee Alpacas, and a skein Briggs & Little Regal in the Sage colourway which I don't have in my collection yet.
There is another very good yarn shop in Saskatoon that I have been to several times, Prairie Lily, but I didn't have time to stop in this trip. Next time!
One of the stops we made in Saskatoon was to the Western Development Museum. My older son, who is a huge history and geography buff, somehow fell in love with this Mary Maxim Saskatchewan Golden Jubilee Curling Sweater:
It occurred to us that if Mary Maxim designed a sweater to commemorate Saskatchewan's 50th anniversary as a province, they likely did so for Alberta as well (the provinces were created at the same time). I have searched Mary Maxim's website and while they have many designs from the 1950s available, the Golden Jubilee sweaters do not appear. We will have to keep up the search!
DS1 would FLIP OUT if I knit him one of these iconic sweaters, I have no doubt.
As to actual real life knitting, the only work I did on the road trip was this:
I've started the sweater "Strandir" from Lopi book No. 31. Being knit from a big wheel of unspun Icelandic plotulopi, and starting with unusual K6P3 rib, it was not ideal travel knitting, especially since so much of our driving was done in the dark! I managed to get a couple of inches knit up but the P2tog decreases on every second purl section of rib, in the pitch dark on the drive home, broke me completely and I lost count and had to be content to just sit and look out at the fog in the headlights!
UPDATE: I found a single photo of the Alberta Golden Jubilee sweater, so we were right: they did make one! But this photo is the only reference I've been able to find online. We might have to recreate it from the photo. Yikes!