It's been a long time since I took a vacation from knitting. Technically, I had knitting with me on this trip, too (because, you know, I don't leave home without it).
I had just finished the Horseshoe Wedding Stole for KNITmuch.com, and had yet to finish the Horseshoe Pi Wedding Shawl for the Summer 2017 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine. Quite frankly, I needed a break from both deadline knitting and the Horseshoe lace pattern!
This trip came to be in a round-about way. It wasn't long after Zoey had passed, and I got a call from Patsy in my embroidery guild asking if I was still thinking about going to the annual seminar of the Embroiderer's Association of Canada. In that moment, it dawned on me that Zoey's passing made it possible for me to go now.
Alisdair, aka "the Laddie", had never been to Newfoundland, so we began our plans. We would go to St. John's, he could tour the city while I attended my classes, then we'd rent a car and head across country and fly home from Deer Lake. In my four trips to Newfoundland I'd never been west of Gander on the island, and I figured it was time.
We had a terrific time, and I truly vacationed -- never even walked into a yarn shop! We did a 6 km hike in Gros Morne National Park, watched a flounder trapped in a tide pool, and took in as many ocean views as we could. Alisdair was born in Scotland, and spent a lot of time by the sea until his parents brought him to Canada at age 7. Me? Well, I'm just an East Coast wannabe, and I love being by the water. I grew up less than 200' away from one of the largest lakes in Ontario (apart from the Great ones, of course!)
Going to NL in May means you need to layer up in the clothing department (note he's wearing gloves in the photo). But, going to NL in May pretty much assures you that you will see icebergs, especially if you're travelling to Twillingate, an area known as "iceberg alley". The iceberg in the photo at the top of this post was taken at Crow Head, a 5 minute drive outside Twilly.
Anyway, once my classes were through in St. John's I didn't touch any of my stitching from class, and I barely did any knitting! Sum total, I think I finished about 3 rows on the Horseshoe Pi Wedding Shawl.
I must have come home refreshed, however, because, after things were unpacked, I got tucked back into the knitting and got that stole done, blocked, and delivered.
There IS one more design idea I have for the Horseshoe lace "series" of stoles. It will be an advanced level pattern, and I've got all the outlines done for it. However, I'm about over the Horseshoe lace for a while, so that one will have to wait.