Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Banff was glorious. Those mountains are so compelling, so strong, so awe-inspiring. I believe they are strong spirits that uplift us.

When we got there on Friday, we each had a 60-minute massage. I'd never had a massage before nor had my husband. We both floated out of there with I-can-hardly-walk-I'm-so-relaxed demeanors. Great way to start a weekend getaway.

We dined at Murrieta's Bar and Grill in Canmore. GREAT food, GREAT service. I had trout that was to die for and hubby had seafood risotto. I followed it up with warm chocolate cake...mmm...mere words can't describe the level of delicious...

Saturday we shopped in Banff till we dropped. Lunch was another culinary delight at the Elk & Oarsman Pub and Grill. I had a salmon burger and himself had an elk burger. Mine came with a side of sweet potato fries...need I say more...

I visited the new LYS in Banff, Jen-by-the-Fjord, and met its proprietor Judy. This store is small but fluent in all things knitterly. Judy is a lovely woman who I hope I've convinced to join Ravelry. If you're travelling to Banff, don't miss it. It's in the Charles Reid Mall on main street.

Sunday we drove home through Lake Louise.

Breathtaking. And there was snow on the ground up there. I was glad to have my new Juniper scarf around my neck. The air was brisk but the sun on the lake and the surrounding mountains cast a celestial hue. People come a long way to view this spectacular lake. Some don't get the perfect conditions that we had. A cousin from Ontario wanted to see this lake all her life, and when she finally got there, to her dismay, it was frozen.

Yes, the water is really that blue.

As we were heading back to the parking lot, a couple of Whiskey Jacks cavorted in the pine trees for our entertainment. (Click all to embiggen.)

It was all lovely...can't wait to do it again. Oh yeah...I'm going to Kananaskis to Make 1 Yarn's Fall Fibre Retreat in a couple weeks. Life's good...

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hat for Jackson

This is a hat for our great-nephew Jackson who was born in July. Yep, it's still a bit big, but apparently he's got a big head, and eventually he'll grow into it if it doesn't fit him now. And it's stretched over a large snow globe. The pattern is "Sprout" by Cheryl Niamath. We love her. The wool is Naturally Sensation- 70% Merino, 30% Angora, 10 ply. It's dreamy soft.

Hope his Mommy likes it...