My first time on the West Coast of Canada! Victoria was beautiful, and I wish we had all day there, but we only had one late afternoon through evening.
We arrived around 2 PM which was earlier than we anticipated. I had thought I wouldn’t get a chance to go to any yarn stores, but after yarn shopping in Juneau and running into DeeDee, I learned she had planned to hit at least one that would stay open later for her. So I asked her if I could come along and she said ok!
We took the bus, and as it turned out, this was a really great idea. First of all, we were standing on the wrong side of the street so a nice lady called out from her window and told us where to stand. Then, the bus driver didn’t charge us to take the bus. He also told us about the neighborhood we were driving through and some of the history of Victoria which was super cool. Also, the bus was really big, highly wheelchair accessible, and relatively new. The bus driver told us that they got a lot of new buses for the Olympics.
We went first to Buttoned Up, a yarn store and button boutique. It was pretty awesome. Their selection of buttons was so amazing that it was impossible to know what to buy. I tried to pick a few buttons that would go nicely with sweaters I’m knitting.
And of course, some yarn…
Then we walked a few blocks to the 2nd store, the one DeeDee called ahead for, but they were not open. Disappointed, we stopped at Starbucks and took advantage of the free internet (only in Canada!) so that I could check some emails and most importantly, post my scavenger hunt results on ravelry (see previous post for more info on the scavenger hunt) DeeDee called the store a few times and finally they were back from selling yarn at a festival and were open for us.
Knotty by Nature was pretty awesome. The store wasn’t huge, but they had a great selection of local yarns.
After yarn shopping, I was about an hour late to meet Darren, so I took a cab to the Empress hotel. The cab driver was also super nice; he passed the store so he got out of the cab and walked back to the store to find me. His cab was almost brand new and a hybrid so it was a very pleasant cab ride. He told me that cabs can only be so old in Victoria, which I thought was great, and I thought they should apply the same thing to the US (yeah right). I have been in some nasty cabs in Philly, New York, and Chicago, but oh well.
The Empress hotel was pretty gorgeous, but I was having such a hard time finding Darren, that I forgot to take pictures. He took some but hasn’t uploaded them yet, so you’ll just have to wait. Anyway, Victoria was clean, the locals were incredibly nice, the buildings were beautiful, and the whole experience made me want to spend more time in BC. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to do that eventually.
Well now that I’m caught up on my honeymoon and wedding, I will put up a long post updating on what sock knitting I’ve been up to in July (which is a lot). But right now, I must return to the biggest project I’m working on this summer, my dissertation.