Our theme for the 2022 Colour of the Month is a Road Trip Across Canada. We'll be stopping at some of our favourite destinations, and exploring some new places that we've always wanted to visit! Join us for a fun and informative adventure as we celebrate our wonderful and diverse country.
Dog River, Rouleau, Saskatchewan
The next stop on our cross Canada Road trip is Rouleau, Saskatchewan – better known as Dog River, the fictional home of Corner Gas and Ruby’s Café. This small prairie town east of Moose Jaw was the filming location for the wildly popular sitcom Corner Gas, which ran on CTV from 2004 to 2009, spawned a feature film in 2014, and an animated series that ran from 2018 to 2021. This quirky little Canadian comedy was so popular that tourists came from as far away as Japan and Europe to visit the town, see the set and walk the streets of Dog River! Much of the set is gone now, as the Corner Gas station and Ruby’s Café had to be torn down in 2016. They were only built as TV sets and the buildings were sinking into the boggy ground so the decision was made to demolish them. The Dog River grain elevator is also gone, and sadly, some of the other buildings used for the exterior shots have fallen into disrepair. Although there is a self guided walking tour around the town that takes you to the various locations used in the show, you can still visit Dog River without leaving home. LOL - appropriately enough for a virtual road trip, there is an interactive virtual tour of Rouleau available online! Corner Gas was (and still is) such an iconic representation of life-in-a-small-prairie-town, that in 2009, the provincial government of Saskatchewan designated every April 13th to be "Corner Gas Day." We did not know that when we picked Corner Gas as the inspiration for our April Colour of the Month, but the quirky co-incidence is definitely in keeping with the heart and soul of Dog River!
Emerald Lake Yukon
Socknado 80% super fine merino 20% nylon
This month we are heading north to the Yukon to visit Emerald Lake, one of the most scenic and photographed spots in the entire territory. It is also known as “Rainbow Lake” by the First Nations people, and you can find it just off the Klondike Highway, 12 km north of Carcross, or about a 45 minute drive from Whitehorse.
Emerald Lake is located in the Watson River Valley and is surrounded by limestone hills that were created by reef-building corals and lime-secreting algae when the area was a warm sea - between 150 -200 million years ago! When the glaciers from the last ice age finally retreated about 14,000 years ago, the limestone gravel which had eroded from the surrounding hills was deposited on the valley floor. There, the carbonate from the dissolving limestone reacted with calcium in the water and created a clay known as “marl,” which eventually settled on the lake bottom.
(And you all thought “marl” was just a knitting term! Apparently it also makes very good fertilizer… but we won’t go down that road. LOL!)
When sunlight is reflected off the layer of white clay on the lakebed, the water appears an intense and stunning Emerald green colour. We've created a colourway that incorporates the colours of the lake, the sky above, and the hills surrounding the lake. Please enjoy!
FEBRUARY (on Passion 8 base)
The Sunshine Coast is the next stop on our Canadian Road trip, which has taken us west, to the coast of British Columbia. We’ve bypassed the big city of Vancouver and our destination is a lovely stretch of coastline north of Howe Sound that stretches 180 km up to Desolation Sound.
This area encompasses the traditional territories of the Tla’amin, Klahoose, shíshálh, Skwxwú7mesh, and Homalco Nations, and is often referred to as “The Sunshine Coast.”
This coastline is a favourite spot for many tourists because it is off the beaten track – in fact, you can’t even get there by road; you need a ferry, a boat, or a plane. But once you’re there, you can take a leisurely drive from the town of Gibson’s up through Sechelt, Pender Harbour, and Powell River on the way to Lund. BTW, you may recognize Gibson’s from the iconic TV show “The Beachcombers,” which was filmed there between 1972 and 1990. (Stop in at Molly’s Reach for a quick bite to eat!) or you might recognize it from the fibre festival that ran there for ten years! Readers of Canadian mystery writer L.R Wright will recognize the Sechelt area from her award winning series featuring Staff Sergeant Karl Alberg of the RCMP.
Did you know that the Sunshine Coast is home to more artists per capita than any other Canadian region? There are artists from many disciplines, including painters, potters, and glass blowers. Many artists open their studios to visitors – just look for the Purple flag that indicates the public is welcome. There’s also a lot of fine dining available and I have very fond memories of some of the best fish and chips I’ve ever had made right by the sea.
We invite you to join us on the Sunshine Coast - the laid back atmosphere, temperate climate and abundance of natural beauty will charm you. Grab your knitting and a beach chair and join us for the afternoon, and stay to watch the beautiful sunset over the water!
JANUARY (on passion 8 yarn base)
We start our Road Trip in Calgary where Ancient Arts Yarns is based. Calgary has a population of 1.4 million, making it the third largest city in Canada, and the third most culturally diverse city with over 120 different languages spoken here. This city is Foodie Heaven - there are over 5000 restaurants in the city and a large proportion of them feature ethnic cuisines. Did you know that both the Bloody Caesar cocktail and the Asian food favourite Ginger Beef were created here?
Situated between the Rocky Mountains to the west, and the prairie grasslands to the east, Calgary is the sunniest city in Canada with an average of 333 sunny days each year! We also experience a weather phenomenon known as a "Chinook," which only occurs in two places in the world. Chinooks are warm west winds which can cause the temperature to jump by 20 degrees Celsius (that's 36 degrees Fahrenheit!) in just a couple of hours. When a Chinook happens, you can start the day wearing a winter parka and end it wearing a windbreaker, which gives rise to the local saying "if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes."
However, we do get extreme cold spells (we are in one right now!), which is why Calgary architect Harold Hanen conceived of the idea for a pedestrian walkway to connect the buildings downtown so that people don't have to go outside. The Plus 15 (it is 15 feet above street level) system connects 100 buildings, has a total length of18 km (11 mi) and has 62 skywalk bridges. This ground defying feat of urban planning has been adopted by many other cities which experience inclement weather.
We are the home of the Calgary Flames (NHL)and the Calgary Stampeders (CFL), and were the first city in Canada to host the Winter Olympics (1988.) Every summer in July, the city transforms into the wild west for the Calgary Stampede, which starts off with a grand parade, followed by 10 fun-filled days featuring the world’s largest rodeo, chuckwagon racing, First Nations cultural exhibits, agricultural competitions, arts and craft competitions, stage shows, concerts and an extensive midway.
Our Calgary colourway showcases the view from the city across the rolling landscape of golden wheat fields to the Foothills and the majestic snow capped Rocky Mountains in the distance.
The Complimentary colours that we have picked to go with Calgary are: Apple Blossom, Dune Grass and Tranquility.
January and February bases are on “Passion 8” - 80% SW Merino / 20% Nylon
400 meters / 435 yards per 113 gram / 4.0 oz skein
Gauge: 27 - 32 sts / 4 inches (10 cm) US 1.5 - 3 or 2.5 - 3.25 mm
Passion 8 can be knit to the same gauge as Socknado. The 3 solid shades are complimentary colours with Ancient Arts Colour of the Month for January and February!
Passion 8 is an eight ply ring spun cabled yarn that can be considered a heavy fingering or sport weight yarn. It is a perfect blend of top quality merino and nylon, making it soft, bouncy, and durable. It is suitable for a wide variety of garments and accessories such as socks, shawls, and especially sweaters, especially in tone on tone colorways. This heavy fingering weight yarn has a great handle so it is a joy to knit.