There and back

I spent this past weekend on a family trip to Edmonton, for the occasion of my grandfather’s 95th birthday. There was much visiting, and of course a party with several relatives – most of my relatives from my father’s side of the family still live in that area. It was a pretty good time, and Grandpa is doing very well as a 95-year-old. Let’s all try to be so lucky, no?



We managed to sneak in some time to visit some yarn shops – namely, River City Yarns, which has two locations. I’d looked up the Downtown location, and we visited there first, only to discover that the South side location was actually infinitely closer to my aunt’s house, and so we visited that spot too.


The two locations have some stock in common but differ in others. I think I liked the South location a bit more, purely for yarn selection purposes (I was rather taken by the Lorna’s Laces selection, and the beautiful displays of Louet yarns), but staff in both locations were friendly and helpful.



While in Edmonton I managed to knit sock #1 of the pair I’m working on for my grandfather (2.5mm needles, 76 sts, for a man’s Size 12 foot – erk), and I’ll carry on with that this week along with the Bridgewater shawl, which happily now has a complete garter stitch section for the middle.

Onwards with the week! Happy knitting as usual.


  1. Sounds like a lovely weekend. Happy birthday wishes to your grandpa.

  2. kateohkatie · ·

    Happy birthday to your amazing grandpa!

    Thanks also for the awesome photos of the shops – I love getting to visit them vicariously! 😀

  3. Speaking of making socks for male feet…how much yarn does it take for you to make a pair of socks for your grandfather? I want to make some for my brother and I’m wondering if a single 100g skein of fingering weight would be enough for basic ribbed socks. He wears size 11 or 11.5, so that’s pretty close.

    And happy birthday to your grandpa. That’s amazing. One of my grandfathers lived to be 97, but I was only 8 when he died, so I never knew him particularly well.

  4. For his feet, I would say that I use about 450-475 yds of light fingering weight. It’s definitely a bit more than a normal 100g skein, unfortunately!

    For him I use Knit Picks Essential/Stroll, though, which have about 230 yards per 50g skein.


  5. So glad you got to see Edmonton Yarn shops. Next time you should check out Ewe Asked for it on the south side! I go to all 3 of those shops and their awesome 🙂

    I’m so glad I get to move back soon!

  6. Wow, he looks great! I would never guess he is 95!

    Beautiful yarn stores. I’m half jealous that I can’t go and half relieved that I won’t have the temptations!

  7. There’s just something about a yarn shop! Glad I wasn’t there … I’d have bought stuff!!! Love the sparkler candles. ;-D

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