The Trip Home

The View from our Room.

I wrote about the Saturday in Victoria and Butchart Gardens.  An incredible day.

The drive home was pretty normal, with one small interruption.  We stopped at Goldstream Park.  The salmon are running, while normal this is also a cause for celebration.  There had been concerns about an oil spill keeping the salmon from Goldstream.

Salmon in the shallows, fighting their way upstream.

I had never seen the salmon running up a river.  I have watched film and seen pictures but had never seen it for myself.  It was amazing.

The Salmon are not the pretty ones we see in the Ocean or in the store.  These are old and getting ready to spawn and then die.  They are beautiful and wild.

A school of salmon resting before tackling the main current of the stream.

They blend with the stones in the River Bed, and they need too, sea-gulls and eagles are looking for a meal and the Salmon offer easy prey, especially in the shallows of the stream.

The air at Goldstream was alive with the cries of the gulls.  They were everywhere, preening, eating, and waiting.  The salmon were thick in the stream, some struggling up-stream, others resting in the eddies, waiting to take the next section of the stream.  It was a scene of constant motion.  I will not soon forget it.

Gull waiting for the next salmon

I worked on a pair of plain socks for myself on the drives too and from Victoria.  Finished the heel and got into the gusset.

My sock - Soxy yarn.

Happy Knitting



A wild Salmon - so colourful.
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Hi Lynette,

I live in Los Angeles but was married in Victoria; we’ve returned several timines to explore Nanaimo, Esquimalt, etc. Its fabulous. Question about the Baby Flap Cap pattern on Ravelry. I have started the large size now 3 times but cannot get the stitch count correct for Row 2. After knitting 17, SSK, pm K2tog, K38, SSK, pm, K2 tog, K17, I still have 84 stitches. What am I doing wrong? Such a pretty pattern would like to get it right. PS look forward to following you — i LOVE lace! best, Amy L

Hi Amy,
I am so sorry – I have a mistake in the pattern! To fix it:

Cast on 80 sts and work that first round – you will have 76 stitches at the end of the round and then can go on to the rest of the pattern. If you want to start with 84 sts you will need an extra line that should read:
K18, SSK, pm, K2tog, K40, SSK, pm, K2tog, K18 and then work the next round as written in the pattern.

Thank-you for catching that mistake!

It is great that you love the Island – It is home for me. As you are a West Coast person yourself you understand that there is something different about living on the West Coast!

I love lace knitting as well. Especially when I can add beads.

Happy Knitting


That’s a relief! I couldn’t get the arithmetic right to work w the extra stitches. Your pictures are beautiful, have me thinking about returning to Western Canada soon. best, Amy Lyons.

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