Fiber Find: Nova Scotia

Recently hubby and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion, we planed a special vacation; a cruise to New England/Canada. We had two goals for the trip: fly fish in Acadia and find some special fiber arts items to bring home. Well, I am happy to report we achieved both goals!

Acadia National Park
Bubble Pond, Acadia National Park.

We started with a stop at Bar Harbor, Maine. It is a lovely little seaport village. I wish we had more time to explore the village, but we had a plan. We needed to get on the bus to Acadia.

Acadia is a beautiful National Park. We fished Bubble Pond and Jordan Pond. While we didn’t catch the species we hoped for – a brook trout; we did catch a few bluegill. If we had more than a few hours in the park, I’m sure we would’ve landed more. The bus ride back was a magnificent tour. Every turn brought an even more spectacular view!

Woven glass by Raven Glass Studio (credit: Handworks Gallery).

The next day we went to Bay of Fundy in St. John. We had the opportunity to stop in Handworks Gallery and we discovered the work of Ingo and Julie Doetsch of Raven Glass Studio. I was immediately drawn to their woven glass. It was beautiful! It reminded me of the knitted glass of Carol Milne. Glenn could see how much I loved their work so he purchased this piece for me!

Our last stop was Nova Scotia. During our wanderings we discovered Northern Watters Knitwear & Tartan Shop. It not only offered lovely Scottish and Irish items, they also sold locally-spun yarn, fiber, and yarn bowls! It was just heaven! I picked out a few hanks of yarn and a beautiful blue yarn bowl. I was very happy to not just support a locally-owned shop, but local yarn spinners.

Yarn I picked up at Northern Watters Knitwear & Tartan Shop.

On our walk back to the ship, we passed The Volunteers/Les Bénévoles; the first monument with life-sized bronze figures of women in erected in Halifax. It depicts three generations of women, arranged in a triangle, who are assisting in support of the Second World War. They depict an elderly woman knitting, an African-Nova Scotian woman serving food and a young girl collecting scrap metal in a wagon.

It was a wonderful trip and a great way to celebrate our milestone anniversary. Best of all, we were able to make create some special memories that included supporting the local arts communities in St. John and Nova Scotia.

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