My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Flying the New Zealand flag in Winnipeg

Next on my itinerary was some time in Winnipeg where Joanne lives.  Joanne and I have been blog, skype and sewing buddies for a long time and it was amazing to finally meet her in person and spend time together. Her and her hubby did a wonderful job of showing me the sights of their city. Here are a few of the things we did...
The Assiniboine zoo was one attraction-
The zoo had underwater viewing tunnels so we could watch the
Polar Bears swim - sadly they didn't swim for us but we had a great
view of them regardless.
As was the Canadian Museum for Human Rights -
The architecture of the building was as interesting as the exhibits,
inside and out.
For obvious reasons, the 'Witness Blanket' exhibition appealed
to me and begged for a closer look.
Good to see New Zealand mentioned!
A view of downtown from the same building.
We visited a Canadian dairyfarm  -
And went to the Barnswallow quiltshow at Morden-
Silly me didn't get the details of these quilts and their makers. There were some really lovely quilts there and we spent a lot of time enjoying them.
And speaking of quilts, it was lovely to see Joanne's masterpieces from over the years-
One of her early quilts plus a quiltalong
quilt she ran a few years ago.
And sleep under them too-
My own hands haven't been completely idle while I've been away. I started with this yarn, which is a beautiful Merino/silk mix which Joanne dyed and spun a few years ago. We had traded yarns; I sent her some NZ possom mix (no I did not dye and spin that!) in exchange.
On the flight to Winnipeg, I knitted the last few rows and cast off as we were preparing for landing!
Washed and blocked!
The pattern for this Asymmetrical Scarf is found on Joanne's Ravelry page *here*.
So pretty
As you can see I had a thoroughly enjoyable time in Winnipeg, thank you so much Joanne and her hubby for having me to stay :-)
My travels are nearly at an end......
'till next time, happy stitching,


  1. Love the wool and the scarf. I follow Joanne's blog too so great to see her work and where she lives.
    The clip building on the side of that bridge looks different.

  2. What a great time you are nice to see NZ get a mention...always ahead of the rest of the world in many ways!! The wools (?) look lovely such a nice scarf. Are the Canadian cows like NZ cows? Joanne has made some beautiful quilts.

  3. How wonderful to have finally meet your friend Joanne and her hubby. They showed you some great places and sites..
    The yarn in your scarf knitted up very pretty. It looks soft.

  4. You have been such a traveler, Raewynn! Looks like your visit with Joanne was well spent.
    That is a beautiful scarf!

  5. Wow, you certainly are getting around Raewyn... in a good way :o)
    I can't wrap my head around having a museum for human rights... but what a fascinating looking building, and I am now going to have to check up on what the witness blanket thing is all about. You'll be looking forward to seeing your own dairy herd when you get home (oh, and sleeping in your own bed!). I always did enjoy seeing the polar bears at Auckland zoo, even though they looked a bit sad and depressed.

  6. how lovely to spend tome with a blog friend and see so many of her quilts etc. The scarf you knitted is lovely

  7. what a fabulous visit.... you got to see lots.... love the scarf too

  8. How fun!! Your knitting is just beatiful! Gorgeous blue. Joanne is so talented!! You know I need to skype too! On my to do list I the next couple of weeks! Lucy and I can face time!!

    Blessings and a great big hug from Texas!

  9. You certainly have enjoyed some wonderful places and experiences...gorgeous quilts x

  10. What a wonderful post, it thrills my heart that you were able to take this trip and enjoy time with your blogging sister and her hubby.

  11. fun to meet up with Joanne! It looks like you had a great time together.

  12. Looks like a fun trip. Beautiful scarf.

  13. Looks like a fun trip. Beautiful scarf.

  14. I didn't realise you were away Raewyn. Looks like you're having a wonderful time. Love the scarf/shawl. A beautiful looking yarn. Joanne is a great blogging friend. Isn't it wonderful to meet friends through our love of quilting/knitting! Safe journeys.

  15. That New Zealand flag is really getting around! You're going to need a vacation from your vacation! I flew from Tx to Cape Breton and it took me three days to recover! I don't know how you do it!

  16. Another great part of your trip. This has been a wonderful opportunity to see so many different things. The wool looks lovely and the finished scarf is great. Lovely quilts!!

  17. Dear Raewyn,
    it´s great to see you travelling around the world and visiting friends and bloggers.
    Lovely Quilts Joanne has made during the times...
    Wish you a good flight back to AUS and then to NZ.
    Many hugs

  18. What an amazing opportunity to meet a blog friend after all this time! Your time with Joanne looked like great fun!! Enjoy what time you have left on holiday, the weather here in NZ has been shocking!

  19. It looks like you enjoyed some wonderful Canadian hospitality. So nice for you to finally meet your long distance friend!

  20. Looks like you had a wonderful time in Winnipeg!I have only been there for a stopover, so didn't get to see anything. What a great city, and Joanne's quilts are amazing!


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