CANADA! (Happy 150th Birthday British Columbia!)

August 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm 2 comments


I finally made it to the legendary Button Button.

I kept seeing handknit sweaters and admiring the great, perfect buttons and I kept hearing “I got them in Vancouver (hmmph)
Seattle’s not a button town”.

What does that mean???

I wondered what a ‘button town’ was.

Is it filthy with button shops like Starbucks in Seattle

Do they sell buttons *in* their Starbucks???

How many button shops can a city support?

I began asking more specifically and learned that everyone was talking about ONE particular button shop in Vancouver: Button Button.

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Wow. I took pictures, but they can’t do it justice.

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An incredible variety of buttons and so many of them.

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Shelves, trays, DRAWERS full of buttons.

Canada 003crthat drawer thing is full of vintage buttons
and it isn’t the drawer thingy

So many buttons, so little time.

It was our ‘family’ vacation; spending two hours in a button shop and missing the 12:55 ferry to Nanaimo was not to be suffered.

I will have to go back with an open mind and plenty of time. I want to look at ALL the buttons.

Two hours probably won’t be enough


Button Button is “leaving at the end of August”.


New Location: “don’t know, but somewhere”.

I know! it’s August NOW!

She is taking email addresses to let us know where she ends up.

The family did suffer a bit of yarn shopping later in Victoria, though. I waited as long as I could and then casually said “uhhhhh, I’m going to swing by the yarn store…” and started walking toward Beehive Wool Shop. I have been enjoying the Butterfly Super 10 cotton I bought last time so much, I decided I ought to get more.

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Butterfly Super 10 cotton color 3829
(I know it looks like the same as 3834, but it’s not!)

DD requested a scarf with a texture pattern. A Soft Scarf. I’m a sucker for a request from my yarn-suffering family.

Canada 025crMisti Alpaca Worsted (in 100g hanks!) color SFN 10

Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria: a great yarn shop, with tons of
bee-uuu-tee-ful yarns. It’s an eyeful just walking in the door. They have things I never see in Seattle, like the Butterfly Super 10 and Misti Alpaca Worsted in 100g hanks.

On top of it all, they are super nice and helpful. When I said DD wanted “something cream colored and soft”, yarn suddenly began appearing in her hands for a squeeze; I think they pulled a ball or hank of every single cream colored yarn in the store and were ready to start making phone calls!
DD went all puppy-faced when she touched the Misti and that was that.

Things I love about vacation:
my family
the beach
new places
playing poker
no computer (surprise!)

Vancouver: The Sylvia, Banana Leaf Malaysian restaurant on Denman, French Connection (WHAT? they were having a “sale” and I have teenagers…), Button Button, BC Ferries

Tofino: Ocean, beach, crab dinner, Ocean Village Beach Resort, The Schooner Restaurant, NW Coast Indian Art, no tv, no telephone, no computer, no radio = reading, knitting, poker, beach-time, family-time.

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Canada 014crtime well spent 🙂

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Ocean Village Beach Resort cabins

Victoria: 150th BC birthday party in full swing!, High Tea, shopping, Beehive Wool Shop, Butchart Gardens, gelato,The Provincial Museum,The Black Ball

Canada 022crVictoria, B.C. Inner Harbor

Canada 021crButchart Gardens

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Canada 023crThe Black Ball Ferry (MV Coho)

I’m ready to go back!

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O Canada! Two-sided Reversible Intarsia

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cynthia A  |  August 7, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I’m glad that you enjoyed yourself up here on the island! We did exactly the opposite for our vacation – took the Black Ball ferry down and camped along the WA/OR coast – so beautiful!

    Best wishes,
    Cynthia in Duncan, BC

  • 2. Grace  |  August 7, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Don’t you just love Ocean Village? DH and I go there at least once a year for our anniversary get-away.
    Now to see the rest of Canada and to get in some hiking in Washington and Oregon (which my son tells me I HAVE to do).

    Grace, also in Duncan


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