CANADA 150 colourways
NEW from Valentina Colour Works
Our tribute to the 150th anniversary
Celebration of Canadian Confederation…
The Canadian Natural Heritage Collection
Fifty years ago, in 1967, thousands of Canadians across the land pursued their own special projects to celebrate Canada’s centennial year. For Canada’s sesquicentennial birthday, we decided to create a series of vivid colourways depicting the flora, fauna and natural resources of Canada’s provinces and territories.
This new Valentina Colour Works collection of distinct Canadian colourways reflects a kaleidoscopic palette of the country’s abundant geographic beauty and the astonishing richness and plentiful diversity of its wildlife habitats, marine life, ecology and environment.
The skeins shown here were all meticulously hand-dyed in Montreal by Svetlana in Valentina Colour Works custom spun-in-Canada Classic Merino Fingering–100% Superwash Merino Wool 113g (4 oz)=438 m (485 yds) 23-30 sts =10 cm (4”), 2.5 – 3.25 mm needle (US 1 – 3) Machine wash gentle, cold water. Dry flat. $23.95 each.
N.B. Any/all of the new VCW Canada 150 colourways can be ordered in our other yarns, such as Merino DK or Silky Merino Fingering as well as in Classic Sock, Cashmere Blend DK or Fingering.
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Common Red Paintbrush Flower
From the sunlit saltmarshes of the Queen Charlotte Islands’ beaches in Sandspit, Haida Gwai to the splendid sub-alpine slopes of Mount Revelstoke National Park, the common red paintbrush flower and its perennial hybrids from the figwort family can be found growing in a multitude of B.C. habitats. Its flowers and bracts (with cylindrical capsules containing many seeds) appear from June through August.
Alberta Wild Rose
The ubiquitous, deciduous Wild Rose bushes can be seen in bloom all across Alberta from late May until early August. Its fragrant flowers are bright pink with delicate petals 3-5 cm in size.
Rose root (aka King’s Crown Sedum)
Visitors to Canada’s spectacular mountain biking mecca in Carcross, Yukon at the foot of majestic Mount Montana will recognize this tall, (up to 35 cm) perennial festooned with spoon-shaped fleshy leaves found typically in moist, rocky alpine areas. Its reddish purple male flowers grow in dense clusters while the female flowers are yellow in colour.
Northwest Territories (NWT)
Our national treasure, Canada’s boreal forest, is the largest on earth with nearly 3 million square kilometres still intact. The black spruce (Picea mariana), which along with white spruce, jack pine, tamarack and balsam fir are the most prevalent conifers in the four northern eco-zones of the Taiga–stretching from the trackless northern muskeg and permafrost treeline terrains southwards to the Canadian shield.
Canada’s northernmost territory, Nunavut, comprises most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago; it is the fifth-largest country subdivision in the world, as well as North America’s second-largest (after Greenland). The Arctic fox can be found throughout the Arctic tundra biome. It has a deep thick fur (brown in summer and white in winter) and preys on lemmings, voles, ringed seal pups, fish, waterfowl, seabirds, carrion, berries, seaweed, insects, and other small invertebrates.
A medium-sized native game bird that makes its home in the prairies, parklands and forest openings, the Sharp-Tailed Grouse (also referred to by its indigenous culture moniker–‘fire bird’) is the provincial bird of Saskatchewan. Adult males have a yellow comb over their eyes and a violet display patch on their neck. These birds forage on the ground in summer, in trees in winter. They feed on seeds, buds, berries, forbs, and leaves, as well as insects, especially grasshoppers.
Prairie Crocus (Pasque Flower)
The prairie crocus (Anemone patens) is a long-lived self-seeding perennial plant which is the harbinger of spring on the prairies with its mauve petals often appearing even before the winter snows have receded. The first plant to bloom on the drab prairie landscape, the pasque flower’s Darwinian pollination strategy guarantees the ready attention of small bees and insects. Its seeds usually ripen by June and–weather permitting–germinate immediately.
The Eastern Wild Turkey
Eastern Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) were plentiful in Ontario and Southern Quebec until the native populations were wiped out by overhunting. Re-introduced in the 1980’s with genetically diverse breeding stock imported from the U.S., the Eastern Wild Turkey has spread rapidly throughout its original habitats and beyond with carefully controlled hunting allowed in the fall for both males and females and in the spring for male (Tom) turkeys (aka gobblers), which have a hair-like beard protruding from their breast and red, white and blue heads; their feathers have areas of red, purple, green, copper, bronze, and gold iridescence.
The Quebec Iris (Iris versicolor) or Blue Flag is the ‘national’ flower of Québec and can be found in bloom in early summer. Fiddleheads are the young curled leaf of the ostrich or fiddlehead fern, which must be picked in May in order to be used as a prized succulent cooked vegetable (often called fiddlehead greens). The word fiddlehead describes the young curled leaves, which resemble the scrolls of fiddles.
Meandering along scenic inland N.B. routes while heading towards spectacular seaside holiday destinations, one often chances upon sunny wildflower meadows filled with tall grasses, orange Daylilies and Canada goldenrod. This is our tribute to summer in New Brunswick!
The second-largest animal after the blue whale, the Finback baleen whale ranges in size from 20 to 27 metres, weighs from 60 to 80 tons, reaches maturity at 25 years and can live up to 100 years. Fin whales are brownish to dark or light gray dorsally and white ventrally with a dorsal fin and flippers and a wide tail with a notch at the center of it. Easily recognized for the asymmetrical pigmentation on its lower jaw–the left side of the head is dark grey, the right side exhibits a complex pattern of contrasting light and dark markings–Fin whales can be observed singly or together in small groups spring, summer and fall in the St. Lawrence River, the Bay of Fundy and from several coastal locations in Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island
Although photographers and tourists love the roadside spectacle of fallow PEI fieldscapes filled purple and pink lupins, local authorities regard the lowly lupin (which they cut down regularly when reported via the Island’s ‘spotters’ network) as an unwelcome invasive species that threatens to overwhelm native plants.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Sought-after by gemologists and jewelry collectors who value its unusual array of igneous hues and revered in local indigenous culture as ‘firestone’, Labradorite is a highly prized, semi-precious feldspar stone quarried from anorthosite deposits in the remote Paul’s Island area of mineral-rich Labrador. First collected near Nain by Moravian missionaries in the 1770’s, Labradorite has been designated as the provincial mineral of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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