Picture of the indoor The Forks Market Courtyard in Winnipeg, MB
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Ancient Arts Colour of the Month: May

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The next stop as we head east on our Road Trip is in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The provincial capital is located near the longitudinal centre of North America (how cool is that!) at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, near Lake Winnipeg, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. The name Winnipeg comes from a Cree word meaning "muddy waters.”

When we were picking a place in Manitoba to visit, our assistant dyer Stephanie said “If you ever go to Winnipeg, you *have* to go to The Forks Market.” She went on to describe the market, the food, the ambience… we were ready to pack our bags then and there! Then she showed us this photo of the Market and there was the inspiration for this month’s colourway!

The Forks is an area in downtown Winnipeg that was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1974. The 14 acre (0.021 sq mi) site is important for its historical and cultural significance - humans have used this area as a gathering place for six thousand years!

The Forks Market was originally two adjacent horse stalls that were owned by competing railway businesses. The market area was created by connecting the two buildings with a courtyard and raised bridges. Nowadays, The Forks Market is spread over two floors and has vendors selling everything from fresh fruit, bread, meat, and wine to cigars and aromatherapy products, to crafts and artworks from 300 local and Canadian artisans!


Located just outside The Forks Market is a plaza which features fountains and several open performance spaces and patios. In the winter, the Plaza becomes an artificially-cooled skating rink, where you can take a romantic skate with your sweetie under a canopy decorated with lights.

Socknado Info:

Ball Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
Ball Length: 350 m / 385 yds
Knitting Gauge: 27 - 32 sts = 10cm / 4"
Needle Size: 2.50 - 3.25mm (US 1.5 - 3)
Yarn Fibre: 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon

Care Instructions: Machine wash, gentle. Lay flat to dry.

If you're looking for some great pattern suggestions check out our Hat Trick and Touch Down projects!


Note about hand painted yarns: These skeins are dyed by hand and may vary in colour and/or intensity from skein to skein, even within the same dyelot. Colours viewed on different monitors may have shade and tone differences from the actual product.