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Road Trip is Ready!

September 26, 2014
Road Trip by Tin Can Knits


It’s here, it’s here! Road Trip is ready. If you have pre-ordered a copy the full ebook with be in your Ravelry Library or your inbox, and if you haven’t ordered yet, do it soon because the price goes up October 1st!

Road Trip: 14 Knits Inspired by the Open Road is available for purchase. The ebook is available for $16 (the price goes up to $18 on October 1st) and the print book plus ebook is available for $23.


Photographing Road Trip

Bonfire: keeping cozy on the beach

There was only one way to shoot a book like Road Trip, so inspired by beautiful scenic drives and nostalgic memories of trips past: we had to hit the road! My husband Gary and I packed first 2, then 3 kids, a ton of camping stuff, and all the knits in the beast (our Jeep), and Emily and Jordan followed behind. We first went to Tofino, then a month later we packed up our gear again (and a 3 week old baby this time) and headed to the Rockies.

Emily and Jordan fulfilled many roles on these trips and I would be remiss if I didn’t offer up a great big thanks. They were models, friends, aunty and uncle, stylists, navigators, child wranglers, and most of all they were a lot of fun! We couldn’t have done it without you two!

Matching Stovetop hats in a romantic momemt




Tofino is a little town on the Pacific side of Vancouver Island. I have been taking road trips there with my family for the past 20 years and while it has changed a bit, it’s still the hippie town I remember at it’s roots. I have surfed, seen Orca whales in the wild, lounged on the beach, hiked through the woods, and had many many coffees at the Common Loaf in Tofino. I have fond memories there and it will always have a place in my heart.


On the way to Tofino we passed Cathedral Forest. Old Growth was photographed there with the giant Redwoods as a back drop. The trees seam to reach the sky and the beautiful mossy forest floor is a sight to behold. Old Growth was inspired by these beautiful trees so it was great to be able to photograph a little girl in front of a very large and very old tree.

We shot Paddle, Stovetop, and Bonfire on the beach near Incinerator Rock.

Paddle: A Hudson Bay Company inspired palette


The horizon is broken only by beautiful black rocks on the beach and a common Tofino sight: surfers! Hunter and Jones enjoyed running up and down the beach, climbing on the driftwood, and drawing in the sand (okay, maybe they didn’t make the sign below…Emily also enjoys a good sand sign)!


Rivulet was photographed near one of the beautiful forest pools on the way home from Tofino. Emily was dressed in her road trip finest and donned a wistful look while channeling her inner woodland nymph.

When I was kid my brothers and I would have jumped into that pool, not caring how warm or cold it was, yelling and splashing all the way!


The Rockies



It has been said a million times but there is no other way to describe the Rocky Mountains but majestic.  Rising out of the earth in all their craggy glory they are an incredibly beautiful sight.  In the heart of the Rockies is Banff National Park, and this is where we headed for our second photo shoot. This time we had 3 kiddies in the back seat, and what seemed like a lot more stuff for such a small person!


Caribou and Viewfinder were photographed at one of my favorite places, Lake Louise. The grey-blue waters are framed on either side by green forested mountains and in the distance there is a stony mountain face covered by a glacier.

Apple Pie was photographed at the CPR Railway Heritage site near Lake Louise, but it was inspired by the most famous of roadside eats: the Apple Pie. Everyone has a story of their favorite apple pie and many are from the road. Emily, after reading Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’, ate nothing but apple pie on a bus trip all the way from Toronto to San Francisco. My husband likes to stop at the Hope Diner (in Hope, BC) for a slice a la mode when he passes through.

Where do you get your favourite apple pie on the road?

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2014 1:37 pm

    Was very happy to purchase my copy of Emily herself at Yarndale last weekend!

  2. September 29, 2014 9:08 pm

    Hello! Can’t wait to see this in person at Knit City – if we get the print copy then, will we also be able to get an e-book copy as part of the purchase? :)

    • October 2, 2014 10:51 am

      Yep! I have them in my hot little hands and you will get the ebook as well as the print book.

  3. September 27, 2014 12:40 pm

    Your pictures are always so gorgeous, and I can see plenty of patterns I would love to do (even though I have not worked my way through your previous books yet). I love this Apple Pie hat, would be perfect for a yellow skein of Madelinetosh in my stash.
    Everytime you talk about Tofino you make me want to travel west. Maybe one day I will see for real this beautiful scenery.

  4. granola babe permalink
    September 27, 2014 7:52 am

    How beautiful! Many congratulations on your lively designs. As for apple pie, I am getting married in 2 weeks and our wedding cake is three tiers of different apple pies reflecting all our travels – so will definitely be making your Apple Pie!

  5. Dawna English permalink
    September 26, 2014 10:12 am

    Will the print book be available at Knit City 2014?

  6. September 26, 2014 10:05 am

    wow, now you gave me total travel fever. I’ve been dreaming about Vancouver for a while but I feel that it can’t remain a dream for much longer, I have to go there and realise it soon. I will try to knit some of your wonderful patterns before I go there but then I just have to see it myself ;-)

  7. September 26, 2014 9:46 am

    amazing!! I love this collection, and am now going to add items to my queue and dream of knitting while at my desk….

  8. DEBBIE TAYLOR permalink
    September 26, 2014 9:37 am

    I was able to see your samples last night at 88st where I had a great visit with Emily the model. I am going to the valley yarn shop sale looking for yarn to make old growth, some mittens and toques right away. I am going to see if I can talk Melissa at three bags full to run a class for old growth in the new year.

    I am sure you know, but you girls have nailed the whole package. Great patterns including all the Awesome free ones, and your tutorials are excellent. You have magically targeted both new and seasoned knitters. With your offerings you will be turning newbies into lifers – and you have provided this at no cost to those who may not be able to afford or attend lessons or buying fashion forward patterns.

    Great business model, I wish you continued success! Thanks for being all things to all people – no small feat – and your local!! Debbie Taylor

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. Penn Ster permalink
    September 26, 2014 8:23 am

    I got it!!! Thanks again soooo much! Racing out today after work to cast on Viewfinder for Knit City! Can’t go to KC naked!! LOL

    Sent from my iPhone


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