As we may have mentioned (about a million times?!), Tofino is a very special place for Emily and I. I have been visiting Tofino my whole life, first with my parents, then with my 20-something friends, and now I visit every year with my own brood. Tin Can Knits began on the beach there, Emily and I gazing up at the stars and dreaming up our very first project. Tofino is an amazing wild place, with beaches as far as the eye can see, rainforest all around, and a laid back vibe I love.
Since our first trip to Tofino together, Emily and I have designed knits inspired by this special place, and worked photoshoots into our family vacations there too! When TCK first started, there wasn’t really a separation between work and life (even now the line is pretty blurry), and so I would bring knits with me on any vacation in the hopes my family would be good enough to do some modelling while we were together.
Rye, Simple Yet Effective, and Tofino Surfer were a few of our early Tofino photoshoots. I begged some tired and dirty campers to gussy up for a minute, put on some woolly socks, and pose casually on a dock… where one would naturally wear a pair of hand knit socks right?
A few years later we wrote Road Trip, half of which is dedicated to Tofino! Clayoquot sound inspired our Fair Isle Cardigan, memories of beach bonfires inspriring a cozy blanket, and walks on the endless sandy beach inspired some HBC coloured mitts.
Em and I, along with our hubbies and gaggles of children, headed to Tofino this year together. While we mostly hit the beach, sat by the fire, ate, drank, and were merry, we also gathered the whole TCK family together for a few sweatered photos.
It was a glorious trip, with smashing weather, good friends, relaxing, and even a bit of knitting! Who could ask for more? Until next year Tofino…..
Are there places that inspire your creativity? Get the wheels turning for your next project?
More TCK knits inspired by Tofino: