May 25, 2005

We're moving!

To Sackville, NB! (Not Antigonish — that didn’t work out). Not until the end of August, but I’ve just found out that I’ve got a doctoral fellowship at Mount Allison University for next year. We’ll be heading down as soon as Mark finishes his summer teaching. He’s probably going to teach a course or two there… we’re working that out.

We’re very relieved to have definite plans for the next 11 months or so — it’s been very wearying to not know what we’ll be doing next year, especially because feeding ourselves was starting to look a bit problematic (not to mention feeding the yarn habit!). There’s lots to be worked out in terms of the practical details of getting us down there, but for now, I’m just excited about it all. And I’ll get to teach 3rd year classes, in Latin poetry! (Both in the original and in translation). To classes of less than 150 students! (Probably around 30-40). Sounds like heaven…

So, any Sackville knitters out there? And I guess I won’t be very far from Halifax, or Fredericton…

Posted by Aven at May 25, 2005 11:36 PM

Congratulations Aven! That is so good to hear. Except that I will miss you! Forget about working out all the details on moving and focus on the priority - what are the closest yarn shops?? And, how far are you from Fleece Artist?

Posted by: Dani at May 26, 2005 06:13 AM

Aven! Congratulations!!! Sackville is a beautiful little town. I was just there two weeks ago on my way home to visit my family! You’ll be on my “flight” path! I don’t know anything about knitters in Sackville, but I do know that you’ll be about 30 minutes from London-Wul Farms. You’re going to LOVE it!!! Heidi, the owner, hosts all sorts of classes (including spinning) and then there’s the sheep and… oh, the fun you’ll have, when you’re not busy teaching that is!

Here’s to knowing what you’re doing next year! raises coffee mug in toast YAY!

Posted by: Stephanie VW at May 26, 2005 08:11 AM

Congratulations! I know people who’ve done just that and they have enjoyed themselves, although one noted that the only place you could get “cappuccino” was the machine at the bus stop. You’ll need some woollies, I’m sure!
Well done!
Mary de B

Posted by: mary de B at May 26, 2005 08:33 AM

I was just reading your site and thinking that maybe i could help mom works at Moraff’s Yarn and Crafts in Sydney NS.she has worked there for 17 years.she can give you information on knitting and even mail yarn to you.they are always looking to help.the toll free # is 1-800-463-9278 Agnes is my mom’s name.good luck with your knitting projects of the future!!

Posted by: sandi at May 26, 2005 09:09 AM



Now, here’s what i want to know — is it in a CITY?

Posted by: Anne at May 26, 2005 09:14 AM

This sounds great. Are you planning on staying there or is it just for one academic year? Also… I’ll miss you so much! We’ll have to design my cardigan soon, even if I don’t get started, to at least have the design.

Posted by: Maria at May 26, 2005 12:26 PM

Congrats Aven! That’s a great opportunity and adventure!

Posted by: Anita at May 26, 2005 09:24 PM

ooooooo you’re going to have such a wonderful time Aven :) You two plus cat will really love the cold weather and you’ll get a chance to wear your sweaters more :) You’ll be close to P.E.I. so you can hop on the ferry and site see. I hope you take a trip to Baddeck, Nova Scotia which is my favourite place. There’s a little inlet there with cute little blue starfish..and a great hehe mini golf course :) I think you’ll enjoy the slower pace there too. The only bad thing might be the insurance rates for car and house are really high but aside from that I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time and won’t regret the move for a minute once you get there. You’ll still be blogging so you can update us on your adventures :) I’m going to miss you too. Are you going for just the year and then coming back?

Posted by: jan at May 27, 2005 01:08 PM

Hooray!! Congratulations.

I love how everyone is giving you yarn advice!

Posted by: Steph at May 27, 2005 09:39 PM

Aven- that’s great! What an experience it will be to live out there. I’m jealous!

Posted by: Dianna at May 28, 2005 12:48 PM

Stephanie is SO RIGHT about London-Wul farms. Heidi also sells (or did sell) her yarns at the market in Moncton, and I know she has classes and stitch-n-bitch sessions at her shop/farm regularly too. She hosted a wonderful fibre fest a couple of years ago (and probably since). I really hope to go back if she does it again this summer.

Speaking of fibre-fests, there’s going to be on in Gagetown this weekend. Wish I could go, but I’m heading to Moncton (I’m in Fredericton) for my niece’s birthday party. Hmmm…maybe I’ll have to con someone into a trip to Lakeburn (London-Wul).

The website for London-Wul is


Posted by: canknitian at May 28, 2005 10:11 PM