November 16, 2005

Sorry for the silence

Which I suppose is a silly title, since my blog is always silent… but you know what I mean. I guess I was overly optimistic, thinking I’d blog very much while I was out of town… turns out, I was kept so busy between using the library and catching up with all my friends, I barely had time to glance at a computer once a day. I also took no pictures while in Toronto, so I’ll have nothing to break up the text, but oh well. I’ll do my best to keep the stories short…

Other than having to get up at 4:30 to catch my 6:30 am flight to Toronto (from the bustling Moncton airport) my trip started very well — a quick flight and then a day of hanging out with my friends Mike, Tyla, and Emily. This involved brunch, shopping, take-out Thai food (oh, how I’ve missed you, Toronto take-out food!) and the Leafs on tv. Pretty much perfect. Oh, and we were joined for some late evening tequila sipping by another Mike, Dawn, Madhava, and Kate. Look, I have non-knitting friends, too!

Then, on Sunday, the gluttony (at least on my part) continued with dimsum, followed by a lovely visit to Mike and Tyla’s new house out by Woodbine and the Danforth. They’ve just bought it, and it was very exciting to wander around it and imagine them living there, in their very own actual house! Hurray for grownups… maybe we’ll get there someday… Finally, Mike, Tyla and I finished off with a good old-fashioned roast chicken Sunday dinner. It was nice to have a relaxing start to a rather hectic week.

I won’t bore you with a blow-by-blow description of the week, but suffice it to say that I saw at least one friend for every weekday dinner and three lunches, as well as going for coffee/tea twice. In between I actually (rather to my own surprise) managed to get a fair amount of work done in the library, and enough photocopying that I had real difficulty fitting everything into my luggage. (Lesson learned — next time, I’ll take an extra bag just for the things I acquire while in Toronto: clothes, paper, food…).

I was also able to spend two entire blocks of time down at Lettuce Knit — one during Stephanie’s cover photo shoot on Wednesday morning, and the other that evening for the Stitch ‘n Bitch. It was really, really great to see everyone, and to hang out with a bunch of knitters again. I hadn’t realised how lonely for that specific type of companionship I was out here! Though the internet community does make it all much easier. The SnB was made even more fun by the presence of my good friend Emily, who has decided (hurray!) to try this knitting thing for a while. She came down to pick out some yarn and needles, and sat around with me and everyone else to work on a great little cabled hat. She’s a total natural — not really surprising, since she’s extremely crafty in general. By the time she left she was well into the ribbing, and by the time I went to stay with her on the weekend she’d started the cables (with only some coaching by me over the phone — and without a cable needle, too!) and was well on her way. In fact, by Saturday night she’d finished the darn thing! I really wish I’d taken a picture — it’s beautiful purple Malabrigo wool, and incredibly soft. I think she’s working on a matching scarf now, and she’s already moved on to playing around with possible patterns. I hope she goes back to LK to show off her hat…

Speaking of knitting, I did some — but I’ll try to take some pictures and discuss that in another post. In fact, I think I’ll end this entry here, and wait until tomorrow to describe the final weekend of my trip (including live sheep!). I should probably get back to “real” work now…

Posted by Aven at November 16, 2005 03:32 PM

I’m sorry I missed you. It looks as if the SnB was fun with you attending.

Posted by: Maria at November 16, 2005 06:01 PM

It was great to see you again Aven, I hope you come home again soon!

Posted by: Dani at November 17, 2005 07:15 AM

I’m still laughing about squeezing the tiny sheep.
It was wonderful having you here.

Posted by: stephanie at November 17, 2005 09:13 AM

I didn’t make it to last night’s SnB (Look! Acronym! I am SO a knitter!), but I will have to go soon, so that my second skein may evolve into a ball. Also, I don’t know how to cast off, so unless my scarf want to have a needlous fringe, I will have to go act all helpless until a knowledgeable good samaritan saves me from myself.

Posted by: Em at November 17, 2005 02:00 PM