Saturday, March 31, 2007

Twice a month, and holding steady

Well, I'm still not knitting a lot. I've been knitting the same sweater since September, so I've lost all will to blog about it as well.

Spring is here, and its lovely! (Although still very dirty. I'm looking forward to some good, cleansing rain.) And, in the spirit of renewal and change, I've decided to move. I will be moving overseas for a couple of years this summer, and in anticipation of that, I decided I wanted to get rid of a lot of excess weight I've been dragging around with me. The problem is that I'm living on most of it right now. So, I've secured a room to rent for May through August, and I'm starting to move only the things I want to have around over there. I'm undecided after that whether I should have a garage sale or just donate it to people who need it through Freecycle (or leaving it behind my building for people to take, which also works).

Well, I guess that's it for now...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

non sequiter

I haven't knit much at all in months. Certainly nothing worth photographing. So I'm writing about other stuff just to keep this alive until the knitting bug comes back.

I have spent an inordinate amount of time looking for kitchen implements that are not available in Canada. I want a microwave popcorn popper (I adore popcorn, but not the oil soaked microwave bag kind). The website says that the company sells its products through Canadian Tire, Walmart, Zellers and Costco in Canada, but I can't find the specific item I want on any of their websites. So I turned to on-line stores, but there aren't any Canadian-based ones, so I will end up paying far more in shipping to get it here than the cost of the product. This is one of the things that regularly annoys me about living in Canada. Oh well, I'm sure I'll eventually pay for the shipping, since I really want the popper.

A few weeks ago, I went through a similar trial looking for a gift for the boy. He wants a rolling pin with the same diameter as a regular rolling pin (about 4") but 1.5 times the length and without handles. I went to three stores here, plus tons of on-line sites, but the closest I came was a pin with handles that I would then need to remove. At around $50, it seemed steep for something that wasn't really what I wanted. I'm going to chat with a cousin who does woodworking about the cost of making the right thing. I may reconsider my price ideas at that time. ;)

Anyway, life is finally quieting down from all the travel. I got stuck in Detroit for one day and then had a hectic week of training (they made me work on Saturday!). But everyone is busy, so I might as well just get on with it.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Home again

I haven't posted as much as I would have hoped these weeks. I suppose I don't have a lot to write when I'm not knitting much and I can't talk about work. I did find that it really was too warm to knit with wool here, which will definitely influence any future packing choices. Cotton was ok, as evidenced by my almost complete dishrag. (of which I don't have any photos)

Anyway, I'll be travelling towards home over the next couple days, and then recuperating over the weekend. Hopefully I won't run into the winter storm watch issued for southern Ontario later today.