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.