Thursday, 17 December 2009

Thanks. You Guys are Awesome.

First off: You are all so awesome. I really loved reading your comments about the things you are doing, suggestions for helping me get out of my little funk, and commiserating about how you feel the same. It's really comforting to hear that a) I'm not the only one who feels a little out of sorts lately, and b) some of you are doing really awesome things, c) some excellent suggestions on busting out of the rut (Eliza, I'm seriously considering coming to visit, and I want in on your book club!) such as making new friends (Erica we're on for January!), volunteering, trying new things, taking classes, exercising, etc. I recommend you read some the comments, I re-read them all the time.

I think I'm going to take a few different classes in the new year. And some friends and I are getting together tonight to do a Christmas hamper for a family in need.G and I are planning a couple winter getaways to the cottage in the new year, and I think I really want to try dogsledding when we are there. As for travel outside of gigantic Canada, I can either go without my husband (always an option), or wait until he too can travel. We'll see.

I'm not sure how many people know this, but G is British, and since we got married in March, we've been going through the delightful immigration/visa process. We're really happy, but the process is a financial strain, and G can't travel out of Canada until the paperwork is finished. I suspect something about the perpetual holding pattern as well as the inability to travel has made me feel a little lackluster. It's funny how the second you can't do something (i.e., have a spontaneous weekend away to Vegas) that is what you most desperately crave.

Complete Subject Change: Have you seen this dress?


It looks like the collar part is detachable. According to Butcher Couture, It was made for a Breast Cancer awareness fundraiser. It's made entirely of organic merino. I bet it weighs 300 pounds. All I can say is- WOW. 


If you ever need a laugh, I really recommend you read the comments from the FOs of Cats Love Sweaters, a cat sweater pattern on Ravelry. Why was I looking at cat sweaters, you ask? I'm thinking of knitting on for little Yarn, since she often looks chilly. But I'm not too interested in knitting something that she won't wear, so I decided to go the Ravelry pages to see what others said about their cat's reactions. Oh. My. God. The Hilarity!!

I'm not knitting that much this past week, the social calendar is crammed with holiday gatherings and I'm helping a friend knit a gift for his significant other, which takes up the knitting time I do have left over! But I am working on a little original project, and have recently started this cardigan. I'm counting on the upcoming holidays to give me the time I need to finish a couple of projects!

15 comments:

Allyson said...

We have really similar tastes in knits! I knit that cardi when it came out but looked really frumpy on me so I ended up tearing most of it out. I find a sleeve every now and then and it kills me. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

weezalana said...

OMG, that dress must weigh a TON - and snag on everything! I wonder how you would block it, too...

Clumsy Knitter said...

Omigosh, I totally hear you on the immigration thing. My husband is Canadian and we've had to go through the same thing down here in the States. Hopefully we'll be done with the whole process by February. Good luck with yours! :)

e said...

Oh immigration, it's all a nightmare. I am currently going through an immigration process too - I am canadian and am waiting for my american greencard.

It's been a little over 4 years since I've been home (which is why I get nostalgic everytime you post pictures of Toronto) and it makes me insane. If my mother didn't offer to come down here all the time, I would go nuts!

I know plenty of people in ruts right now - seems to be how it goes in the begining of winter. Chin up girl, new friends, new classes are all good starts.

eliza said...

that would be awesome! i'll let the book ladies know! and i'd be lying if i said i haven't already outlined several rough itineraries. (albeit very rough...)

Phoe said...

As you know I understand the immigration woes. There's something so weird about not being able to do things because a little piece of paper doesn't say you can.

Still, have a lovely time at the cottage.

Kimberly said...

Hi! I'm a fairly new knitter who recently discovered your blog, and I can totally relate to the immigration headache...I'm American & am married to a Spaniard, and we live in Spain, so I'm the one who has had to go through piles & piles of paperwork to be 'legal'...hang in there, it does get better & will eventually just be minimal renewal processes & then you'll be able to take all the fun, spontaneous trips you like together. :)

and funks, too, shall pass. I can relate, and I think most people's lives are more a serious of ups & downs than all highs or lows. Maybe you could re-visit your goal list (the 101 things in 1001 days, I think it was?) & pick a couple to work on. I always feel better when I can see progress on something, no matter how small. And, actually, seeing your list has inspired me to come up with one of my own (which I still need to find time to do...)!

Susan said...

I love that dress. I couldn't stop blowing it up to look at the details better.

Stefanie Japel has great patterns. Can't wait to see your version of her forecast sweater.

Hilary said...

Whoa! That dress is AMAZING! I want one. I really, really, really want one.

Ugh, immigration. I have not had to deal with immigration issues personally, but there are quite a few folks going through it here at work. It just seems so much harder than it has to be. Good luck - I'll be sending positive thoughts your way!

Knit - R - Done said...

The trials in your marriage make you stronger. Every rut you climb out of will renew your love.

mildawg said...

I apologize for not being the best commenter I could be, but I always enjoy reading your blog and hence feel obliged to comment. Please do keep posting!
And that dress is fantastic!

CanarySanctuary said...

What a dress! I will go back and read the comments - it would be great to get a bit of good advice :)

SingleMomKnits said...

I agree the dress must weigh a ton when dry but can you imagine how much it would weight if it were wet. BTW, I love your blog!!

Rima said...

I am figuring out the same thing--you know, LIFE? Especially after the addition--the baby. Well. Best of luck with everything in the New Year.

Helene said...

You can view more pictures of the fabulous pink dress herehttp://the-dark-knit.blogspot.com/2008/12/dreamy-pink-dress.html

Norwegian artist Maria Mena (big fan of her) posed in it for the cover of her album "Cause and Effect".