Sunday, November 18, 2007

On to Edmonton!

It was very hard to say goodbye to Emerald Lake - and the amazing breakfast this morning didn't help matters.

I slept SO well last night - while many of the retreat participants had a pajama party, I went to my room, lit a fire and read myself to sleep - wonderful!

I woke up feeling just slightly guilty for feeling being so happily tucked into bed - but not guilty enough to get out of bed until 9:00 am!

This morning one of my students from yesterday showed me her swatch and explained that she was not terribly excited about learning cabling without a cable needle.

But, she said, she ended up really enjoying the CWACK technique I taught (AND she was able to 'memorize' her lace so she could work pretty much chart free on the start of her Wavy Lace & Cable scarf!)

What a lovely thing to hear - I was so grateful to her for taking the time to tell me that. So I made her take my picture [above]

Sander took me back to Calgary a little early, so I was able to just make the 4:00 pm bus and get into Edmonton 2 hours earlier than I might have. I am SO grateful to her for getting me there on time - what a difference it makes to check into a hotel at 8:00 pm vs. 11:00 pm!!

The bus was lovely - comfortable and smooth, with a movie (Shrek III) and free snacks. And no one took away my concealer. AND I finished Max's socks and was able to start on some for Hannah (I added new toes to Max's sock to make them a little longer...)

Tomorrow I teach at River City Yarns - Wire Knitting in the morning, and Double Knitting in the afternoon. Both are really fun classes, and I'm looking forward to seeing how much trouble I can get everyone into...

Then on Tuesday is a lace class (more wavy scarves!) and I end with Combination Knitting.

I fly home on Wednesday - home! And, of course, it only dawned on me that it's the busiest travel season of the year. Lucky me. On Friday the holiday season officially begins when I have the traditional black Friday mammogram.

I'm putting thinking about T-Day on hold for a few days - too much to carry around in my mind... It's enough for me that just about every day this year has been some kind of a thanksgiving.
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Blogger Judy said...

Looks like you have been having a great time in the Great White North! I hope your travels home are smooth sailing,unobstructed by delays, weather, or any other gremlin.

I think "scaling down" for Thanksgiving is just fine. If you have the time and energy, maybe have Hannah help you make a *little* special dinner filled with family favorites, but don't stress out about the big turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole(do you make the green bean casserole with the fried onion thingies on the top--I must come from the only family that never had 'em that way).

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Gerry, Hannah, Max, and the furballs!

November 19, 2007 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Knitting in the mountains, in the snow with a knitting-filled bus trip at the end (with snacks!) - it sounds like a perfect weekend!

November 19, 2007 7:33 AM  
Blogger tara said...

I love the picture your student took of you. And I just had to laugh because I scheduled my mammo for BF too. Tara

November 19, 2007 9:43 AM  
Blogger Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

It was a 'fabulous" weekend and you were awesome! I learned so much. Hope you have a good time in Edmonton and a safe trip home. It was a pleasure meeting you.

November 19, 2007 11:26 AM  
Anonymous kmkat said...

Max's socks look great!

Yeah, scale back on Thanksgiving. Start with the essentials -- that would be your famiy -- then add just enough frills to make it special, then stop. Enjoy each other.

November 19, 2007 11:51 AM  
Blogger knittinggrammy said...

I'm sure that "SANDRA" had a great time driving you home....

November 20, 2007 2:15 PM  
Anonymous PJ in NY said...

What in the world is a cwack technique? You have me intrigued!

November 22, 2007 11:21 AM  

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