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The Trials of Emigrating

I'm going to miss my mini garden here.
I’m going to miss my mini garden here.

It turns out preparing to emigrate is a lot more hard work than I remember from my last time leaving the country, but then last time I was extremely ill with IIH and on some rather potent medication so it’s honestly a bit of a blur. Seeing as I turned up in Canada with a few items of clothing and all of my yarn, including my crappy stuff, I don’t think I was all there during the process.

This time I’m going to send all but my most expensive, treasured yarn ahead of me or just get rid of it (/donate it to friends). I can only bring one suitcase. The most difficult part will be my comics, of which I have many. It’s looking like the only option is to send them ahead which is going to be expensive but less expensive than buying them all over again. Most of my things I can stand to get rid of; I have deliberately not acquired many books or DVDs this year which has meant purchasing a kindle and living off Netflix. Yarn and comics? Those are too important to me.

Due to the rest of my brain power being thoroughly taken up by the stress (and sheer bloody elation) of moving back to Canada to my wonderful girlfriend and all our pets, the rest of this entry can be in bullet points.

  • The necklace I made with Supremily is getting a lot of compliments. Someone even said it looks professionally made. It doesn’t but I’m still very proud of it.
  • I am reading a book called Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes. It is one I downloaded onto my kindle at some point then forgot about but I’m enjoying it immensely. It is a crime novel about a man who talks people into giving up life, then watches their bodies after they’ve starved to death. It’s not for the faint-hearted.
  • I have a week left at work. I deliberately gave notice for the Friday of next week so I can definitely go to the last Saturday knitting group at the Knit Studio. My friend Rachael and I (who have had adventures before) are going to make a yarny day of it. More on that next week.
  • Knitting is difficult right now because I’m so distracted. I have, however, been finishing off a large worsted-weight shawl in TARDIS blue. Soon there will be pictures.
  • Some friends joined me for goodbye drinks at the wonderful Bar Loco which does the best pizzas ever. It was a great night and I’m honoured to have met so many lovely people in this fine city. I’ll miss them. Thankfully we live in 2014, not 1814; I can use Facebook to communicate with them instead of writing longhand letters and destroying my tendons. Woo modern times!

That’s it for now. What are you guys up to at the moment? Anyone started their summer knitting? I’ve been meaning to start some socks – perfect lightweight knitting!


6 thoughts on “The Trials of Emigrating

  1. I highly recommend 2 copies of a detailed shipping manifest; one in the box and one with you. I might not have lost my signed Neil Gaiman books, nor my collection of Interweave Knits (Knitses?) if there’d been something for the postal service to refer to. Instead, I have 2 books I’ve never heard of and have no interest in, in their place after something catastrophic must have happened.


  2. Hi from Canada.(.Oshawa, Ontario, to be specific). Welcome in advance to the “Great White North” as it’s sometimes called. I wish you a pleasant journey, and a soft landing into the arms of your loved ones. I have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to more of your adventures. ❤ Mar (aka LifeonMars in Ravelry)


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