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okay I'm going now

Jun. 24th, 2010 | 05:10 pm

Hi there friends and followers. Please join me as I move from Livejournal to Blogger:


(btw - LJ got back to my support request and basically said the widgets I want aren't do-able because of  'security issues'. hm.)

See you on the other side.

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brief update on my dad

Jun. 24th, 2010 | 09:02 am

I guess the lady didn't like him after all and she 'dropped him like a hot potato'.  So she is intelligent then.

He's heading to Russia tomorrow to meet another woman.


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moving to new blog site likely

Jun. 23rd, 2010 | 08:55 pm

WOW blogger and wordpress offer way  more than livejournal. Even the free accounts with the other two have tons more functionality than this my paid site here. I'm mucking around to see which one will prove to be the winner, but rest assured I will let you know. Meanwhile, I know I have a long list of things two write about with pictures. I'm feeling better, mostly, so I might just get to do all the catching up tomorrow.

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might be moving

Jun. 23rd, 2010 | 05:32 pm

Now before y'all get your knickers in a twist, I'm simply thinking about moving my blog to one that can allow widgets. There are all kinds of great things out there, including ones from Ravelry, that livejournal simply won't allow, even for paid blogs. This irritates me, of course, because I'm just finally getting going on this whole blog thing and I know it would be a great inconvenience. If you have any advice about which ones are more user-friendly, I would certainly appreciate it.


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knitting: FO - Jim socks!

Jun. 23rd, 2010 | 10:45 am

I started these back in Feburary... you've seen them here a few times. Finally I got them done and presented them to Jim. I'm pretty happy with them but am loathe to ever consider a plain old stockinette stitch sock ever again.

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trip to Victoria part 1

Jun. 23rd, 2010 | 10:40 am

This was an expensive trip. We can't really afford to be traveling right now because Dan's job *still* hasn't started yet (stress!) and I'm not making very much  money. And taking time off work means lost income. Gas there and back cost about $80, then dinner out three nights...

Okay I'm happy to pay $11-12 for a decent burger. Even the burgers at the Pink Bicycle, which arguably has the best burgers in town, doesn't charge more than $13. I went into sticker shock when I saw that my chicken burger at the Canoe Club cost $16. Then the servers expect a tip... It just seemed unreasonable to me.

Now granted I went for the fibre arts festival and had lots of fun. I also stopped at the Mount Royal Bagel Factory and the Fisgard Market to grab some things we can't get up island.

Then, because the weekend was non-stop action, I started getting sick on Sunday night. By the time I got home on Monday evening, I had a full-blown sore throat - I let my boss know I would be unavailable for a further few days = more lost income.

I'm worried about money because we aren't earning very much, we haven't won the lottery (not for lack of trying!) , and the bills are piling up. My point here, though, is that I won't be taking a trip down to Victoria for a while.

Sorry I'm a bit grumbly here, all my other topics about this trip will be much more cheerful, I promise.

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a teaser

Jun. 22nd, 2010 | 01:10 pm

Hi there friends,
Sorry to keep you all waiting for a new post. I actually have like a dozen posts to write up but I am extremely sick right now. The weekend was so busy/frenetic/fun that it kicked my butt. A wicked sore throat settled in the night before last and talking hurts. Writing is fine, obviously, but I'm really too tired to concentrate and be eloquent. Rest assured I have Big Plans to entertain you throughout the week, so do stay tuned!

:-) Stace

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wee hiatus

Jun. 17th, 2010 | 09:53 pm

Hi there friends,

Just so's you know, I'll be in Victoria for the Victoria Fibre Fest this coming weekend. I'll be modeling the Ukee Berry socks I posted about last month for the fashion show on Friday night. Saturday - it's fairly open but I'm probably going to skip the yarn crawl (I'm already familiar with the LYSs on the path) and get my errands done. Sunday is an open air market for yarn vendors and other people who sell stuff related to fibery goodness. It will be, for me, like an alcoholic going into a liquor store.

Dinner with friends at the Canoe Club on Saturday, dinner with other friends at their house on Sunday. Staying at my in-laws' house. Running around madly trying to pack it all in and I have no idea how the weather will be. The forecast is for the high teens but it will probably be more like low twenties. What to wear? Alas, my sunburn from last week is starting to peel, so I'd better stay in the shade.

I'll be bringing my laptop with me and might be blogging on the fly, but in case I don't get a chance and you miss me, well, know that I am absent for a worthy cause: yarn.



and Yarn.

Besides, I'll have lots to report on and have pictures for evidence!

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cute kitty

Jun. 17th, 2010 | 02:52 pm

You know how if you have a cat or cats, you think that your cat is cuter than all the other cats? Yeah, me too:

Let me tell you the story about Sam.

In 2002, I moved to South Korea to be an English teacher for a one-year contract. I knew I'd have a roommate but didn't know anything about her. All I knew is she was Jen from Iowa. I worried we wouldn't get along or - worse - that she's be a smoker. We arrived at the Incheon Airport (just out of Seoul) within an hour of each other and on the two-hour bus ride to Daejeon, we got on like a house on fire, had telepathy within a day of knowing each other. It's not every often that you meet someone and you just 'click' like that. So that was good.

About a week and a half after Jen and I landed, one of our waeguk (foreign) teachers, Steve from Ontario, came into the office and told this story: his next door neighbours had tapped on his door at 5:30am and said "We're moving to Taiwan, here's a kitten, bye!" and left this cute ball of fluff in his care. Now Steve fell in love with kitty instantly but he only had three weeks left of his contract and was about to leave, so offered her up to anyone who might want a pet. Jen and I instantly jumped at the chance and that night, she came home to us.

Now in Korea, there is a weird superstition about cats being evil. You know how their eyes reflect light and in the dark it looks like their eyes are glowing? That freaks Koreans out, apparently. There are very few cats in Korea, making finding cat food and litter rather difficult. As it was, it was hit and miss as to whether it would even be available at the local Wal-Mart (the only place I could find it).

For the first few months, Sam peed either on one of our beds or the couch every day. We weren't quite sure why, since she knew how to use her litter box. This all stopped, thank the heavens, after she was spayed.

What an ordeal that was. Finding the vet was not difficult. Communicating was a whole other matter. She had ten words of English, I had ten words of Korean, and with some help from my Korean supervisor, we worked out that I needed to get Sam fixed. On the appointed day I brought her in, and two hours later I took her home again with a belly full of stitches and the cone of shame. Now remember - cats are rare so the cone was more for a dog - a larger dog - and since Sam was still a kitten, it was WAY too big for her, poor kitty.

I got her home and, while I wished I could have stayed home to look after her,  I had to go to work. She was mad at me for making her go through that and made an astonishing jump to the wardrobe my clothes were kept in - which was well over six feet tall - with a belly full of stitches.

When I got home from work some ten hours later, she jumped up on me even before I was ready to be horizontal - she jumped on my back when I was leaning over brushing my teeth. Okay, she needs comfort, got it.

Months later it was time for me to end my contract and leave the country. No way was I going to leave my kitty to chance. I arranged to have her shots and paperwork all in line because this cat was coming home to Canada with me. It wasn't difficult, actually, and it only cost a few hundred dollars between the paperwork and airfare. Canada doesn't quarantine cats from any country, so that was no problem. When I landed at the Vancouver Airport and collected her at the Special Luggage section, no one even batted an eye when I walked by with my luggage and box of cat in tow.

In the year that followed, I went back to Asia for another year of teaching, this time in Japan. I left Sam with my mum who fell in love with the kitty, and to this day it is clear that Mum is Sam's favourite human. O well. Since I got back from Japan, my mum and I have joked about having 'joint custody' of the cat and, when she had Sam, I paid 'cat support'.

This little cat has been through a lot with me and has been on more planes than most people. She's about eight years old now (I'll never know exactly when she was born) and luckily has never had any health issues. I only wish she was friendlier with other animals so we might get a second cat, but given how she freaks out when one of the neighbours cats comes around, that will never happen. Anyway, kitty.

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Jun. 17th, 2010 | 11:31 am

I realize I haven't posted much about knitting lately. In fact, I haven't been posting nearly as frequently as I would like but you know, work gets in the way of blogging some times.

For my birthday this year, My Sweety gave me The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques and I have been meaning to knit each of the patterns into a swatch. This will build my skill, give me design inspiration, and bust my stash. So, in the order I have knit them, here they are:

Waffle Check

Two-Tone Lattice

Three-and-One Stitch

That's it so far. Stay tuned for Triple L Tweed

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