Not What I Planned

I started writing  a really long post this morning, then just now glanced at the time and realized that I can’t be writing right now, because I have to leave for North Bay in about twenty minutes and though I can’t be sure, I think most of the people there would like it if I bathed and tossed some toiletries in a bag.

It’s about a 5 hour trek north to North Bay, straight up through some of the prettiest landscape Ontario has to offer, and I’m really looking forward to it, the last time I was in North Bay it looked like this…

and it really wasn’t that long ago, now that I think about it. It will be nice to see the Lake all blue and green.  Can’t wait. I’ll be at the North Bay Museum this evening, speaking at 6pm.  (Details here.)

I’ll be taking Omelet, who grows steadily larger.

That’s three of the four repeats done, although the rows are starting to be longer – this next one might take a while. The driving and speaking will interfere with the knitting for the next day or two… though I do have a sidekick this weekend – and I might be able to scam her into driving for a bit.  Now that I think about it though, it was probably stupid to choose another knitter as co-pilot.  It’s way harder to get knitters to take the wheel.  Way harder.

Have a lovely weekend all.  If you’re American, enjoy your holiday. Canada had one last week and I can’t say enough nice things about it.

62 thoughts on “Not What I Planned

  1. I love the color. It’s so happy and bright and will be perfect for the beautiful scenery you’ll be in. Good luck on the driving plan!

  2. I always remember how you loved the “yarn pockets” on your new car! My boyfriend always drives on trips, but wants me to not knit so I can talk to him. I try to explain that, if he can drive and talk, I can knit and talk! At least the sort of knitting I would bring- no lace camping. Have fun on your trip!

  3. I agree that I was more willing to drive back when I didn’t knit as much. These days, it seems kind of like a waste of time! Next trip, you’ll choose your copilot more carefully. Have a fun trip!

  4. My husband doesn’t knit but is an avid reader. It is also difficult to get him to drive the whole way when we take long trips.

  5. Have a safe trip. I think you should definitely share the driving! Please post pictures of your destination. I would love to see pictures of North Bay in the springtime!

  6. Wow, Stephanie, that first picture is not going to change many people’s stereotypes of Canada! Hahahaha. I hope you have a lovely trip – it would be nice to see the north woods! I’m gearing up for my first Memorial Day weekend as an American resident: it’s supposed to be over 30 C this weekend so I am planning to hit the beaches of Madison!

  7. shawl is stunning. enjoy the beautiful drive and meeting more knitters in their natural habitat.

  8. Oh the black flies, the little black flies, always the black flies no matter where you go; I’ll die with the black flies pickin’ my bones in north Ontario….
    Just saying….

  9. I think the solution to getting knitters to carpool is to rent a bus 😀
    That was the solution for some Indiana knitters who wanted to go to Stitches Midwest.

  10. Oh, make her take the wheel. Bring that vast DPN collection or something. Tell her you’ve got very important readers who want to see your knitting.

  11. Have a great trip! I’ll be spending Memorial Day weekend not far from Lake Tahoe. Seventy percent chance of snow. Come to think of it, we were there last year on this very date and got hit with a blizzard. . .

  12. lucky the knitter who can go on knitting in a moving vehicle! I can barely look at my phone for 30 secs before feeling queasy…

  13. I’m so glad to know that the snow photo is the LAST time you were there, not this time. Hope you have a great time!

  14. I have this uncanny ability to convince non knitters to drive most of the time, especially on long trips.They are really confused about it afterwards when it slowly dawns on them. Then they feel tricked as they should. I’m not proud of it but whatever it takes.

  15. Oh geez, when you said you had a sidekick you might be able to scam into driving, I thought you were talking about a Schacht Sidekick for a moment. Mighty confusing!! I need more coffee, clearly. Have fun this weekend!

  16. I’m very lucky that my guy loves to drive (loves!) so I get chauffeured everywhere and it’s awesome. Of course, at least half the time I’m working on socks for him, so it is to his benefit as well 🙂

  17. I always con people into driving for me!! It usually goes something like this: I drive and make some sudden, scary manuvers and out nowhere, I am not driving anymore! In particular I like the wheel turns and you drive to where you are looking manuver. Works like a charm!! 🙂

  18. Never been to North Bay, but I remember very fondly a couple trips to Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula just to the west.
    Well… relatively speaking I suppose. From Seattle, Tobermory and North Bay seem almost like neighbors when the reality is that it would take several hours to drive between them! I guess visually I imagine the scenery being similar.
    Have a great time!

  19. If I lived closer, I would be your driver. I can’t knit while riding in a car. 🙂

  20. Well, as I have labyrinthites, I always like to drive, because I cannot knit on moving transports… 😛
    Want me to drive?? lol

  21. I tease my husband about learning to knit, but I’m actually terrified that he might someday, & then where would that leave me on road trips? That’s the bulk of my knitting time these days.

  22. This is a big weekend for many of us south of the border. It is the start of summer! Trips to the beach, mountains, lakes, outdoor pools open up, all kinds of good times start. It is also Memorial Day when we remember all those who served in the armed services and we get to thank and remember the people who made all the above possible. Have a great weekend and remember to thank a veteran.

  23. North Bay is my hometown! Haven’t been up in years, but would absolutely love to see it, in any season (THAT’s how much I love North Bay!).
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  24. For a minute I was worried you were heading in the direction of the massive fires in northern Ontario, and then I checked the map and discovered that North Bay isn’t really all that far north. Have a great road trip.

  25. Whine about how you have to rest and get mentally ready to speak. Guilt usually works with adults; not so much with children.

  26. It was scary to see that picture of you in the frozen north. For just a minute I was worried you had booked a speaking tour in the high Arctic. 🙂

  27. Boy, you hit it with the knitting co-pilot thing!!! I’m going to Squam next week with a friend (via Niagara Falls…..KY-Buffalo-NH); we’ll be lucky to make it; we’ll both want to be the “navigator” (ahem…..that’s the knitter!) If we do make it, I’ll see you Thursday; I’m not exactly “speed knitting” through my Omelet, either. (Started it months ago!) Maybe you can remedy that.

  28. Have a lovely time! Amazing snowfields there in the background…a good reminder to those of us broiling farther south to keep on knitting!

  29. I’m lucky. I married a control freak when it comes to the car. He doesn’t want anyone else to drive. Ok by me. 🙂
    I used to read but that was before I started to knit. A long road trip sounds like a good idea. I need to plan one.

  30. Stephanie, in the photo advertising your talk, the blue sweater you are wearing–is that pattern available somewhere? Thanks!

  31. Please wave to our old trailer park on your way north! When you get to Katrine, it’s on the right, way back off the main road. 🙂 I miss Owl Lake and our trips to North Bay.

  32. Your omelet has inspired me to get back to my shawl. Although driving or not, I’m sure yours will be done and blocked way before I finish the chart repeat I’m on. And I’ve got the weekend off.

  33. I know you’ll have a great time. I love to see the omelette growing exponentially. Just a few more repeats and it will be perfectly beautiful.

  34. Memorial Day is particularly important this year. So much has happened and so much is about to happen good and bad. I just hope we all keep thinking about what is really important…on both sides of the northern border.
    Keep knitting, weaving, crocheting and anything else that brings something beautiful into being.

  35. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  36. We actually plan who drives which leg on our road trips by the road conditions so I can get in more knitting. I don’t knit in canyons with switchbacks but I can drive without getting carsick.
    That shawl is lovely. Have a great trip.

  37. The wife, kid, and I were supposed to fly out to visit my parents, who live 2 hours north of Seattle, next month. Her work got in the way and it started to look like wife wasn’t going to be able to go.
    I admit that the thought of flying 10+ hours alone with a 14 month old and then driving the two hours did not make me happy. But honestly, the first thing I thought about when she told me she might not be able to come was the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to knit on the drive from Seattle to the ‘rents house.
    Luckily, things worked out and she is coming with us. Yeah! Knitting!

  38. It’s a really good thing my husband doesn’t knit. I love our road trips and I really love my shotgun position with pointy sticks in my lap.

  39. One of the joys of being married the first time was he was a TERRIBLE passenger. I got an awful lot of knitting and quilting done those 8 years! Omelet is so beautiful so far, I’m wondering what’s in my stash…

  40. I second the above person who said that their boyfriend likes to drive! 🙂 And has accepted that me knitting does not mean I’m ignoring him or that I’m bored. 🙂
    Actually, though, I went on a road trip to VT sheep and wool last year, and we split up the driving pretty evenly. Actually, one gal loves to drive, so she drove most of the way. 🙂

  41. Ah, you made me homesick for northern ontario. I used to live in Sudbury, then Kitchener, now in Oregon, soon to move to Colorado.

  42. North Bay?!!!!! That’s ONLY 3 hours “south” of where we live…LOL!!!! Soooo near….BUT soooo far!! Hope you had a grrrreat w/e Stephanie!!…(:

  43. The driving is yet another reason that teleportation would be so awesome. You’d get there faster, and be able to get a bit more knitting time.
    Unfortunately, you would no longer get to see all the interesting sites along the road as you travel.

  44. I like driving…besides I wouldn’t get much knitting done in the passenger front seat, now maybe put me in the back where there’s more space and air, I might be a happy camper. That would only make the driver feel like a hired hack though.

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  46. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

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