You know, when I travel all the time like this, it’s all based on work, and it’s hard to justify too much fun, beyond the fun that it is to actually have this job, which is so much better than working as a Diet Coke sample girl in the supermarket (and yeah, I had that job and you bet I had to wear a pinafore.) There’s not any time to sightsee, and if I wanted to have a little fun I’d have to stay an extra day, and spending money to earn money sort of negates the purpose of the latter, so… I go. I work (at my pretty fun job) and then I come back home, and then people really think I’ve been to these places, and I haven’t. Not really.
This trip was a little different. I was in town for Knit City, and let me tell you, that was pretty amazing fun all by itself. I love the Canadian events with an unholy passion, and it was clear from the attendance and enthusiasm that Fiona and Amanda have got their feet nicely under them, and Knit City is really going to be a thing. Great classes – nice vibe – and an amazing, amazing marketplace full of amazing, amazing Canadian yarn and other stuff knitters like. The list of Vendors read like a Canadian dream team.
It was so awesome it smacked me into camnesia, and I only have about 4 pictures of the whole event – and one of them is a selfie of me, Amanda and Fiona that is so incredibly bad that I feel like publishing it here would terminally influence our relationship, and I would really like to come back to Knit City again.
The event was great, and I had a wonderful time, especially since some of my favourite Ontarians were my fellow teachers (Hi Kate! Hi Fiona! Hi Kim!) We had time for some meals together and we had a grand time in general, and I really can’t say enough nice things about my clever and welcoming students, but here was the best part.
I had one afternoon off. I finished teaching at noon, and I didn’t have to speak until the evening, and the sun was shining and (together with a friend) I rented a bike and went for ride on the seawall all the way around Stanley Park. It was amazing.
I really got to enjoy the park. On my way to the park my cab driver asked me what I was doing. I said I was going to Stanley Park.
"This is a very good idea." he said. Then I told him I was going to rent a bike, and ride the seawall.
"This.." he said, "Is the ideal."
He was totally right. Thanks Knit City, and thanks Vancouver. You’re all awesome.
I’m on my way home.
PS I took the Skytrain to the airport and it was very cool.
PPS: Hey Toronto, Clara’s coming tomorrow night. Anybody fancy a bit of a yarn party?