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Adventures in Toronto

Chantal Ratnam

Posted on October 03 2018

Hey guys! I've been away for a couple of weeks, I'm sorry!  The reason for this is because I had an adventure a couple of weeks ago and when I say "adventure" I really mean I was completely smoked by a taxicab in downtown Toronto on the way to my Saturday photography class.  I didn't say it was a fun adventure but it has been interesting.  Let me reassure you that I'm mostly ok.  Bumps and bruises and I definitely clocked my head really good which has made the last few weeks a real treasure but, as the doc said, nothing is broken.

This is definitely the bright side.  The less bright side starts with, "do you know how annoying it is to wake up at 5am on a Saturday only to get hit by a car a block away from your destination?" and spirals downwards from there.  I do feel as though my brush with death has filled me with sage wisdom though. Ok, only sort of.  Over the last few weeks there have been moments of sage wisdom with a whole lot of my ridiculous old self in between. For example, sage wisdom: "Don't waste your time being unhappy, our time is not guaranteed and can be taken away in a moment."; Ridiculous self: "He couldn't wait to hit me until after class? I have things to do today." Sage wisdom: "If I die, I'm satisfied that all of the people that I love know that I love them and that I've apologized to people that I needed to apologize to."; Ridiculous self: "To the people who have wronged me, I didn't think about you once but now, after the fact, I'm still not a fan of you."

When I finally told my dad what happened he said that it was the Good Lord telling me to slow down.  Personally, I think the Good Lord needs to use his words.  I kind of think knocking people violently to the ground to get them to do what you want is not a great example to set.  Nonetheless, I've decided to heed the message just in case the next request is less polite.  

So instead of school and work and yoga, I've been filling my days moving from couch to the kitchen to the bed and scrolling through Ravelry to see what's out there in the patternverse.  Yesterday I told my friend that I can justify pattern purchases right now because I don't have to pay Go Transit to ferry me all around this city.  Plus I think I deserve a little treatsie.

When we were at Almonte, Sophie told us she organizes her yarn with the pattern she purchased it for and I thought that was a brilliant idea so I'm in the preliminary stages of doing the same.  Mostly I'm just fondling yarn and thinking of patterns to knit.  I mix that up with spying on my cat while she hunts bugs she's too scared to actually kill and inspecting my mostly dead houseplant for signs of life.  

I did, however, finally finish this Baby Vertebrae for my friends daughter.  I knit it with our Comfort Sock in our Lavender and Midnight Garden colour ways.  I played a bit of yarn chicken with the Lavender since it was the left overs that I had from the Raindrops sweater that I knit earlier this spring but it turns out I had enough and a little extra to get both sweaters done.  I normally knit this pattern in the recommended needle size but I randomly decided to go up one this time around.  I'm convinced that it's a little on the big side but I'm sure it'll fit her at some point.  I'm still deeply in love with these colours and I have a feeling that at some point in the next little while I'm going to tilt my head at my sister and ask pretty please for yarn for a grown up sweater for me. 

 

Until we speak again here's a little more sage wisdom:  I think the universe will generally give you what you're looking for so make sure to look for good things.  Look for the ways that people are good and kind and you're going to find that they are those things more often than not.  When I was on the ground, people were super kind to me and made sure I got the help that I needed.  Quite a few of them too.  I have no idea who they are and the likelihood is that I'll never be able to say thank you in person but I will always be eternally grateful that the universe put them in my path on that Saturday.

That's it for me for this week.  Until then, PEACE to you and yours and happy knitting!

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