I've been wanting to write for a few says, but I've been busy. Here's what happend.
Last Friday, I took the bus to the ski shop with my ski boots to see if they could do anything about the pain in my feet when skiing. The guy told me, after examining my feet alone, in the boots, and in various positions, that he thinks the boots are too big for me, but he thinks I should see a foot specialist that specialises in sports wear because of the obvious difference in sizes between my feet and the "infirmity" (for lack of a better word) of my right foot (I was born with a club foot). I left the store with my boots and no immediate solution, but contact info for someone that could help.
When leaving the store, I walked to one of my favorite yarn store in Ottawa, Knit-Knackers to sit and knit for a while. Although I wasn't planning on buying anything (trying the yarn diet thing, and failing miserably), but they had a 50% off sale on odd balls and discontinued yarn. I ended up buying 7 skeins of Noro Maiko (rav link) in color 115 - Coral. Since I was bored of the current WIP, I decided to cast on right away for a beautiful buttoned top-down short-sleeve top.
After a while, I left the store to meet Lynne at her work place so we could go to the gym together (I wanted a lift from downtown with my ski boots to knit-night and she wanted a buddy to go to the gym before knit-night). So we headed to the gym, did some warming up and some weight lifting. It felt great (the workout felt good, not the being-in-a-gym-full-of-very-fit-people part). I really should do that more often.
After the gym, we went to the Royal Oak for dinner and had a steak salad (hummm, steak!!).
And then, we finally made it to knit-night, where D joined us after work for some frogging (Kari brought some WIP that needed frogging). D really enjoys ripping the fabric and undoing hours of work. We left the coffee shop at closing and headed home.
Kari and I had planned to go for a road trip west of Ottawa to three different yarn stores. She picked me up around 10 and we started with Just Knitting in Carleton place.
Then we headed to Perth, where we stopped for lunch at Fiddleheads, where I ordered a pear, beets, portobello and goat cheese salad. I was a bit disapointed when the plate arrived. I wich I took a picture because it was very beautifully presented, but it was a pear cut in three widthwise with goat cheese and portobello between the botom and middle parts, and more goat cheese and beets between the middle and top parts. It was delicious, but wouldn't take me far. I had to order something else (a very tasty club sandwich). It ended up costing me quite a bit since the "salad" was 14$ + a 11$ sandwich, + Kari's lunch (to pay for gas).
After lunch we went to Janie H. Knits in Perth. I got some colorful yarn to replace D's slippers (his curent ones now have holes in them).
After Perth, we drove to Northbrook to see Nancy at her store, Log Cabin Yarns. I got some things for a gift, so I'm not going to give any details yet. I also got 4 littles skeins (25 yards each) of some yummy 100% silk with beads. I haven't decided yet what to do with them.
On the way home, we stopped at Value Village for some item needed to complete my surprise gift. Then to the grocery store for dinner. Kari stayed for dinner (D cooked the sausages and asparagus on the BBQ).
Altough I was exhausted, we got out of the house to run some errands: Ikea, Micheals, MEC, Fabricland, Loblaws, Dollar store, LCBO. After all that, we just plucked down on the sofa and I knit while D played Skyrim (very addictive video game for the actual player, D, and the back seat player, me).
Here in Ontario, Monday was Family Day. D worked (paid tripple time, who could refuse that). I met the foot specialist to get his opinion on the ski boots. He said I need new boots as my current ones are effectively too big. Additionnaly to new boots with a correct fit, he can make some adjustements for the foot issues. He was very encouraging. And TandL is currently having a sale. :)
Had an errand to run in the morning, then worked on the surprise gift (which too me many hours). I also washed the dished, did some laundry, I'm cooking beans for D's chili, and there's a roast in the oven. I'm tired but content.
Sorry, no pictures today, but there'll be plenty next week since this surprise gift and a secret knitted item are going to be gifted over the weekend.