This whole trans-Atlantic move has felt like more of a marathon than a sprint. Once we decided that we were going, yes, it was a pretty quick start out of the blocks but we definitely had to pace ourselves!
With all the craziness of waiting for the visas and getting the closing of the sale of our house done, I mistakenly thought that the crazy train would just kind of start to slow down once we finally got to the UK. What I hadn't factored on was there being as much crazy at the London end on the Toronto side of things!
Not that it hasn't been fun crazy (hellooo shopping to furnish our new flat!), but since our things arrived from Canada I've been looking forward to stuff being "mostly done" so that we can start to have a new normal here in London not unlike our normal in Toronto.
For me, that means being part of a community of knitters and having a knit night that I can get to semi-regularly. I was invited to one relatively early on by one of the mums at my son's school. She accosted me one morning and our exchange went something like this:
Her: "You're a knitter."
Me: "Yes..." (who is this crazy person?) "Guilty?" (her child is not in my son's class so I assumed she must have known from one of the mums whose child is in my son's class) "Did Catherine mention it?"
Her: "No, but I recognize your hat. It's the Ishbel beret by Ysolda, isn't it?"
Cue Stella and I connecting on Ravelry and going for coffee one morning after drop-off with our knitting. She also told me about her favourite LYS, Sharp Works, which is located in Herne Hill. The is also has a vibrant "stitch and bitch" group which meets weekly most conveniently in a pub not far from the shop and which even more conveniently is only one bus ride from our flat for 20 minutes. Excellent!
In spite of my best efforts to get the flat and our lives moderately organised before Christmas so that I could make it to a knit night, it sadly didn't happen. So I was very excited to head over that way this past Wednesday and meet the group in the snug of the Half Moon Pub:
And of course I'd be remiss if I didn't post a picture of Stella as well:
It was a terrific night (I even finished my hat! although pics will be posted another day) and I can't wait to go again.