2014.07.17

Thursday 17 July

Guangzhou Day one

The trip went pretty smoothly, except for some meltdowns (by a toddler, so it is to be expected). We arrived exhausted, of course. I spent most of today jet lagged and so I slept most of the day. I woke up just before supper and Fei had already gone to meet some friends, so we ate supper at the good restaurant near our house with the rest of Fei’s family. Daphne fell asleep as soon as we arrived and Dominic would only eat steamed rice and watermelon. He even refused the fresh water melon juice. I went to the supermarket after supper, I got some fresh milk and breakfast cereal. Oh, and my niece showed me how to connect to the wi-fi.

Back in Canada

I’m back from my trip to China. It was amazing. Except for the internet. The internet does not work there anymore, at least if you want to access sites that are not based in China. Since I don’t read Chinese, I was stuck in 1995. I travel to China regularly, and this was the most aggravating internet experience yet. In 2009, I was able to access Facebook no problem. This time, no Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads (?!) nor any site that had blogspot or wordpress in the url. My last post, saying I was in China, was written in mid-January when I tried to post via my iphone app. It only worked once I arrived back in Canada. At least my google reader worked, but I couldn’t click-through to an actual blog post.

I gave my father-in-law the St. Enda sweater and he wore it everyday. My non-existent photographer skills didn’t allow me to get a great shot of it. The cables came out really well, but it’s hard to see in the photo because, well, me, and I have it on good authority that the flash on the iphone 4/4s is no good.

St. Enda

I didn’t get much knitting done, but I did discover JKnit and it is incredible.  There is a website, knitpoint.com, that sells patterns that are formatted for the app. I used the Pro version of the app to completely re-write the pattern for the Sutton-Hoo Hat I started before I left. I frogged the whole thing because it wasn’t turning out the way I saw it in my head. JKnit really helped me to organise my thoughts into a pattern and now it’s turning out the way I expected. I’m using this baby hat as a rough template:

Rough template for Sutton-Hoo

 Jet-lag is no good for getting knitting done. I’ve been spending my days in an awake yet not-awake haze since I got back last week. It’ll take me another week or so to be completely back to normal. Next week cannot get here soon enough.