Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Details

Thanks to everyone for your congratulations on our house sale. And thank you, too, for your kind words of encouragement as I have gone through the past three months on a somewhat steady diet of Worry Soup. Several of you asked for details as to when and where we are moving, so here you go. And I would just like to say that I am so excited to finally be able to share this with you!

We are moving to a development at the south end of Cultus Lake. If you look at a map of BC and find the point that is geographically centred between where our five kids are living, this is about as close as you can get. It is 2 hours from Vancouver, 2 hours and 45 minutes from Kamloops, and about 4 hours from Victoria (an hour and a half of that trip is on a ferry).

There is a development there called The Cottages at Cultus Lake. If you follow the link and click on cottages, and then click on the site map and floor plans from the drop down menu you can see a drawing of the cottage we are buying. It is called the Laurel.

Not only is our new home situated close to our kids, it is also right next to a beautiful provincial park. I look forward to many hours spent exploring the hiking trails and beaches, and am hoping at some point down the road to buy a kayak. If you go to the link and scroll down a bit you will see a photo gallery, and those pictures will give you a good idea of what the surrounding area is like.

We take possession of the cottage July 16, so that gives us about five weeks to sort and sift through three decades of life and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Our current house is 3000 square feet, and the one we are moving to is 1517 square feet. So you can see there will definitely be more getting rid of than keeping.

In the midst of all this excitement I have managed to finish the baby blanket. There were two incentives to step up the pace, one being the fact Diana is due the third week of July and that suddenly doesn't sound too far off! The other is the infamous Kamloops summer temperatures, when it can be 35C or higher for days on end. Having a wool blanket draped over my lap as I knit did not sound very appealing. I'm happy with how it came out, and now that it's finished I can say I am glad I knit it. However, it was a good reminder that I am not, by knitter nature, a blanket person.

Here it is, all bright and cheerful, looking like "wool sunshine."

Sunny Baby Blanket


It still needs to be washed and blocked, but that got delayed when I discovered that Alexandra took the straight pins with her when she moved out last December.


The lazy part of me is tempted to skip the blocking part and just wash it. After all, there is no way it will get blocked every time it is washed once the baby starts using it. I'll leave it up to you. Should I wash and block the blanket, or just wash it?




44 comments:

  1. Kristie, I've been following your blog for a while, admiring your knitting. I can really relate to your moving stories. We live in the south Okanagan and want to move closer to family (Chilliwack/Abbotsford area). Our current house isn't selling and we haven't found the right place to move to, so we're serving up some "worry soup" too. Just have to believe it will all work out sooner than later.

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    1. Hi Ellen! Have you looked at the Cottages development at Cultus? It sounds like it might be a fit for what you are looking for, at least as far as the location goes.

      I'm so sorry you are having a hard time selling your place. That was one of the reasons I kept blogging about how awful and depressing the experience of selling a house can be. I hoped it might help others realize they aren't alone. And yes, it's important to believe it will all eventually work out. The market seems to be picking up a bit, so hopefully your house will sell really soon.

      If you decide to come have a look at Cultus let us know and you can come look at our place once we are moved in. I'll make a pot of tea for us! :-)

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  2. just wash it!! And GOSH -- the Laurel is just adorable! Kristie, I'm so very happy for you, and to be centered among your kids like that, just so so great. Your happy news made my day.

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    1. That's the way I'm leaning right now - just washing it seems quite sensible. Or is that the lazy part of me whispering that in my ear? :-)

      I'm glad my news made your day!

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    2. That's a great, cheerful blanket! And I agree with everyone else that a good wash and pat will do.

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    3. Thank you Kirstin! A wash and a pat it is going to be. :-)

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  3. I'm so happy for you guys. It looks beautiful there, and I know you will be thrilled to be so close to all of your children. The blanket is lovely; not being a knitter, I have no advice about blocking or washing but I can definitely say I'm getting excited for this baby too! :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! It is a really beautiful place and I can't wait to explore the area. It's fun to have so many people excited about this baby. :-)

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  4. Congratulations on the sale & the new house! I hope the move is as stress-free as possible for you. We're looking for a new apartment in the next few months and even though we might end up moving literally across the street I'm still NOT looking forward to the whole process.

    Beautiful blanket, too! I love the basketweave sort of texture.

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    1. Thanks! I think moving across the street is almost as stressful as moving across the country. You still have to pack and unpack everything, change your address, etc. I hope you find exactly the right apartment when you start searching. Knowing you are moving to a nice place helps take away some of the pain of the actual move. :-)

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  5. That looks like a really warm blanket. It doesn't look like it needs blocking to me. If you are going to wash it, you could probably just pat it into shape afterwards.

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    1. I think patting it into shape is exactly what is going to happen. It means I don't have to try to get the pins from Alexandra, and it is what is going to happen every time it is washed after the baby arrives.

      Your entrelac baby blanket puts mine to shame! It is gorgeous!

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  6. WOW!! YAY!! that looks awesome! What a lovely (big) looking cottage! I can't wait to hear all about your new house. And how wonderful that you are smack in teh middle of your kids!! well done :)

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    1. It is big in terms of cottages, but not so much so in terms of houses. :-)

      There will be lots of posts about the new house and surrounding area once we get moved in. Stay tuned!

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  7. O the new cottage looks fabulous! It will be quite a change from 3,000 sq feet, but I'm guessing you'll love how much easier it is to "keep up" once you acclimate to it. (I'll have you know I just spent an enjoyable 15 minutes looking at ALL the floor plans & pretending my two chicks were out of the nest.)

    As for the blanket: wash, pat in shape. It's lovely in it's unblocked state ... the hassle of pinning it out for that "glamour look" wouldn't be worth it to me.

    Best wishes for the sorting, tossing, donating, packing!

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    1. I'm laughing at the fact you spent 15 minutes looking at floor plans and thinking about when you have an empty nest. This cottage development was started four years ago, and I remember doing the very same thing back then when I first found out about it. :-)

      Thanks for the input about the blanket. You are right, and I am going to leave it unblocked. Much easier all the way around!

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  8. Wash it!

    And congratulations all around.
    -- stashdragon

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    1. Thanks, and I am going to take your (and everyone else's!) advice and just wash it. :-)

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  9. Your new home looks WONDERFUL Oh how I envy you living in such a lovely area. Good luck with your move and I wish you every happiness there. The baby blanket is gorgeous.
    Patricia x

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    1. House looks fabulous, blanket looks great ... you sure you've got time for that trip overseas ;)

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    2. Thanks Patricia! I feel very fortunate to be living where I do. BC is a beautiful province.

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    3. Annie - I definitely have time for that trip! We should be all settled in before I leave in September. I can't wait!

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  10. Your new home is wonderful and it looks a beautiful location too, you must be so excited. The baby blanket looks so good what a lucky baby to have you knitting lots of things for them! Good Luck with your packing.
    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I will need all the good luck I can muster as far as the packing goes. It is the most difficult part of any move, but made worse by the downsizing issue. And I can't wait to see that baby blanket wrapped around my new granddaughter!

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  11. Nice blanket! Congrats on the new location.

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    1. Thank you Nadia! I'm very happy with both things - the blanket and our new location! :-)

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  12. That's a great house--I'm a sucker for a good front porch. That and a garage are my only requirements for a house. We currently have neither. It's a long story, I got out-voted. Hmmm, I guess it was a short story.

    You did a wonderful job on the blanket. It would be a shame to not block it. :)

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    1. I'm with totally with you on the front porch. Not so much the garage. This house doesn't have one, and I am happy because it means that much less junk we can keep. :-)

      I'll be waiting for your blog post on your front porch/garage story.

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    2. I'm with you on not storing things in the garage. I wanted one to actually put a car in...so at least one car wouldn't get beaten by the sun in the summer or need to have snow cleaned off it in the winter. Hey, maybe all I need is a carport! We don't have the space to add one, but I'll put that on my requirements list for our next house.

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    3. We have never had room for our cars in any of the garages we have owned. How sad is that?

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  13. How cool! I love the blanket, and the move sounds like it's going to be a very good experience. Best of luck with the packing!

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    1. Thanks! The packing is going to be a huge job, as is the unpacking at the other end. It will be worth it though!

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  14. what a fantastic location. You will love it there. Incidentally, by modern British house standards your 'small' cottage is really rather big. :-) Your 3000 sq ft sounds HUGE!

    I'm with the 'wash and pat' brigade where your lovely baby blanket is concerned. You've more than enough to do with the house move. :-)

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    1. Wash and pat seems to have won out! That's interesting about the average size British house. What would you say the average size would be?

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    2. According to a fairly recent report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14916580 the average British house is 85 sq metres and the average new-build is down to 76 sq metres, as developers try to cram more and more houses into smaller and smaller spaces, because of the frighteningly high cost of building land in most of the UK. By comparison your 1500 sq ft cottage converts to almost 140 sq metres, so nearly twice the size of the average British new-build!

      Up here in the far north of Scotland the population is small and land is cheap, so the houses can often be far bigger than the average. Our old Welsh farmhouse is 212 sq metres and is seen as a big house by us and everyone we know. When we see North American homes on TV they look impossibly spacious to us. :-)

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    3. Thanks for this information. I still think of house size in terms of square feet (a remnant of my American upbringing), so had to convert 85 sq. metres to square feet to get an idea of the size you were talking about. It comes in at just under 1000 sq. feet. That would be more the size of an apartment here rather than a house. Canada has a lot of land, and I guess that translates to cheaper property and bigger houses.

      I'm not sure I would have wanted to live in an 85 sq. metre home when all five of my kids were still living at home!

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  15. it all looks lovely, how exciting!! will you be using the water slide very much!!!??
    your dog is very much going to love all the walks and smell around there!!

    good luck with all the clearing and sorting... hard work and tedious but very therapeutic

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    1. I can safely say I will never use the water slides. :-)

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  16. Hello, thank you for coming over to my blog and saying hello - I love the way we get to meet people in Blogland - and what an exciting time to find you! Your new place sounds idyllic, but I entirely understand the worry soup issue - they say that moving house is one of the most stressful things we ever do, so take it steady - eat lots of chocolate (well that's just my favourite way of coping).

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    1. I love you advice to eat lots of chocolate as a coping mechanism. I plan on doing just that! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :-)

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  17. Just catching up on blog reading. Firstly just wash it. Secondly wow what a lovely setting and house, a front and back porch for knitting so jealous. I'm sure you will be very happy

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    1. Just washing it is what I have decided to do. When I first saw the house last March and looked at that front porch the image that popped into my mind was sitting there on a warm summer's day knitting and enjoying the view of the mountains. Of course, that would be ignoring the reality, which is the area we are moving to experiences epic amounts of rain, and the days that will be warm and dry enough to actually use the porch will be few and far between. :-)

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  18. Congratulations, Kristie, the cottage looks fabulous! I'm so envious of you getting to live in a beautiful place like that. Did you realize that you're just BARELY going to be "north of 49" there? (I'll bet you had to make sure of that so you wouldn't have to change your blog name, LOL.)

    Can't wait to see pics after you get moved in! ~Kim

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    1. I had actually thought about the fact I am barely north of 49 there. And I will be going south of 49 much more frequently once I move. We will only be about an hour from Bellingham, and they have a Trader Joe's. :-)

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