Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bring Your Children to Work Day

Today is 'Bring Your Children to Work Day' at work and so there are tons of toddlers running around the office and young singletons enjoying the time to play with kids that they don't have to take home. The parents are loving the free baby-sitting (it's half-term this week and kids are out of school). The Company hired a clown who did face painting and me, channeling my inner child, got in on the face painting action.

Other than that, it's a rainy and very windy day today. I went outside to get some photos of my new knitted FO and it was a bit crazy.

Pattern: Sexy Vesty by CanarySanctuary

Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Wool 2.6 skeins

Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Greatest Day

After all the craziness in my life of late, this day so far has just been absolutely fantabulous!!!

Last night I finished another Ulmus shawl and it's just gorgeous! I love everything about it!

Pattern: Ulmus by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering Wt. (Aqua) 1.7 skeins and (Paisley) 1.2 skeins

Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm

Anyhow, I get to work and I'm pretty stoked because finishing a project that you're in love with is pretty much enough to have you walking on air for at least 24 hours. But my day had more happiness in store for me. I got my malabrigo swap package and oh my god is it amazing!!!

I've been so giddy about this package that I've lost my appetite. I couldn't even get through a salad for lunch. I've just been super happy!

Package arrives:

Awesometastic tissue wrapping; I didn’t even want to open it.

Handmade Item 1: Felted Nalgene bottle holder with Nalgene bottle inside

Inside Nalgene bottle, yummy choccies, tea and hot chocolate . I can’t wait to try it but I’m so happy I’ve lost my ability to eat.

Yarn: 3 skeins of Ravelry Red worsted. OMG!!! I’m in love!!! Caked so that I don’t have to go to my LYS and buy something so that I can use the winder :-)

Not the best pic but a mini skein of 100% silk with beads yarn from Planet Earth Fibers:

THE KNIT KIT (Need I say more!)

Here you can see handmade item 2, an ipod cozy with the most amazing detailing of iphone icons and a $15 itunes gift card. Also, interweave knits spring 2008 which i need for many projects in my queue.

And last but not least, this awesome tote:

This whole package has been so amazing. Thank you Thank you stashmore for such a happy day!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Knitting - the Ultimate Coping Mechanism

I seemed to have opened a can of worms when I quit my job recently. I know that I made the right decision. Life is just so much more worth living now that I see an end in sight. However, by making this one decision about my life, I'm finding myself doing a lot of thinking about other aspects of my life. My brain is a turmoil of this and that and overthinking. Thank God for yarn and knitting! How amazing it is to knit, purl, yarn over, k2tog and so forth (I'm making lots of shawls lately so lots of yo, k2tog, ssk). I feel like this is a monumental year for me (not just because I'm turning the big 30) but because I feel like a lot of my short-term future will be set by this year. That worries me a bit. I have so many decisions to make and paths to forge and I have no clue what the road not taken is. I don't know if the conventional path is actually the unconventional one because I've never been conventional and doing something conventional might actually blow my mind. Now I'm just blabbing but it's my blog and I can blab if I want to :-).

Ok - here are the projects I've completed since my last post. I seemed to have become shawl obsessed somewhere along the way.

I test knitted another shawl for Kirsten Kapur.

Pattern: Jeanne by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (Botticelli) 0.8 skein

Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm


I also finally paid off my library fines and found some nice knitting, beading and crochet books there. I've also checked out a couple of audio books which is a lovely crafting companion.

Anyhow, in one of the crochet books I checked out, I found this pattern for a Jagged Stripe Scarf which I thought would be perfect to use up a lot of my Malabrigo Worsted leftovers.

Pattern: Want Not Waste Not Scarf (Jagged Stripe Scarf by Gayle Bunn)

Yarn: Various Malabrigo Merino Worsted (see ravelry project page for details)

Needles: 5 mm hook / H


I also made some granny squares which I sent off to the malabrigo swap ravelry group mods in charge of making wedding blankets. After making these squares I'm thinking I need to work on collecting squares to make an afghan for moi.

Pattern: Granny Square by Purl Bee

Yarn: Various Malabrigo Merino Worsted (see ravelry project page for details)

Needles: 5 mm hook / H

Thursday, May 14, 2009

8. Make a bold career move

If you keep up with my blog, you might have sensed that I was desperately fed up with my job. After the long weekend (ended 5 May), I felt refreshed and was willing to let myself believe that maybe I was over-exaggerating how bad things were. Barely an hour into being back at work, my manager confronted me in an unreasonable manner and in less than a minute my entire joie de vivre disappeared. I felt sick and I knew that I couldn't put up with my job any longer. So I wrote my letter of resignation, went to speak with HR and then later in the day to my manager. For the next two days, I just felt completely and utterly drained. Then all of a sudden I felt like this weight had fallen off of my shoulders and I could see opportunities that I hadn't been able to see before.

I've since decided to head off to Ghana for a couple of months to do some voluntary work before I'll probably head back to the US. I don't know what life holds in the US for me but my 30th birthday is approaching and I'm tired of this itinerant lifestyle I lead. It's time to settle somewhere and while I'm not sure what my next step is, I know that Britain is not somewhere I can settle.

I bought my tickets today and I'll be heading to Ghana on 27 June returning on 17 August. I'm mainly following Barry who will be doing field study over there but now that I have my dates I'm going to look into volunteer opportunities. I feel a bit now like I'm taking control of my life. Other moves need to be made but for now I'm happy with where I am.