New Chapters

If you’ve been a long time reader of the blog you know I’ve had lots of goals outside of knitting in my life. I’ve dropped small hints here and there but never really said everything out loud because I just didn’t want to jinx it. But there’s a change coming! And no, I’m not having a baby.
I said last year 2018 was going to be my year of change. I cut off all my hair, I’m turning 40 next month and I’ve made some personal changes in my life and this week I’m making big professional changes. Today I gave my two weeks to the job I’ve worked for the last seven and a half years. These last 7 months have been stressful and on top of that I was holding on to the secret of having a new job waiting for me in the fall. I’m taking my teaching full time and next year I plan to start my PhD program.

It’s exciting and only mildly scary to make a big career shift. But I know it’s a shift in the right direction. I’ll have more time to work on some projects and things I’ve wanted to pursue for years but never had the chance to because work was exhausting. Oh and I’ll definitely have more time to knit. But really this is about doing what I’m passionate about. I love being in the classroom, I love teaching. And for a really long time I’ve felt like being in a classroom is where I belong and my Department Chair agreed with me and helped me make this a reality. This has been a long work in progress for me to make all of this happen and now that it’s happening I couldn’t be more excited about what my future holds.


A Weekend Well Spent

My husband was out of town for a few days visiting family in Florida, so that gave me ample knitting time while he was away. He came home late Saturday but we knew Sunday would be a rainy day spent inside together and I was able to finish my Tecumseh sweater.
Since I made this with a cotton and acrylic blend yarn at the last moment I decided I’d make this a short sleeved sweater instead of long sleeve. I figured when it’s chilly I can always layer it over a long sleeve tee and now I can wear it whenever I want. The fit is slightly oversized but I think I’m going to have fun styling it and throwing it on casually and with work clothes. It’s blocking and I’ve got a billion ends to weave in but hopefully I’ll get pictures wearing it this week.
I do a lot in any given week. I work a full time job and I’m an adjunct professor so when I get some down time I thoroughly enjoy indulging myself in watching TV and knitting. I did take advantage of Saturday’s gorgeous weather and took the dogs on multiple long walks so we could all get some fresh air. It also serves a dual purpose. I wore them out so they’d give me a little time to knit and not demand all the belly rubs.
I think my weekend was a success.

Happiness Is…

I’ve been super productive on the knitting front. I decided to knit my aunt the Bermondsey sweater because I know it and it’s an easy pattern to memorize so it will go quickly. I started it last night and am already separated for sleeves. The body should fly off my needles. So today I thought I’d share a few things that define happiness for me lately.
Couch snuggles with Cher. My sweet girl is 13 years old and we’ve been together for almost 4 years. I cherish all the snuggles and couch cuddles I can get.
My mischievous Jellybean. I took this picture after I put her in time out for growling at Cher. She’s my rotten little 5 year old chihuahua and I just adore her exuberance and goofiness. We are working on being so possessive…it takes time and patience.
Maddie’s sweater
Knitting for others. I’ve been knitting for babies and family and knowing I can make something that they can wear that makes them think of me makes me feel pretty good. Also my friend Rachel gave me these skein stitch markers years ago and they’re still my favorites for marking the beginning of the round. I think of her all the time when I’m knitting.

That’s it for me this Friday, I hope you have a weekend full of happiness.