Happy Friday

Just popping in to say I got a job today, with what looks like a really good company and only 6 minutes walk from home. Job-wise that’s about as good as it gets!

They offered me the position before I’d even left the office so I’m feeling pretty proud of myself right now, especially considering how nervous I was going in. I’m holding off full celebrations though until I see whether this one will stick or not. I really hope it does; I’ve had more than enough job changes for one lifetime and I just want to stay somewhere. Fingers crossed that this is the one.

Hannah

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More free time

I’m about a hair’s breadth from changing this blog’s title to The Unemployment Diaries. I am once again without job, and believe me when I say if covid were a person I would punch them in the face while holding a kettlebell.

So now I have time once again to think about my advent yarns. A preliminary footer about with them gave me this:

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The colours aren’t quite accurate to real life, but I think you can see how that one yellow skein stands out like a sore thumb:

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Better. But I still don’t know what to do with them.

On the one hand it would be nice to use them all in one thing so I could go “this was my first yarn advent calendar” every time I use it, but on the other hand I don’t use scarves very often (and shawls even less) and it would be sad to make something just for it to sit on the coat rack. And it is sock yarn after all.  But that all-in-one-item idea is so appealing, so I just don’t know.

At least I’ve got some time to think about it.

Hannah

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Free time

I’ve been let go from my job. Again. Don’t worry, I’ve already gone through the pit of despair and (mostly) out the other side, and I even have a new job lined up so I’m okay. 

The good news is that my old job has put me on garden leave so I’ll be paid not to work until the end of December, and the new job doesn’t start until January 11th, so I have a whole month to do whatever the heck I want.  

It’s like magic; as soon as I realised I would get to re-live my furlough dream, I stumbled across the Make Nine list I created almost two years ago.

  1. Learn brioche knitting
  2. Knit a pair of socks
  3. Make a jumper/cardigan using super chunky yarn 
  4. Learn double knitting
  5. Make something using colourwork
  6. Knit something from the Knitting Ganseys book 
  7. Make a Belladonna dress
  8. Make a Strange Signs blanket 
  9. Knit some selbu mittens

Having only completed one goal (make socks) in two years I know I’m never going to manage them all in one month, but with serious time to focus I reckon I can cross off two or three of them by the middle of January. Starting with the super chunky jumper. I’ve already hand-wound the skeins into cakes and picked out a pattern, and now I just need to dig out some needles big enough to knit this stuff with. Wish me luck!

Hannah

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