woensdag 31 oktober 2007

I got it!

As you can see, I'm a bit tired right now, but very happy indeed. Not only because I am on the couch with a kitty, my yarn and my laptop, but also because... I GOT THE JOB!!! 36 hours a week, excellent benefits and great co-workers! I do have to get up a little early - 06.45, not too early really - but I get off really early too. Working for the community is a great thing. My former co-worker got laid off. She was just not going to make it in the jungle. Any jungle really. Too bad for her, but I get to start my new job tomorrow and I'm happy about it. I hope she'll join me to the S'nB day saturday, though. She was a nice person after all.

I also got a great project going on. I can't show the whole sock since it's a gift for someone who might read this, but I've been experimenting with the twined knitting technique I learned two weeks ago. These socks are being made with a really nice, soft but 100% natural fiber yarn. Since it's not really durable, I thought of re-enforcing at least the heel with some regular Fortissima sock yarn and twining seemed a good new approach to me. I think it looks really good so far and the yarn is just a dream to work with.

Just three more nights till the second S'nB day. I am really looking forward to it eventhough I wasn't able to subscribe to any courses. I was able to volunteer though and I'm going to take (excellent) care of a guest. Get them coffee, show them around, you know, be a host. And I will be able to buy me some yarn.

dinsdag 23 oktober 2007

maandag 22 oktober 2007

A simple thing...

Sometimes the simple things are just what we need:

scheepjes neveda

Pairs nr. 21 and 22. The blue one's one of a pair of stockinette socks. The grey one is a pair of Thuja socks. Both were knit with Scheepjes Neveda noorse supersock extra (or something like that)on size 3,5mm needles. Just splendid. Fast and simple. Just what I need at the moment. My job is highly stressfull with officials breathing down my neck every day... And still no certainty about wether I will stay there after November 1st or not. I'm dead tired. I need stockinette. Badly.

woensdag 17 oktober 2007

Sockwars, a little victory

Check out Bridget's mom's blog. She finished the sockwars socks I started!

Still no certainty from my employer. Arg.

maandag 15 oktober 2007

Gloeiende gloeiende/ darn

I tried, I really tried, but alas, i got killed before I could get sock two to a finish. They landed on my doorstep this morning.

Death by socks

They were made by Bridget's mom A gentle death, I may say.

Oh well, the good news is that I can work on my new lace project. I present to you the lovely, wonderfull Kiri in a yarn that's also known as Crack Silk Haze:

Kid silk haze Fern project kiri

(Offcourse I bought more stuff, but this will a suffice for now. Don't want to get you into a yarncoma :)

I casted it on during the workshop 'lace knitting' at the fabulous shop De Afstap. It was given by Carla M and was a great incentive to finally start a lace shawl.

The other workshop I did, also by Carla M, was a workshop twined knitting. It was a really good workshop. The technique of twined knitting is fabulous.I am determined to use this technique for some mittens or slippers. It really makes a great thick and firm fabric.

twined knitting

zaterdag 13 oktober 2007

Needles of doom

I've finished my first sock of doom! Sockwars victim, be ware, my needles are smoking whoo ha ha!

btw. I'm going to Amsterdam tomorrow to follow two courses at De afstap. I'm so looking forward to it!

dinsdag 9 oktober 2007

They like me! They really like me!

Nothing's final yet, but I'm closer to getting the job after today's meeting. It's a weird feeling, knowing that some hotshots are discussing your future. No contract yet, but I'm confident that I will get it soon. If all goes well, I'll be working less (36 hours), making more money and doing a better job. And they are paying for my education. Not bad, right?

Anyway, it's a great compliment. And I'm gratefull for the confidence they have in me.

Have i told you yet that I love Ravelry? I think I'm an addict.

zondag 7 oktober 2007

18, 19 pairs so far

One last thing about the missing socks, if the package were just lost and never to be seen again I wouldn't be really upset about it. Things get lost. The fact that someone who we don't know but all trust with our messages took the liberty of violating my privacy is just appaling. It's like someone breaking into your computer and reading your e-mails or stealing a wallet from a bag when you've hung your coat in a (guarded) wardobe.

Okay, enough about that. I have ordered some new nice sockyarn for you, Stariel, and I'm going to knit you even nicer socks.

So, that stolen pair was pair nr... 17 for the 52pair plunge? I think so. In Barcelona, where I had a wonderfull stay, I finished another pair. Here's nr. 18:

river run

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, colorway River Run
Needles: 2,5 mm Inox
Pattern: Monkeys with all the purls knit.

and this is nr. 19:

Yarn: Trekking XXL Pro Natura Antraciet
Pattern: Garter Rib from Sensational knitted socks
Needles: 2,5 mm bamboo

Seriously, working with this yarn was great and the pattern was awsome too. So far I can really recommend this yarn, but I'll have to wait and see how these will go through wash and wear.

A sad tale

A while ago I participated in a nice knittyboard swap. I got some great socks from Stariel. Remember the socks in Lorna's Laces Camouflage colorway? I chose a love yarn for her socks, one that Stariel herself did not have in her stash and I knit her some nice socks. (It's merino-cashmere from The knittery in moonlight)

stariel's lost socks

About 5-6 weeks ago I asked my hubby to take the package with the socks and two sets of yarn from the natural dye studio to the postoffice and I was patiently stalking Stariel's blog... Nothing.

Last week the package arrived, finally, but no socks were to be found and one of the sets of yarn was gone. So unfair. This never happened to me before and it has seriously damaged my faith in the postal system. :(

vrijdag 5 oktober 2007

they like me, they really like me

I kind of feel like "Yabbadabba doo!!!" I am a good person and good things happen to good people. This is my break, my luck, my moment to grab. Regardless what will be the outcome of next Tuesday's negotiations between employer and future employer - I hope - I feel great.

This is the situation I'm in. I'm working for this agency at a city's archive together with another girl. We're preparing a FREAKING load of old files for scanning and it is BORING. The only thing making this project worth taking it to the finishing line is the possibility of getting a great job.

You remember me buying yarn not so long ago because I was feeling awfull about a job I wouldn't get? They want someone with the right diploma's (I just started my training) and some experience. My co-worker does have the papers they need and would actually be the perfect candidate if only... she would be me. I'm getting the job if the negotiations will be good. They want me! And you know why? Because I'm a weirdo. Because I have given them the impression that I have the potential of making this job my own. Because they like me.

I'm crying now and I'm going to sleep, happy. But what to tell my co-worker?

donderdag 4 oktober 2007


Littledragon's on ravelry and I freaking LOVE it. I'll have more time to blog this weekend, I hope, to tell you about what's happening in my life. I'm so excited. I feel good, I feel appreciated. I have a chance at getting where I want to be because I am who I am. A weirdo who's not affraid to show people what my greatest power is: to be a fresh, energetic, quirky person. This is my chance.