5.5 hours and counting

The contracts not signed, but since I’m to start in a few days, I think it’s now safe to say…I HAVE A NEW JOB! *huge sigh of relief*

Actually… it’s 2 jobs. Executive Director for Visual Arts Ontario, a position I’m really excited about. They’re about to start a new and refreshed direction for organization, so it’s a good time to be joining them. Since it’s only part time, I will also be working for Daniela Nardi part time as her business manager. Timing’s everything. We went to music school together, lost touch for 15 years and have only recently made contact again through a very random source. And over that 15 years, I’ve managed to piece together the skills that she really needs.

So in 5.5 hours, I get to walk out of an office filled with frustration, boredom and a complete lack of respect and communication…and onto a fresh new path.

Wish me luck!

PS –yes, I’m trying new themes…


Move along…nothing to see here…I mean it…


5:30 pm — New yarn arrives for the Tilted Duster. Yay!

5:45 — Pull out needles to swatch. Pattern calls for 6 mm, yarn calls for 5.5 mm…I’m usually a loose knitter, so decide to start with 5.5 mm.

6:00 — Rip out swatch, find smaller needles. Resume swatching.

6:15 — Rip out swatch, find MUCH smaller needles. Resume swatching.

6:45 — Measure. Five times. With 5 different rulers, measuring tapes, my own thumb (the top section is EXACTLY 1″….I know this because I measured it for school…in grade 3…the day before they took away our “inches” rulers and replaced them with metric ones…so I KNOW this system works….)

7:00 — Measure every knitting needle in the house, determined that they can’t possibly be the size they say they are in little tiny numbers on the side.

7:30 — They are. Never mind.

8:00 — Abandon swatching in favour of sanity. Stop laughing.

midnight — Brainwave! New needles WILL. fix. everything.


Shop for new needles very carefully in a very VERY hot yarn store. Pick up the wrong size cord, thankfully discovering this while in line….go back to rack pick up right size cord.

Repeat 3 times.

Go home. Pull needles out of bag. Stretch out cord which stops with my hands about 4″ apart…. say very unladylike things.


Yarn store visit #2. Even hotter. The facts that Alanis and I are from the same country, and that I am rushing to knit with WOOL in unbreathable heat collide in my thoughts as being definitely her kind of ironic. What occured next is banned at that particular yarn store, so we will not speak of it. I could tell you, but would then need to kill you…likely with a nice long circular needle cord.


Very careful swatching…using the size needle I started with. Beautiful swatch. The swatch to end all swatches. It fulfils all my hopes and dreams for this sweater. It passes all the tests and trials.


If a knitter knits at work and her boss is on vacation and didn’t leave her any work to do, did it really happen? My thoughts exactly!

1:00 pm — Cast on! Woo hoo!

2:30 — Sizeable amount of knitting done. Thread yarn through stitches to check fit. Back of sweater wraps all the way around my not-so-small chest and overlaps in front, with the armholes acting as a kind of warped, wrap-around bra.

You have ALL told me this.

There is no truth in swatch-town.


Gomasio1108443888_0f2955d02b.jpgThere are actually 2 jobs. Both part time. Both doing things I’m really good at. I have one for sure. I’m waiting to find out about the other.

And when I wait, I knit…


I gave notice to my current job last week, knowing I don’t quite have full time work to go to. This makes me nervous…but excited for the possibilities.

When I’m nervous, I knit…


It calms me down and makes me slightly less crazy. Especially this blue:


(Although, if you could keep the “slightly crazy” part between us…I don’t think my possible future employers need to know this information yet. Thanks.)


Old and new…

I don’t think it’s a big secret to anyone in my life that I haven’t been happy at my job for a long time. I took this job to expand my own learning, but the learning stopped a long time ago and it’s not at all satisfying. I’ve tried taking some initiative and it’s become obvious that this place is not willing to let people work outside of their little box. So it’s time to move on. I’ve been applying and interviewing a lot over the past few months. It looks as though there’s one good prospect…and I’m waiting while they go through their various check phases. So we’ll see.

Now, in the middle of all this, I was made an interesting offer today. I met up with an old friend today, someone I haven’t seen in 15 years. It’s interesting how parallel our lives have been in many ways…career shifts and family health issues. She’s very talented and is now at the place in her creative career that I always knew she’d end up in. And she’s offered me a job. She needs help managing her career and my weirdo, mixed-up work experience over the past 15 years looks like just what she needs. Not the least of which, I know she needs someone who actually cares about her and someone she knows and trusts.

This would be taking a risk. A risk based on how successful she may actually get. A risk on trusting what I’ve worked very hard at learning how to do over so many years.

We’ll see.

In the meantime, I’ve finished the Clara tank…


clara-finished.jpgclara-finished.jpgSummary of modifications:

  1. changed the lace pattern at the hem to Beehive and Faggotting Lace from Barbara Walker 1
  2. added short rows at bustline – this definitely helped the fit of the top…the bottom edge at the front and the back are at the same length! Yay!
  3. changed the lace pattern at the neck to Honeybee and Faggotting Lace from Barbara Walker 2
  4. reduced the number of rows in the top (v-neck) section of the pattern because I’m short and even one more repeat of the pattern would have made the v-neck too deep.

it’s my own little form of rebellion…

…that I’ve never been able to bring myself to follow a pattern exactly. Something must be changed. I’m short. 5’0″ if I stretch a little. So sweaters usually end somewhere around my knees and sleeves cover my hands. Great for cold cottage nights, but not exactly the height of sophistication. So, you know the drill, the sleeves get shortened, the length gets shortened…oh right, and the stitch pattern…the shape…the button band becomes a wrap-around…and, well, you get the picture.

I’ve also been looking for the perfect summer top, and when I saw Laura’s Clara Tank, I knew that was it. The right shape, with some gentle waist shaping. A great v-neck, but not too deep. I just wanted it to be a little lacier than it was. And I’ve been in love with Anne’s bee design explorations. So bee lace it is!


clara-009.jpgclara-009.jpg Enter the beehive lace border: Fagotting and Beehive Lace Pattern from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I love it! There will be a different but related lace pattern along the neckline…I just haven’t decided on which one yet.


The waist shaping is part of the pattern. I also decided to try my hand at short rows at the bustline which you can see some evidence of at the top of the above photo…cross your fingers for me!

Clara lace hem

Clara lace hem