Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Beach

Is a breath of fresh air.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Finished Object 2

Baby Boy sweater... This is for another family that I babysit for on the side. They are wonderful. They currently have 2 great girls, and a poodle named Gwen (so perfect), and a baby boy on the way! I had to make them a little sweater for him. This is just like the last one. (After the first one, I realized that these things are great to be able to whip out and give as gifts!) It is so sweet and and made in a sandy tan color with little Peter Rabbit buttons.

So precious, and she absolutely loves it!! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

And the winner is....

A brand new life! (Well at least a new chapter.)

As I have recently signed the next faze of my life into effect, I am feeling quite excited and trying to let the little irritations of the current life slip away....if only they were little irritations it would be great!

So I have signed the contract to my new job, which will start when I return to the East Coast in the end of summer.. according to my contract, my new title will be the "Assistant Head Teacher" (doesn't that sound fancy?!). Well I will be working at a day care, and learning facility working with babies and toddlers, but mostly helping out with the 2's. It will be a very refreshing improvement.

Over the weekend I signed the deposit info and credit check forms to hold my apartment until I am ready to move in. By the way, I chose the first one that I went to see... the one that is getting the counter-tops upgraded to Granite, and with a full bath inside my studio. The main living space is also much larger (18'x10'9").... and it has a breakfast bar, so there is no need for dining furniture! What more could I ask for of a cozy little place all my own :)

I also planned my drive across the country with my favorite Bora Bora. We are planning on driving my new car (yet to be purchased, and who knows what it will be yet) from Seattle to Boston (all on I-90... a strange fascination of Laura's) and then down to my fabulous new place in CT. We decided to stop every other night and camp and every other night get hotels. So we will be hotel-ing in Chicago and Boston, and camping in Gillette, Wyoming (or somewhere near there), and near Niagara Falls (on the Canadian side..we heard it was better), we are also hoping to beg some free dinner or gas off my uncle in Butte, Montana (if I can manage to get a hold of him). All in all it should be a great trip!

So it looks like the next chapter is set to start in:
65 days when I move into the new place
79 days when I have my last day with the Littles
89 days when I begin my Journey across the country
96 days when I start my new job

Wow! That was a lot of counting!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Work in Progress

This week I've mostly been working on homework, and not so much my knitting... but when I have picked it up, it has been the Cardi for Karen (the dad's wife). This is what it looked like as of last Friday...

... I love how the white yarn looks against the bright green grass. They really compliment each other. As you can see though... I have only just begun this one, and it will be quite some time before it is complete.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Apartment Options

Well I was originally going to see three apartments while Little Dan was at school, but my first appointment cancelled... which gave me one final reason to cross it off the list. Out of the other 2, there was one that I wanted to see, but thought that I probably wasn't going to like, and one that I was going to see that I thought I was absolutely going to love.

The first one that I saw, you walk in and there is about 1.5 feet before you have the entrance to the galley style kitchen(which is being upgraded with granite slab counters) on your left, and the full bath(sink surround also being upgraded to granite) to your right, with the main studio portion in front of you. At the end of the entrance hallway area, you walk into the center of the main room, there is about 6-7 feet to your left and right with an average 5 foot closet in the wall to the right, two big windows, breakfast bar area and lots of space. This complex also has a coin operated laundry room and a 7'x4'(approximately) storage unit in the basement, as well as a secure entry system to get into the building.

The second one that I went to see was right on the harbor, directly across the street from a small stretch of sand. The studio was large, you walk directly into the main area of about 12'x13', a tiny little 2' closet on the wall to the right, the small kitchen with 4 cabinets and very minimal counter-space are in a separate area off the wall that shares the door, and then the private bathroom, is down the hall (yes, outside of the studio) with its own lock and key. The main room had three big windows with excellent views of the harbor, the kitchen had one window with the same view as did the bathroom. As this studio is in a converted 130 year old house, it has no laundry room, and no entry system.

These two apartments are about 4 blocks away from each other, so they share the amenities of the surrounding areas. Which one do you think I am going for and which one do you think I originally loved? Did it stay consistent, or did I flip flop my opinion? I will post pictures soon of the one that I chose (once I know for sure that it is mine, that is).....

Friday, May 22, 2009

Finished Object 1

This is a baby sweater with matching hat, made out of the softest yarn ever: Malabrigo...yum. It was the first time I had worked with this yarn, and I love love love it! I made it in a pale yellow (not sure that the picture does the true color any justice at all) and with simple duck buttons to make it gender neutral.

The baby was born March 22nd, and the sweater was promptly delivered the 28th. I'm sure Miss Hayley Grace was nice and cozy in her darling new sweater.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Work-In Progress.....

I have finished several items, which you will see over the next couple of Fridays... I have to space them out, as the next few projects I'll be working on for a while...

When I finished my Gray Sweater (my first ever non-square item), my pops asked me if I would knit another cardigan for his wife... he said, "She gets cold a lot, and you have such a wonderful talent for knitting that I thought it was the perfect combination." How could I say no to that. So I just cast it on Saturday at my knitting group, and I will post pictures of it soon.

Other than that, I am also working on the lavender sweater that I am knitting for myself. I purchased this yarn and pattern at Webs when I was there for my yarn crawl. I don't have a current picture of the progress on this one, but again, I will get it pictured soon! Here is a picture of the pattern image with all the yarn for the sweater. I love this yarn too! It is so soft, and wonderful to knit with... sometimes it gets a little splitty (you know, when the threads that are twisted together to make the yarn start to untwist and you pick up only part of the threads?!), but most of the time its fine.
So that's what I'm working on..
..tomorrow, I am going to see three apartments to try and find a place to live in August, so I don't have to live in a box when my contract ends with The Littles and I start my new job... Wish me luck... hopefully I will find something good :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oh My Goodness...It's almost been 2 months!

I apologize for the big break...
Classes started up again, and then my computer was out of service again... work has been busy with G on full time bed-rest waiting for the new baby girl to arrive (5 weeks to go).

So I have been doing a lot of school work, knitting, packing and just hanging out with people...

I hope to get back to my regular blogging soon... hopefully withing the next few days. I also have a lot of blog-reading to do to catch up on what has been going on with the rest of the blog world, as I've been slacking with that too....