It's been some time since I have written so let me say I'm sorry and thank you for visiting after my absence. Here's a quick note on what's been going on: We've had the typical things that keep us busy over the summer, like catching up on dental appointments, sports, etc. Then, there came news of an open position at my job for a supervisor. It so happens I need more hours at work, and I would love to work on positive changes in our department, so I applied for the position. I didn't think too many other people would have an interest. It turns out they did. After two panel interviews, two weeks of waiting, and applying, studying, and taking a four hour credentialing exam so I could increase my chances, I did not get the job. I did however pass my examination, so I have a new credential that will help me get the next job I'm interested in and I did get an offer this week, so that is very good news.
During this time, I lost my knitting mojo after I found I was knitting at a speed parallel to whatever little stress I was under at the time. One morning, I was knitting fast and hard (haha) as if I was in a race and I had to laugh at myself when I realized it, and that put the job thing in perspective too. I decided then that if it wasn't relaxing to knit, I wouldn't do it for a while and decided to work on some sewing instead. I've started back knitting at normal speeds again now. This is my Nurmilintu shawl taking shape. The yarn is hand dyed by me in Forest.
I am working on a bible study by Angela Thomas, who I totally recommend, and reading The Tale of Hill Top Farm, by Susan Wittig Albert. It's a mystery entwined with the story of Beatrix Potter's life at her Hill Top Farm. It's an enchanting read with animals that talk, and there are descriptions of sheep, cottages, and the like...
"I've no great yearning for society, and quiet and peace have a many charms, at least for me."
Hooray for fresh grown vegetables!
I had a couple charm packs (pre-cut five inch squares), in a pack called Bandana Florals, and ordered one more I found on line, to make a basic square quilt top for a throw. I'm thinking about backing it with cozy flannel. I like cotton on the back because I think it lasts longer, but my son likes something warm on the back. So I'll take a look at the fabric store to see what they have. I like these bandana and calico patterns which remind me of the fabrics from when I was a child.
Early one morning, a hike resulted in me asking my husband to take me back home for a basket. We hiked back to pick some wild black berries and I decided to dye a skein of yarn with them. I love dyeing yarn, but dyeing with nature is exceptionally fun.
The 2019 graduating class of PCHS. Isn't it great to see their joy? Have a wonderful weekend and happy knitting! Jeannine