Saturday, April 18, 2009


Monkeynut Seed ShawlI have news! I start a new job on Monday. Things have been scary financially here, and this will be a big help, depending on how long it lasts (it's kind of open-ended). If health benefits were included, this would be even better, since I'm almost out of insulin. But hey, let's focus on the positive, shall we?

The job is similar in scope to my previous position, is in downtown Detroit, and I'm really looking forward to it! I've met the people I'll be working with, and they're very nice. Bonus: my new contract house has hinted at some side work, doing some tech writing, so of course I said yes.

My wardrobe was in sad shape, but I lucked out at a thrift store on Thursday and found several pairs of pants and a couple of blouses (I usually never find anything that appeals at all), and I'll be hitting the laundromat tomorrow to get them all clean and ready to go. Once I get a full pay check (sometime in June (monthly pay kind of blows)), I'll look into expanding. But I think I have things covered for now. I already have my tote bag partially packed, with mug and tea, plus brownies I just baked.

It's funny... I've had nothing but time to blog lately, but hesitated because I didn't want to spend the entire time whining. Now, I'll have more to write about, but less time. I'll still try to come up with something a couple of times a week.

Pictured here is a shawl I finished for myself. Once upon a time, it was a sweater, picked up in a thrift store for <$5. A short time later, it looked like this. I started it in January, and just worked on it when we were watching DVDs and I didn't feel like working on the other projects I had on the needles. I called the yarn "fuzzy nectarine" and the specs are as follows:

Yarn: Anne Taylor Loft Sweater, XS
42% Acrylic
27% Cotton
18% Wool
7% Nylon
5% Mohair
1% Spandex

Shawl: Third time knitting the Simple Yet Effective Shawl (first time for me, though). Used size 10 & 10½ needles and just knit until I was about out of yarn. Did pretty well there -- I had <2 yards left!


MadCarlotta said...

I am so happy you got a job! The only thing that sucks after an extended unemployment is waiting for that first delayed cheque, arg! Don't worry, it'll seem excruciating while you wait for it, but you'll be back in shape in no time.

I was unemployed for five years (immigration + unexpected baby) so I completely sympathize with your situation.

MadCarlotta said...

Oh, and the shawl is very lovely!

audm said...

huge congrats on the job xxx

gwensmom said...

I'm so happy you have a job and the possibilities of some side work! Go Crazy cat lady!

naiad-kitty said...

Hooray! Congratulations on the job! It sounds lovely!

And the shawl is great! It's hard to believe that it used to be a sweater. You're amazing!

Jen Anderson said...

Congrats on the new job! That's excellent news.

KarenD said...

Hope your first week on the new job went well!