Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hello from the walking dead!

The past week has included a tap dance recital (two regular classes, one dress rehearsal, one recital with afterparty), a crazy week at the bakery including the "Hi Rise Bread Company Thursday Death March," which I hope does not become a weekly event (9.5 hours without any breaks, and we weren't anywhere near finished when I had to leave for my tap recital dress rehearsal (I was still 45 minutes late for that), a night working at the oyster bar at my other job, and a Father's Day dinner. Oh, and did I mention that I am now commuting by bike to and from my job with Chris every morning? It's only about 10 miles each way, nice when there's sun, more interesting in the sort of constant rain we've had around here.

I tried to do some pattern writing. FAIL.

I tried working on my Queen of Diamonds Fingerless Gloves. (Free pattern, just follow that link and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page). Couldn't deal with it, even though this pattern is exceptionally clear and well written.

Ballband dishcloth. Yes.

So, what do you knit when you're so tired you've caught yourself nodding off while people are talking to you?

Tap Dance Recital Photos: My Mom Bergh (left in the first photo below), Aunt Paula (right in the first photo below), and I danced to "It's Raining Men" to shouts and hoots of appreciation.

Yes, we were the only adults in the program. Those are indeed gold lame raincoats, and yes, we did some high kicks in our routine. It was awesome.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Some fingerless gloves knit in Saffron Merino/Tencel from Minds Eye Yarns.

A large Huron loaf, a complex wheat bread, from my bakery. I'm done with "baker's hours" as of yesterday, at least for a while! I did it! On to first shift, 7 am to 3 pm, and a more normal life!

Chris bought a suet feeder for the birds outside our porch so that Chinaski can watch them all day.

So for all of this I made a celebratory vodka and tonic.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Accidents will happen

Fell down the stairs at the bakery yesterday, while carrying a heavy tub of lime-blueberry muffin batter.

Took the day off from the bakery, took some muscle relaxers (I ached all over by the time it really set in last night), lots of Advil, 14 hour sleep, and I think I'll be back at it tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in a break from designing work, I've finished the last of the Mother's Day socks. Pattern is my own, knit in Reynold's Soft Sea Wool on size 2 needles. Cast on 56 stitches, knit round and round in 20-row stripes with 2-row stripes on the heel.

Thanks for all your good wishes... I got all my Unemployment $$$ in the mail yesterday!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Know Your Rights

"The claimant is not subject to disqualification and is entitled to receive unemployment benefits."


But I didn't only win my retroactive Unemployment money, which, honestly, is not that much is the scheme of things. I won a new job, a new perspective on priorities, a greater sense of justice and fairness. I wish things had been easier, but there's something empowering about fighting something that is so clearly wrong straight-on and coming out the winner.

And for that I'd like to thank Former Employer, whose actions, though hurtful, indirectly brought me to a much happier place in life.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Proof of Life: I still knit. I totally do.

Believe me on this one. I don't just work strange hours, fall off my bicycle, and wait for news on my Unemployment case (there is none yet. I swear I will post to the blog about 5 minutes after I hear anything).

There's a new design a-comin'. A self-published one. With new logo and schematic prepared by Sister Beth Other Weaverknits. It will be available next week.

It's unisex. It was inspired by the Bukowski poem "Bluebird" and intended for my Dud. Hi there, I remember you, Dud! I know I said Christmas, I know!

For a bit more detail, check out Kate's post. She's knitting the sample that will be at the June TNNA, at the Lorna's Laces booth, knit in a yarn that I think is not nearly as well-known as it should be.

Stay tuned!