Thursday, July 27, 2006


I think it's safe to reveal the reason for my happy mood now:


Hurray! I'm so relieved and excited. I'm especially happy because the job search was relatively painless, and I really was trying to prepare myself for the worst when I moved here. For all I knew, I would be jobless for the next 6 months. Anyway, the job I'll be starting is just my speed- similar to what I was doing before, but different enough that it'll be a terrific learning experience with a great organization. When I got the promising news earlier this week, Jeremy surprized me with a celebration chocolate cheesecake. Mmm. Now that the news is official, panna cotta is sounding delicious...!

In knitting news, I was feeling the need for a satisfying and fast project. I stayed quiet about it here, but in the past two weeks I've been trying to finish the Clap and also my old Hot Lava project, but I ran out of yarn for both VERY close to the end. Arg. The feeling of defeat was too much, so I just zipped my, fingers...and didn't mention it. (Wow, I'm really coming clean in this post!) Both will be finished at some point (though due to the rare nature of my Clap yarn, I will probably have to start the whole thing over, making it slightly narrower than the original pattern), but for now I've hid them from view.

Anyway, I felt I NEEDED to finish SOMETHING, so I used a skein about 1/20 of a second to knit myself a "Headline News" Cabled Newsboy Cap from Stitch n Bitch Nation. I used Handpaintedyarn in Rocha bc, which is lovely, though as I've mentioned before, it smells a bit like vinegar before a good rinsing, and my batch didn't have very much navy blue in it. It was much more orange, ochre and brown. Still lovely. Here are some pics of my newsboy cap as modeled by my knee. (Please ignore the partially unpacked state of the room my knee is in.)

I wanted this cap to be larger than the one pictured in SnB, so I added another cable repeat. This makes it not quite "rasta", but more "street urchin", and I'm happy with it! I also ditched the idea of stiffening the bill with plastic mesh, so my bill is nice and squishy, which adds to its attitude, I think. The cap is really stretchy, so even though it looks like it accomodates my knee nicely, it can fit on my head with plenty of room, too. I suspect this cap will get a lot of wear when fall comes around.


Sundara said...

Yay!!!!!!!!!!! They are so lucky to have you!

And you don't need to rip the whole clap, just rip back and eliminate one pattern repeat to make a short wrap. So much easier and it will be just as great.

Melissa said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful!

goodkarma said...

Yay!! I'm so happy for you! :)

Suzanne said...

Congratulations D! Way to go on finding a job already. That's really awesome. So glad you seem to be landing on your feet. This hat is great btw.

aja said...

Yay for your job! And yay for that yummy looking cake!