Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Autumn Sneakiness

Autumn is sneaking up on us....Ssshhh!

It's dark when I get up in the mornings, and daylight savings doesn't finish for another 2 weeks. We have had some cool nights, there has been a little rain, mushrooms are springing up and occasionally I smell fires in the evening (the good kind!).

Knitting has been happening, but not much has been finished. This Fish Hat is one of my few FOs for ages. Here it is being modelled by its recipient, Destructoboy. He chose the colours, and loves it. We are waiting for cooler weather. Princess would like one too. Along with a number of other knitted items she has requested

Thank you for all your wonderful and positive thoughts. Now I have got over the hurt feelings and wounded pride (`They don't love me enough', `I should be indispensable'), I am actually feeling very good about not having a paid job. Of course, I shall miss the `paid' bit, but I am seizing the opportunity and learning to spin, and helping out more at the school. I shall be quite happy when April 23 rolls around.

However, I have been having a serious attack of the blahs. Zephyrama suggests it is because I am the twilight zone, and I think she is right. At the moment, it doesn't really matter how good a job I do, I still have no job in 4 or 5 weeks. Of course, it matters to me, and to my boss, but it has no effect on the outcome.

This has made me unsettled (along woth general magpie-ness) and flat feeling. I was definitely feeling like that yesterday. Hard to get motivated, blahness and general not quite happiness. And this arrived.

A parcel from the wonderful Amy Lane. You may remember that I edited the second book in her Bitter Moon duology (and the first one, but that's ages ago). So just when I was feeling flat and blah, here is a box from the USA containg a copy of the book (Yay!), sock yarn, more sock yarn, 3 enormous hanks of Plymouth Outback Wool in a happy, sunny coolourway (enough for a jumper), a little wooly, sheepy tape measure and a knitters pin. Thank you Amy!

Perfect timing and a wonderful gift!

Just for Rosered, here are some orange shoes. They are pretty and comfortable and ORANGE.

When I have a little more free time, I will tidy up my blog. I seem to have not touched the sidebars and so on for ages, so there's another little uncluttering job to be done.

I have continued the de-cluttering. A further 6 bags of clothes are off to lifeline, and two boxes of books and toys are off to the child care centre.

Amy's parcel has ruined my in/out stash figures for this month. I had knitted much more than came in until then - but I'm certainly not complaining! If I knit faster, maybe I can still match the amount!


Rose Red said...

ooooooooooh orange shoes! nice! I still haven't found a good pair yet.

Good timing on the parcel from Amy, how cool!!

And I know exactly what you mean about your job. Can you finish up earlier without any penalty?

amy said...

I love that fish hat. It's in my queue. I figure somebody here will want it. (Maybe me, who knows?)

I'm sorry about your job--I'm a bit behind. When my oldest was 9 months old I was laid off from my telecommuting editing job. We were planning on my quitting 3 months later anyway, because even from at-home & part-time, it was taking its toll considering the high-need baby I was caring for, so it wasn't as dire as it might have been. But more than once I've wished I still had something like that on the side.

Amy Lane said...

Ohhh... I'm sorry about the job too-- you were soo excited about it! (And no matter how 'reasonable' the reasons, it's going to hurt. There is no rationalizing way the wounded pride!)

I'm so glad the parcel came at a good time!

2paw said...

Ahh, so THAT'S what you have been doing!! Love the hat, it has realised it's porpoise in life!!! I can tuna in to it's vibe.
Nice present!!
Autumn is almost here, and a month late. It is ever so dark of an evening but I have to confess we don't see the morning, unless it is 3am and I am taking the puppy outside in the night!!!

Melinda said...

That's the spirit!

Geek Knitter said...

I believe I need to add that hat to my must-knit list.

I know what you mean about the blahs. Hang in there!

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

I'm going to come visit you and make you take me shoe shopping.

Alwen said...

I love the orange shoes.

It is a pain knowing the job is ending. I think a quick finish is better than knowing it's going to end!

Kate_knits_a_bit said...

It definitely feels like autumn! The smoke from people's fires smells of fresh wood, the breezes have a cool edge to them, and watching tv at night requires a warm cardi and a rug!
Hmm, orange shoes - very cheerful :>
And the hat is FaNtAsTiC!!

Bells said...

those are seriously cute shoes! So nice. I'm not one for orange but I think I really like that colour.

And the hat - adorable!

Lynne said...

Cute hat; lovely parcel!

Have added you to the list of participants for The Winter of Textured Knitting; sorry I took so long - I've been extra busy this week!

Michelle said...

Glad you're feeling better. It takes a while to get over those feelings of loss and betrayal, but you will get over them. Because you know you're fabulous, and so do we!

Jejune said...

Bugger about the job, I'm so sorry you've been affected by the GFC as well :/ No fair!

Great fish hat, and LOVE those shoes :)