Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Work & Knitting

Just as I was climbing into bed last night, it dawned on me that it was Tuesday and I hadn't written and auto-posted this morning's blog. That would have been fine if I had gotten up at my usual time instead of rolling over for another hour of warm snuggly sleep... which I did... so it's late but it's here.

Yesterday was my first day shadowing my new boss - Anita. She's been a hairstylist since the 50's and is current, up to date, and extremely knowledgeable. Two of the other women have been stylists for over forty years. That's perfect. I'm going to learn so much.

Watching Anita, the movements were familiar and I'm comfortable the skills will return quite quickly. I've been watching YouTube videos on the popular styles and visualizing the movements and it feels quite doable. We'll see what happens when it's my turn to actually cut some hair - LOL.

Yesterday was also weigh day. I'm wearing my twenty-pound necklace that I got last week. In April, I lost ten pounds and so far this year I've lost 22 pounds in total with clothes on and 24.8 without clothing. I'm aiming for 25 by the end of the year. YES YES


The weather has turned incredibly cold. Howard asked if I could knit him some fingerless gloves for working out in the yard at the shop. I'll add thumbs to this pair and give them to him on the weekend and then knit the remainder of the ball into more gloves that I'll tuck into his Christmas present. There should be at least three pairs, possibly four. The yarn is a subtly variegated black-brown-grey which is both masculine and perfect for his working environment.

For myself, I'm knitting this Simple Shrug by Marni Reecer. The pattern is free on Ravelry. It's a tapered rectangle that starts narrower at one sleeve hem, widens up to the shoulders and across the back, and then tapers back down to the opposite sleeve hem. As long as you know your sleeve length and back width measurements, you can adapt the pattern to fit you really well.

The yarn is Berroco Vintage in a dark denim colour. This is a hardworking combination of acrylic, wool, and nylon. I added a mock cable to give the look a bit more texture. To make the stitch, on the first row you knit into the second stitch and then back into the first one and then slide both off the needle. On the second row, you knit all the stitches. Alternating these two rows makes the spiral you can see in my piece. It's gentle, simple, and quite pretty.

I'm still organizing Christmas. This is the latest I've ever been getting it all together but I do know what needs to be done and will finish up on the weekend. Other than that, it's a week of work and knitting. I went to one of my knitting groups on Monday night and will go to the other one on Friday afternoon and I had a friend over to knit last night. I'm working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and Friday morning shadowing... which isn't really work but what else do I call it - VBG.

AND... I've been invited to the staff party on the 17th and will need a new outfit that fits. Too fun. I'm debating what to sew and hopefully will have something to share on Friday. I'd like it to be good for the party and also good for the next ten pounds.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - knitting camaraderie


  1. I need to channel your weight loss mindset. I particularly need to move more. I've been doing a lot of sewing--for me--and knitting for gifts. I made a pair of fingerless gloves for our pianist at school (I teach music) as some of the rooms he rehearses in are cold. He said he can actually play in them!
    I'm enjoying reading about your new job adventures!

    1. For the weight loss, I think it was just time and I was ready to approach it proactively. The medical push helped too. I'm going to knit myself some fingerless gloves for journal writing. It is SO COLD in Starbucks I feel like taking my electric heating pad to sit on. Thanks for sharing my journey.


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