So much has happened in the last few months that I am only now catching up with myself. In August I started a new position so in the months before included a telephone interview and an onsite interview. I finally heard that I had the position about a month before I started. It worked out well as I simply went from one job to the next – I even had overlap in salaries one week. I am enjoying the work and being in a new environment.
This summer I visited Dad twice. He has successfully moved to the house next door to my brother; which makes us all happier. It is strange to think that I will never see my childhood home again. I mean even if my some strange quirk I did visit, it would be “our” house any more. In June I visited Wilmington VT for a week and had a great time – I still haven’t sorted out the photos from that trip. Knowing the town made the flooding after Hurricane Irene even more poignant; especially with what happened to Bartleby Books. I’m going to try and get back there next summer to help the local businesses I got to know.
I am trying to sell my house as the new position is just too far for a daily commute. Unfortunately, the market it so rotten at the moment that I am lucky to get viewers despite not (yet) getting an offer. In the meantime, I am renting an apartment on a farm (!) and Murphy and I commute weekly back and forth between the two homes. Murphy has a lot to say about the journey on the journey, but seems to be settled in the new apartment and has his routines. Hiding under the duvet at 8 am seems to be the main one. Since where I am staying is rural – the occasional weekend I haven’t gone home I wandered out to a local state park, which was gorgeous. Mum would have loved the lake and walking by the water.
I am keeping myself occupied with knitting and spinning and buy supplies for the same. During the summer I took part in the Tour de Fleece and washed two Shetland Fleeces learning a lot about cleaning fleeces in the process.
Initially my water temperature was too low to wash them properly – the water was cooler than the melting point of lanolin, which isn’t very helpful when you are trying to remove the lanolin. I also learned to study the fleeces and to make selections of the fleece based on the quality of the wool. With my first fleece I had just grabbed chunks and washed a bit at a time. By the time of the third fleece I divided it into quality criteria and washed each section at a time.
I also dyed some of the Jacob fleece I purchased last year after my beginning spinning class at the Mannings.
The Jacob fiber is being both drum and hand carded. I have this crazy idea of knitting a color wheel based on both yarn that has been hand dyed or blended on a drum carder. Packing up to show my house put paid to those plans for now; I did bring hand carders to the farm with me and have done a little Jacob fiber prep in the last month.
In September I taught two classes at Knitters’ Day Out, which seemed to well received. The classes were Marvellous Mitres and Carefree Color. The former showed three different ways to knit a mitre and the latter got students to play with color without worry. I had them cutting colors out of magazines to match a variegated yarn I had given them. We got some fascinating selections. While at KDO I made some friends and feel in love with some fiber that just had to come home with me.