Monday, August 23, 2010

Work, stitching, knitting

Work is really cutting into my stitching/knitting time which stinks, but I love my new job. My days are so busy that they fly by. I don't particularly like feeling overwhelmed or staying later to catch up, but all things considered, I really can't complain. I really like both the new principal and the new assistant principal, and we all seem to be working really well together. It has been a pretty smooth transition for me and for my family. I had forgotten how much I really enjoy working with middle school kids. They can be challenging at times but most of the time, they are just a lot of fun.

My parents surprised me with an "office warming" gift that was delivered to me at work with the best letter that I will always treasure. This is a Jim Shore piece called 80 Years of Laughter. It's hard to see it in this picture but the partition in the middle is a mirror so it looks like the black and white Mickey is stepping through the mirror into technicolor Mickey. I absolutely love it! A lot of my office decor is Disney so this fits right in (and starts a collection of Jim Shore Disney that I have been wanting to start :) ).

I've been stitching on a couple of things. Mainly Dog Lessons and Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. I have fallen woefully behind on my goal of stitching a block a month on CaHRH, but that's okay... It's not a race or a contest. Lol!

As for knitting, I am still really enjoying that as well. I recently finished a Berruti hat that was so much fun to knit. I have been working on a ribbed scarf and a patchwork handbag as well. The patchwork bag isn't much to look at as it is just a bunch of stockingnette squares right now, but you can get an idea of the colors. And check out these little sock shaped needle point protectors! Aren't they adorable! I'm still on a mission to learn sick knitting. My last attempt (see last post) was a complete disaster. I knitted all of the leg, the heel flap and heel turn, but screwed up the gusset. So much so that I could not figure out how to tink it and move on and ended up taking the whole thing apart. I haven't had the heart to start over yet. I think I will wait until my knitting teacher shows me her method of knittitng socks on two circular needles from the toe up. :)

The movie Grease is on tonight. Love that movie! Thinking that I will watch it and stitch tonight after I get Jake to bed.

Have a good one!


  1. Glad you love your new job. Seems to me it's worth the loss of stitching/knitting time. Your Lizzie Kate and CaHRH are looking great. Love your office warming present too. And the hat -- nice!

  2. Sounds like you love your new job, Kellie (other than that it cuts down on your creative time--if only we didn't need to sleep!!). I love your Mickey piece--and how nice of your parents to think of you...

    Nice to see your progress on CaHRH! There is really an amazing amount of stitching in each block, isn't there? I'm sure you'll get the hand of knitting socks very quickly--good luck :)

  3. Kellie - glad to hear you are surviving the changes at work - Knitting socks HUMPHF - I don't think I will ever get excited about it - I've tried magic loop - toe up which I liked pretty well until I got to the heel shaping and I've also tried every DP needle on the market - guess I'm just a garment knitter at heart - love your stitchy progress - melody

  4. Have you seen Jim's latest "Colonial Williamsburg" line that will come out in early December? Oh, yeah...they. all. will. be. mine. I love Jim Shore and have a collection here myself! The new collection has a gorgeous woman stitching. LOVE IT!

    Love your stitching too ;)

  5. Love the stitching & knitting! I'm glad that you're enjoying your new job. What a nice gift!

  6. Your new knitting skills are wonderful. I too want to learn how just cannot find the time yet. Thanks for sharing.