Last week I started a temporary job with the state. Will it lead to something permanent? Heavens to Betsy, I hope so.
I have to drive about 100 miles each day to get to work and back, which really isn't so bad. The driving, I mean. Being away from my family for 12 hours each day? Not so great. And by the time I get home I really just throw dinner together so we can eat as a family at the table each day, and then it's off to bed for Elinor. I miss her.
After that, I usually use up the rest of my awake time knitting. On (ahem) THREE sweaters! I'm loving knitting right now - it really relaxes me at the end of the day, and sends me right to sleep by 9:30. Yep, I knit myself to sleep by 9:30 every night. HOT.
So, I'm working on two Penny Straker sweaters and Jared Flood's Cobblestone Pullover (which, I understand, everyone in the world is knitting).
First up is this little owl sweater for Elinor:
Cute, huh? It's really fun to knit, too. I have both fronts and the back done, and I'm working on the sleeves. I'm using Bartlett (yarn of the gods) in sport weight. The yarn is showing the little owls beautifully:
The other P. Straker design I'm working on is this doozy:
Lots of details = lots of room for mistakes! It's a blast though, and never boring. I'm using Ella Rae for this and loving it. It's a little splitty, but so soft a smooth for a 100% wool worsted.
Here's a close-up of the ribbing. I love the little cables.
In other news, Elinor is suddenly a giant toddler.
(That's her smile for the camera face.)