Sunday, 6 October 2013

Third Year of Projects Week 14

I apologise for not getting to everyone's posts last week, it has been a very busy week in terms of real life, which you can read all about later, but I will try to visit them at some point this week.

But in terms of knitting, I started a new pair of socks, which I think will be a birthday gift to my best friend. The pattern is Hopsox and I hand dyed the yarn using Wiltons Icing dyes earlier in the year. I was hoping for a semi-solid, and I think it worked really well

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The pattern is interesting because the cables are ribbed, and there is no chart! Also, the stitch pattern is written on a different page to the leg instructions, and is not just repeated across the leg of the sock. It's pretty easy once you have got through a bit of the pattern, because it's simple to remember, but it did confuse me for a while.

I also got some modelled pictures of my Speleology socks

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So, real life. I'm currently having to decide where abouts in the country I want to be for the next two years, which involves an awful lot of research and trying to decide what my priorities are for work. I have to visit every separate deanery's website, find the relevant information, synthesise it into a document that means I can compare it with other deaneries, and look at the jobs available in that area. It's a lot of work, and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed! In addition, Connor is currently also job hunting, which means that he's trying to find jobs in areas he's interested in (or really any job), but with him being unemployed, it's taken a toll on our finances.

And finally, I spent today packing since I have to move to a small town about 3 hours away for placement, and I will be commuting up there at the end of each weekend, and travelling back home for teaching on a Friday. It's very difficult to know what is best to take if I'm only there for weekdays, and I need bedding and food etc. So, it's been a busy week, and I have a feeling next week will be just as busy! Hopefully we can get it all sorted out soon though!

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  1. Two pairs of gorgeous socks! Love your hand-dyed yarn, and also the pattern. I might have to add that to my queue :)

    Good luck with the decision making about where to land!

  2. Good luck on finding a new place of employment. How interesting to work for a church. The FO socks are terrific! The color is lovely and the stitch pattern a great visual. The socks are in a happy, fabulous color. The stitch pattern is creative.

  3. Fabulous patterned socks and such gorgeous colours of luck with your life decisions.

  4. It's been overwhelming everywhere this week I think. Different challenges for all of us but thank goodness we have our knitting to "keep us calm"! LOL! Love your socks...beautiful! I wish you luck in your decisions and your future home.

  5. Hopsox pattern is fantastic (if not confusing sounding)--as well as the lovely dyed yarn--lucky friend you have there! I am so sorry life seems so hectic--what a long process this schooling has been--but the end result will be worth it--keep telling yourself that!

  6. the socks look great, and good luck on the life stuff! we went through something similar earlier in the year, and it was quite stressful-- but the outcome has been really good. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you guys land someplace fantastic all around!

  7. Your socks are great and you did great on dying that yarn it's fab looking. I hope you find where's best for you and trust your gut when it comes to your final decision it always steers us to the right place. I hope Connor finds something, I know first hand how hard it is to find something what with hubby still looking.

  8. Your socks look great! And I hope everything sorts itself out soon, sounds like it could eat quite a lot of energy..

  9. Your socks are gorgeous. I really hope you find a nice area and that Connor finds something soon. It all sounds like very hard work, but, hopefully it will all pay off in the end.