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Huh, I haven't update this since *checks* July 28th.  Well okay, that's not quite as bad as I thought.  But I didn't even mention that I got laid off of my job at the mine in July.  Which sucked, but that's the mining industry, there's not much you can do except take it with some grace and try to make a good impression with everyone before you go.

Which I must've, because I got recalled last month!  :D  I'm doing something a little different, helping run the underground exploration project with our new drill, but I absolutely love it!  And I think it's a better opportunity for me, as I'm working with a really experienced geologist who seems to be a great mentor.  A nice change from what I was doing before, when I was older than almost everyone else in the department.

And I'm only 32.

So I'm in camp now, four days from heading home from my second rotation since being recalled.  Am just relaxing in my room, knitting a hat with fornicating deer on it.

Really.  Here's the two I knit last year as gifts for my brother and step-dad.  :D

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Still no word about the job.  They were checking my references on Friday though, so I'm choosing not to panic.  The self-doubt is starting to creep back in, but I'm beating it down with excessive knitting.

Speaking off, I am working my butt off trying to get all of my Christmas gifts done.  I have to have everything mailed out by next week if I want them to get home in time.  I'm thinking I might just have to put it off a bit longer and then pay for express shipping, but we'll see.  I've trimmed down my list to immediate family and closest friends only this year, so the work-load has lightened considerably, but I still have a ways to go.

Oh, in case I haven't mentioned it, I'm staying in the Yukon for Christmas.  This will be my first time away from family for the holidays, and I'm not quite sure how I'm going to handle this.  Not sure how my Mom's going to either, because even my brother is stuck working and won't be home for Christmas morning.  I feel really really bad.

Hense why I'm trying to make something special for everyone.  Cross your fingers for me, that I get it all done!  Because I have two toques, a mate to the mitt I just finished today, and possibly another cowl because I can't for the life of me find the one I finished up ages ago.  :P

(Still need to find a knitting icon)

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Headed out soon for a knitting meet-up with a couple knitters.  Can't wait to sit and snack and stitch with like-minded peoples!  It's the thing I really like about knitting over sewing, that it can be a more social activity.  Guess I should work out what project I'm going to bring with me.  I'm nearly done a pair of fingerless gloves, but I also need to pull back a toque I got two inches into before realizing I'd completely buggered the pattern.  Maybe I'll bring both.  :)

Got to go get ready though. Have a nice Friday all!

(I need a knitting icon.  And an I'm-being-social icon.)
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I've managed to pick up a new hobby.  I've been putting it off for years, mostly because I so don't need another hobby.  But between a few projects friends have been making, and a gorgeous sweater on ravelry, I've gotten sucked into the world of knitting.

D keeps calling me a granny.  I keep hitting D.  Someday I will train him out of it.

I signed up for a workshop on cable knitting last week (held this past Monday), and then realized that this isn't a beginner's class, so I'd better figure out how to knit.  It was easier than I expected, but that's probably because I technically learned to knit at the same time I learned to crochet, and that was well over 23 years ago; 23 years of crocheting also probably helped with things like yarn tension and handling.  Anyways, I blogged about my first attempts here.

The workshop was really good!  I met some great people around my age who knit, and most of whom meet up weekly from Sept-May at a local pub to sit and stitch.  I'm looking forward to joining them!  And along the way, I learned how to cable stitch!  Actually, it requires less magic than I thought, although you do use a cute little wand needle to do it.

So yay, new hobby!


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