Monday, February 28, 2011

Is it spring yet?

Working on a cowl for rebel. It is actually more of a magenta color.






Sunday was a beautiful day out. We decided to take Mimi out for a day at the Staten Island Zoo.








There are a few little patches of snow left on the ground.
I've signed up for a silkscreening workshop on 3/3 in the city. I am so looking forward to it. I have to bring in drawings, pictures and materials to print on. This afternoon I have a resume development workshop. Other than that it is all quiet here.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Purple cowl


So purple cowl has a home! That'll keep Ms. M warm as she runs around the island with her two adorable kiddies. I have to make one for my rebel. Am using a delicious warm Norwegian wool in a beautiful magenta. Haven't told her it is for her yet. I like to see the reaction!
After the magenta cowl is finished will start work on some broomstick lace. I have a need for a vest and I think that'll look real nice. I've the perfect grey yarn I picked up from Elann some time back.
Happy Friday!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Finished!

Amazing how much you can get done when you don't have a day job to interfere!!!

First up - a silk scarf I dyed just before I was let go. I used Shibori tying technique, I then dyed it in a combination of tea/coffee (or Kawfee).


















Next is a sweater I made out of bulky yarn. It is based off a granny square...I was making a baby blanket and I folded it when I was done for the night...I saw that there was a shape in it...an arm and the body! Go figure...Why haven't I seen this before? I am sure someone out there has seen this before. I won't claim this one as my invention. I think it is pretty durn cool! So I measured it up against a comfy sweater I wear around the house, made a second granny - sewed it up the back and across the shoulders. I think it turned out pretty nice.






























Next on the crafty band wagon is hairpin lace. I bought the loom ages ago - tossed it in a drawer for 'one day when I have time' So I have time now... It is pretty easy once you get use to how to hold it and your hands. Keeping the tension even.





























and here is a baby blanket I made for someone special to me....I hope she likes it!





























I am having an interesting time...mornings I search for a job...take long walks with Lola the terminator...then work on my yarn...after everyone goes to sleep I do on-line training. It is a pretty full day. Have started doing baking again. I stopped for a real long time.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day in the City


Earlier this week I had my first appointment with the company that is to help me find my next job. They basically give me help with interviewing, resume writing, and also offer office space. They've a good set up and are located in midtown NY. I went back on Wednesday for a one on one...it took all of 15 mintues. It took me 1 1/2 hours to get there, waited an hour (because I have to get there early) and the session was 15 minutes long. ARGH...ok whatever...I had my camera with me (of course) and took photos of Grand Central and the public library. The weather was nice and I enjoyed walking around.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

teasers












Amazing what you can get done when you have time! These are some of the shawls I've been working on over the past month. I finally had time to sew in the loose threads. I'll have to photograph them properly for etsy. That is what I do in the early afternoon/late evening. Mornings are spent scanning job sites, newspapers (NYTimes) sending out resumes and checking LinkedIn.
I hope tomorrow is a little warmer...
Hugs..
Marie

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breathe....

All,
I finished the sweater for Mimi...of course it vanished into her room as soon as she saw it..what's not to love hot pink with sparkles...yikes...will post a picture of her wearing it in the morning when there is better light. For now it is in my room waiting on a button.





Being unemployed is interesting. At first I felt guilty...like I should be doing something, being productive. I kept thinking that there was something I was forgetting. I would obsessively check my email and phone...to find that there was nothing there. Nothing was pending. No one was waiting on me to deliver something. There were no calls, no emails, no messages, no spreadsheets...nothing...nothing...not a single thing. After so many years of planning, working, motivating, meeting, collaborating..non-stop activity...there is just silence...stillness. There is time to breathe and to think. I've time for walks...yep I walk every day even when it is so cold my eyes tear. I think. I've never had time to think about what I wanted for myself. So lets see what will happen. I think it is just great to have that time to breathe and reflect on what my next step should be.
Hugs,
Marie

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