As Ferris Bueller so famously said, “Life moves fast….” Indeed, in the last few months, life’s been moving so fast I was afraid I’d end up as roadkill on the shoulder of the highway. But one thing I’ve learned about myself is that I am a survivor. I’m still here, and though things in my life are changing, some in ways I never expected, I’m still here and I’m still knitting.
In the last month, I’ve taken a full-time job back in the legal world. I lucked out, and was offered a fantastic position at the first law firm I worked for, which is now one of the biggest firms in the country. The job will, I think, be manageable with reasonable hours, and I have already been amazed at how fun, funny and smart my new colleagues are. Several of them have asked me to teach them to knit.
Obviously I’ll be scaling back on some of the knitting-related things I’ve been doing. But I won’t be disappearing entirely. One of the odd things that I hope will come out of this big change is that I’ll have a chance to do more of the things I really enjoy and I’ll be able to focus on doing fewer of them at once. Having very few obligatory knitting projects right now, I’ve starting knitting “for fun” again, and already feel like some of the joy that got stomped on by deadlines and too many submissions calls is back. I’m also hoping to be able to blog more regularly. I’ve really missed the ability to keep up with my blog, especially book reviews, so I’m hoping to have more time to do that.
In the meantime, I still have a lot of fun and exciting things lined up in my knitting life. One of them is the premiere of my next book, called Knitting Ephemera: A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter, which will go on sale at VK Live: New York. This book has been several years in the making. It’s a collection of factoids, trivia, anecdotes and fun bits of information pertaining to the fiber world. You’ll be hearing plenty more about it in the weeks to come!
A long time ago, I started knitting a Salt Peanuts cardigan for myself. (Longtime readers know how much I adore Veronik Avery, both as a friend and as a designer.) I never finished it, and one of the first things I did now that I have knitting time on the train is to cast on a new Salt Peanuts for myself. (Business casual means I can wear sweaters to work!) I hope to show you the finished sweater in a few weeks. In the meantime, a huge thanks to all of you who have stood by me through thick and thin.
To quote Ferris Bueller once more, “only the meek get pinched. The bold survive!”