It's really getting close now – only 4 more working days until retirement. There were a few days this past week when I wasn't so sure it was going to happen, though. We promoted from within to fill my position and then hired a new person. This past week she was admitted to the hospital with suspected appendicitis. She is still in the hospital, though, while the doctors try to figure out exactly what is going on. As she said, "They've ruled a lot of things out, but nothing in." This created a real dilemma for me. Our front office is basically a two-woman operation. Could I really go off and leave the other one in the lurch? Thankfully, my problem solving skills kicked into overdrive. We are entering a very slow season and the schedule is pretty empty, necessitating having dental assistants take unscheduled time off. This next week I will pull one of the assistants up front and do a crash course on front office skills. Everyone is happy. The dental assistant is happy because she doesn't have to take time off, the other lady is happy at not having to run the office by herself, the new girl is happy because her job is being held for her and I'm downright giddy that I get to retire in 4 (count 'em!) days!!
A really bright spot in the past week has been some intense fiber enhancement. The Friday after Thanksgiving saw the arrival of two packages. The first contained my new Embrace the Lace shipment. It has the softest camel colored wool along with a cute pattern for a matching cowl and fingerless mitts.
I had momentary thoughts of diving in and knitting these for a Christmas present, but therein lies madness. I squelched that thought pretty quickly and will address that pattern when I have more time.
The other package was a beginning spindling kit. Hmmm – was it just a few months ago that I said I wasn't going to take up spinning? As Lorette says, "Never say never!" I seem to have become slightly obsessed with the idea of spinning. I started with the spindle and have managed to spin some incredibly crappy yarn:
I will still keep playing around with it, but this has convinced me that I want a wheel. I've spent hours poring over the internet, reading Ravelry groups and different articles. Double drive vs. single drive, single treadle, double treadle, finished or unfinished, Lendrum, Kromski or Ashford? It seems the more I read, the more confused I get. However, our LYS sells Ashfords and I stopped in yesterday to talk to the owner. I have an appointment today to go and try out a Traveller. I think I'm leaning in that direction simply because she's local and will give free lessons. She's also available for advice and coaching. Living in a slightly remote area as we do I'm thinking that is a clear advantage. In addition, I've been invited to join a spinning group that meets here locally every week, even if I do not yet have a wheel. Regardless, the actually purchase will have to wait until after Christmas. I don't need any distractions between now and then. However, I have already begun buying fiber! This lovely roving from Corgi Hills Farm just arrived on my doorstop:
This had to be the best customer service ever. I ordered it and seriously – within 10 minutes I had notice that it had shipped. Was the postman waiting on her doorstep? I had it within just a few days and she included some beautiful samples as well. This is so beautiful that it is going to have to wait until I hone my skills a little bit.
Another package arrived a few days after the first two. I was a little puzzled because I didn't remember ordering anything else. Turns out this is a Mystery Shawl group I had joined several months ago. The mystery begins in January and they were holding off on shipping the yarn until November. I had completely forgotten about it! This is the Enchanted Wood Lace Shawl Knitalong. The yarn comes in gradations and you use them in order (forward or backward doesn't matter as long as you use them in order). I've never done a mystery shawl and I think it will be great fun.
Oh, and knitting peace? I think I may have somewhat achieved it. I am down to three projects, as long as you don't count the Dale sweater that has been hibernating for several years. I have one lace shawl, a pair of socks and a scarf:
The scarf is for the Red Scarf project. Not sure if I'll finish it before the deadline of December 15th, but if not I'll save it for next year. Of course, knitting on it is such a pleasure since hubby gave me my Christmas present early:
Dog added for scale. It's a Varilux light and I love it! No eye strain and it has a perfect little shelf for all of my knitting doo-dads.
Well, off for a busy day. I seem to have done something to my serger so I have to run it down to the south of the island for repair. It will be a nice road trip for me and Maggie.
Late breaking news – I came home from our road trip to find this in my mailbox:
I'm pretty sure I have The Knitting Doctor to thank. Thanks Lorette!