Sunday, August 8, 2021

Still settling in!

 I am still getting our new house in order. I know, we moved back in March, but between school and traveling,  I haven't been able to get the kitchen or my crafts properly organized. However, at least the living room looks good, now that have our new sectional!

The house isn't the only thing that doesn't feel settled. I haven't figured out what my retirement life is going to look like. This is the time when I'd be easing back into teaching, but now the days are wide open. That is not a complaint! I just need some time to figure out how to structure my life. 

Between the transition and my travels, my knitting has been pretty basic this summer. For my travel knitting, I worked on fingerless mitts using Kristen Kapur's recipe. The color of this first pair is more of a pumpkin tone, and they are super soft because the yarn is MadTosh.

Pair No. 2 is a Knit Circus impressionist colorway, so they also feel very good on the hands. Both pairs are knit with fingering weight and are helping me do some stash-busting.
Now I've moved on to another completely mindless cowl: Kaleen, a Berroco pattern. I'm using the recommended yarn, Berroco Millefiori, so it's working out very predictably. 
You can see which yarn is the main color. The accent color is used every four rounds. Although the colors look different in the balls, they actually are blending together a bit too well. (Note: I wound the yarn into balls because the skeins they come in quickly turn into a tangled mess.)

The cowl is almost done, and I hope to start something more interesting this week. Or pick up the Forever Sweater, but that's for another post!


14 comments:

  1. Your sectional is nice. It takes time to get into a retirement frame of mind. It takes even longer to get a retirement schedule. Hang in there. It will fall into place little by little.

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  2. I love the simplicity of your living room. The sectional is gorgeous!

    Don't worry about figuring out retirement. Steve has been retired for five years and we're still tweaking the details. It's a work in progress and one that can be quite fun. You get to do just what you want to do and if you don't like that, you can change it up. Enjoy!!!

    The mitts are so cute and the colors on that cowl are beautiful. I love all those jewel tones together.

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  3. You've been busy!! Have fun exploring retirement and, as Dee says, you will figure it out - no rush! Love your sectional and your living room looks as though it gets gorgeous light. The mitts and the cowl are all gorgeous - such pretty colors.

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  4. I "retired" 5 years ago . . . and I still haven't figured out what my retirement's going to look like! ;-) I guess I call it . . . going with the flow. My advice is to take it easy and slowly, follow your heart, and be gentle with yourself. It's a big transition, and can be quite overwhelming -- especially after a stressful job with lots of specific goals and timelines. (It's hard to let that structure go.) XO

    I love your new sectional! I've begun shopping around for one for my own living room. I guess I have plenty of time, though. Because it's taking months and months for them to become available these days . . .

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  5. I'm excited for you and I know you will LOVE having oodles of time that goes so quickly when you are at home.

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  6. What a lovely room! I am longing for the day I don't have to vacuum around boxes but that's still a long way off. It must be the summer of the mitts. We are all going to have nice warm hands this winter!

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  7. The sectional is gorgeous! Nice to turn some attention to organizing your home now that you will be spending so much time there! The mitts are so pretty! I have a friend who just asked me to make her some long ones--I appreciate the pattern info. You will find your new normal; give yourself some time!

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  8. Hardwood floors add warmth to a room and your new sectional looks fabulous in front of the window. Love the mitts and cowl.

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  9. It's challenging, isn't it? I kind of want to do All The Things so am bouncing around like a pinball!

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  10. A move is a big enough change, then you've got retirement on top of it! Nothing wrong with taking your time!
    Great mitts!

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  11. The mitts look lovely, and your new sectional looks great on that beautiful wood floor.

    Aren't you glad you won't have to deal with another Covid school year? Crazy times.

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  12. I love reading that others have not figured out retirement because that has been my story. Retiring at the height of the pandemic was very strange. This year, I am more aware that many of my work friends are getting ready for a new year. I don’t miss the work as much as the connections.

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  13. Love you new sofa and all of your wonderful knitting. Just taking the time to do what you want must feel like such a treasure.

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  14. The living room looks very inviting. Fingerless mitts are always a good project. I like them in the Spring and Fall and inside in the winter. They make great gifts too.

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