In terms of work life I have to say it has been pretty boring - lots of changes going on and I have become rather de-motivated. I am not at the point of changing jobs, since actually I have plans to fill my new spare time......actually technically its not spare, just now that I work the standard 8 hour day rather than the 12 hour one I was working before, so that leaves me more time to do what I want to do......in theory! In practice of course I have so many things that I want to do that its been a challenge deciding what it is that I can spend my extra 4 hours a day on.
First and foremost of course I need to dedicate some more time to the kids. My son has been through a problem time at school and so has needed support. His behaviour has certainly improved now that I am not always putting him off in favour of yet another conference call!
Secondly I have decided to work towards a Degree in Textiles in order to prepare me for a time when I don't have to work in HR, and can do something I love! So I have signed up with the Open College of Arts in the UK. Once I had pressed the 'send' button on my registration (and payment - ugh!) I panicked for about 5 minute and then decided that I have absolutely done the right thing and I am super excited about starting as soon as the course materials arrive. For years I have seen myself as someone who 'just' enjoys knitting and sewing, but now I want to take it to a new level. I have a lifelong love of historical costume so I am SOOOOO looking forward to studying that element of the degree!
Yes yes yes I know that I work full time with 2 children and a basket full of FOs but I have been thinking about this for a long time now and it was the right time to do something for me!
Anyway, more of that in a later post, and I have to create a blog for my coursework, so once that is up and running you can see my progress (that should be 'interesting'!!! :)))
So, what have I been doing in the meantime.........
Well I did go through 3 or 4 unproductive weeks and lost a bit of my knitters Mojo - but as ever a couple of smaller projects restored it!
I completed my Multnomah in the pure silk from Silkindian. The finished result is lovely, but in hindsight I think I could have gone down a needle size. Colour is stunning, beautiful bright sapphire blue, but I have nothing to wear with it at the moment - sigh!
Also completed two baby jackets for pregnant friends in London - very gratifying quick knits which look super sweet and should be off to their respective receipients this week.
Finally another Liesl, which I did intend to finish for our trip to Jordan, but sadly ended up not completed until I returned - however it does remind me of Jordan anyway, since it has the hue of Petra!
Now I have started the Geodisic cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio - the yarn is lovely and from a fellow UAE knitter Jocelyn from Dubai Knits on Etsy. The colour is a lovely Burnt Orange and since I have now decided to go with colours that actually suit me and match what I have to wear (woo hoo there is a revelation!) I think it will get a lot of use. Its not going to be a quick knit since its lace weight and stocking stitch, but I have not done anything reasonable challenging for a while so I am actually enjoying it!
So that's me for the time being.........summer is here in the UAE and its like living in a sauna....phew!