I love my job. I love the people I work with. I love the people I work for. There really isn’t one thing about my job that I don’t love. You see I work in theater. My job is to supervise and assist our volunteers in making sure the patrons enter the theater and get to their seats quickly and safely. I also have to address all customer complaints, seating issues, assist differently abled or disabled patrons to their seats and to make sure they have all their needs met, such as hearing assist devices, back rests or even just room for their wheelchair or scooter. It’s a wonderful job and very rewarding. It can also be very exhausting work.
This past weekend I was exceptionally busy and ended up pulling a 9hr. shift on Sat. and then a 4hr. shift yesterday. These don’t seem like a lot of hours, and admittedly as far as jobs go I have it easy, but a lot of the time is spent running up and down stairs making sure that all entrances to the theater are operating properly, that the ushers have no issues and that I am available to address any customer questions or generally help in any way I can. I describe my job as one part guidance counsellor, one part hostage negotiator and one part stand-up comedienne. Humour is a wonderful thing for ensuring patrons enter the theater in a good mood. It makes everyone’s lives easier. So anyway, that is one of the reasons for my absence from this blog.
The other reason is Christmas presents. I’ve been working on a few but mainly on one sweater. It’s this one from The Knitter (one of my favourite magazines), issue #24. In the magazine the smocking is highlighted by a contrasting yarn, in their case, a pink. The version I’m knitting is in a cranberry colour and I intend to highlight the smocking with silver beading. I’m also extending the rib above the last row of smocking to match that below. I can deal with some things not being symmetrical but this isn’t one of them. I’m hoping it will look alright because otherwise I’ll have to take it out and remove the ribbing detail below the smocking otherwise it will drive me crazy. I can be a bit like Sheldon Cooper sometimes. One other modification will be to knit the sleeves narrower to make them tighter to the arm. I’m not a person who likes wide sleeves. I have enough loose skin flapping around I don’t need a sweater adding to it, otherwise I might take off.
I’ve also been knitting on a cowl. It’s in the Manos del Uruguay that I talked about here. It’s just a simple seed stitch rectangle that I will add buttons to. I think I like the buttoned cowl or neck warmer rather than the kind you pull over your head simply because my hair always looks untidy so I don’t think I need to help it along. I don’t know why but no matter what I do I always end up looking like I’ve been pulled through a bush backwards, as my mother used to say. Well, there was the time when I grew it longer but then I had to iron it everyday and that is just way too much work. Even with smoothing creams and shampoos and relaxers my hair still seems to end up looking like thatch on a roof especially when there’s any moisture in the air. I guess it doesn’t matter what style I knit it in since it’s not for me but I like to give people things I like but that I know they will like as well. But I digress.
The cowl is moving along swimmingly because I’m knitting it on size 7mm needles. I like the fabric I’m getting, it’s a little more dense than it would be if I used a larger needle but since it’s for winter wear, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. The yarn itself is soft so it won’t be uncomfortable around the neck. I like the way the variations of colour show up in the seed stitch, it’s almost like a little surprise and it keeps the knitting interesting.
I’ve also got three other things on the needles – one pair of socks, a sweater that I’m making out of some Pingouin Ruban which has been knocking around my stash for a few years now. I thought I should probably do something with it otherwise it’s just going to languish there forever. The sweater is a simple top down, buttonless, loose-fitting cardigan. I’m hoping it will come out all drapey but it’s still too early to tell. The other sweater still on the needles is the one I was making for a party last month. Yes, I know but the front is done and blocked and the back is slowly progressing but since the urgency to have it done is gone, I’ve kind of put it on the back burner while I work on things that matter. Poor thing but I promise it will get completed, when is unclear but it will get done.
So that is the story so far. I should be able to make some good headway this week as I’m only working tomorrow night and then I’m off until Saturday. Then I work the weekend and am off again until the following weekend. That gives me 8-10 solid days of knitting to get it all done. Piece of cake. Hmm, I just may have to make one so I can eat it before I die of exhaustion. I’ll try to get some pictures up this week now that I figured out how to do it. Now back to the needles.