Catchy title, eh? What can I say, at least I’m posting.

First up, work. I started the new job this past week, and I couldn’t be happier. (Happy, Happy, Happy, that’s the new motto around here.) I think it will be a good match all the way around. Of course, so far it hasn’t been particular grueling. The first day was “on-boarding”, or assimilation* as we call it around the Knitting Doctor household. I learned all sorts of stuff essential to the new practice group, and got a nice gift basket at the end of the day.



Notice the wine. I think they’ve heard about me.

The next two days were computer training. The new practice is all computerized, so I had to get up to speed quickly with their electronic medical record. Fortunately I’m a nerd and can play on the computer for days without getting bored, so that’s been easy so far. Thursday and Friday was more orientation in the local office where I’ll actually be practicing, and I got a warm welcome from the nursing staff that was quite encouraging. I actually saw a few patients, and that went well. Next week is more of the same. I’ll spend the first few weeks seeing just a few patients a day in the office, so I can get comfortable with the computer stuff, then I go into the regular rotation of both office and hospital work. I’ll be at the same hospital that I’ve been at for the last nine years, so that shouldn’t be too much of an adjustment. I’ll keep you all up to date!

On the knitting front, I’m not posting any photos. I’m working on those Peony socks, but slowly. This past week hasn’t been particularly busy, but I have been distracted by the job change. I’ve also done a few more repeats on the Faery cable, but it really doesn’t look any different than the last time, just a little longer.

Shopping update: I went to the office supply store today to get a few things for my new office desk, and found these.



I don’t have the receipt in front of me, but they were under $10 for the stack. They are about 3 or 4 inches across at most, and lock shut, so you can put little knitting gadgets in them. I’m sure they were intended for paper clips or something.

Finally, the spinning update. I haven’t burned the wheel and spindles in the back yard in frustration, though there was a bit of alpaca a couple of weeks ago that made the thought cross my mind. Then I made this. It’s still wet from the finishing process, so looks a bit bedraggled, but I think it turned out OK.


It’s about a worsted weight, and the fiber is Barrister Lane Fiber Rococo, I can’t find the band at the moment, but John has dubbed this Squashed Frog. I got it from Kris at Sonny & Shear. Click on that to make it bigger. I’m getting better at this, really.

Last but not least is a purchase I made in Ireland that I forgot to show you. Click on this one too.


Seamus the wheel got his own sheep. Doesn’t every spinning wheel need a good-luck sheep?

I’m off to rescue the sweet potatoes from the oven.

*”We are Borg, resistance is futile You will be assimilated.”


Update — 18 Comments

  1. LOL about assimilation – glad it’s going well. Probably the wine’s to make you more amenable to that. 😉

    Oh, those little boxes are clever, aren’t they…

  2. Congratulations on your new job! You sound so much more relaxed. Your squashed frog looks pretty good. I’ve pretty much nixed the idea of spinning, but I have a feeling I may be assimilated eventually, too!

  3. love the sound of how your new job has begun! A perfect, gentle entry, which will slowly ramp up to normal pace. (and after the years and years of nut-zoid pace you have had to work at, this will be good!)
    And, your little sheepy is so danged cute. (My Schact is now totally jealous… must find one for it for Christmas, or it might go on strike.
    Love that squashed frog. Your spinning looks great!

  4. Ha Ha, I got the Star Trek reference right away, my motto is “brining order into chaos”.

    In the Netherlands, it is quite normal to receive a bunch of flowers on your first day, which is nice, but I would prefer your basket anyday!

    All the best,

  5. Congratulations on the new job and the assimilation project. I must confess to being very happy that you’re still on the cables. So am I. It was a camping weekend and I caught a cold – so absolutely no knitting was accomplished. But soon, very soon, I’ll be moving to the 300+ sts. We’ll definitely need to be there to support each other on that one. Good luck with the new job. It sounds great so far!

  6. John is the master at naming colors. Squashed Frog seems just perfect.

    Glad you like the new job. Do you like the computer charting? I use a computerized model when I’m doing the house calls and LOVE IT!!! The only thing I can’t deal with is my uncontrollable need to check something off on a flow sheet with an actual pen. 🙂

  7. Good luck with the new job! A place that gives you a gift basket (with wine!) sounds like a dream come true.

    Loved the ‘squashed frog’ yarn-John sure can help keep us all amused! What do you think it will become?

  8. What a nice welcome. It seems as if the transition will go very smoothly.

    I love those plastic boxes. I’ve become quite the Container Store junkie, using their little pill cases for holding stitch markers and blocking pins, the sweater boxes for, well, sweaters (but in pieces not finished sweaters in my closet), and the shoe boxes for socks and sock yarn. Your boxes look just the right size for Knit Klips.

  9. Wine. Good.

    Last night I was convincing my husband that to steek a sweater, one must consume alcohol first. I finally told him that the Knitting Doctor endorsed this method of knitting/drinking when undergoing a stressful knitting technique. He finally conceded and gave me my LaBatts.

  10. It seems to me that any job that gives you a gift basket (with WINE!!) when you start, can’t be all that bad … hope it continues well!

  11. Hope the new job continues to go smoothly. What difficult knitting procedure will the bottle of wine be dedicated to? I can’t steek no matter how much I drink.

  12. Trekkies rule! The Borg think they do…

    I’m really liking V…how ’bout you?

    Glad things are going smoothly on the new job.

  13. Glad to hear the transition is going well! The spinning is good – I’ve been longing to get my wheel out and give it a whirl. Maybe after Christmas?

  14. That’s what I said when I got my iPhone last month. I have been assimilated.

    Alpaca is tough. No little spiky things on the fibers to catch each other. (Pretty Woman, eating snails: “Slippery little suckers.”) Yes. Drape in the knit = slippery in the spin. Give yourself a break.