Friday, January 22, 2010

Take Two

As you can see there has been knitting happening in my home! I currently have three projects on the needles. Two of the three are smaller projects (socks to be exact) and at this time are halfway complete. The question is whether or not I will have another FO by the end of January? If I do, that would be a record for me since in 2008 I had 3 FO's. But we shall see what the end of the month brings me. Right now I will share my update on Gretel.

I believe the last time I mentioned Gretel I was fretting about doing the crochet chains and then picking up stitches within them for the armholes. I let the sweater sit for about a week before I plunged forward with this task. One night I just said, "Oh heck with it!" and gave it a whirl. Success was had...

I am quite proud of myself. I am not quite sure what I feared about doing this, but maybe it was because I had only done picking up stitches in a crochet chain once before and it took two tries to get what I thought was right. We'll see when it comes time to unravel the chains if I did indeed do it correctly.

So now I am working on the yoke. I have about three center cable repeats completed thus far. I have read on Ravelry that some people thought the sweater was too short. I am beginning to think the same thing. I worked the body to 14 inches before I separated for the sleeves as the instructions indicated. I'm thinking I should have gone another inch or so, but again it's gonna be one of those wait and see kind of things.

All in all Gretel is knitting up quite fast. The hardest part was concentrating on my location in the chart for the body. I think if I worked on it, Gretel could be done in a week or two.

I would like to thank everyone for their sweet thoughts and hugs on the news of my not getting the job. I did have another recruiter call me this week and today I went in and met with her in regards to a permanent position working inside a law firms Word Processing Center as a WP Operator/Backup Supervisor. I've passed the agency skills test with flying colors. They are forwarding my resume to the law firm. If they want me, I will then go in and take a 4 hour Skills Test at the firm. If I pass to their standard, then I get the interview for the position.

Something the agency rep told me today was, "This firms skills test is one of the hardest in the state." Can I say that this sounds very familiar in that the last agency I went to told me that the investment banks skills test I took was , "Their excel test is one of the most difficult". I left that test with the completed excel graphs matching the originals exactly and didn't get the job. Oye. I am not going to get my hopes up and will walk into the test knowing that I will do the very best that I can. If I get it, hooray. If I don't, there will be something else for me out there.


  1. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! I seem to have always gotten the jobs that I didn't really want because I seemed more relaxed. And if you have any sort of actual computing skills, you're probably beyond the norm. I've taught IT classes and have seen what's out there. You'll do great!

  2. Wishing you good thouhgts! Gretel is looking good. Crochet chain pickup should be nothing to fear from now on. You had to do it twice more just for this project! I like the sneak peek of socks. The orange stuff looks silky & yummy.

  3. Hi, Deborah,
    I`m Sabine from Germany and I`d really love to knit the Slanting Gretel Tee. (Yours looks great!)Unfortenaly the Interwave Fall 2009with the pattern in it is out of stock and Interwave answered my email, that it is not possible to buy the singel pattern anyhow. Now my question to you: Do you know, where I could get the pattern for this wonderful Tee? For me in Germany it seems rather difficult to get it somewhere.
    If you should know a way, I would be glad if you contact me. My e-mail: