Tenten’s Big Adventure

All that I can carry.

It sounds like I'm about to tell you all how someone stole my favorite bike and now I have to go to the basement of the Alamo to find it… alas, no, not really.

It's snow day number 4 for us here at Tenten. 19 inches(!) has reportedly dropped on my mile square town and the way our car looked this morning I'd say that was pretty spot on! At this rate, I may never work another full week for the rest of this year.

I say that in all honesty because come March this girl and her blog are moving to San Francisco, CA.

Yup, you heard me right. J and I are packing up and moving cross the country!

I am filled with so many emotions about this new adventure.  I am SO excited to be able to start something new, to concentrate more on my knitting and maybe (finally!) be able to offer you all a pattern or two that you're waiting for…(I know, I know!)  I am excited for my husband who worked so hard for this promotion and who deserves to take this chance.  I know he knows how much I am sacrificing for this move and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again for him.

I am heartbroken because despite all these new and exciting things I do have to leave so many great people.  My family, my best friends, my job, my favorite shop, my knittas – we all know it won't be the same but it will be a new opportunity for us all. My friends all call it my "extended vacation". I also like thinking of it as my sabbatical and it's only fitting that I use the tagline of the famous action star former Governor of California, "I'll be back!"

I am nervous. As one of my best friends said to me – change kicks up dust. It requires us to reevaluate what we have going on. Why are we in this job?  Why do we spend our time doing this thing or that? Essentially, what are we doing with our life!?  

A "fresh slate" has been put out in front of me.  A new city, a new apartment, a new "plan".  I just need to seize it and hope I choose wisely on whatever path I take. I know a few people in my new city but honestly it will be like starting over in a new school.  New friends! New experiences! Will I have a "lunch table" to sit at?

I've only lived either in NJ or Boston and have visited CA for a total of 4 days.  I have a brother who lives in London who's pretty happy that "I'm seeing the world"- he apparently isn't much of a fan of NJ – while I happen to love it thoroughly.  My parents are happy for us and sad for them.  I told my mom all it means is trips to Napa and Sonoma! Wine always cheers her up.  As for my dad, it only took two words: Pebble Beach.

"Life is about not knowing, having to change, and taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity" – Gilda Radner.

Alright, Gilda, here we go…

Like a Bandit

I can't say enough about how much I adore all things Kelbourne.  The yarns, the patterns and most importantly the people.  It's fun for me to make something that is born out of awesome.

Springtime Bandit

I made this shawl during my jaunt up to the ADK over NYE.  My husband and I rented a cabin for the third year in a row with a few of our closest friends.  It was 3 days filled with good food, good drink and a ton of knitting.  With all that, a crackling fire, and a view of a serene frozen lake, what more can you ask for?

Springtime Bandit

Pattern: Springtime Bandit
Yarn: Canopy Fingering, 3 balls
Needles: US 7 
Raveled 

How about a gorgeous knitted shawl? I did 8 repeats of the main body pattern with the hope that two balls of the Canopy Fingering would be enough. Yea, no. I ran out of the 2nd ball just a mere 3 rows to go.  Thankfully I had a 3rd ball to use but if you only have two, 7 repeats is the way to go if using the Canopy Fingering.

Thanks to Trish for inspiring me to make this shawl. It looks like 2011 is gonna be a great knit year.

Just keep knitting

Nothing like a State of Emergency to really put a wrench in those holiday travel plans. I, like many other travelers, had my flight canceled early last week due to the massive amount of snow that blanketed the NY metro area.   

While I was super bummed about not being able to go away, I was in NO condition to complain. Our airline even refunded us the ticket! (bravo Continental!) The only thing that became ridiculous was the condition of our roads in our town.  Hoboken even got blasted by the head coach of the Orlando Magic which was late to their NBA game due to the terrible conditions.

On the bright side, we had the chance to spend extended time with our friends and family. And of course through all things good and bad, I knitted!

Waffle Stitch Hat

Pattern: My own
Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 (left over from Camilla)
Needles: US 7
Raveled 

I truly love the spring in the Aurora 8. It's elasticity makes it a perfect yarn for hats.  The stitch pattern is the same as the fingerless gloves I made back in October. Both patterns I hope to write up soon!  (new years resolution #1 – write more patterns!)

It's blowing my mind how quickly 2010 went and how much faster I worry 2011 will go.  Highs thankfully outweighed the lows.  Ups overcame the downs and holy crap did I knit every chance I got.

My Knits of 2010

2010 was all sorts of awesome for me.  My husband and I bought a home, I turned the big 3-oohh, and I sold my very first pattern (yea Orla!).  I am so very excited at where my knitting will take me in the year ahead and I hope you all will stick around to see what happens!  

I wish you all fabulous, exciting and adventure filled '11's!  Knit on!

xo