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Starting Something New

Size 13 needles and Lion Brand Thick & Quick yarn

Size 13 needles and Lion Brand Thick & Quick yarn

That seems to be my theme for this week. School has restarted; I’m now on part two of the journey to becoming a veterinary technician. That means I’m doing the last forty weeks, give or take, of my degree. It also means that life just got ten times harder. The first two courses I’ve landed in are surgical nursing and pharmacology, and I’m floundering already. I foresee a lot – and I mean a lot – of time spent with a tutor! But I really need to do this, so I’m going to do it. I have no desire to be on disability for the rest of my life; neither do I want to go back to work if the job is one that doesn’t make me happy. There are enough people out there who hate their jobs. I don’t intend to be one of them. I may never get rich, being a veterinary technician, but I’ll love going to work.

The other new thing I’m doing is knitting a turban-type headband, which is an item I saw on another blog, Confessions of a Yarnho, and pretty much begged for the pattern. GG had a giggle at my expense – I wasn’t kidding, I really did beg – and sent me the link to the pattern, which ultimately put me on Jenni Hodges’ blog, Spicy Life. It looks like a quick pattern that even I, novice knitter that I am, can handle. So I’m giving it a shot. Even though I’m a novice, I’ve come a long way from sitting next to my mom knitting the garter stitch that bored me to tears. Now, at least, I know how to read the instructions!

The pattern calls for really chunky thick yarn, and huge needles – size 13 – so I had to go out and not only buy yarn, but new needles for this one. Yeah, big hardship there. I’ve never really knit with thick yarn before. I have an ongoing love affair with fingering and sock yarns, so I’m very thankful that Jenni was very specific about the yarn she used, so I could follow her pattern! Otherwise, I’d probably still be standing in the store, wondering what to use. Just like in cooking, the first time you try something, you follow the recipe. Only after you’ve done it right with the recipe a couple of times can you start tweaking it and adding and subtracting things to make it your own! So I got the yarn, and a pair of Boye size 13 needles. I didn’t even have to look at my needle collection to know that I didn’t have anything near that size. See love affair above.

This is the best time for me to give this a shot, too. Hubby is off at an appointment of his own, the dogs are lazing around in their favorite spots, Aneira is still at school, and Bryony is totally wrapped up in Lego Pirates of the Caribbean on the Playstation. When better? Wish me luck!

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