Wednesday, June 20, 2012

FO, Button hole Scarf in Soft Orange and New Contest

It is finished.  Ready to gift at the Christmas holidays.  I love this scarf.  I love a scarf that doesn't need to tie.  Hence my love of the Life Is Good Shawlette.

Today I can allow myself to knit the Cardi Shrug that Mereknits just finished.  

Because I had so much fun with the last contest, I want to have another.  Al is moving to Virginia Beach in a few weeks. So proud of her.  She has taken a position in the Children's Hospital's ER.
Let's celebrate her final night shifts!  She will be off nights...finally. She's been a trooper.
Nights puts your life on hold.  Nights is like jet lag every day.  0400 never ever gets any easier.
Al is donating the yarn.  She doesn't want to haul stash to the East Coast.  Or not much anyhow.

So Two Skeins of Malabrigo Lace in Indigo 88.  470 yards a piece.  If you knit lace, or know someone who will love this yarn, enter the contest by 0400 on June 23rd in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

To enter the contest:

Leave Al some advice for moving out of the area she grew up in.  Leave her some Virginia Beach advice.  Some new girl on the block advice.  Some how to deal with homesickness advice....
Some how to Skype advice.....



gMarie said...

Oh - I don't have any good advice. My daughter did this several years ago - moved to CT from WA. One of the things we did was talk every day (or most of them) via cell - the time difference works to our advantage early in the morning.

If she is shy - step outside her comfort zone. Use Rav to find a knitting group and go! She'll make friends with a common interest.

And email Chan! Plan a meet and greet with Velveteen friends.

Good luck to you both. g

Marilyn said...

Advice? Well...I can only think of Skype advice. It is really easy to use once it's installed on your computer. But. Always do any updates before you try to Skype because the updating will slow everything down so much you'll have to turn the video off to make the Skyping work. It's a bummer.

sapphireblue said...

Don't go down Newtown road anytime near 5pm.

Watch where you park. You can get towed in a heartbeat.

Make sure you have plenty of gasoline before you go through a bridge-tunnel. Those things back up.

Going accross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is way too expensive.

Hazy, Hot and Humid is the forecast all summer long.

Beach Bully is a good restaurant.

Allison said...

Thanks for the advice! I did learn my lesson in Virginia Beach last time I was down visiting- we got a $12 ticket for an expired meter (by 5 minutes)!, that's about as bad as Chicago meter maids.

Nancy said...

Do not sit at home and feel sorry for yourself: get out and explore your new surroundings. Be cautious but be open to meeting new people. Take walks with your camera as you explore. Observe your surroundings and find beauty in the ordinary.

Kathy said...

Find every knit shop you can, sign up for classes and learn something new while making friends!

Letterbox (go to you will love it!

Katherine said...

Malabrigo Lace would be perfect for Wendy Johnson's Summer Solstice Shawl KAL!!

Congratulations Al. You get to enjoy the wonderful seafood in Virginia Beach. My Grandfather was a fisherman with clam beds and lobster and crab traps up and down the coast, and my Mom was born in Virginia Beach.

Hope you will spend a lot of time at the beach and enjoy the friendly, small town atmosphere. When you are homesick the answer is always to call your Mom!!! That will solve any problem. We are proud of you Al!

SissySees said...

Love laceweight... especially for carigans.

Love VA Beach. They usually host the VAVRS (state volunteer rescue squad association) convention, and the firefighters down there are remarkable. Many of the state instructors for technical rescue come from that area.

That area - Tidewater - has some of the best League cookbooks too.

I was going to tell her a block or two matters and not to park on the street, but I see she's already been given that advice!

Dee said...

Congrats to Al. Virginia Beach sounds like a wonderful place to be and a great place for you to go visit.

I don't have any advice -- well, maybe one. Don't look back --- jump in with all your heart. Don't think about what you left --- think about all you are getting.

Good luck, Al. I know you'll LOVE your new home!

Mujercita said...

I grew up in Virginia Beach (and still visit my parents there on a regular basis)! Here's my advice:

If you have to go through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, try to do it in off-hours. It is not unusual for there to be a 6 mile back-up caused by tourists freaking out and driving super-slowly through the tunnel.

Busch Gardens is in Williamsburg, about an hour away (provided that you don't get stuck in the aforementioned tunnel traffic, in which case the drive might be a bit longer!). Get season passes. It is an awesome amusement park, and totally worth the money. It is way better maintained than a lot of the amusement parks I've been to. Also, if you go more than a couple of times, it's more cost-effective to get the season pass than it is to buy day passes, and if it rains or you don't feel well or something, you can go home and come back another day without feeling like you are wasting your ticket.

Be really careful driving in the oceanfront area. There are a ton of tourists, none of whom seem to understand crosswalks.

The city does something called Beach Street some weekend summers at the oceanfront. They hire live performers and stuff. It's really cool, and it's free (except for having to pay for parking). They get some really good performers! If you have a dog, you can bring your dog too (just don't bring the dog on the beach; that's not allowed).

Grace said...

don't forget to call your mother, my DD left the area in Dec of last year and now is in Alabama, she calls every Friday and its a blessing to know that no news is good news, she is happy and healthy and will get in touch with me to catch up that once a week.

I love lace yarns!

Maple Lane said...

Best wishes to your daughter!

I love the scarf and I am never able to tie anything nicely so I adore this! The color is so pretty, too.

It's nice to visit with you.

Grateful4Crochet said...

Beautiful scarf!!
Hope the move goes well for Al, and for you.

Lilea said...

Hang on to your roots, but embrace your new home. Be prepared for some culture shock. (I moved just 200 miles and was shocked at some of the difference I encountered.)

You will have different names for things and peoples' reactions will range from confusion to laughter. I'll never forget the time we were at a pizza place and ordered meatball grinders. The girl just stared at us like we were crazy. I think she thought we wanted some kind of kitchen machinery. All we wanted was a couple of subs (hero, hoagie, torpedo).

Keep a smile on your face!

Breien in Lansingerland said...

Wow! Congrats on the new job :-) I think it will be a rewarding one. Keep us posted through Blogger...

True advice I don't have as I am living abroad, but stick to your knitting, call your mom on a regular basis are the most basic advices I can give.
And to your mom: Thank you Kathy for purchasing the pattern. There is also a discount on shawl Neeltje, Martina,Blue Sky and Corrie. (just in case if you want to inform Grace. All through Ravelry reachable)

Vera said...

Hi There, just recently discovered your blog and am really enjoying it. My husband is from Norfolk, so I know the VA Beach area well. Advice? Have fun and meet lots of people. VA Beach can be HOT and HUMID -- even in the fall. And buggy!! Great restaurants, great seafood, very friendly people. Lots of great places are nearby too (Richmond, Williambsurg, downtown Norfolk is nice, etc.). Ahhh, homesickness..not sure about that one...or you missing her! Our son just graduated college and is getting ready to go to either Korea or China to teach ESL for a year or two before going to grad school. Not sure how I will deal with that!! Vera

Lynneb said...

Hey, that's a really cute scarf, Kathyb! Don't have any advice, but I do LOVE Virginia.

Sarah said...

Moving is tough....I moved from ND to AZ. No friends, just a job. It takes time and patience. Sometimes you will have friends of proximity in the beginning bit along the way, some will stick.

Continue to do the things you enjoy and the friend will come in time. Life is an adventure, enjoy the move.

Sarah said...

Moving is tough....I moved from ND to AZ. No friends, just a job. It takes time and patience. Sometimes you will have friends of proximity in the beginning bit along the way, some will stick.

Continue to do the things you enjoy and the friend will come in time. Life is an adventure, enjoy the move.

Dorothy said...

I totally missed the contest, but I did move 400 miles away from my home town all by myself, so I know something about this.

1. Don't be afraid to eat out by yourself.

2. Find a coworker you like, and find a reason to do something outside of work with them.

3. Find things to do to amuse yourself (I made a 4 page "web" of how all my movies connected together by actor. Lame, but entertaining)

4. Remember it's okay to cry.

Good luck to your daughter!

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