Where Did the Time Go?

Somehow it’s a little hard to believe that it’s been over 5 months since I last posted. I really think it’s time for me to get back to it. I’m starting with getting the admin stuff straightened out (there were hundreds of spam comments to delete, and I was behind by a couple of WP updates). So, don’t be surprise if you see some things change over the next few days (that is if anyone out there even reads this thing any more).

All good things…

I haven’t been able to bring myself to post about this until now.  At the beginning of October I was laid off, the official word being that my position has been eliminated.  November 1 was my last day at work.  I spent the month of October trying to wrap things up and say good-bye to the job I loved.  It’s terribly depressing to have to go into work each day knowing that it’s all coming to an end and not because you chose so.  There are several reasons the whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth, but most of all I feel extremely bad for my coworkers who will most likely have to pick up the slack without the compensation.

I think I spend the month of November grieving the entire situation and accepting the fact that change had occurred and I was going to have to deal with it.  I’ve been looking for new work in my field, but unfortunately, a bad economy is really not the atmosphere to be an archivist in.

Meanwhile, in the knitting realm, all I’ve been actively working on has been finishing off the baby blanket for my sister.  I have finally gotten to the end of the knitting portion and for some masochistic reason have chosen to used a sewn cast off.  I started the cast off at Purlescence Yarns, and in 3 hours I managed to get through half the stitches.  I hope to have it finished by the end of the week so it can go in the wash and be done.

More Trouble in Paradise

Many apologies to anyone who has had trouble accessing my site the last few days.  I was hacked again, and a malicious script was added to my site that would download malware to your machine.  This one was way more of a pain in the ass than the last stupid hack was.  So, please if you visited my site anytime this week, just to be safe and especially if you were using IE (which for some reason didn’t seem to catch the problem as quickly as Firefox and Safari), PLEASE run your antivirus scans.  The malware was downloading some sort of trojan horse, but my virus software found it without too much hassle other than running the scan.

My blog has been upgraded, and I’m in the process of making even more security changes to try to prevent this from happening yet again.

And the winners are…

Happy Halloween!  Many thanks to everyone who came to check out the new digs.  :)

The random number generator just spit out 32, 24, 5, and 26.

So, the winners of the yarny prizes are as follows:

1 skein of Mountain Colors Mountain Goat in the Mountain Twilight colorway – Hanna 

2 skeins of Himalayan Yarn Tibet Wool/Recycled silk in a pretty green color – Gladys

2 skeins of Shibui Knits Sock in Sky – taelixev 

1 skein of Socks that Rock lightweight in Korppi – Adrienne

Yay!

Now that I’ve handed out yarn, it’s time to get ready to hand out candy!

Mystery OJ

A pair of socks finally done. May I present the Sock Knitters Anonymous September Mystery sock. Very fun pattern; it was the first time I did a toe-up with a heel flap rather than a short row heel. The sock had to be knit in orange yarn, so this gave me a reason to use some orange wool/mohair sock yarn that had been languishing in my stash (orange isn’t anywhere near my favorite color). First time making socks out of a wool/mohair blend, and they are quite warm, fuzzy, and squishy.