I heard this week that I have not got the job I was interviewed for a couple of weeks ago and while I am disappointed not to be offered it, I am also slightly relieved as I was anxious about whether the children are still too young for me to go back to work full time. A large part of me still wants to be with them most of the time they are out of school and indeed even when they are older I want to be there for them, so I am going to try to do a bit more freelance work and stick to what I am doing at the moment.
While all this job stuff has been going on, I have in fact been doing a lot more freelance work anyway, so I have probably been working about three days a week (although in bits!) and still doing most of the 'mum' stuff (packed lunches, after-school stuff, playdates and so on). The children still need a lot of input with their reading and homework, so I feel it is important to be with them and to give them the support they need. Working about three days in total is proving a good compromise, but I have also been very forgetful about day-to-day things with everything that has been going on, so feel that maybe full-time work would just send me over the edge!
I managed to finish my present for my friend's 40th birthday, only a few days late, and she was very pleased with it:
I like the changing colours of the hand-dyed silk yarn, and it knitted up as a beautifully soft fabric:
I was so tired yesterday that I thought I would treat myself to a morning at Stash, and cycled over there and had a lovely time just knitting and chatting with Nathalie and Michelle. It was great just to get away from the house for a couple of hours and do a bit of therapeutic knitting. I managed not to buy anything, although that is probably only because the Lorna's Laces yarn expected this week has not yet arrived!
Here it is in close-up - the colours are knitting up to give a beautiful variegated fabric, and I love this chevron pattern too: