Long Walks, Long Draw, and Good Friends

Hello everyone!

I have officially made it through my first week of work!


I still have volumes to learn but Week One was a pleasant surprise.  I survived orientation and I am holding my own in training on my unit.  I have a wonderful teacher.  She is patient and understanding – even if I have to ask her several times about something.  She has a bit of an accent – so I am asking her to repeat things at times.

Okay, she has more than a bit of an accent!  I am struggling to understand much of what she says, but she is patient and is willing to repeat things.  She pronounces my name “Katy” so the patients are calling me Katy – to which I do not answer.  Oy.  It is pure comic relief, I am telling you!

Within the month I am sure that I will have lost some weight with all the walking I am doing.  There is LOTS of walking.  And, I mean LOTS!

I am thankful for comfortable shoes! DSCF0715_edited

They are sitting right where I took them off last night.  After a 12 plus hour shift, I dragged my butt in the house and did not do much more than that for the remainder of the evening.

I am also thankful for the new friends that I am meeting at work.  Now, I do not want to sound prejudiced – or discriminatory, but it is so nice to work with women my age!!  They are all wonderful.  They are encouraging and welcoming.  There are knitters!!

I have, however, been practicing my long draw technique that I learned from Abby and I am pleased to report that I am getting it!!  I am even more pleased to let you all know that Icelandic Wool is an excellent fiber to practice this technique on.  I have a lovely batt of this yummy stuff and I am enthralled with this new technique!


As you can see, I am working on filling a bobbin and hope to have some plied up this weekend!  My consistency is improving which was my goal.  I am feeling more confident with the technique.  Practice, practice, practice!  I love how this technique allows the “springy-ness” of the fiber to remain.

Finally, I am thankful for good friends.  Copper and Penny are a welcome sight at the end of the long day.  And, even after being cooped up for the day, they are happy to crawl up on the sofa and sit with me.


Here is Copper hamming it up for the camera.  Penny was borrowing a page from the camera shy cats – I could not get her to sit still.  Here she is hiding…


What I did not know at the time was that she had gotten in the garbage.  Hmmm, she knew she was in trouble!  LOL!  Kind of hard to put her in “Puppy Time Out” when she puts herself there first.  If it is not raining all day here we are all going for a bit of a walk!

Okay, I am off to get the sewing machine out for a bit of sewing fun.  Stay tuned to see what I create!

Have an awesome weekend all!


8 thoughts on “Long Walks, Long Draw, and Good Friends

  1. Sounds like things are working out well “Katy”. It’s good to have humor at work! I love your spinning and you’ll have to explain this technique to me a little more. Is that what you were doing Monday night at L&B? I’m curious. Consistency, that is my mantra… must become consistent! I’m learning that the first key to consistent spinning is to spin on a consistent basis;-) Can’t wait to see you Monday!

  2. I almost wish I was working so I could take it easy. This week of preparing the house to sell has made me tired and wiped out.

    Glad work is still “fun”. Hope it continues.

  3. Comfortable shoes are so important. I only wish our unit had some padding on the floors. Very hard on your feet. Maybe someday.

    Love the cav’s photos. SOOOO sweet.

  4. Penny looks totally guilty! Our dog looked like that when she had done something wrong, too.

    I’m interested in trying the long draw technique, too. But first I’m going to work on some other things like more consistency, learning my wheel better, etc. There’s so much to learn!

  5. Congratulations surviving the first week! It sounds exhausting, but I also detect some satisfaction, so it sounds like you made a great choice.

  6. Hooray for a good first week – comfy shoes are definitely key for comfy feet and comfy feet are key to a happy person! =)

    Your long draw results look great – that icelandic must be so yummy to spin!

    ~Your sweet swap pal

  7. OK I’m a doggie dork— but are those two lovelies kng charles spaniels??? Cause my 15 yr old has been dying for one for years…. curious about temperament etc…either way they are the cutest matched set;)

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