Thursday, September 24, 2009

Round and Round We Go

My dad had an interview yesterday. This one was in Cambridge and had something to do with aircraft assembly. They'll have their decision within two weeks.

Why don't most companies phone back? I mean, they'll phone if you're the lucky candidate who was picked, but isn't it just common curtesy to phone and tell you that you weren't picked? At least that way I'm not sitting at home, twiddling my thumbs and waiting for a call that will never happen. If I was a secretary, I'd always phone back.

But they don't want me ... yet.

Some guy outside is coughing up a lung. I keep wanting to go out there and ask him if he's succeeded yet.

I finished the Little Spider Scarf.

I think it turned out rather well.

I've started working on the other half of mom's poncho. I really like that yarn. It's Bernat Harmony, in green and white, and it's chunky. Nice stuff.

I went to another LYS (well, not local for Hamilton. It was Mary Maxim's in Paris). My dad picked out yarn for another sweater. I promised him that this one would fit him better. He picked something Marble, in DK weight. I also picked up some large dpn's, some Maxim baby yarn for my nana, and a ball of Sirdar that was on sale due to it being an "odd dye lot". It's orange, nothing too odd, I think!

I'll find out what my nana thinks of this baby yarn. She's hated Mary Maxim yarn for years.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hope Springs Eternal

I didn't get the job. They called back yesterday and said they'd decided to "move forward with another candidate". Blech. Oh, well. But they did say that they'd like to see me again for another position. I called the number back and had to leave a message because, being a Friday, everyone in an office position cuts work early. Meh. I can wait.

In other news, I finished the first half of Mom's poncho and I've cast on the second part. I'm working mostly on the scarf, which has now been christened "The Little Spider Scarf". It was pointed out to me at Wednesday's band practice by another knitter that the Little Butterfly pattern resembled arachnids, not pretty flying insects. I think she's right.

I still don't know what I'm going to do with that pink yarn. I want to include the grey, because I'm pretty sure they were sold together for a reason. I'm thinking either a cardigan or a vest, or maybe ... ?

I also caved and bought a ball of Bernat Roving in some blue colour. It's pretty and would make a nice pair of mittens.

Time to knit!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Let's Play The Waiting Game ...

... Again!

On Thursday I got a message from a job I applied for a couple of weeks ago. I called back on Friday and spoke with the Human Resources person about a potential interview. She wanted me to come in on Monday at 3pm. Shot down.

I told her that I work from 11am to 7pm, but that I would try and arrange something, then get back to her. When I got to work, I told my manager that I had an appointment Monday at 3pm that I'd been trying to re-arrange, but to no avail. To my great surprise, she said that it was fine.

I called back the HR lady and told her the good news. Then I waited in anticipation all weekend.

So, Monday (yesterday) I went in to work for two hours, then left. Y'see, this interview was being held at the company's head office in Waterloo, an hour away. Needless to say, the interview went well (they always do) and I got a good feeling (I always do). Now I have to keep my hopes down and wait for a response, sometime this week. They said they'd get back to me either way.

It's an office job, similar to my last (good) job at Speedy in Brampton. :) I want.

We now return to the knitting end of my life. I went to Shelburne Saturday and took that opportunity to go to the LYS. I ended up buying 10 balls of Sirdar Peru and three balls of Bernat Cashmere ... all for $20! Now I have to figure out what to do with it. The Sirdars are pink and the Bernats are grey. Hmmm ....

I'm almost done the first half of Mom's poncho. I've about 10 inches left. I had to stop knitting the first sweater because I ran out of yarn. The pattern deceived me; told me I only needed two balls. If only I'd read the small print ....

I've started three pairs of socks: a grey pair for my step-dad, in worsted weight yarn, a blue-ish pair (toe-up - first time!) and a grey-ish pair (also toe-up, and both at once).

Perhaps I've bitten off more than I can chew? Maybe. The scarf is coming along well, too. No pictures this time.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

No Change Here

Well, I haven't found a new job yet. The "local coffee shop" will do for now. Besides, at least I can pay my rent, right?

I'm getting a little frustrated (again) with these employment agencies. Every day I see the same jobs pop up for two particular agencies. I've applied three or four times for both, but I've never received a response. I've given up; they obviously aren't looking to fill any positions but to get as many resumes in as possible so they can make money (refer to earlier posts).

In other news, I finally finished those "knee-high" socks. I've blocked them and now I'm just waiting for them to dry. I also finished the cabled scarf for my mom. So, currently on my needles are the following:

The poncho for mom, about a quarter finished;
Two sweaters, one for me and one for my sister;
Various baby bootees and a layette;
A Little Butterfly scarf for a friend.

Having never done the butterfly stitch before, I'm intrigued. It's not difficult, but I do have to pay attention, which means it's not a very good TV-watching project.

Hopefully I'll have better job news next time.