What a month this is turning out to be! I love it, and I hate it…
The amazing bits of December:
- I’m Designer of the Month at Ginger Twist Studios! Jess has some of my patterns for sale in the shop, and there are samples at the shop to try on. How exciting!
- I’ve taught another fantastic class in Edinburgh. Thanks to all my students at That Polished Knit at Be Inspired Fibres. We had a great time and learned a lot of techniques.
- We just had a lovely visit and holiday with my husband’s parents. We took off a week and a half and did some travelling – Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon and York, PLUS Trent graduated from University of Edinburgh! Yay Dr Orme, PhD! We had such a nice time with them.
- I’ve got another class coming up next weekend too: Intarsia at Ginger Twist! We’ll be working on my new hat pattern, which will be released online soon too.
So there are a lot of great things going on this month that I am SO excited about!
However, this is also my last month in Scotland, so at the same time this is a little difficult for me. We’ve met with the landlord, selling our stuff like mad, began packing up and are squaring things away. I’ve even started to have my first few goodbyes with friends. These goodbyes are hard, but it’s a part of life. We will be home two weeks from now, and I’m pretty excited, but there is so much to do first! Ok now, back to packing…
I’m sorry guys. I keep too busy to blog and them bam! There is so much to blog about! Quick updates:
1) Thanks SO much for the support on my last blog post. While I’m leaving a lot behind, I know I will at least get to take my connections and relationships with me wherever I go. You guys are awesome.
2) Really old news: my husband has his PhD now! He passed his viva back in July, and if we were being all 1950′s about it, you could call us Dr and Mrs Trent Orme! I am so proud of him. Graduation is later this month.
3) My Polished Knits class at Be Inspired Fibres was great! Mei has a terrific space for classes and made us all feel at home with the tea and treats. The students were fantastic – eager to learn and great chat to be had. I always get so busy and excited during a class that I never take pictures, but I did at least take a photo of the class before it started. It is a very prop-heavy class; I love to bring in my tools to share. Don’t worry if you missed it – I’ve got another session scheduled for Saturday, 7th December.
4) I’ve had another pattern published in Knit Now magazine: the Tartan & Barleycorn Scarf. It looks so great on the model (Fiona for Boss Models), and I’m so excited that it made it to the cover! It was a nice Autumn project, and anything with tassels is just tops, right? The yarn is King Cole Baby Alpaca DK, which is super cosy and soft.
Well that’s all the latest on me! There is so much going on, I’m sure there will be another update soon. Hope you are all having a great week and enjoying some lovely Autumn weather.
A big change is coming for me in the next few months, a change that I feel very conflicted about.
My husband and I are leaving Scotland – our home for the past four years – and are moving back to the United States. On one hand I am really very excited. I get to be near my family and friends that I’ve only seen a handful of times over the past four years, whom I miss terribly. I get to now experience first-hand the next stage of life for my friends and family – where my brothers and I are now each married and will be having children; and I will now get to be a part of that, rather than watching from a distance. Trent and I now get to be in a country where things are familiar again, where we understand how things work. We get to start the next stage of life – whatever that is. And we get to do that together, which is the best part.
But on the other hand, I am really sad. I have changed in so many ways and learned so much here. I have become someone I am proud to be, I love what I do and I am in a really exciting time and place for it. I have been so blessed. Trent & I have joked that we moved here for him and his PhD work, when really the move ended up seeming to be more for my personal benefit. I learned that my interest in hand-knitting was more than an interest and began to design and write knitting patterns. Then I got my MA in Knitted Textiles, and began working in hand-knit professionally. I have met and become friends with some crazy-talented and inspiring people, I have begun teaching classes, attended some amazing knitting events, and even had some patterns published. I certainly would not have learned so much nor explored so far in hand-knit if I had not have been living in Scotland. There is so much skill here, so MANY fantastic and accomplished knitters and makers here, and such support and enthusiasm for knit and craft. I have been welcomed into the group of knitters and felt such love. And for this, it breaks my heart that I will leave.
In preparation for the move there is so much to do (first off, all our stuff has to either be sold or shipped overseas). I feel like I have been running around manic for the past few weeks and will continue to do so until the move at the end of December. I want to spend more time with everyone I’ve come to know, and I feel this need to accomplish so much more before I leave. I have a few more classes lined up which I’m so excited about, I’m working on some more pattern designs, and I’ve got some really fun projects going on at work. Things at Eribé have been so busy as we wrap up production on the AW13 season and begin design/development on AW14. There is so much to do but I love it all. Everyone at work has been really supportive of this change and I am also really sad to leave this new family of mine.
I cannot thank you all enough for being a part of my life and adventure. I have no idea what will happen over the next year and beyond – where we will be living, what we will be doing – but I am entering into it feeling so full and and blessed. I love you all.