Thursday, June 26, 2008

Changes - No, Not a New Baby :)


I was on a pretty good roll for a couple of weeks here, but have had a bit of wind knocked out of my sails. My husband got laid off a week ago on Wednesday. It was a failed merger with the company he worked for and a new company. Everyone who worked with him is now out of a job. Obviously, with the economy as it is, it is not good timing. Also, commercial printing in the summer is notoriously slow anyway.

All is not lost yet, though. Paul is in good standing with his former place of employment and last Thursday, when he called them, they wanted to see him right away. So, on Friday he went and talked with them and came home encouraged, as they said they would call him. We had hoped to hear from them on Monday, but, alas, we are still waiting. So, it's a bit of limbo right now.

Regardless, it is likely things will remain tight around here. Obviously, right now there is no income. We have savings that will need to be used in combination with unemployment and that will last us a while. But if we don't hear from his former employer soon, I am going to need to do some looking for something myself to supplement us for a while. Certainly, that would change our lifestyle, though I would like to believe I can continue homeschooling. It's a wait-and-see game right now.

So, yeah. The summer is working out a bit differently than I would have liked, but we'll see.

In other and better news, I had already bought this lovely Bamboo Natural Blend yarn by Bernat for this bonnet I wanted to knit up for my friend, Jennifer, who is due with her first girl - after two boys - in August. The shower is at the end of July, so I've got some time to lace the ribbons through the eyelets yet. The pattern is a modified version of the "Beribboned Bonnet" from One Skein Wonders.


The booties are a separate pattern and yarn; the bamboo was just too thick for the booties, being a bulky weight. I used a dk wt. yarn for the booties - one that was given to me. I just love the darling pattern!! It was such a fast and easy knit! I'll definitely be making these again! You can find the free pattern at Saartje Knits.


Well, I've got some errands to get to. Hopefully, I'll be posting again in the next day or two. :)

8 comments:

made by kort said...

love the bonnet! and we'll be praying some employment your way too.

Kelli said...

I'm sorry to hear about your husband's job. I will pray something comes along quickly. The bonnet and booties that you made are precious!
~Kelli

Kez said...

Oh no :( I hope something comes along quickly.

hsing3kinder said...

Nicole ~
I am so sorry to hear about your husband's job loss. We went through the same thing about a year ago!
I'll keep you in my prayers,
~Kris

Marianna said...

Nicole,

Praying that you hear something very soon from the employer. I'll be thinking about you.

Marianna

Hilty Sprouts! said...

I am praying that your husband finds another job soon and you will be able to continue homeschooling.

Anonymous said...

have you thought about selling some of your knitting? or possibly giving an art class? hopefully, your husband will be able to find a job soon, but this kind of thing could be a useful supplement. perhaps if you find something flexible enough, you'll still be able to homeschool.
-magda

Mrs. Pivec said...

Thank you, friends, for your prayers, support, and ideas. It truly helps and gives peace of mind knowing there are those who are thinking of us.

Magda, I have thought of the art class. Actually, a few people have requested that I do one. I'm giving it some thought, but don't know how much I could actually contribute by doing this, meaning, I wonder if there are other things I could do that might benefit my family more financially. If I have the classes in my home, I wonder how many I would need to have to contribute what we need. I'm trying to consider many options as well as the effects it will have on our home life. I'm not sure I could knit fast enough to make it worthwhile, but that would be a fun choice! :) Thank you so much for your ideas; I will keep them in mind.

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