Monday, October 21, 2013

A new era

I've been stitching and knitting this week.  First up, Splendor XXVI.


I have the feeling I will run out of gas on this one soon.  I like the convenience of one color stitching, but color is what calls to me in a piece so I'm fighting the feeling of wanting to stitch on a piece with more colors.  We shall see what happens.

I've also been knitting haphazardly on my Wearwithall Stole.


Slowly but surely.  Just one more color after this one!

The end of an era and the beginning of a new one is occurring in our family.  The father type retired from IBM Research after 33 years.  He was feted and celebrated last week and had his last day on Friday.


This morning, the father type left bright and early for NYC.  He is starting a new job at a place at which I think he will love working.


Google is full of geeky nerds like him -- hey, any place that has Lego for the employees to play with is a perfect place for my guy.  I am hoping he loves his new job.

Both IBM and Google stocks seem to have noticed my sweet father type's retirement and hiring.



lol!  The father type was having some fun and created these posts on Instagram.  But yes, IBM and Google really did have dramatic falls and rises in their stock prices last week.  Coincidence??  :D

Mia has been enjoying herself around here.


She loves bubble wrap.


And she desperately wanted to play with my yarn.  lol!  Or play with my knitting bag.  Or both.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

50 comments:

Laurie said...

I don't think it's a coincidence at all... Google knows they've snagged one of the best!
Congrats to your DH on his early retirement and the start of a grand new adventure.
Your stole looks fabulous and I love the start of your new stitching piece!

cucki said...

Congrats to your dh on his early retirement...and good luck for the future :)
Your new start stitchy piece is looking so pretty...and very beautiful stole...
Sending you hugs x

Vickie said...

Yay for DH!! I hope it is everthing he wants!!
I love your tiny,little stitch you are working on. Love it!
Henry would head for the hills with bubble wrap! ;) He is terrified of everything. No really.

Cari said...

Congratulations to your DH on retirement and new start. What a great adventure! Love your stitching and your knitting. Give sweet Mia a big hug from Florida!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Bravo ! la broderie est une pure merveille !

bisous bisous

Melody said...

How exciting for your husband! I think working at google would be a dream job for our son! I hope it proves to be as awesome as it sounds! Good luck.

Vicki said...

Wow! Lots of changes at your house! Congrats to your husband on his retirement from IBM. And kudos to him for landing a job at Google. Sounds like it will be a perfect match for him! I love the colors on your stitchy piece. Can't wait to see the design unfold.

Sweet Sue said...

Love your red start. This new chapter is bound to be full of adventure, best wishes to your hubs ~ those graphics are hysterical LOL:)

Giovanna said...

All the best to your DH in his new position. I hope you don't fall too far out of love with that sampler, it's gorgeous.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats to the father type on his new adventure! Sounds like the fun is just beginning. Love the red project and the stole. Have a good week!

BrendaS said...

Margaret -- Your stitching looks beautiful as does your knitting. You are moving right along.

Congratulations to your DH on his retirement and good luck on his new adventure. Sounds like a perfect fit for him:))

Have a great week.

Krista said...

A BIG CONGRATS to your DH on his retirement and best wishes on his new adventure! The knitting looks fantastic, can't wait to see the finish. Mia is having lots of fun I see :) Have a great week!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I just can't stitch using one colour - I like the end result but I need the stimulus of colour to keep me going. Our poodle and the pusskins do not like bubble wrap - I think this stems from the noise it makes when popped:-)

Jennifer said...

My geeky brother has been courted by both IBM and Goodge(Verizon too), but he's pretty settled with the university job for now. That Lego thing may change his mind though.
Mia is so cute. We have a very old black and white here named Twinsy. He's the neighbor's cat who moved in with us permanently about 5 years ago.

Katrina said...

Woohoo congrats to your hubby!!!!! My DH just started a new job too and he's loving it, his dream job. Hope your DH is thrilled with his new job too.

Sweet knitting and over one!!!! I am the same way, sometimes I want color, sometimes I don't LOL.

Lene said...

Ooh, google! Lucky him, and lucky them. Of course it is not a coincidence their stocks goes up:) I admire your sewing - just the lack of size in the stitches makes my eyes want to cross themselves:) can you really keep Mia from not to play with the yarn?

Loraine said...

What a great post! I love your over one stitching, but I hear you on the one color stitching. It's not my favorite thing either. It's a beautiful piece though so you should determinately finish it sometime.
I also love your knitting!
Good luck to your husband and his new job. I'm sure he will love it, and I'm sure they could use his talents.
Lots of changes in the air at our house too. I'll have to e-mail you about them. :)
Hugs!

Deb said...

That is so cool that your DH is going to work at Google! I'll bet he'll love it there!! It will be a new adventure. And love that knitting. Between you and Kim I'm about to go nuts watching all the fun yarn!!

Melissa said...

Congrats to your husband! How great not only to be able to take retirement, then land somewhere else where he can "play"! That's just a dream!

That little red stitch looks so sweet...and so tiny! I can't imagine it as I know I can't stitch that tiny. Your stole is looking very cozy!

Anne said...

Big congrats to father type for retiring and moving on to Google!! That must be pretty exciting for him! Lego in the workplace?!! Where can I can a job like that?! I love the instagram photos of the rise and fall of IBM and the definite rise of Google when he joined...lol!! Great stitching so far! I hear you about stitching with one colour. It can sometimes be a wee bit monotonous, hence why I often have a few things on the go to switch to. The scarf is looking lovely and that photo of Mia staring at the string is priceless!! I love your knitting bag with the wooden handles. My mom has an old bag with wooden handles she stored her yarns in. Maybe I should get it from her now :D Hugs!!

Carol said...

Ha ha!! I love the stock trend shots, Margaret--go Google (I actually own five whole shares myself--woo hoo!!)...Tell him I expect it to double in price within a year now that he's working there :)

Best wishes to your husband and I'm glad he's not retiring to stay at home with you :) I know he'll have a ball at Google. I keep trying to get my sons to apply there just for the experience of seeing what it's like!

Annie said...

Pretty cool resume with IBM and Google a the highlights! Congrats to DH!

Once you get that border done, you'll probably love working on the sampler.

valerie said...

Yay! Congrats to your DH on his retirement! 30+ years with IBM is a huge accomplishment and then to work at Google?! Awesome! Love the stitching! :)

My Xstitch Place said...

Beautiful border!
Congrats on the new job!

Ellen said...

It sounds like there are lots of changes going on in your household, and all for the good! These are exciting times as you all begin the next stage of your lives.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Congratulations to your husband for his retirement and the new job at Google. How exciting!!! Your red start is so pretty.

Linda said...

Love your new start Margaret. The shawl is looking good. Love the colors you picked. Good luck to hubby in his new job. Cute pics of Mia.

Linda

Dawn said...

I love your one color piece. You can send it my way, LoL
Congratulations on the retirement and the new start, change is a good thing!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Ohh the Heart's Content piece is beautiful-and tiny.

Best wishes to the father-type on his new endeavor (playing in lego land seems like great motivation and inspiration)

marly said...

My goodness that's small stitching! Congratulations to husband!

Beth said...

I'm like you I get bored with a monocolor stitch even though I admire the effect. Congrats to you DH - looks like a wonderful place to work. And a shout out to Mia from the Cats of Clos du Bois.

Jackie said...

I'm with The Father Type - the numbers don't lie! Congratulations to you both on the exciting changes in your household. You've had a LOT going on in the last year!

Annette-California said...

Congrats to your DH on his early retirement! Not many people get to retire from the same place of employment - HUGE accomplishment for him. Hope he is happy with his new adventure:) Sounds like a great new beginning for him:) Your new wip is already looking Beautiful.
love Annette

Mugwump Woolies said...

Congrats to your DH...an impressive career of thirty three years, and now a new adventure...best of luck as you both begin a new chapter! Love the red sampler...and the stole just keeps getting better and better.
Have a great week,
Robyn

Chris said...

Love the charts! Please pass on my congratulations to your DH! Splendor looks wonderful. I know what you mean about monochrome stitching.
Hugs to you and Mia!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

LOL! I have so enjoyed reading about your "geeky nerd" :)
My husband is much the same and that's why I love him so! I do not thing the drop and fall of the stocks are coincidence! LOL :)
May the Father Type have much success at Google!

I love your stole and have been considering doing one for me....

And your stitching is perfection as always!

Melanie said...

Go, go, go stole! You're going to finish it just in time too, weather wise. You can snuggle up in it all winter long.

I can see where working on one color would get tedious after awhile. PLEASE tell me you have lots and lots of that red in the same dye lot?!? I would be in fear of running out and not being able to find more in the same exact color. lol

Gosh, that is TOO funny about the stocks. Haha! Congrats on his new job. :)

Teresa S. said...

I laughed out loud at the two stock pictures. Too Funny! Your DH can make a big difference to Google :)
Hey, doesnt Google have offices out here in Kirkland? Maybe he can transfer here??? I would love having you close by!!!

Karoline said...

Congratulations to your DH on his new job.

Nice start on Splendor & you're motoring on the stole now

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Red is a stitching favorite!

Not even a day off in between? That must be really loving what you do; right? Congrats to him.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

I so want to finish my And All Was For an Appil now!! The sampler at the top with the wonderful border looks great. And you have the worse out of the way :)

Mary said...

Margaret, big kudos to your hubby for being ready willing and able to rise to a new challenge after 33 years!

I'm noticing the cool pattern on your knitting bag. Love it!

woolwoman said...

first congrats to your DH on his retirement, is the going to work at Google a joke? I couldn't believe he wouldn't take a month off so surely the "going to work at Google" must be a joke right? LOVE the knitting bag - don't believe I've seen it peeking out before - your shawl is looking fantastic. Wonder where your drifting needle will land next dear Margaret - enjoy Mel

Anna van Schurman said...

My bil works at Google in London. I hope the father type enjoys it!

Shelly M said...

M--I completely agree with the one color projects. I LOVE changing colors so I stay away from the one color charts. Although, they are beautiful. Congrats to your husband and how fun to have a new adventure.
Shelly

Evelyne said...

Congratulations for the father type with this new adventure!
I love the tiny red stitches!

A Hug for Mia she is so lovely!

Have a nice day, Evelyne

Lois said...

Hope your DH is having the time of his life at his new job. Love your red piece, I am so in awe of it being over one on such a high count!!!! Missed your last post so just want to say all your framing is lovely!!! Love your wall too!!!! I have wall envy going on!!! Love the knitting, the colours are great and, of course, love the Mia pics!

michelle M said...

I'm a new follower of your blog and I'm new at blogging myself. Fantastic news on your DH retirement. I have to say your stitching is exceptional and I'm more than jealous that you can stay at home and stitch to your hearts content! I wish I could do that! Looking forward to future blogs form you. Michelle

Natasha said...

Congrats to your DH!! I really wanted to work for Google when I was living in Mountain View the heart of silicon Valley. Their "campus" was just beyond awesome.....

I love that RED keep it before you know it you will have it completed and moving on to another wonderful piece :D

Catherine said...

Great post! Congrats and good luck to your hubby ~ already seems like the stocks are on his side!! Lol!
I love that piece you are working on ~ there is something about a red sampler that always catches my eye.