Saturday, February 24, 2007

And the wait is over.

I managed to get down to see Jill and pick up that extra ball of yarn I needed to finish Va Va Voom. It took me a little while to actually find the time to do it though. Classes are beginning to get crazy. I have some really exciting things lined up which I'll get to in a minute... Without further ado...

Let me present Va Va Voom:The yarn I used is a lot sturdier than the yarn it called for (Kidsilk Haze) so it isn't as flowy as the pattern's picture, but I still really like this sweater. It fits well and it's classic looking. I always go for the classic looking sweaters. All I need to do with it now is sew in the ends. If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you already know how much I dislike sewing it ends. I think it's my least favorite thing of the whole process of knitting something. But it must be done so I'd better just suck it up!

Now for what's been going on this semester. In so many words, the program I knew last semester no longer exists. There have been major upheavals at the zoo that we learned at, so much so that students are no longer allowed there until they work all their own issues out. My poor professor has been scrambling to try to pull something together for us this semester instead. What that has ultimately turned out to be is for us to go to different facilities and job shadow there.

What I've been able to set up is very exciting. I'll be spending three days shadowing at the Buffalo Zoo, then two half-days at the Niagara Aquarium and (here's the part I'm most excited about) two half-days at Marineland in Canada to watch research on the killer whales there! I've also, just recently, found out I get to spend a day at the Syracuse Zoo as well. So I have some pretty cool things lined up.

All of these things aren't happening until March but we've had some projects we've been working on such as getting prepared to go on TV....TWICE! I'm going to be on the local news here for a quick 5 minute spot. Then I'm going to be on the PBS station for close to an hour talking about animal enrichment. (It won't just be me on either of these, but I'm still gonna be on TV!)

This is all well and good, but what happens when school is over? That question has been churning around in my head for several months now. I just didn't know and I couldn't figure it out. Well, just the other day, an opportunity fell right into my lap that I would be a crazy person to pass up...

I'm going to be interning at the Toronto Zoo this summer! I'll be living up there, working at the zoo and spending my free time knitting with the Yarn Harlot, how lucky am I???

23 comments:

Ruth said...

The sweater is gorgeous - what a perfect fit! I'm so glad to hear things are falling into place for you.

Laurie (Moo!) said...

OH MY GOSH IT'S ALL SO EXCITING I CAN HARDLY THINK!!!!

The sweater looks so soft and pretty. I can't imagine it looking any prettier with more drape. It is TRULY Va-Va-Va-Voom!

And your school and job? HOT DAMN! That's really exciting stuff. I'm so happy for you!!!!!

(Now I've used up my exclamation points for the day. It was worth it.)

Diana said...

Erin,

Don't worry about what will happen when school ends... enjoy shadowing at different zoos this semester. Toronto and the Harlot? Who could ask for more?

Erin said...

Your sweater is gorgeous. I love classic sweaters too and this one really has a great classic and flattering shape and style.

And congrats on your exciting work/school news!

Toni said...

Oh, it's wonderful! glad to hear your school is working things out

Webbies said...

3/4 was the way to go, that is one HOT sweater...love it! And super congrats to the Toronto zoo, what a great opportunity!

jackie said...

Va-va-va-very nice! I like the neck line.

And what excitement instore for you and all of your shadowing and interning! I can't wait to hear all about it1

Laura said...

Very exciting! I hope you have the chance to take pictures, too!

The sweater is gorgeous, I bet you'll wear it 50 more times this winter!

Knittripps said...

I love the sweater! You are right. It is very classic looking and the color is beautiful.

Congratulations on your career updates! It sounds like you will be getting to do a lot of neat things and getting great experience while you are doing them. That is soooo cool!

chris said...

Congratulations!!! On the lovely finished knit, and the exciting opportunities - Have Fun!!!

Katie said...

Beautiful sweater, Erin! I love the way it fits. What was the pattern?

And, congrats on the awesome summer job! Bet you can't wait to get there.

keri said...

The sweater looks gorgeous on you! Love the color and the fit!

Good luck with your job/program 0 sounds like things are working out great for you.

erica said...

The sweater turned out beautifully.
Looks like despite all of the craziness there is a wonderful light at the end of the tunnel. Life always finds a way to work out in ways we never expected.

ellie said...

Congrats on all the good fun plans! and on the lovely sweater.

elisa said...

The sweater is PERFECT and it sounds like things are really coming together for you - yay!

Lisa said...

Congrats that must be so exciting! :) The sweater is very pretty!

Meg said...

OK, first of all I LOVE va va voom so much its making me sick. It came out gorgeous!!!

Second of all, I'm so happy that everything is working out for you, even if it is a little crazy. And, you are going to have such a great time this summer! Rubbing needles with the Harlot... /drool

Webbies said...

I am learning away on my beautiful Golding drop spindle and know that you have one too (how lucky are we). Will you send me an email so I can ask you a few questions?

Beth aka BAM
taylorandbeth@gmail.com

Heather said...

gorgeous sweater...and fabulous news for the summer! congrats!

sarah said...

So you're almost famous! And you've got a hot new sweater too :) Good news all around!

Elinor said...

Ooh, what a great place to spend the summer. You'll have to scope out Lettuce Knit for all of us who can't!

That is one of the most professional-looking sweaters I;ve seen in the blogosphere. I hope you get lots of use out of it!

Leigh said...

Gorgeous! Beautifully done. And congrats about your internship for this summer.

LisaB said...

Wow so many exciting things going on!

Your sweater looks gorgeous and fits you perfectly! Great job!

Even though there are upheavals in the program, it is still good to hear that things are working out for you. And that you will be a tv star! :)

You should come out to the Oregon Zoo sometime and we could meet! :)