Monday, March 16, 2009

delightful, delicious, de lovely


here is my wee little niece, just a few days old. born on one of the first days of march, and i don't think she has a name yet. but that really doesn't matter, because she i enormously cute and i cannot wait to get to know her and knit for her.
sorry for the long hiatus. actually i have knitted three sweaters since january but i haven't photo documented any of them yet.
one is the shaded aspen leaf yoke sweater in lopi lite by meg swansen.
the other two are helga isagers pine.
one for me and one for my niece. my older niece. the mother of my two little great nephews.
there will be much more about this a little later.
and i am planning to knit amanda by lisa lloyd in some shetland wool.
the reason for my hiatus is that i have been so busy at the school. it is a lovely job i have got there. i love teaching and how motivated my students are, although their lives are quite miserable in many ways. being an asylum seeker at the tender age of 17 isn't any fun. especially when you miss your mother your country like hell. and on top of that you have a history of human smuggling and a crazy travel from say iraq to europe to keep quiet with. when i look at my students i cannot stop thinking that those parents must have sent their brightest children with the best genes for survival out on that journey in a fragile hope that they will face a bright future here. i sometimes doubt this will happen. but i cherish their energy and trust when we are together in the classroom and feel so sorry for their parents who probably doesn't even know where their children are....
but i am so impressed with the humanistic way the people who work in my new school are. not in theory which is pretty easy but in practice. and i dare say this now as i have passed the invisible border of being there longer than the last two places i worked in. that was a great day. i so much feel that hard times are over, over for a while as john lennon used to sing, and that i am finally doing something i love and that i am good at. more than knitting.

12 comments:

tiennie said...

She is adorable!

What an amazing job you have to help with those children. I wish them all the best!

lucy said...

She is cute! I am sure you'll have lots of fun knitting for her.

I am so impressed with the work you do. I know being in a foreign land can be isolating and lonely but, am also glad that people like you can reach out to others.

miyamojo said...

Oh! She's so cute!

I'm glad you're knitting. I was worried! ;)

I'm also glad that you are a ray of hope for your students. Sure sounds like rewarding work. I wish you & your students all the best.

Sinéad said...

Glad to see you back posting! And your niece is so cute, she makes me want to knit some baby clothes right away!
So glad you are enjoying your new job. Enjoying your work is so important!

puffthemagicrabbit said...

Wow- you do have an amazing job. You have to be pretty amazing to be in that job- they're lucky to have you- and that you feel lucky to be doing what you do. All very good.

Oh she is so beyond adorable!!

Shan said...

Oh it's great to see you again!

Your job sounds like it could be heartbreaking at times.

And WOW!! What a beautiful baby! Congratulations to your family, what a sweetheart.
XO

Kverulantinnen said...

Congratulations on your new family member!

I also wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for a "Kreativ blogger award" on my blog... in thanks for your many insightful blog posts...

whitknits said...

She is adorable!

I am so impressed with the job that you do, and I'm glad you've found a job that you love and are good at.

Mary Lou said...

Very nice to have a baby to knit for! I have been producing baby blankets for the babies my nieces are producing, but have not taken the time to post. Soon. I'll send the pattern. So glad the job is going so well.

annie said...

How wonderful it is for you to find a job that you love! It is very thoughtful what you write about your pupils and I sense that you are doing a good job. Still, I am looking forward to see more of your knitting and what you make for your lovely niece...

Shabby - Marianne said...

Åhhhhh hvor er hun lille og kær - jeg kan godt forstå at du skal strikke til den lille ny. Og du lyder som en dejlig engagerede underviser :-)

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