Here is a swatch of Telemark, the new sport-weight yarn from Knit Picks. I am using “Ink,” a very dark blue, so it is hard perhaps to see the stitches, but it works up nicely.

I’m knitting it on #1 needles, which gives a nice firm fabric, smooth but not soft. It should be warm for winter. Since I have been knitting a soft cotton on #3s, it feels a bit effortful. The Telemark works up nicely on #3s (5 stitches to the inch) as well, but there is much better definition in the color work at the smaller gauge on the 1s (6 stitches to the inch). This swatch just has some of the smallest traditional Fair Isle motifs.

Once I had finished my swatch, I cast on for the actual project I am making. It doesn’t have a name. Here you see about 20 rows of it. I doubt you will be seeing much of it, since it is just a black shape in the picture. Actually, it is dark blue. My grandmother, who taught me to knit, would never make anyone a dark sweater. She particularly hated Navy blue. I like it, myself, but it is admittedly not interesting to look at.

We had a pleasant lunch with my parents yesterday. We were a smaller group than usual, just me and the kids and my parents. They gave #2 daughter an air mattress and a comprehensive set of kitchen goods, down to a cookbook, and we have given her all the bedroom stuff that will fit in her car, so she will not be in quite such a Zen minimalist state as she has been.

She has a temporary job that will take care of her bills for the month while she is a job huntress, and her car is supposed to arrive from Kentucky today.

There is clearly no need to worry about her. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Naturally, I am musing on the process of the job hunt.

I used to teach classes on this. We gave a test called the COPE which identified the person’s interests and abilities. We helped the students recognize the characteristics of various jobs — their levels of income, prestige, pleasure, stress, etc. — and showed them how to write resumes. We told them that job-hunting was a 40 hour a week job, and that they should get up in the morning and dress professionally as though they were going to work, head out the door for a full day of job-hunting, and come home and write their thank you notes for all the people they had met that day. We told them to make sure to tell everyone they met that they were looking for work, and to try not to leave any place that didn’t want them without asking for a lead to another possible place. We told them to mail resumes out, but not to expect responses from that, as personal contact was the most likely route to a job. We pointed out that the typical job hunter gets 1 interview for every 10 applications, and that the average new graduate can expect to search for 3 months before finding a job. We advised them not to get their hearts set on one particular job, but to do their best with each application and then move on. Lots of irons in the fire, lots of exploration, lots of contacts.

All this seems to me still to be good advice. But my daughter the job huntress tells me that nowadays a lot is done over the internet. Leonidas also has a post on the subject of online job-hunting. I will be interested to see how this variable affects modern job searches. I would think that it would be about the same as mailing resumes — that is, that you hope it gets you an interview, but mostly it gets your name into the hands of someone whose job it is to weed the pile down to the smallest possible number.

#2 daughter does have applications in for some very fun jobs. I have always found job-hunting fun, which I think may put me in the minority, but I am hoping that she will be able to feel that way about it.