Facing The New


I started a new job on Monday! New commute, new building, new colleagues, new computer, new security pass, new desk, new manuscripts, new authors… That’s a lotta new and I haven’t touched my sewing machine.


Fortunately, there have also been flowers, cards, cake, smiles, many welcomes, and one extremely kind colleague to hold my hand as I took my first, faltering steps. The office building hugs the Thames, I can see the Tate Modern from my desk, St Paul’s cathedral is just around the corner and I have established where I can get my morning latte. Best of all? I woke up this morning and started thinking about what I’d sew next. That’s gotta be a good sign!

Photos were taken last weekend when I touched base with my roots. Always good to go home for a mum cuddle at times of change. Ella enjoyed being reunited with her cousin, too!

What do you do when life is about to test you? I can’t wait to start sewing again!


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45 Responses to Facing The New

  1. SewSleepy says:

    Congratulations on your new job. The view sounds idyllic and very inspirational.

  2. ooobop! says:

    Good for you, Karen. You’ll be brilliant. Always so daunting when you make such a move. But it sounds like you are comfortable with the whole thing already, especially if there are new sewing projects so soon on the agenda…. yay! xxx

  3. Julie Taylor says:

    Good luck with your new job, have missed your blogs this week xx

  4. joellestlaurent says:

    Sounds exciting! Good luck with the new job, and I hope you find time for sewing again soon. I usually dive in a really good book when things get hectic…

  5. Tamsinwp says:

    Congratulations on the new job and I hope it goes well for you. I look forward to seeing your new sewing – I have just returned to my sewing machine after what feels like an age. I didn’t realise how much I missed it!

  6. Elena Knits says:

    Congratulations on your new job. Beginnings can be stressful, but just try to enjoy it because it’s something unique, since you experience it once per job!

    I love Ella, she reminds me of my mother’s dog, also a pure black schnauzer. I miss her so much…

  7. Vicki Kate says:

    I’m so glad the new job is going well! New starts can be intimidating but also so much fun!

  8. Adrienne says:

    Oh, sounds exciting! Best of luck for this new opportunity! And we’ll be patient over here on the blog while things become more stable on the job front.

  9. Good luck with the new job! I think we all ‘run back to mum’ in times of uncertainty. I am sure you will soon be well settled in your job and sewing up a storm again 🙂

  10. Anne-Marie says:

    Good luck with your new job Karen. I’ve missed your blogs this week.

  11. Hey, I know that area really well! I used to work at Shakespeare’s Globe, and came past St Paul’s and over Millennium Bridge every day. If you’re still exploring the area, make sure you find the little street with the College of Heralds on it that gives onto Millennium Bridge, which I am convinced is the best-named street in London – Knightrider Court.

    All the best in your new job, and I’m sure it’ll go brilliantly.

  12. Congratulations on the new job! Adjusting to something new can be draining but it sounds like you’re getting your groove back. I’ve had a really intense week and haven’t even wanted to look at my sewing machine but my next project is now all laid out and ready for me to get stuck into when I finish work for the day. Baby steps!

  13. black label says:

    Congrats on the new everything…Im envious of your city view!

  14. Béa says:

    I’ve got a new start coming up myself. After a couple of years of not having a proper job, I get to start the job I *really really* wanted, in a couple of weeks time. This is making me think, I need more of a work wardrobe, so I want to sew like billy-o in the next few days to have some nice officey things ready for when I start.

  15. Shar says:

    Congratulations on your new job! The location sounds lovely. I know what you mean about challenges cutting into your sewing mojo. I had routine surgery at the end of July thinking I would have plenty of time to fit in sewing while off from work. Complications ensued and I ended up back in the hospital. I’m again on the mend, and decided to start a very simple maxi skirt to get my feet wet. I’ve been breaking it up into small steps and hope to have a finished skirt just as I’m recovered. Best of luck to you in your new job!

  16. Many congrats on the new job! For testing times – fresh air, birdsong, lush vegetation, the sea – nature via my own senses without the screen as intermediary.

  17. gccmom says:

    Congratulations on your new job. I have only visited London a few times, but I vaguely know where your office is. I have to say, I am a wee bit jealous. It is nice to hear how you have been welcomed by your new colleagues. Of course, how could they not welcome you. Can’t wait to see what you sew next. And yes, Mom cuddles are always great.

  18. carlalissa says:

    Good luck in your new job….sometimes is tough to change, but I hope is for the best!

  19. Jenn C says:

    Congrats on the new job. Lovely pictures.

  20. Becky says:

    New starts are good, stressful, but good. I know you will do well, and I hope you enjoy the changes when you have had a chance to catch your breath. I embrace the familiar when I go through changes until I get accustomed to the new. Good fortune!

  21. Sewer from across the Pond says:

    Best of luck.

  22. senjiva says:

    ALL the best to you! That photo of the dogs kissing is so joyful.

  23. KnitNell says:

    Oh lucky you – I used to live and work in London (Walthamstow and Goldhawk Rd being two of the places I lived and you have mentioned in your Posts) and I still miss it. I go back there as often as I can – early summer I sat by the river and did a quick sketch – I must have been sitting near to where you work now. You can see the sketch on http://knitnell.com/2013/06/24/i-wish-i-could-draw-part-3/ cheers and good luck with your new job. KN

  24. Wendy says:

    Congrats on your new job Karen! Looking forward to seeing what your next project will be.

  25. Karen says:

    Best of luck to you on your new position – they are very fortunate to have you!!

  26. Sheree says:

    I am sure you will do very well in your new job Karen. In fact, I think they are very lucky to have you! Wondered where you were this week – your posts are normally so frequent. Look forward to your new project.

  27. You’ll be amazing, I’m sure. And they sound lovely, and what a great place to have your office. Enjoy…and enjoy a sewing weekend.

  28. gingermakes says:

    Yay! Good luck, congrats, and have fun! I know you’ll be brilliant! Your hometown looks so lovely. 🙂

  29. LittleTracy says:

    Hope you soon feel settled in, new jobs are worse than using a stich unpicker!

  30. Roobeedoo says:

    Good luck with the new stuff! Hooray for new challenges!

  31. KC says:

    Congratulations and good luck on the new job!

  32. redsilvia says:

    Congratulations on the new job! How exciting. Soon it will all settle down and you’ll get back to sewing or whatever it is you’re missing.

    Of course everyone was happy to welcome you! It would be impossible not to adore you! All the best and happy weekend.

  33. Congratulations! I am so excited for you. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from sewing to get new ideas and renewed energy. Enjoy your weekend!

  34. Cherie says:

    Had to stop by to wish you happiness and fulfillment in your new job! I’ve been to London and the Tate and St. Paul’s, so have an idea of where you are! Also love all your pup photos!

  35. Congratulations and all the best. Change keeps life challenging, don’t you think? And if they’re good changes, so much the better. It certainly sounds as if your new job is in a spectacular locale. Moors and Mums, though, are hard to beat. You’re quite right about that.

    As for my tips for testing times? I’m not sure I have any. Muddle on, perhaps (that must be it, since it’s what I seem to do). Good luck with the latest sewing project, too, and have a lovely weekend.

  36. SewQuester says:

    Congratulations on the new job and good luck! I feel like life is testing me quite a lot lately, making me feel like I desperately need a change. I envy (in a good way) you this whole new thing about your job. Maybe it’s time for making some decisions and making some changes for me too.

  37. Joyapple says:

    All the very best in your new job. I really enjoy your blogs and the delightful meandering through the fresh highways and byways of the internet you lead us into. Look forward to seeing the next one when you catch your breath!
    I go for restorative body oils/lotions after tough times.

  38. Mary Deeter says:

    Congratulations on your new job! I wish I could go home for Mom cuddles, but not an option for me. I am also going through big change-quit old job, moving a great distance, starting new job soon, house sold in 2 days of listing so busy trying to close out the garden and pack up my life! No sewing has been grating on my nerves so my friend had me alter and hem her son’s pants for school…such a relief!!!

  39. Gjeometry says:

    Congratulations on your new job Karen! And, HOW CUTE is Ella with her cousin???? The little pink tongue. Eeeeeeee. Even, Kitty enjoyed the pic.

  40. zora read says:

    congratulations and good luck on your new job. I am envious of your views, hope your office environment is as nice.

  41. Portia says:

    Congrats Karen! Just remember…..you’re gonna be awesome!

  42. Huge congrats on your new job-fantastic location, I worked in that area for many years. Hope it goes well!

  43. LinB says:

    Congratulations! New starts are always easier to assimilate if you think of them as big adventures. (You have the luxury that your new job is in a place where they speak the same language and use the same currency — I comforted myself with those thoughts when I moved from the rural South to the even-more-rural northern Midwest of the USA, all those years ago.) Comfort when needed is supplied by my own dear Ma & Pa, who are sweeter and more supportive of their children, the older they get. One supposes there will be an upper limit to that … I won’t think about that today. I’ll think about that tomorrow.

  44. anne jewell says:

    when stressed i find myself on a cleaning rampage–anne

  45. CUP + PENNY says:

    Those photographs are gorgeous! They make me want to take a trip right now!

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