Eight Million and One

What's that?

A. The number of stitches in my current WIP.

B. The population of New York City after I move there.

C. The number of things I need to do before I leave.

D. All of the above.

The correct answer is D. Yup! There's no delicate way to put this: I am moving to New York. This is something that I've known about for exactly two weeks. But between needing time to let the reality of what I'm about to do sink in, and the shock wear off [I'm doing what? When?!] and needing time to fill in my bestest knitbuds in person, you all are just hearing about this now.

Needless to say it caught me by surprise, too. The past year has been all about shaking things up. Alert blog readers might have noticed an increase in my trips to New York and a decrease in weekend blog posts. There's a very good reason for that.

Admittedly, then, a move to New York wasn't completely unanticipated, but I definitely didn't expect it to happen when it did (which is to say, now). The timing was prompted by a fantastic job which I was offered earlier in the month. I've known for a while that it was time to find something new career-wise, but I expected the process to be a slow, patient one. I wasn't planning to start (and conclude) a job search within a month--especially one that was New York-based. I know, however, that cool jobs for people like me are few and far. And therefore, I am seizing it.

As Shannon pointed out when she and Jason moved to DC last year, every move has its happy parts and its sad parts. I'm going to be sad to leave Boston. It's been home for eight years. I made friends, connections--a life. But at the same time, moving on is the right thing to do. I have always said that I would move to New York in a second if the right opportunity came along. This is the right opportunity. While the timing is not perfect, the situation nearly is: I have a job, I have time to sell my condo (please oh please send me those positive real-estate vibes), I don't have to swing two places while I do it, and I already have a new place to live. And in spite of the eight million things on my to-do list, I'm excited to be moving to New York, discovering a new place, and starting a new chapter in my life.

The Knitsmiths took it well. True to form, being the good friends that they are, they're disappointed that I'm leaving, but happy for the reasons behind the move. Dana went to far as to tell me that she's very happy for me, but that I suck. Thanks guys! That means a lot. And now, you just have one more reason to visit NYC. Viva Knitsmiths South!

So pretty soon I will be headed to Astoria, Queens. The blog's excited, too. Just think of the subway knitting!

 

congratulations! that's awesome. i'm so happy for you!

Congrats! That's some very exciting news for you!

how exciting, congratulations! I lived in NYC only for 9 months and that was 10 years ago, but I still have a kind of sentimental attachement to it. At least you already know a whole bunch of knitters there, right?

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A year ago I moved away from NYC to DC. It's a huge thing, changing cities, but very exciting. I hope you love living in New York as much as I did! Good luck with all the changes.

Congratulations! Seems like all the Boston bloggers are movin' on.... I guess there will always be people like me: born here, live here, die here. Great news about the career move!!!

We just moved from upstate NY to Minnesota last year. Moving can be very stressful and unsettling, but also a great opportunity for a new adventure. Congratulations and good luck!

we're ready for you!

Hey, congrats on the new job! I think of moving as an opportunity to have friends in more places... so even though it's sad to leave the old ones, it's great to make new ones.

... now I need to go do some final packing for my move to CA this weekend...

New adventures are always exciting! I think you will thrive in the big city--and you know we are only a relaxing, knitting-productive train ride away!

That's very exciting news. Congratulations of your new job and your new knitting adventures
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Mazel tv! Time to join the Spiders...;)

congrats on the good things--new job, new place, etc.

Boston's not that far away....

*good real estate vibes coming at you!*

Congrats! That is so exciting. Surprising, but exciting! I was born and raised in NYC and love it so. I wish you much success with the new job, home, and subway knitting. Because of you, I am now a subway knitter too.

What great news. I loved living in NY. I'm sure you will to. I'm just so happens in the middle of posting my NY favourites at my blog. Maybe there'll be something new to you that you'll like. It's going to be a fantastic time. Keep us up to date on the details :) congrats!

congrats! Hope you have a smooth move to your new homw!

congrats! the wonderful thing about that is that you will still be the subway knitter! ;)

[I have a good friend who lives in Astoria! love it there. Well, I love NYC.]

Congratulations and welcome to NYC! I love hearing that you found a great job so quickly (I'm in the market).

congrats!!! NY is a great place-you will have a blast!!!...been reading your blog for a while...since I made your urban necess. mittens (love them)...born in "da bronx" but now I'm right across the bridge in "joisey" but am in NYC OFTEN. Moving does suck but think of it as a time of "cleansing"

I'm sooo glad you're moving down here to the City! I know the poor Knitsmiths will miss you, but the Spiders are thrilled. Happy moving vibes!

Yay! And think of all the knitting-in-the-subway photo ops!

Hey, congrats! I live in Queens as well. Maybe you'll catch me knitting (or - shh - crocheting) on the train one day!

You're right - I did notice all those trips and was envious! Best to you and the move - it's exciting.

Congrats on moving. I'm an Army brat and recently retired from the Army after 25 years. I've moved my whole live. I love every box of it. You'll love finding all the stuff you thought you lost months ago,. It's a treasure hunt. And purging is great for the Karma. Have a great time and enjoy yourself. One important tip don't pack your project or anything you consider valuable. Lost some jewelry once comin from Germany. I learned my lesson. If you can't pack it take pictures of it. Helps if you have to claim anything. I really miss moving. Good luck again. Hope I run into you, my family is in NY and I visit alot.

Congrats on moving. I'm an Army brat and recently retired from the Army after 25 years. I've moved my whole live. I love every box of it. You'll love finding all the stuff you thought you lost months ago,. It's a treasure hunt. And purging is great for the Karma. Have a great time and enjoy yourself. One important tip don't pack your project or anything you consider valuable. Lost some jewelry once comin from Germany. I learned my lesson. If you can't pack it take pictures of it. Helps if you have to claim anything. I really miss moving. Good luck again. Hope I run into you, my family is in NY and I visit alot.

Hooray for new adventures! Good luck with the real estate and the move.

Congratulations! Change can be hard but will be great after the adjustment period :)

Yay JOB! And new city. Enjoy the adventure of it all. And oh yes, the subway knitting you will do. Good times.

Oh, what a great, exciting news! I'm wildly jealous... I would move to New York in a heartbeat too, but my husband never would. I hope you love it. I can't wait to hear your stories of a new city!

Wow congratulations Colleen! I love NYC, if it were just up to me I would live there. Good luck with the move.

That's exciting - I hope New York has something like the Charlie Card so your mittens can take the Big Apple by storm with you!

Wow, it seems everyone is moving these days! Actually the population of NYC will be 8 million, because I am moving on next week! It's back to California for me (though northern CA this time, a place I deeply and passionately love) for, like you, a fantastic job that came up unexpectedly. Congrats! Enjoy the Big Apple (I did!)

congrats again! goodness knows the spiders will be hapy to see you on more fridays :)

Congratulations! Enjoy the things the Big Apple has to offer!

congrats colleen!

i'm going to be moving myself (relatively) soon - but just within boston, so i'm not sure that counts...

let new york treat you well!!!! :)

Welcome to Astoria! As a fellow subway knitter, I love reading your blog. Maybe I'll see you on the N/R. Or maybe you'll see me.

I know astoria well! Congrats sweetness, and remember I'll come visit at the drop of a (knitted) hat :)

Congratulations on the new job and New York! There is no other city like it in the world. I'm very much a country mouse and venture into it only a few times a year but always enjoy it. And I hear there is FANTASTIC fiber there!!! My homies and I are planning a trip to Brooklyn General in June...more a pilgrimage I guess.

More subways, more knitting, more yarn shops!
Congratulations and best wishes for a smooth transition.

More subways, more knitting, more yarn shops!
Congratulations and best wishes for a smooth transition.

Congratulations on the great job search!

Congrats, that's awesome! I was wondering because you were taking a lot of trip to NYC, so that's not so surprising. Enjoy your new life there.

So exciting, Colleen!! Congratulations on shakin' things up... and GOOD!

Congratulations on your new job! I hope all goes well with your move. Yarn makes excellent packing material.

How wonderful for you! I join all your friends/fans/readers in wishing you the very best of luck and fun in moving. One question leaps to mind, though. Does the NYC transit system have cards like the Charlie Card? I would hate for your mittens to become obsolete just because you took a cool new job!

eight million and two - if you read down to your 45th comment. Many apologies, but I tagged you for a blog meme. sorry sorry,

As a former Queens resident, I hope you find a lot of happiness there (I was more north, in Whitestone). I'll be really interested in reading all about your move and your new life!

WELCOME! We have an awesome subway system to knit in, but you probably already know that. I am working on a wooly noro scarf on my commute currently. If you see me, say hello!

Libby, we have the Metrocard. Her pocket will get plenty of use, I assure you!

Congratulations! Sounds like a great move and a new adventure. ;)

Congratulations! I will impose on your hospitality, or at least pester you to take me yarn crawling when I go to visit my dear friend M in the Bronx.

Congratulations!! I hope all goes well and your condo gets snapped up straight away.

Congratulations! So many new adventures to come...

All good things to you Colleen! It's been said before (and I'm late to the party), but congratulations, felicitations and all the best kind of new adventure Karma the universe can send your way!

Can't wait to have you in the big apple, Colleen!! Good luck with the move.

Just wandered over to your blog from some other blog or other and saw your post re: moving. I'm from Boston, and still miss it after 11 years. However, NY is of course the queen bee of cities, with awesome knitting (and fabric) stores and super great people and tons to do. I live in Upper Ditmars now, although I've lived all over Astoria, and you have definitely picked the best neighborhood ;-) We've got terrific food, clean streets with trees, a beautiful park with a river running through it, and a swimming pool(!) If you don't yet have an apt., I had great luck, as have others I know, with George at 23rd Ave. Century 21. Welcome!

Just wandered over to your blog from some other blog or other and saw your post re: moving. I'm from Boston, and still miss it after 11 years. However, NY is of course the queen bee of cities, with awesome knitting (and fabric) stores and super great people and tons to do. I live in Upper Ditmars now, although I've lived all over Astoria, and you have definitely picked the best neighborhood ;-) We've got terrific food, clean streets with trees, a beautiful park with a river running through it, and a swimming pool(!) If you don't yet have an apt., I had great luck, as have others I know, with George at 23rd Ave. Century 21. Welcome!

Again, congrats! Soon-to-be-neighbor.

congrats and good luck on the job and the move. Next time I'm in the big apple .. I'll look you up!

congrats and good luck on the job and the move. Next time I'm in the big apple .. I'll look you up!

congrats and good luck on the job and the move. Next time I'm in the big apple .. I'll look you up!

congrats and good luck on the job and the move. Next time I'm in the big apple .. I'll look you up!

Hot dang! Congratulations on the new job and the move! I look forward to seeing NY from your blog.

That's big news -- congrats! From the perspective of The Move + 1 year, I can tell you it's 100% worth it. And the visits to Boston are so great! (Also, we're in NYC all the time... I'll let you know next time!)

Congrats! Moving is never easy, but always exciting! Hope yours goes well, we'll be waiting for the subway pix! L

Moving to NYC is a dream of mine. I am so happy that you are getting to experience that! Enjoy!

Boston's loss is New York's gain. Enjoy the process of moving!

oh boy. another one is leaving? what kind of job if you don't mind my asking? i'm just curious to hear what people do for a living since i'm currently less than enamoured with my profession.

Waaah! Just catching up on blog posts after my trip, and now I'm all bummed for us, but thrilled for you. What a great opportunity--looking forward to hearing more about it (and to those Knitsmiths field trips . . . ). Congratulations!

Congrats! I was thinking about a move to Queens myself, but learned over the weekend that my brother and his wife are job hunting in Boston - so I'll stick it out a bit longer.

Congratulations! I'd move to NY in a heartbeat too. Although, then I will want to visit Boston every other weekend to see my grandmother. But at least NY is closer to Boston than Sydney, Australia!!

Not sure how I missed this, but welcome to the metropolitan area HOOD!!!!! WHOO HOO!

(Although, I have to say, I sort of plan a trip to Boston and it seems like everyone's leaving! What's going on up there?)

Oh, congratulations! Soon you'll be one of those New Yorkers who refer to Boston as a 'cute little city'.

Congratulations! It's a big step, but it sounds worthwhile.

dang, everyone is moving to astoria these days... i'm happy to gain another nyc subway knitter! :) doubt our commutes will ever cross paths but i'll be on the lookout.

and congrats on the job!

Congratulations! It's very exciting! :-)

Hey, that's great! New York is looking forward to having you. But, what? Brooklyn's not good enough for you? ;-) Joking, joking.

Congratulations! I know how your friends feel, having just said something similar to a friend of mine today. Best wishes on all of it!

I haven't checked your blog in a while and I was sad to see of your departure but wish you best of luck in your new adventure. I moved from Boston 3 years ago to the Baltimore area (they think THIS is a city? Come on...) and have never gotten over the heartache from leaving that stupid little town. Now, I come back and feel welcome and loved. I'm a native New Yorker and can honestly say that this Yankee fan didn't know how good she had it while in Red Sox country. I will stay posted for new knitting projects....you have most likely inspired many, you have certainly inspired me. KNIT ON!

Well, at least there is a subway in NYC.

Is the condo on the market? I'll be sending you some of our good vibes. Ours sold FAST this time around, so did Jackie's!

yay! another fellow knitting astorian. maybe i'll see you on the train sometime or at the spiders if i ever manage to find time to get there!

 

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