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!