Tag: Knitting

Sock Yarn to make Boot Socks

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While I normally keep my knitting stuff off this blog, today the two cross.

Over the past few months I have been stocking up on a load of sock yarn, in order to make boot socks for when I go out hiking. I am doing this, because I am working on having the right gear to get out and go hiking even when it is cold, wet and damp outside.

I have tried so many store brand pairs, that I lost count. I never really liked any of those. Now, I have socks that are quality made, that are comfortable, and will last for a while.

Most of the wool that I purchased for socks, is of natural colors or darker jewel tones. I have definitely been into the natural and jewel tones a lot more lately. I also find them to be a bit more appropriate for being outdoors.

I will be posting more about the socks over on my knitting blog, so if you are interested in more of that process check out that blog

I am in the planning stages of many great adventures, so stay tuned for those!


Learning from History

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It is hard to believe that Wednesday (November 11th) will mark the 97th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

As many of you know I am fascinated with History. Especially that of the American West (dating back to 1800), and all of American History after 1900. In my own family history I have had ancestors who came out west on the Oregon Trail, as well as one set of my Great – Grandparents had a homestead in Northern California for a number of years. If I remember correctly they had no electricity or running water and had at least 7 of their 9 children (if not all 9 by the time they left the homestead). While I was attending Westetn, my four favorite classes were the two terms of Gender Issues (aka Women’s History in the US) and the two terms covering the History of the American West. 

Even looking back at my grandparents lives, one of my grandfathers was late elementary school age during the First World War, my other grandpa was born during the war, and my mom’s mom was born not long after it ended, so they were old enough to know what was going on when the stock market crashed in 1929, and were growing up, or were young adults during the depression. All but one of my grandparents were young adults during the Second World War. 

Tonight I was working on knitting a sock I had started over the weekend, which reminded me of hearing about how many back here in the U.S. Knit socks and other warm garments for the guys fighting in the trenches on the front lines, and it is what they did to support the War Effort, which then got me thinking about my grandparent which then led to the whole Second World War. That got me thinking about how the women back home took over the guys jobs beings that so many of the men who were young enough and healthy enough to serve had gone to War, and that the women had to step up and fill their places while they were gone. That had to do with how Rosie the Riveter came about. What I especially liked about these classes, was that it was not just about knowing names, dates and battles to the regurgitate on a test, but rather getting a bigger picture of what was going on, there and at home. These men left behind parents, siblings, wives, and children. While it was very much from the American perspective, though when it came to the First Nations issues and involvement, we also got the other side of the story. 

Later on, in the 1970’s my grandmother became a single mother, as my grandpa had passed away, and she had to finish raising two girls on her own, and hold down a full time job. Having had stong female role models in my life (and that is. It a bad thing), as well as having grown up in the era that I grew up in, I always knew that I had options, and choices that I had to make about my life. Marriage and having kids was not my only option in life. I had the opportunity to go to College (what we generally call Uni or University here in the States), and study history and English and expand my knowledge. It was while I was in college that I would really fall in love with History. It took me going to Hawaii, and seeing the USS Arizona sitting at the bottom of Pearl Harbor and being aboard the USS Missouri for me to really appreciate history. It was less than a year later that I had changed my major to Social Science (with a focus in US History). 

I am one of those who can be sitting there knitting socks and my brain starts going off on history tangents. My mom had asked me why I was knitting socks when I could go to the store and buy them, my response was “why not”, what I didn’t add was, “100+ years ago women couldn’t just go to the store and buy socks, if they or their family needed socks, they had to make them. That knowledge of how to be self sufficient the way they had to be, is exponentially decreasing at an alarming rate, so why shouldn’t I do my part to help preserve that knowledge while it is still available.” 

This past Friday I had stopped by the Portland Homesteading Supply Company to check out their shop since I had been by it many time s but had never gone in. It was totally up my alley, and if I had had the money and my own place I would have done some shopping. 

Especially after I developed food intolerances I have wanted to be come more self sufficient, and do more in the way of canning, preserving, growing my own produce, and raising chickens and pigs for food. So that is part of why I love history, is because that is one of the resources to learning how to be more self sufficient. 

My inspiration for tonight’s post:  

Summer is Winding Down

This morning I woke up to a gray blanket covering the skies above me, and the air heavy with the smell of rain. I woke up to an amazing morning. The gray blanket the covers our skies is a comforting, light filtering blanket that calms my mind. I love the smell of impending rain on a summer’s day. 

I am enjoying this late summer/early fall day enjoying the gray skies, a cup of tea, and my knitting. 

Life Update

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The past few days I have been working on knitting up a couple of projects for a friend, which I can’t really go into much detail yet, as they are a surprise. 

For the last couple of weeks I have really been missing the beach. I have spent plenty of time around the area I was at a couple of weeks ago, but something about this trip, I felt like I had found a missing piece to the puzzle. While I would need a job to take me there, I am also trying to not rule out really anywhere, I totally have preferences of places I already know that I love spending time. 

I am also getting ready for vacation bible school as it is coming up in about a week and a half. I actually enjoy spending a week’s worth of mornings working with kids. I know that it is not something I want to do as a career (being a teacher or working at a daycare) but on the short term it is fun. 


Sunday Cooking

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I finally did some cooking today, and have some chicken in the oven. I mixed up a package of chicken flavor booster with some Mayo, Smoked Paprika and Mrs. Dash Southwest chipotle seasoning. My mom had found a recipe that really didn’t look that good (essentially spicy coconut milk chicken). It didn’t appeal to me, so I did my own seasoning that appealed to me. Beings that it is summer, smoke flavor and a southwestern spice mix was what was appealing. I had a piece of my chicken for dinner and it was really good. I will write a post on how I made it.

I also spent some time clearing out a bit of my nook library. I just cleared out/archived what I knew I wouldn’t read.

This evening I also made a batch of dairy free tapioca pudding for myself since I wanted something a bit sweet, that would also not make me sick. I use an old recipe that has been around for years, and just replace the regular milk with Almond Coconut milk

Working Hard on the Weekend

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When it comes to knitting and working on projects, I don’t stop just because it is the weekend. Sometimes I work even harder on my projects on the weekend. I am also working on not letting myself get distracted as much during the day, so that I am more productive and make better use of my time. That and I am not liking the whole going to bed past midnight, because I was not as productive as I could have been during the day, so I stay up later working on projects, thus sleeping later in the morning. It is a whole vicious cycle that I am trying to break.

The last couple of days I have been working all out on my sweater, just because I am trying to get it done, and so I have one less project just sitting around, taking up space. I am also tired of looking at these colors, and want to move on to something else. For the first week and a half after I bruised my tailbone, I was content with taking it easy and not doing much in the way of knitting. My tailbone is taking its time to heal, but I am tired of having the same projects sitting around, and seeming like I am not getting much of anywhere with them, I want and need fresh material for The Knitter’s Notes, not only just for having something to write about, but to also help me out, for exposure and getting new readers, and growing the blog and stuff. It is easier to come up with stuff to write about, because this blog is more focused on the day to day goings on, or what I have on my mind, so it is more about just blogging, writing and sharing my life and experiences with you all.

I also feel that the more projects for kids in need that I do get done, the more I am able to add to help bolster myself, and make my dream a reality, and give me more credibility for becoming a Charity Knitting Advocate. Have new and fresh content for the knitting blog is part of that, the more I get done, the more I have to write about, post pictures of, and the more I am able to put myself out there. What started as a hobby fourteen years ago, is now turning into what I want to do with my life as a career. Making your career goals happen takes time, perseverance, dedication, and if it were easy it wouldn’t be worth doing. I have spent a good 2.5+ year period throwing myself into knitting sweaters, and getting more and more done, and that was before I even knew that it was what I was wanting to work toward as a career. The career is not the final total of sweaters that I knit, but rather the process about what goes into it, the kids that are benefiting from it, and why people like myself choose to get involved. It is also a resource for those who want to get involved so they have aren’t struggling with how to go about it, or where to send their final projects. I want to help bring the resources that are out there, to knitters and crocheter’s who want to get involved but wouldn’t otherwise know how to go about it.

Need a Different Pace of Life

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So much has been going on for me the last few days, not so much in being busy, but more like coming to realizations, and such. For example, I want to take a break from the pace I kept with my knitting for charity, just because I have threw myself into it over the last few years, to the point that it became my whole life, and right now I am wanting to take some time to make stuff for myself, since I have personal projects on the back burner. For a while at least, until I work through my Wool bucket, I will be slowing down the pace I had kept up knitting sweaters.

I also want to move away, and I want to move someplace like  Butte (Montana), Fort Collins (Colorado) or Burlington (Vermont). I have realized that while I love the country, I want/need to live in or near a bigger city, because there are more Gluten Free and Dairy Free options. The variety of food that I can eat, and access to it is definitely something I have to think about.

Burlington has taken a bit more research, and between the co op that is there, the groceries stores, and ordering Bob’s Red Mill of the website, I could definitely make due.

I have found that Butte has several chain grocery stores, two of which I know carry plenty of Dairy Free options, and a fair amount of gluten free baking/cooking from scratch staples that I could easily cook meals that were gluten free/dairy free (with ordering flours and such from Bob’s Red Mill).

If I had my choice and had a job lined up, I would choose Butte first, and then either of the other two cities.

About the only two good things (in my opinion) about living in such a Hippie & Hipster hotspot are all the good Gluten Free/ Dairy Free food, and the Coffee. I would totally miss Back to Eden, Dutch Bros, and The Human Bean. The first two of those, and my friends would be worth the trip back out here if I moved back east.

The next challenges are to find a job that I could support myself on and a place to live in one of those places. I am tired of being comfortable with my current situation, as I should not be, so I am trying to make changes in my life for the better.

With the move I would be able to do more with my blogs and be able to explore new and more areas. Right now my life is kind of stagnant and stale, even for me.

While the places I mentioned above are places I am interested in moving to, if an opportunity opened up in another area, I would definitely consider each opportunity based on several factors including the position opening, what the area had to offer, what I could bring to the community and the position, and so on and so forth.