Tag: Work

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I had finished up a pair of wool socks today. After I had washed them, I put them on their blockers, and had taken them outside to the deck to attach the blockers to the line, to give them some time outside to dry, and help keep the wet sheep smell out of the house. I don’t mind the wet sheep smell, but others that I live with don’t particularly care for it – they are city folk through and through.

As I was out on the deck rigging a system to attach my sock blockers (with the wet wool socks on them), I noticed that someone in the neighborhood was having a fire – I could smell it. I love the smell of a camp fire or fire in the fireplace. That smell really made me want to get out and go camping, and be able to sit around a campfire after a long day hiking, or doing some sort of outdoor activity, and relaxing while smelling the smell of the fire, and warming up while listening to the crackle and pop of the fire.

A campfire is inviting and comforting. It brings people together. There is something about sitting around a fire in the evening, after all the work and the activity of the day is done, and having a warm drink (like tea or hot chocolate), and winding down. The smell of the campfire, always makes me want to be outside, and spending time outdoors adventuring and exploring.

For me, there is more to life than sitting inside all the time, at a desk, and spending my life confined to the indoors, all the time. I don’t mind wintering indoors, but at the same time, even in the winter, we still get some really nice, cold but clear days, and on days like those I love being outside, enjoying the winter day.

I would love to have a career, where I have some versatility and flexibility, where I don’t have to spend 40+ hours cooped up in an office. I am the kind of person who would be willing to do a certain amount of indoor, office-y stuff that would have to go along with the being outside stuff.

Back to smelling the fire someone was having – it made me long to be out camping, and sleeping out under the stars, away from the hustle and the bustle of city life.

While the smell of a campfire is one of my top five smells, I think my #1 smell, that I absolutely love is the scent of a camp fire mixed with the salty sea air of the beach (particularly those in Oregon).

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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!

New Adventure Gear

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Today I was able to go and get myself a new digital camera, beings that I had broken the one that I had this past summer. I got myself a Sony DSC – W800.

I am hoping to take it on its inaugural adventure in a couple weeks. I am also hoping that in 2015 I will be able to get out a bit more on weekends, and go more places. I know that it may be hard at times, beings that I work full time and have food intolerances, but I don’t want the latter to hold me back from some amazing adventures.

This month I have been able to add to my adventure gear, with the REI Flash 22 pack I had purchased on Black Friday, and now a camera for photos and vlogging.

My current job, is a good entry level job, especially since the economy is still tough for the millions of Americans who are out of work. I am thankful for having a full time job, that pays more than minimum wage, and has benefits. It is for now a temporary job, while I am working on a specific project for the company I work for. I am thankful that I have been able to purchase more gear, and I am hoping over the next several months, to however long my job lasts, I am going to work on saving money, so that can have something to fall back on, be able to move for a new job, or take adventures on.

I am excited to be able to plan more adventures that would take me further away from home, that will be becoming a reality is an amazing prospect. I am excited for these adventures, and being able to blog and vlog about them for you all.

I want to thank those of you, who have stuck with my blog through the times of lean content due to lack of being able to take adventures. I have greater plans for myself, the adventures I want to take, and for this blog.

Two trips home in two days

This weekend I really just needed to get out of town for a few hours. So both Saturday and Sunday I had gone home for a few hours. Going home last night was something I really needed, to see my church family there. Being there I always feel at home and like I never left until I have to be heading back up here to the city. I had to move away after college because I didn’t have a job, and could not continue paying for my apartment.

I have been back in the city for over 4 years now, and between that and a lack of jobs has taken its toll on me. There is more to life than being unemployed, stuck at your parents house in a city you don’t like. Going home and visiting is really what keeps me going. Hoping that one day I can move back. I know now it is where I am supposed to be, I now need a job in that area that I can support myself on. Being there in college was the first time and place I could really be myself, and not put on an act because people don’t accept who I really am here.

I love the three towns, which are all fairly close to each other. I consider all 3 to be home, as it wouldn’t matter which one I lived in, I would regularly be in all 3.

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Keeping Myself Busy

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I had a busy day today which was totally needed. I went out and dropped off an application at the cooperative grocery store that is about a block from where I used to work, and had gone to fairly often while I worked at my previous job. I stopped by and saw a couple of my former coworkers, and one of my former coworkers had brought her dogs, which are two of the very few dogs I actually like. I have had this long running fear of dogs since I was a kid, because some neighbors that we had, had a couple of mean dogs that would bark and come after you, when you were on your own property doing your own thing. At that time the dogs were also like my size (I was like 2 – 3 and they were full grown labs that had not been trained or socialized) So that made me fearful of all dogs. It has been one of those things that as I have gotten older I have been working on, and having been around Spanky and Bacon (my coworker’s dogs) it has definitely helped. While I am still not a big dog person, and don’t like strange to me dogs running up to me (because I don’t know if they are just friendly or are threatened by me, and want to hurt me), I don’t out and out hate dogs anymore. After having been around spanky and bacon for the past 8 months, I love them, and wouldn’t mind getting a Boston Terrier of my own.

After I spent some time with them, I went to the bakery a few blocks away, where everything they make and serve is Gluten Free and Vegan. Beings that I can’t eat Gluten or Dairy, I love finding bakeries that make stuff for those who can’t or choose not to have the mainstream food ingredients. I had gotten a Lemon Lavender Poppy seed cupcake, and it was amazing!

This morning and early afternoon I had gotten the last two of my knitting tutorials uploaded to my knitting YouTube channel, and while I was out I filmed for a vlog today.

I came home, and got to work doing some baking, which resulted in a Gluten Free/Dairy Free bread baking tutorial vlog, and I mixed up some snickerdoodle’s which are not gluten free, but they aren’t for me. I did that before dinner, as well as got my bread tutorial edited and uploading. I also got my what I did today vlog edited, and uploading before baking snickerdoodles. I am now hanging how, waiting on my vlog to finish uploading, and working on some knitting trying to relax, and getting some blog posts written.

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.

The Most Rewarding Work

The most rewarding work wears you out by the end of the day, gives you the best nights sleep and wakes you up in the morning with the energy, motivation, and strength to do it all over again.

This past week has been a long week. I decided to condense down my blogs to two blogs, my knitting blog, and this blog. Why I chose to condense the other two into this blog had several factors, which included how many followers I had on each, how many total page views I had on each, how many posts I had written on each, how many pictures I had posted to each individual facebook pages. It turns out, that while I had a lot of adventures pictures to repost to this blogs corresponding Facebook Page, on the whole I have a larger audience here, as well as having more posts, and such so I decided to bring the Adventures posts here rather than taking these posts to that blog.

This past week I have spent working on condensing the facebook pages, and remaking some of the videos I had on my Adventures youtube channel on the youtube channel for this blog, and getting everything set to how I wanted it. It has been a long process, but it is worth it, and I can see the benefit of the work that I put in.  I have left my charity knitting blog and facebook page as is, on the account because it has its own audience and is separate enough from everything else I write about that I won’t have a hard time keeping it up.

Looking back over the last ten years, and even so still today, that I feel the pressure to know what I want to do with my life career wise. With that knowing innately how to go and achieve that. I was taught from early on in high school that I needed to know what I wanted to do with my life by 20 at the latest, and go to college, and after I graduated get a job in that degree field. Well here I am, in my mid 20’s, having graduated from college in the height of the great recession and as directionless as most high schoolers. In the years since college I have struggled to find a job, because I was in this catch 22 that I have little “work” experience, and a college degree in Social Science (not Social Work but the broad field of Social Science that encompasses at least 6 subfields, of which I took classes in 5. The one subfield I did not take any classes in was sociology which would be more directly linked with Social Work). I took primarily History classes with a few Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography and Poli Sci classes that looked interesting thrown in.

I have spent most of my time since having graduated from college almost four years ago just looking for a job, and I have been so desperate just to get “work” experience that I would take anything I could get my hands on. Times have been tough, and through the hardest parts I have always come back to Knitting, Going on Adventures (anything to get me outdoors, but I enjoy Hiking the most), and Blogging/writing. I have made a couple Vlogs, and I may make more, but I don’t know if, or how much I will keep that up, it is easier for me to take pictures and write about my life and experiences/adventures than it is for me to talk about them to a camera.

In the years since I graduated, and while looking for jobs (and in my free time) I have spent as much time as I can outside. I have found that Hiking especially, but walks are good as well to help clear my head and alleviate the stress that has built up.

The year I spent a week in New York I had made several sweaters, but my love and passion for knitting really began after I had come back from New York, and flourished in 2012. That was really when I had the time, energy, passion and the realization that I could make a difference in a child’s life thr0ugh a simple sweater or a hat. I have learned through experience that while I love working around kids, and doing things to help give them every opportunity, that my personality is not one for being a teacher or working in a daycare or preschool.

Hiking, Outdoors, Travel (a missions trip is definitely on the list of things to do), History (especially when combined with the first three), Knitting (yarn, and knitting for kids in need), and Writing are how I keep pushing forward, and they are what I love. While I am still figuring out/looking for the way that I will get paid to do some combination of it, I will continue looking for work that will at least pay the bills, but not stop doing what I love.