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Kodiak: The Conclusion

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I finished up the second Kodiak sock this morning!

The yarn is from Deep Dyed Yarns, and it this colorway is on the Figment yarn base.

This pair of socks took about a month to knit up, as life has been busy with work, Dr’s appointments (I am on the road to recovery, it’s just a long road), and just life happening.

It’s been a hard month, with a lot of life changes, and feeling overwhelmed, so knitting has been the one thing that has helped me refocus and destress with all the changes that have been happening.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions, unknowns and uncertainties. Hopefully over the next few months, as more appointments happen, I will get some answers and things figured out.

While I keep pushing forward to find the answers to my health issues, I will keep knitting and getting back to other healthy coping mechanisms as well. Things that have taken a back seat over the last year like walking and Journaling as well.

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Unicorn Night Mares

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This evening, I finished up the pair of “Unicorn Night Mares” socks that I started right before I interviewed for my new job. This pair of socks has taken me about three weeks to knit up, since life has happened.

The colorway is: Unicorn Night Mares, the yarn base is: Fingering, and it’s from KnittedWit.

My first week of the new job went well. I am definitely looking forward to life after my first paycheck. This fall and winter, I am definitely going to be checking out some yarn stores and tea shops. This is going to be an awesome fall and winter

I am also waiting for my knit picks orders to arrive this week.

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Project Bag On The Go

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I had an interview this morning, across town. I knew where I was going as it was right on the route I took to one of my old jobs. I left early as usual, and took the sock I had cast on last night with me in my new sock project bag.

I got a couple rounds done while I waited for my interview time to get closer before going in. I have found that being early and getting a bit of knitting done always helps me be a bit calmer and not as nervous.

I started keeping a “purse project” with me when I went places I might have have to wait, or have down time where I really couldn’t go anywhere back, like a decade ago when I worked for a short time at a daycare. Days where I worked 6 hours or more, at that company I had to take a mandatory hour lunch. State Law only mandates a 30 minute meal period for 6 hours+ worked, but the company scheduled us such that if we worked over 6 hours we had an hour lunch. So I had started taking a dish cloth WIP with me to work on. Having knitting to work on helps pass the time.

Now that I am into working on socks, it is definitely my “purse project” or “on the go project”.

As I mentioned yesterday, I definitely want to try out different brands of yarn, besides for my own curiosity as well as for content. I have been looking at local yarn shops to see what they have. I know it takes money to buy the yarn, which is part of why I want and need a better job.

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Sitka National Park

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This afternoon, I finished up the pair of Sitka National Park socks.

The yarn is from KnittedWit, and on the sock base.

I have had this yarn in my stash for a while, and last time I checked, it is still no longer available.

As I work through the yarn I have, I am also looking at other brands with fingering weight / sock yarn to see what I want to try. I am always wanting to try new yarns and see how they wash, wear and hold up over time. Once life calms down, I definitely want to get out hiking again and really start putting my different socks to the test. I would love to know which brand and base are the best, and last the longest for me.

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Goals and Dreams Change

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To my American readers and followers, I hope you all had a safe and happy 4th. To our neighbors to the North, I hope you all had a good Canada Day!

I had the 4th off which was nice, though I worked Friday, Saturday and today. With the truck being delayed until Saturday and then showing three hours late on Saturday, stock crew was asked to come out for am extra shift this week, as our availability allowed. I was able to go in today and got a bit done.

For so long I have been anti TikTok, but with a little convincing from one of my coworkers (she uses it to share her art), I finally created one to share my knitting. While most of my first few videos aren’t knitting related (only 3 of them are), I have been kind of getting a feel for the platform. IDK how far I will go with it, but I am still testing it out.

I keep hearing on the news, that employers in my current industry (retail) as well as others similar to mine (grocery/restaurants/ manual labor) keep complaining about being short staffed. Some people not wanting to work is just a fraction of the problem. I have been back at work post furlough for about a year now, and looking for another job in my industry or a similar industry closer to home for said year (and many years pre-COVID). My own experience this past year, has been one of Cricket’s (aka silence). I have applied to many jobs that I can reasonably do with minimal training (ie how that specific company does things), yet I have only had three phone calls, and two interviews in the past year, and all of them were in the past 2 months. Yes, I was only at Home Depot for a short time, for various reasons that all boil down to it not being a good for for me. So I don’t totally buy the “we can’t fill all our open positions”. From my own experience, they aren’t calling everyone who applies and are choosing to not fill said positions. It is definitely frustrating for someone like me, yet, I feel like the past two months have made me rethink some things.

One of those things is possibly starting my own business one day. If I were to start my own business, I am strongly leaning towards a yarn dying business. I have also thought a yarn making business would be cool, where my company would buy raw wool and processing it into wool. Or doing the whole thing, from processing the wool, spinning it and dying it. If any of it works out, it’s still a ways out.

Not counting my KnitPicks socks, all my other socks were at least dyed here in the USA.

One of the things I definitely want to do more of it test out the different bases I have knit socks out of, while hiking and really see how they hold up / last with a bit rougher wear and washing after each wear. I want to know which bases hold up the best boot socks for hiking.

A few of the places I want to go hiking and test the ruggedness of my socks include: Mt Saint Helens, Sun River, anywhere really in Alaska, in Banff / Lake Louise as well as Jasper Alberta.

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Working Hard and Projects I am working on

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Between constantly being at work, being exhausted from work, eating and sleeping, it has definitely been a struggle to fit in knitting.

The first weekend of this month, I came down with a cold. I had to call out of work a couple days last week. As I was starting to feel better, but still home sick, I made a fair amount of progress on the second Heirloom Pumpkin Sock I was working on. I finally got the second sock finished up yesterday, since I was off.

I had been wanting this colorway for several months, before it was brought back and I was able to order a hank for myself. I ordered the Heirloom Pumpkin colorway on the Fortitude Base from Forbidden Fiber Company.

I also started the next pair of socks. I grabbed the hank of Campfire colored yarn, on the Gluttony Sock Yarn base. It is also from Forbidden Fiber Company.

Today, I have watched a few vlogs, filmed in Southeast Alaska, and it’s still the dream that I am working for. I am dreaming of moving up to Southeast Alaska. This is part of why I am knitting up socks. I also have another project I want to make, that would be amazing to have done, before moving to a colder climate. I am also wanting to order a pie of xtratuf rain boots, while not absolutely necessary here in Portland, would definitely make some winter adventures more enjoyable, and are pretty much necessary in Southeast Alaska.

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Getting ready to Knit Through Winter!

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Over the weekend, after I had finished up the Victoria’s Memory Socks, I cast on the first sock I am knitting up out of the Plum Bustle colorway yarn.

Today, the first order of more sock yarn that I had ordered arrived. It is the first of two I had ordered from Forbidden Fiber Company. I realized that I hadn’t had a hank of Gluttony Sock Yarn in my order, so I ordered an additional autumn colored yarn on the gluttony base.

This is the last Steampunk Collection yarn I plan on ordering;

The colorway is: Aquatic Sprite

The yarn base is: Fortitude

These two are from the neutrals Collection:

The colorway of the yarn on the left is: Earl Grey

The colorway of the yarn on the right is: London Fog

Both of these colors I ordered on the Babel yarn base.

The autumn colors that came in this order includes (from L to R): Heirloom Pumpkin, Reclaimed Wood, Scarecrow, Cozy Evening and Autumn is Coming.

Heirloom Pumpkin, Reclaimed Wood, and Cozy Evening are all on the Fortitude Base. Autumn is Coming is on the Pride Base.

Lastly, I had ordered two Hanks of Christmas Sock Yarn. Both Hanks are of the Pride yarn base, and the two colorways are: Joy to the World and Silent Night.

At some point this week, I am going to have to get them wound up into cakes? (If that is the right terminology), I always just call them balls.

This is the bulk of the sock yarn I have ordered. The rest will be arriving in the near enough future. I also ordered a little bit of yarn for hats.

It all started because I only have one pair each of Christmas and Halloween socks. While all the yarn is an up front investment. I figured now would be a great time, while I could. I am also looking towards the future, and where I see myself in five and ten years, is somewhere, where quality hand knit socks are more than just cute accessories, and will be all to functional and practical.

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Future Aspirations

What I don’t often talk about with anyone outside of my close group of friends is that I want to work with knitting/crochet groups either in an geographical area, or at a retreat center through crafting conferences, talking to them about the projects that are out there, to benefit children in need, and support our troops, and makes sure they have the patterns, and know where to send their completed projects, and so on and so forth. I love knitting, and using that knowledge, to help children in need, especially here in our own country, as well as supporting our troops.

This was part of my post for today on My Everyday Life blog, and I know I am probably idealistic, and unrealistic, but after spending the last three and a half years being realistic, and looking a job, any job really, I am putting it out there, of what I am compelled to believe, is what I am called to do with my life.

I know what poverty feels like, and it is not something I would wish on anyone, let alone innocent children, most of whom will grow up and raise their children in the poverty they knew as a child. It is a vicious cycle, made worse in recent years. I have no idea what kind of difference these sweaters and hats make, other than keeping children warm, but that is enough for me, to keep working on these projects and sharing them with others.