Today (and this week, really) has been such a roller coaster. I went to an open-ish interview yesterday, got called last night saying I’d gotten the job and given times over the next 5 days to attend training (yes, Saturday and Sunday training too). I looked up the company today on Google to find out more about them and was immediately directed to two different articles on RipOffReport.com. So, needless to say, that job isn’t happening.
Then I decided to drive around and try and find jobs locally by going into shops and coffee houses, restaurants, etc and was told at each and every one that they are at full staff and the only Help Wanted sign I saw was on a closed business.
Decided to keep looking for jobs online, applied for one for a boutique that will be opening nearby in July and literally, less than ten minutes later got a call from them asking for an interview on Tuesday. So please cross your fingers that I get this much-needed job!
I know it’s been a week since I last posted, but I have a good excuse. I had company. And then I decided to go on an impromptu five-day trip to Colorado Springs/Pike’s Peak/Garden of the Gods to do some camping, rock climbing, hiking and all sorts of other awesome adventures.
We saw some gorgeous sights including the sunrise from the top of Pike’s Peak
and Garden of the Gods at all hours of the day
And of course I took my knitting:
Now its back to the job hunt and trying to be productive! Have you been on any adventures recently?
Today I’m bringing you the orange hat I was working on and showed you last week! The design is complete and its even ready for test knitters, so if you’re interested, please check out this thread in my Ravelry group to find out all the details and volunteer to test for me!
I’m having a hard time deciding on which buttons to put on the hat so I figured I’d ask you, my dear blog readers, which buttons you like the most.
I love the high I get when I finish a knitting project. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I surely do get a high from it. Everytime I finish a knitting project, no matter how complicated or easy it was, no matter if it took me months or hours to complete, I always get a rush after binding off the last stitch.
(Endorphin rush from having something new)^steroids of making it yourself + (endorphin rush from producing something) + (creative release) + (new, totally gorgeous product)*(new, totally functional product) = The Knitting High
Just the high of finishing something amazing is enough to make me want to cast on right away for another project. Sometimes this high is substantial enough to give a knitter Startitis, an infliction that causes one to cast on for multiple projects right away. It’s like sucking a gobstopper, you get so sick of sucking on a piece of candy and maybe even get sugar burns on the roof of your mouth (no? just me? hmm….I don’t believe you) but once that small ball of sugar is gone, you pop another one right away because the ending was so sweet (pun intended).
What happens if I don’t knit?
My moods change. I get irritable and down. Depressed, anxious, short-tempered. There was a time a few months ago where I was dealing with a lot of life-stuff and I went over a month without knitting. A month. Not only did this lack of knitting prove that I was dealing with heavy stuff, it fed into the cycle of depression and the more I didn’t knit, the more I felt depressed to the point of not knitting.
I didn’t talk too much about it here on the blog because, well, this blog is a happy space and I’m not going to talk about it much now except to tell you that once I did force myself to start knitting again, my whole world changed. I started having the energy to go out and do things, to knit again and smile. The more I knit, the better I felt, and the more I felt like knitting. The cycle had reversed itself.
So, yea, knitting may be my addiction. But you know what? Its far from detrimental to my life, and I’m going to keep doing it.
There comes a time (almost every time, probably) in each designer’s life when they are in the throws of creative genius and suddenly, they only have a vague idea of what they want. Or they have a general idea but pinning down specifics is like tacking jello to a cork board.
In his latest post, The Male Knitter laments about making such design decisions. And just the other day I found myself in this same situation.
Remember that orange hat I was so excited about? Well, once I got to the length I wanted for the brim, I hit a glass wall. I knew what I wanted to see on the other side, sort of. I had been staring at this wall for so long my breath smudged the glass I could no longer see the specifics of the pattern! Every time I wiped away the moisture, the picture was different, but the same.
I knew I wanted texture. Cable-y texture. Soft cables? Hard cables? Thin cables? Fat cables?
Design Decisions had to made. And they were. And the hat is on its way to completion. (and will need test knitters soon, are you interested?)
I actually have some new projects to show you, both are coming designs and both are so far phenomenal and hard to put down.
Two strands of Malabrigo lace held together. This is the yarn I picked up at Stitches South to go with my Paris yarn and I’m very excited to be finally working on this design!
The orange Jitterbug I received in that giveaway a few weeks (months?) back. I’m making into a hat for the fall and I can’t wait for it to be finished! Hopefully both designs will be gracing my shops by the time all rolls around.
The knitting has been slow and intermittent, I’m still looking for a job and really need to find one right away. I really am applying to tens of jobs everyday, and I’ve had a few interviews (even second interviews) and haven’t landed a job yet 😦 Send job-finding vibes my way if you have any to spare!
And don’t forget to check out the other WIPs on Tami’s blog 🙂