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A Knitter’s Dream

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The latest KnitPicks order I had placed, arrived yesterday.

I had ordered 4 balls of the aloft lace weight yarn in Kenai, 2 hanks of Alpaca Cloud in Bennet, 1 ball of Chroma Fingering Weight in Fog Bank, as well as 2 new pairs of 6 inch DPN’s in the two size 1’s (2.25mm and 2.5mm), since these sizes are the two I use the most. I also prefer the 6 inch needles to the 5 inch needles. That extra inch makes a huge difference in how they feel while knitting with them.

I really love the colors I got. I was unsure if I would like the color Bennet of the Alpaca Cloud yarn, but it turns out that the pictures don’t do it justice.

The aloft and Alpaca Cloud yarns I will be using to knit up wraps, and the chroma yarn I will use for more socks.

Right now I have a lot of sock yarn, so I really don’t need to buy more, and I need to work on knitting it up. Beings that it is winter that also helps with the whole not going on so many adventures / not needing as many pairs knit up, washed and blocked (since it is too cold really to hand them outside to dry), I am able to leave the pairs I finish knitting in the bucket I have to keep my wool socks until I can get them washed.

For now, my knitting supplies that I want are more substantial than yarn. I want some more blocking mats and some lace blocking wires. So for now I really need to curb the impulse to buy yarn.

I am not done blogging, I still have finished projects and other knitting related things to share with you all in the future, so stay tuned for more posts.

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Quick Start on a new pair of Socks

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This evening I ripped off the sock I had been working on for the past week, because I didn’t like how the sock was knitting up on the needles. That yarn didn’t have much give and was creating holes where there shouldn’t be. I have had this happen with a different yarn of a similar weight and texture. I can honestly say I not a fan of thinner sock yarn.

With that being said, at around 8:30 this evening I started a new pair of socks with a different yarn. I have had good luck knitting socks with KnitPicks yarn up until this point. Granted I have only knit up socks using the Palette yarn so far. The new pair I cast on, I am knitting up from the Hawthorne Fingering yarn (that yarn I ripped off was of a different brand).

I am amazed at how quickly this yarn is knitting up. In the matter of a couple hours, I am already a quarter of the way done with the cuff of this sock. The colorway I am using of the Hawthorne Fingering is Laurelhurst.

When I was looking at the Hawthorne Fingering Yarn online, I quickly realized that all the color names are of the different neighborhoods here in Portland (the city I grew up in). Not only is that cool, but Hawthorne is the name of one of the major Boulevards here in Southeast Portland, as well as the business district / neighborhood that Hawthorne Blvd runs through, as well as the bridge that carries Hawthorne Blvd across the river to the west side of the city. Here on the east side Hawthorne and Madison are two different streets (and for a ways they are one way streets with Hawthorne carrying the west bound traffic and Madison the east bound. On the West side of the river Madison is the street that the feeds onto the Hawthorne Bridge.

While KnitPicks is an international brand with a corporate headquarters across the other river in Vancouver, Washington. I love the fact that they have yarn named after places I know.

So far (I am only 10 rows in) the only down side I am finding with the Hawthorne Fingering yarn is that is seems to be rather stiff. I am hoping the stiffness/ scratchiness issues are due to the waxes and stuff used in the spinning process and to help it to knit up easier. I am hoping that this issue will be taken care of once the final project is washed the first time.

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Stroll Tweed

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I was so stoked today when I got back from the grocery store today and my KnitPicks box had arrived while I was out.

I had ordered 10 balls of the Stroll Tweed fingering weight yarn in 5 different colors as well as the luxurious lace collection book. The five colors of Stroll Tweed yarn I got are: Marine Heather, Barn Door Heather, Reindeer Heather, Flagstone Heather and Wellies Heather.

I am really excited to see how the Stroll Tweed knits up and compares to the other KnitPicks sock yarn I have, which include the Palette yarn, the stroll fingering, and Hawthorne Fingering.

While I not a huge sock wearer around the house, I am working on knitting up socks because I would rather be outdoors, including hiking, this time of year. My challenge has been finding boot socks that are thick enough to be warm yet light enough to be comfortable. I am also tired of synthetics wearing out super fast, and not being warm enough in the winter.

My goal for knitting socks is to have a wide variety of colors and textures, not only to be able to keep my feet warm going on adventures in the fall and winter around here as well as I hope to one day live someday where there is colder winters.

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This pair took me long Enough

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Last night, I finally finished a pair and of socks I have been working on for a bit. This pair took me longer than usual due to having started working nights and sleeping during the day.

This is the second pair of socks I have made using KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Marble Heather and Wonderland Heather. I love how the two tone socks have been turning out.

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I Finally Bought a Yarn Swift

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I have been knitting for over 19 years now, and it is a craft, hobby and passion that has hung in there and endured the test of time. I figured it was about time I invested in a yarn swift. I had been considering it for a couple years now, and when I had seen the ones on the KnitPicks website were on sale for half off, I decided to jump on that deal and finally get a swift for myself. I also purchased a hank of KnitPicks Stroll fingering weight yarn, because you had to spend $50 or more to get free shipping. The yarn swift was $49.99 on sale. So I had a dilemma, either pay for shipping, or find a hank or ball of yarn that I would use, on sale, and get free shipping. Getting more yarn won. I would rather spend my money on something I will use over spending money on shipping any day when the option is there and I was so close to free shipping anyway.

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As a knitter, who likes buying yarn, and who loves knitting, purchasing a yarn swift (especially when I have been knitting almost two decades), is not a frivolous purchase, since I plan to continue knitting and buying yarn for years to come.

I am trying to curtail how much yarn I buy at the moment, so I spend time knitting up what i have in my stash, there will come a point when I want and need more yarn to keep working on projects. Having a yarn ball winder an a yarn swift are two must haves for those who are dedicated to their craft.

I got my swift in the mail yesterday (the 21st), and I already have used it to wind up two hanks of yarn, and I have to say it works amazingly.

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This year I have really been working on knitting a lot of socks, and that is where my heart is for knitting right now. Yesterday I realized that the socks I have been knitting are the perfect thickness and height for fitting in my hiking boots, and helping my hiking boots fit my feet better. These socks help fill up the extra room in my boots without being too thick thus making my boots too tight. That is why I started knitting up my own socks in the first place, was to be a good boot sock for hiking. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we get plenty of grey, overcast, cool, and rainy days. I don’t want having cold feet and not the right socks stop me from going out, or making the hike any more miserable. I love the cool, wet weather we get from autumn to spring, and i want to be able to enjoy hiking in the “off season”.

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Autumn KnitPicks Haul

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Today my box of yarn and extra eucalan wool wash finally arrived.

I am still waiting on my yarn swift and more yarn to be shipped, but I will save that for another post.

In this package I had several balls of the Palette fingering weight Yarn I like to use for socks. I had the following: 2 balls Ash, 2 balls Mineral Heather, 2 balls Pumice Heather, 2 balls Orange and a ball of Hazelnut.

I also had ordered a hank of the Hawthorne Fingering Yarn in Laurelhurst as well as two hanks of the Alpaca Cloud Yarn in Smoke Heather.

I had also ordered an extra bottle of wool wash. This time I had ordered the unscented rather than the wrapture. Even though I love the wrapture, I wanted the unscented for going into winter. If I have to dry socks inside I didn’t want the scent smelling up the house and offending the people I live with.

I managed to get the Hawthorne Fingering Yarn wound into a ball without a swift but it was very tedious. I am waiting until my swift arrived before trying to wind the alpaca cloud Yarn. Beings that KnitPicks was having a sale on the swifts, I decided it was time to order one for myself. I am working on building up what I consider the necessities for knitting and being able to do everything I can myself.

I bought the orange and an extra ball of the Hazelnut because I want to knit up autumn socks. I have been and still am really liking grey’s for socks and accessories, which is why most of the yarn I bought is a grey of some sort. The Hawthorne Fingering Yarn I bought was on sale so that influenced my decision on that one.

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Fall is Here

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It is looking and feeling like fall is here!

I am waiting for a couple of orders to come in, for fall knitting projects.

Today I picked up a couple more knitting related items at Joann’s for upcoming knitting projects. I picked up a pair of size 5 bamboo circular needles, to make sure I have the right length of circular needles for one of the projects I want to knit this fall. I am just waiting on the yarn to get here. I don’t want to talk too much about it until the yarn gets here. I also picked up another row counter so I now I have 3, so now I can work on multiple projects that need a row counter to keep track of rows for the pattern I am working on.

I am definitely stoked for my KnitPicks packages to arrive. The yarn for a new pattern I want to try is in one of the packages.