Knitter's Talk

Call The Midwife

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I enjoy watching movies and TV shows while I knit.

This is the biggest reason why I have Netflix.

The past couple of weeks I have been watching Call the Midwife on Netflix. As per usual with all the good British period dramas, I am late to the party in terms of when I start watching them. Season 7 is airing, and I only just started watching seasons 1 – 6 (which are available on Netflix) in the past month.

After having seen Downton Abbey, Poldark, and Lark Rise to Candleford, it is interesting to see some of the actors from these other shows in the latest show I am watching.

Having something to watch while I knit helps me to stay on track and be more productive.

I enjoy both set in the present day shows, I also have a love for some of the older shows and especially for period dramas. That’s just what I gravitate toward.

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When Local Yarn Stores Close

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Over the past three or four years, there have been at least three yarn stores that have closed up shop here in Portland. The most recent one being, KnitPurl, which is the biggest one I knew of in the city. My favorite yarn store closed about a year ago.

I hate seeing yarn stores close, as I love being able to go yarn shopping in person, where I can physically see and touch the yarn.

When I had heard that KnitPurl was closing, while I had never shopped there, I was disheartened. It is the largest yarn store I knew of in the city, and when stores like that close, it’s never a good sign for the knitting and crochet industry in a city. While there are other craft store that sell yarn (like Joann’s and Michael’s), they don’t carry the same quality (or local brands) that these other yarn stores do.

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Spring is Coming!!!!

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I finished the pair of socks I had been working on in my previous post.

I had used Stroll Tweed in Marine Heather from KnitPicks for this particular pair of socks.

I came to the conclusion I have more than enough KnitPicks yarn for socks and shawls, and I really need to knit up what I already have. I really want to see my stash of sock yarn and shawl yarn decrease and my finished personal projects increase.

With that being said I did pick up some yarn yesterday at My local Joann fabric and craft superstore, for a project I am going to be working on once I get the projects I have in the works complete.

I am also wanting to get back to working on projects for babies and children in need. I have taken more than a year off already to work on personal projects, that I want to finish up using the yarn I have out that I purchased for personal projects and get back to making things for little ones who need warm clothes. It may be a bit before I start another sweater, but it is definitely still a project that is near and dear to my heart.

I started another pair of socks this morning, I am using one of the pink Stroll yarns I had ordered during the month of February beings that it was on sale.

Beings that Spring is right around the corner, we are starting to get the periodic nice day, which I am looking forward to. I have a couple pairs of socks that I would like to get washed and hang out on the line to dry.

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Just what the Doctor Ordered!

Hello Fellow Crafters!

I am already on my second cup of tea of tea of the day, sitting in one of my favorite spots with one of my many knitting projects.

Even though it is turning out to be a beautiful day, I am stuck inside trying to get over my third cold of the year.

At least it hit now, rather than later in the month. While no time is really convenient for being sick, as long as it doesn’t get worse, I will still be able to follow through on plans I have a little later in the month.

I also want to get a couple hikes in before Oregon and Washington spring breaks occur. Oregon spring break is the last week of March and Washington spring break is the first week of April. Why do I care about spring breaks when I am not in school and don’t have kids in school? Spring break = more people to have to contend with where I want to go Hiking.

This is also a good week to be sick in terms of hiking because the weather is supposed to be better next week for hiking and I am waiting on a few things to arrive, for my new hiking boots to help protect them / help them to break in a little faster and to help make them a little more comfortable.

I am also waiting on some essential oils I ordered to arrive, I got ones to help support immune health (ie help you when you are sick and from getting sick) another to help to help with allergies and one to help with stress.

Like I mentioned previously, I am on my second cup of tea of the day. I had a cup of English Breakfast Tea earlier, and now I am enjoying a cup of Green & White Fusion tea.

This afternoon my goal is to get the cuff of the sock I am currently working on done and move on the preparing for the heel flap. I have the first sock of this pair done, and I am working on the second one. I am using KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in Marine Heather. It is similar to the Marine Heather Wool of the Andes, but it is a bit brighter and more blue, where as the Wool of the Andes is a bit duller. I am also currently using the Marine Heather Wool of the Andes to knit up a shawl, so I am able to do a side by side comparison of the colors.

While I am knitting I am catching up on a few YouTube videos followed by watching “Call the Midwife”.

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The Pink Yarn was On Sale!

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During the Month of February KnitPicks is having a sale on all their Pink and Red Yarn. While I am no longer the biggest fan of pink, I still can’t pass on a good sale. I can deal with having pink socks, beings that they will be boot socks and hidden in my hiking boots.

I ordered quite a bit of Pink and Red yarn, most of which is the Palette yarn. I also got four balls in two different colors (for two pairs of socks) of the Stroll yarn.

This afternoon and evening I also spent winding all the balls of Palette yarn I had sitting around plus what arrived today, that I had not already wound.

This is what I got wound today:

This stash of yarn is only part of my stash of sock yarn.

I kind of need to stop buying sock yarn, but yarn in general. I really need to do some major stash busting.

Stay tuned to see how my stash busting goes.

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Testing Out a New Sock Yarn

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I have spent the better part of a month working on this pair of socks, rather I reknit the second sock because I royally screwed up the toe so I ripped it all out and knit up another sock. I finally finished up the reknit of the second sock last night.

This was the first time I had used one of the Stroll Fingering yarns. Other than the issue I had with the taking off of the second sock (before I reknit it), this yarn knit up really well.

The yarn I used was KnitPicks Stroll Fingering Yarn in Kangaroo Tonal.

Today, I got around to washing them, and I used the Laundress Wool & Cashmere shampoo to wash these socks. I am always amazed at how much dye comes out when I wash each pair of socks for the first time after I finish knitting them up. I know they will get softer and not be stiff when I am done washing them. The excess dye that is left in the yarn astounds me. This is part of why I wash what I knit up before I wear it, besides to get all the waxes and stuff that was used in the processing of the yarn to make it easier to work with.

Today I also started on my latest pair of socks. I decided to go with the Blue Topaz Stroll Fingering Yarn from KnitPicks. I like that it is the same weight and has the same yardage as the Palette Yarn does. These yarns feel totally different, but they knit up similarly so I can use the same needles and same measurements for both yarns and they turn out very similar size wise.

I absolutely love this color, and it is so far, so much fun to work with. I also like that the Stroll Fingering and the Stroll Tweed Fingering Yarn come in a small skein, which means that I haven’t had to wind the balls in order to work from them easily.

Knitting, Socks

When things don’t work out right

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Yesterday I had finished up knitting up the toe of the sock I was working on. It was the second sock of the pair. Then, at the very end of the toe I royally screwed it up while trying to finish it off the needles. That being said, I didn’t want a large hole at the end of my sock, so I ripped it all out and then restarted the sock. I’m already at the point where I am ready to move on to a new color.

I am hoping to get the reknit done quicker than I did the original.