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More Shawl Yarn

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The knitpicks order of worsted and bulky weight yarns I had ordered for shawls arrived today!

I got four hanks of simply wool worsted yarn in Wordsworth, as well as six hanks of the simply wool bulky yarn in Wanda.

The worsted weight is the brown and the bulky yarn is the off white:

This winter, between working on knitting up socks, and other projects I am hoping to get two more shawls knit up before next summer.

As someone who loves making my own socks and cold weather wear and accessories, I love trying and using different yarns and seeing how projects turn out.

I am definitely more of a diy kind of girl, especially when it comes to hats, scarves, shawls and socks. I do wear store bought socks for day to day still (especially socks that are made to wear with athletic shoes as well as shoes like Toms and Vans), I do love my hand knit socks for when I wear boots. With the exception of hiking in the summer, mid autumn – early spring is typically boots and wool socks weather around here.

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Wool of the Andes

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My order of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Marine Heather and my two 50g skeins of the stroll tweed fingering yarn in Thirst arrived yesterday (Tuesday). I was super excited when it arrived. I love when my yarn orders arrive.

I bought the Wool of the Andes because it was a fairly inexpensive (by KnitPicks standards) 100% Wool Aran weight yarn. Though it’s not so inexpensive when you purchase enough to make an adult size shawl.

I have been obsessed with the variations of what KnitPicks calls Marine Heather. I have the Marine Heather in the Wool of the Andes, the Palette Fingering yarn, as well as a similar color in the Alpaca cloud lace as well as a similar color of the Cascade Eco+ yarn. I really like the dark bluish green yarn.

I started the shawl I bought the Wool of the Andes yarn for. I am Knitting up a simple triangle shawl with it.

Knitting, Socks, Wool

Washing Socks in Winter

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Beings that today is about as nice as it is going to be for a while, I decided to wash the two pairs of socks I had in my to be washed bucket. These are socks I had finished Knitting since summer ended, and the weather cooled off, and the rain set in.

While it is only 45 degrees Fahrenheit / 7 degrees Celsius, as well as windy (the East Wind picked up yesterday), it has been sunny and dry the past few days. This time of year, the East Wind is strong and cold.

Why did I decide to wash socks in the winter anyway?

Well, beings that it has been dry and sunny for the past few days, the air isn’t quite as saturated with moisture, as well as having the strong East Wind, and it being above freezing; It will at least help air the wet sheep smell as well as the wool wash smell out of the socks before I bring them inside later this evening to really work on drying.

I prefer my socks to get fresh air when they are just washed to keep the wet sheep smell to a minimum in the house and to help the socks. I love the way laundry and stuff smells when it is allowed to hang out on the line even for a bit.

I do realize this time of year, my socks won’t really get dry outside, on days like today, they won’t get any wetter, and the wind may help start getting them dry. I also love the way they smell when they come in from outside, as well as reducing the wet animal smell inside the house.

If it was pouring rain, or the temperatures were near or below freezing, I wouldn’t have bothered washing socks. I just wanted to get another couple pairs washed while I had a small window to do so. By the time spring rolls around with a nice sunny dry day that is warm enough to completely dry socks outside, I am likely to have more pairs than I have sock blockers for.

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Some Yarns are Horrible to work with

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If you are unfamiliar with this pair of socks:

I highly suggest you go back to my posts about these socks from this part March & April (2017), that I wrote while I was working with the Viking of Norway Nordlys sock yarn. At the time I thought this specific yarn was the yarn from hell, turns out that it’s not the only one.

I have come to find out that for me, superwash Wool is the type of yarn I absolutely cannot stand.

The current superwash wool I am working with at present is just as bad as the Nordlys yarn.

I am currently working with the Chroma Fingering yarn from KnitPicks. I hadn’t put two and two together until I had gone to cast on the pair of socks I just started a couple nights ago, and was running into the exact same issues as I had run into with the Nordlys yarn. Turns out the Nordlys yarn was 75% superwash merino / 25% Nylon and the Chroma Fingering is 70% superwash merino / 30% Nylon. So you get the picture, they are very similar in content, and both are not wanting to knit up as well as they should.

The end product is always nice, soft and warm, but the knitting up the yarn part is the nightmare. I will not be purchasing Chroma Fingering yarn again in the future.

Knitting, Socks, Wool, Yarn, Yarn Reviews

Laurelhurst Hawthorne Yarn

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This past week I have been knitting like crazy to get the pair of socks I have been working on for the past month done. That is seriously been the story of my life the past few months, getting a pair of socks done a month.

Sometimes you just have to do what you can do, even when you would love to get more done.

This pair of socks was knit up using KnitPicks Hawthorne yarn in Laurelhurst.

I loved the way these turned out and how the yarn was self stripping. The yarn knit up fairly easily. I haven’t washed the socks yet, so I cannot say what they will be like once washed, but unwashed they are a bit rougher, and not as soft as the Palette socks I have knit up.

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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.