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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.

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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.

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New Year and New Knitting Goals

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Today, as I am finally coming out of the fog that is my brain while sick, I was like “It’s a new year, a clean slate, and it’s time to set some knitting and life goals for 2018”. 2017 felt like a bust on many fronts. While this year is getting off on a rocky start (with having a cold to start things off), I am excited to see what 2018 holds, and to see what I can accomplish.

My biggest goals for this year is to knit though as much of the KnitPicks palette and stroll tweed sock yarn I have, as well as knit up the KnitPicks Wool of The Andes, Wool of the Andes Tweed, and the Simply Wool yarns that I have in my stash.

This year I really want to work on Stash busting as much of the yarn I have for personal projects as possible. In 2017 I bought a fair amount of yarn, now I just need to knit it up. That is my goal for this year, is to work on knitting as much of it up as I possibly can.

This morning, I got in my last KnitPicks order for a while. This Christmas and New Years season saw a lot of yarn and knitting accessories purchasing. Now I want to put all of it to good use. I am getting kind of tired having bags of yarn that don’t fit in my current stock of plastic containers sitting around. I want to at least get what is sitting out and sitting in bags knit up, or at least be able to consolidate it into a container if I want to use a color that is currently in a container. The only reason I want to buy new plastic containers for anything knitting related is for completed projects, if I run out of storage space.

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As I have spent time knitting, I have found that I prefer knitting with wooden needles, so as I have the money, and projects I want to work on I am slowly adding to my stash of wooden needles. After I had gotten the bulky Simply Wool yarn, I went searching through my needles to see what I had in the way of needles that were in line with the needle recommendation on the back of the label. I only found some plastic needles, which I really don’t care for, I went ahead and had ordered some US size 10.5 (6.50mm) straight wooden needles to use with the bulky simply wool yarn. I also had ordered another set of US size 7 (4.50mm) needles. Size 7 needles are a standard size for me, especially since I tend to have a looser tension than some other knitters. I had also gotten some of the Wool of the Andes Tweed in Autumn Heather and the Wool of the Andes in Marina.

Beings that I have the yarn (between what I have already cast on and am currently using as well as why I have tucked away in bags) for seven shawls and more than 20 pairs of socks, I will be bust this year.

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Finishing a Project on the last Day of the Year

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Today is the last of the year, it has been a great day to finish up the pair of socks I have been working for the past three weeks.

This pair of socks is knit out of KnitPicks Chroma Fingering Yarn in Fog Bank. I used one of my pairs of 2.50mm size 1 needles to knit these up. Casting these socks on and knitting off the first row was a bear because the yarn is single ply, so it acts more like roving, which I hate working with. As I was working with it, the yarn would keep splitting which made the socks slow going to knit up.

In the end they turned out to be a nice looking and soft pair of socks. I will have to see how they wear. Hopefully they wear pretty well and they don’t wear out really fast. That would be sad at the price I paid ($9.99) for the yarn and the time and effort I put into knitting them up.

While I am glad I tried this yarn, I know I won’t be purchasing anymore of it in the future.

Fortunately there are other Fingering weight yarns out there that make better socks than the Chroma does.

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WIP Update: Wool of the Andes Tweed Shawl #1

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I wanted to take a couple minutes of your time on this chilly (for where I am) to first wish you all a Merry Christmas! Secondly, to give you all a quick update on the Marine Heather Wool of the Andes Tweed Shawl I am working on.

I finally finished knitting up the first ball of yarn I had purchased for this shawl. I had purchased nine – 50 gram / 110 yard balls of the Marine Heather yarn for this project. I would rather have some leftover and need to knit up a hand and or some fingerless gloves once I am done with the shawl.

I am actually surprised at how far this first ball go me. Now that I have used up the first ball, and I am working more stitches each row, there are more stitches o have to go across each time. With that each subsequent ball of yarn will knit up fewer rows.

With the exception of finishing the row I was on when I had to tie on the second ball, and then knitting the row back across, the first ball knit up a lot. From the tip of the bottom to the circular needle, it measures 11 inches / 28 centimeters long.

I am using size 7 circular needles and I am knitting this shawl up using only the Garter stitch and yarning over after the first stitch at the beginning of each row.

I am loving how this shawl is turning out and I am excited to see it finished. It is definitely going to be warm, I can tell you that already.

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Knitters Talk; Ordering knitting supplies online

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Yesterday, my latest order of Sock Yarn from KnitPicks arrived!

I had ordered some more Palette yarn. So far the Palette yarn is turning out to be my favorite sock yarn. It knits up so nicely and evenly. I also have not had a problem with casting it on (I will write more about that here in a bit), and the heels felt nicely once worn. I have noticed that the heels of my socks always kind of look awkward until I wear the the first time, then they felt a little and look like normal sock heels should.

Tuesday evening I got the first sock of the pair I am knitting up out of the Chroma Fingering Yarn finished and the second one cast on. Very quickly I came to the conclusion that I don’t like the Chroma yarn. For me it is a pain in the rear end to cast on. The first sock was a 3 or 4 attempt to get cast on and knit off, and the second was a 7 attempt to cast on and successfully knit off. If you have ever worked with Roving, you can relate. This yarn, the fibers liked to pull apart on themselves, and it isn’t helpful when the strand pulls apart while you are casting it on or knitting off the first row. I finally got the second sock cast on and knit off. While knitting up the socks I have been having to be careful as the fibers like to split on the stitches, slowing me down. So this pair of socks has been frustrating. They will be a nice pair of socks once they are knit up, but I will not be ordering more of the Chroma yarn.

I still have a 100 gram ball of the Stroll Fingering yarn and many 50 gram balls of the Stroll Tweed sock yarn to try. I like the feel of these balls better than I do of the Chroma. I am hoping that the Stroll Yarns will knit up more like the Palette and Hawthorne Fingering yarns have for me. I had mentioned that the Hawthorne Fingering yarn felt rough as I was knitting it up. I had the opportunity to wash that pair of sock here recently. The stiffness and roughness went away with washing, which meant that my assumption that the stiffness and roughness was caused by the waxes and stuff used to treat the yarn to make it easier to spin and knit with, was correct.

Last week I started a new triangle shawl using my Wool of the Andes Tweed worsted yarn in Marine Heather.

My goal has been to see how far I can get with the first ball of yarn, to get an idea of how much one ball of the Wool of the Andes Tweed can make. While I know that as I get more done, each subsequent ball will make fewer rows, as the shawl gets wider and there will be more stitches per row, I am impressed with how far this one ball has gotten me and I still have some of it left.

I am still waiting on my second set of lace blocking wires to arrive. They have been stuck in Sumner Washington since the 13th, and they were shipped on the 4th. This is the second time this month I have had issues with DHL and packages being held up by them. Yes I have contacted them twice so far for this package. I am fully aware that this is the busy shipping season, and it is almost Christmas, but really, they were shipped on the 4th, and have been sitting in Sumner (near Tacoma) for the past week. I am like “really people, you had plenty of time to get my package to Portland before the train derailment that closed I-5 southbound, and it’s not like you really need that section of I-5 southbound anyway, since Sumner is closer to the detour route around it anyway.” It is just frustrating that my package hasn’t arrived yet, and the other package from that order (that was shipped a different carrier) as well as the two orders I have ordered from KnitPicks since this item shipped have all arrived (again, these two orders after the order of blocking wires were shipped with FedEx). While I have occasionally had an issue with UPS losing a package (the last one they lost of mine was a year or two ago), I, and others I know (the yarn studio I worked at 3 years ago) have had nothing trouble with DHL. At this rate I am expecting the items I ordered from Amazon this morning to arrive before the blocking wires do. I will get off my soap box now and get back to work on my projects.