Knitting, Socks

The Great Pumpkin Socks

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Today I finished up the pair of Great Pumpkin colored socks I have been working on. This yarn is from KnittedWit.

I also cast on the first sock using the Long Dog Yarn sock yarn I had ordered.

It is definitely interesting how different brands of sock Yarns are, how thick they are, how soft they are, and how they knit up.

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The Great Pumpkin

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Today, the latest yarn that I ordered from KnittedWit arrived. I ordered a hank of the greatest pumpkin 🎃. It is a Halloween colored hank of yarn.

Beings that this was the second hank of yarn I had ordered recently. I had let the first one sit until this second arrived. It’s kind of a pain to pull out my yarn swift and yarn ball winder to wind my new yarn. I don’t like to pull it out for just one hank.

I wound the spring colored yarn first.

It was a royal pain in the butt to wind, it’s been a while since I have had a hank of yarn that was the difficult to wind. It was so tangled on itself that it took me nearly an hour to wind. It also kept knotting up on itself. I am hoping it is easier to knit up than it was to wind.

Though I am more excited about the pumpkin colored yarn and how that will knit up into socks. I absolutely love autumn, October and all that, even though I am not much into Halloween in and of itself. For Me, Halloween signifies the best time of the year.

I am super excited to see how these socks turn out.

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The Christmas Socks

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Sunday afternoon I had finished up the Christmas Socks I have been working on.

I used the sock yarn from KnittedWit in Christmas Balls. I used 2.5mm size 1 needles.

I got this pair of socks knit up in a couple of weeks.

I made shorter socks, because this yarn was on the expensive side, so I only ordered one hank of yarn that measured 400 yards.

It’s interesting to see how the colors worked out, and how different the two socks look. They were made from the same hank of yarn.

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Second Sock Syndrome

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Over the course of the past month, I have been working on three different pairs of socks.

For each of the pairs I have been working on, I have finished the first sock, and have the second sock in the works.

This pouch arrived yesterday. I had ordered it from Thirty One Gifts. I am going to be using it for my knitting, when I take a project with me when I go out. Over the years, I have had many “purse projects”, and having this pouch will help keep my knitting together, neat and as untangled as possible.

I am trying to take advantage of the fact that I am only working 10 – 15 hours a week, and spending my free time knitting, all while I am trying to figure out what I am working towards.

Over the past couple of days I have also knit up a couple of yarn swatches to see how the yarn washes. These Yarns are a bit rough, and I wanted to see if washing would soften them up.

Yes, I did swatch the yarn for my Christmas Socks, because my socks feel a bit tougher than I would like, and I am really hoping they soften up with washing and wearing. I am not a fan of stiff wool socks.

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When Work Slows Down

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I have gotten a lot of knitting done this past month. I still can’t believe I let a month lapse between posts.

So much has happened in the past month, that isn’t work related. Work totally slowed down after the holidays.

Since my last post, I completely finished up the pair of socks I started using KnitPicks Stroll hand painted yarn in Koi Pond.

This pair is currently out on the line drying with the Thunderhead Tonal pair of socks as the first pair of Hawthorne Fingering socks in Tie Dye Speckle, beings that it turned out to be a beautiful spring day. It has been a sunny to partially cloudy day, where it is currently 56 degrees outside (13 Celsius).

I just cast on the second sock of the pair, for the second pair of Hawthorne Fingering yarn tie dye speckle socks. I had to order another hank of the tie dye speckle yarn, to finish up the first pair, which I had talked about back in January. I went ahead and ordered two Hanks of the tie dye speckle yarn to make a second pair of socks with the yarn once I finished up the first pair of socks. I had finished up the first sock of the second pair, this morning.

A couple days ago, once I finished the Koi Pond socks, I cast on another first sock for a pair of socks, using KnitPicks Stroll Tonal Fingering yarn in Frozen. It literally looks like the colors from the blue Elsa Dress.

I have also been working on the Tuckamore Wrap that I am working on.

I finally got the second repeat done yesterday.

In the past month, I have also fit in a trip to IKEA as well as a couple of adventures, one of which included going out into the Columbia River Gorge. The other was just out to Estacada, and by the Pioneer Church at the baker cabin.

It was to icy to go much further:

The Pioneer church:

IKEA:

I should also mention that I stocked up on my favorite tea, and found some new shows to watch while I work on my knitting.

Two weeks ago I also submitted my passport renewal application, so I can hopefully be doing some traveling in the near enough future. I would love to go to a fiber / fibre festival in the UK among other things.

Even though work is super slow and I am not getting many hours, I have been able to get a lot of other things done.

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From Thunderhead to Koi Pond

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Today, I finished up the pair of socks I was knitting up out of the yarn I had really been wanting to use since it had arrived.

This yarn is from KnitPicks, it is a Tonal Stroll Fingering yarn in Thunderhead Tonal. I had used my 2.25mm size 1 double pointed needles.

I am working really hard to get the sock yarn I have that doesn’t fit in the container I have for storing sock yarn, knit up. I have way more sock yarn that doesn’t fit in the container than that does fit in. I have plenty to do, which is a good thing. As I may have mentioned in previous posts, I want to eventually live somewhere with colder winters, and I want to spend more time outdoors in the cooler months. I have found that I can make a better quality sock than I can buy in store, and I prefer my own socks anyway. There is so much pretty sock yarn out there, that there is no good reason for me to not make my own. I still wear store bought socks for the job I have now, from the first wear, I could tell the were a lower quality.

Once I get more of the Fingering weight yarn I have knit up, I definitely want to try using more of a hand spun yarn to make socks and see how that works. That’s not going to be for a while though.

I decided that the Koi Pond colorway of Stroll Fingering yarn would be the next pair of socks I would work on. I am excited to see how this next pair turns out.

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Knitting through the Snow

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Winter has arrived, it has snowed a couple times this week, and is supposed to continue/last through next week.

I was happy when my latest KnitPicks box arrived yesterday, before the snow came in.

The hank on the left is Stroll Tonal Fingering in Inverness.

The second from the left is also a Stroll Tonal Fingering, in colorway Frozen.

The second from the right is Stroll hand painted in colorway coffee shop.

Last but not least is Stroll hand painted in Koi Pond. This one, in the pictures on the website, the lighter green looked like it was white.

As it is, I am working on finishing up knitting the pair of Stroll Tonal Thunderhead socks. I am on the second sock. I haven’t decided when one of my new Yarns I will cast on next.