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Old Fashioned Velvet

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I was having a weird dream, like I sometimes do, and the question arose,

How does one wash Old Fashion Velvet? Without ruining it?

For context – person in the dream had in their possession an authentic period / Shakespeare period / Brand Name / Designer / Well Known Brand of the time Velvet cape with some dirt and stuff around the hem. So, it needed cleaning, and that is how the question arose in my dream.

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Project Bag On The Go

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I had an interview this morning, across town. I knew where I was going as it was right on the route I took to one of my old jobs. I left early as usual, and took the sock I had cast on last night with me in my new sock project bag.

I got a couple rounds done while I waited for my interview time to get closer before going in. I have found that being early and getting a bit of knitting done always helps me be a bit calmer and not as nervous.

I started keeping a “purse project” with me when I went places I might have have to wait, or have down time where I really couldn’t go anywhere back, like a decade ago when I worked for a short time at a daycare. Days where I worked 6 hours or more, at that company I had to take a mandatory hour lunch. State Law only mandates a 30 minute meal period for 6 hours+ worked, but the company scheduled us such that if we worked over 6 hours we had an hour lunch. So I had started taking a dish cloth WIP with me to work on. Having knitting to work on helps pass the time.

Now that I am into working on socks, it is definitely my “purse project” or “on the go project”.

As I mentioned yesterday, I definitely want to try out different brands of yarn, besides for my own curiosity as well as for content. I have been looking at local yarn shops to see what they have. I know it takes money to buy the yarn, which is part of why I want and need a better job.

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Sitka National Park

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This afternoon, I finished up the pair of Sitka National Park socks.

The yarn is from KnittedWit, and on the sock base.

I have had this yarn in my stash for a while, and last time I checked, it is still no longer available.

As I work through the yarn I have, I am also looking at other brands with fingering weight / sock yarn to see what I want to try. I am always wanting to try new yarns and see how they wash, wear and hold up over time. Once life calms down, I definitely want to get out hiking again and really start putting my different socks to the test. I would love to know which brand and base are the best, and last the longest for me.

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Goals and Dreams Change

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To my American readers and followers, I hope you all had a safe and happy 4th. To our neighbors to the North, I hope you all had a good Canada Day!

I had the 4th off which was nice, though I worked Friday, Saturday and today. With the truck being delayed until Saturday and then showing three hours late on Saturday, stock crew was asked to come out for am extra shift this week, as our availability allowed. I was able to go in today and got a bit done.

For so long I have been anti TikTok, but with a little convincing from one of my coworkers (she uses it to share her art), I finally created one to share my knitting. While most of my first few videos aren’t knitting related (only 3 of them are), I have been kind of getting a feel for the platform. IDK how far I will go with it, but I am still testing it out.

I keep hearing on the news, that employers in my current industry (retail) as well as others similar to mine (grocery/restaurants/ manual labor) keep complaining about being short staffed. Some people not wanting to work is just a fraction of the problem. I have been back at work post furlough for about a year now, and looking for another job in my industry or a similar industry closer to home for said year (and many years pre-COVID). My own experience this past year, has been one of Cricket’s (aka silence). I have applied to many jobs that I can reasonably do with minimal training (ie how that specific company does things), yet I have only had three phone calls, and two interviews in the past year, and all of them were in the past 2 months. Yes, I was only at Home Depot for a short time, for various reasons that all boil down to it not being a good for for me. So I don’t totally buy the “we can’t fill all our open positions”. From my own experience, they aren’t calling everyone who applies and are choosing to not fill said positions. It is definitely frustrating for someone like me, yet, I feel like the past two months have made me rethink some things.

One of those things is possibly starting my own business one day. If I were to start my own business, I am strongly leaning towards a yarn dying business. I have also thought a yarn making business would be cool, where my company would buy raw wool and processing it into wool. Or doing the whole thing, from processing the wool, spinning it and dying it. If any of it works out, it’s still a ways out.

Not counting my KnitPicks socks, all my other socks were at least dyed here in the USA.

One of the things I definitely want to do more of it test out the different bases I have knit socks out of, while hiking and really see how they hold up / last with a bit rougher wear and washing after each wear. I want to know which bases hold up the best boot socks for hiking.

A few of the places I want to go hiking and test the ruggedness of my socks include: Mt Saint Helens, Sun River, anywhere really in Alaska, in Banff / Lake Louise as well as Jasper Alberta.

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KnitPicks Order

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I got my knitpicks order today. I had ordered three different scents of Soak wash and a katrinkles darning loom. I still want to get a Speedweve darning loom. I just don’t want to have to have to order it from Russia. I am hoping to find one here in the states, or in my travels. I am going to see how the other darning kit works at some point when I need to darn a sock.

The three different scents of Soak Wash I got are: Lacey, Pineapple Grove and Unleashed. My favorite wool wash is still The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo. It will be interesting to try out this wash, as I have seen it for sale several places.

Today, was a much needed break from the heat. The forecasted high was supposed to be in the mid to upper 80’s today, but it has been cloudy all day, and a bit humid so it never even hit 80 today. After the past five days being anywhere from 90 – 116 degrees (in Portland, Oregon), only briefly hitting 81 today, has been a relief.

This summer has only just begun, so I still have plenty of time to get more socks knit up, washed and hung out on the line to dry.

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Crater Lake Socks

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I have survived the historic record breaking heat, Saturday we broke the old record (around 106) with our high of 108. Sunday we smashed the record from the day before with a high of 112, and yesterday we again broke the record from the day before with a high of 116. That is super abnormal for Portland, Oregon. Our official highs are taken at the airport, which sits along the Columbia River. Even with the tarmac, it sits along a large river, so the temp there is different from other parts of the metro area.

On Sunday, I had washed the Enchanted Socks I had finished up a few weeks back, so I could use the heat outside to dry them.

Last Night, I had finished up the pair of Crater Lake National Park socks I had been working on.

The Colorway is: Crater Lake National Park

The Yarn Base is: Sock

The yarn is from Knitted Wit which is a small, yarn dyer / independent yarn shop here in Portland. This particular yarn I had ordered a while back and is not currently stocked in the etsy shop.

I just washed up this pair of socks, once I took pictures, to take advantage of the lingering heat (today is supposed to be in the mid 90’s). While cooler than the past three days, still plenty hot to dry socks easily. I have also found that warmer days help air out the scent of wet sheep and the smell of whatever wash is used, whereas if I try to dry them in cooler weather or inside those scents are held in my socks, so you can still smell those once they are dry.

I definitely prefer washing new socks in the summer and allowing them to line dry outside. Since I haven’t moved yet, I still have the line that was put up at this house. Wherever I move to, I want to have a laundry line to be able to hang stuff out to dry on.

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Choice to Make things that Last

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When I started making socks, I was like “what if I get a hole in a sock? Does that mean I lose that pair?” While that has yet to happen (thank goodness), I learned about this nifty tool called a Speedweve. They came about and were popular in the 1940’s & 1950’s (makes sense in the Post War Era). It is exactly what I have been looking for and need to add to my collection of knitting tools. I would hate to have to just toss a pair of hand knit socks if one gets a hole. Once I get a speedweve I will be able to fix it and get more wear out of the socks. If it were a pair of store bought socks, I wouldn’t think twice about tossing since they are cheaply and poorly made anyway. Hand Knit socks I have a harder time being willing to toss, as more time and money went in to the creation of said socks.

In today’s modern culture, a lot of things are made poorly and cheaply, which means the items don’t last as long as they once did (thanks fast fashion). Back when my grandparents were children and young adults, maternal items were made to last longer, and if it broke, you fixed/mended it, if it couldn’t be fixed you did without (either completely or until money could be saved to replace it).

Over the past couple years, I have been trying to incorporate more of that philosophy into my life. Learning how to knit things for myself, I prefer doing, as I know that what I make is if a better quality than can be bought at the local department store. My socks are definitely of a better quality than buying Nike/adidas/other name brand crew socks at the store. I still use those kinds of socks for my current job since I am active there and it is easier to throw those socks in the washer.

What I am working towards is to live a more sustainable and self sufficient life, away from the city life. I would ultimately like to homestead and more from scratch. Making my own socks, hats wraps and such is part if that.

I had started the second sock of the pair I am working on last week, but ended up ripping out what I had done on Sunday as I had dropped a stitch and it ran too far down to get it. I restarted the sock, and yesterday I finally got back to the point of where I had been on Sunday when I dropped the stitch. It was nice it only took me a couple days to get back on track (among doing other things around the house). I am back to making progress again and I am almost done with the cuff. The first version of the second sock definitely was looking different as far as striping was going from the first one, but it’s reknit is looking much more like it’s mate, while using the exact same amount of yarn as it’s predecessor did.

The desire I have to live a simpler life, I know takes hard work and delayed gratification, and that is definitely part of why I want to do it. I also believe the final product is of better quality. It’s also more satisfying for me to see the final product knowing I did it myself or had a part of making it happen.

I am also trying to support the smaller yarn dyers who create some of the most beautiful and interesting yarn colorways as far as sock yarn goes. I still have some Knitpicks sock yarn to knit up. I am really trying to use Knitpicks for supplies and yarn for bigger projects, where it is more practical to buy from them. To me, Knitpicks is akin to the Montgomery Wards or Meyer and Frank Catalogs of decades past, and the “indie” dyers, while still having an online presence are the mom and pop stores on your local Main / High street. It’s the premise of shopping on Main Street when possible, but sometimes when what you need / want isn’t available locally, you order it from the Catalog. Then again even from the time I was a teen I enjoyed looking at old catalogs and magazines from the 1940’s and 1950’s. I was also fortunate to have Grandmothers who were young adults / young wives during that era who could actually tell me about that period from their own experience.

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Back to Knitting!!!!

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The past month has been a rough one, and getting any knitting done was hard to make time to do.

For me, knitting is something that I enjoy, yet goes deeper than that. It has become part of who I am, and part of the future I am working on making for myself.

I am definitely happy to have more time to knit again. I am currently working through the KnittedWit yarn I have. I am trying to work through the yarn I have out by brand. Each brand of yarn I have, have different yardages and thicknesses so they knit up differently.

This past month really reminded me how hard working freight is on my body. It definitely reminded my why, at one point I was working so hard to make knitting / yarn related something into my career. I love yarn and knitting, and would love to do more with it. I know it is more of a Niche career, but it is definitely something I would love to do.

A couple weeks ago, I watched A Love Yarn on YouTube, it’s a hallmark movie, so it is totally predictable, cheesy and a bit mindless, but cute none the less, and was about knitting and yarn.

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Lady Danbury Socks

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This morning I finished up the pair of Lady Danbury Socks I have been working on for a bit.

This colorway is on the Coquette yarn base, and it is from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm.

Socks have definitely been my thing the past few years. For me, they are easy, and have become a mindless project.

I also am not the biggest fan of wearing socks, especially store bought socks. I just don’t like how they feel. I can handle wearing the ones I make, as I make them specifically for myself.

I am still dreaming of and working towards moving to Alaska. Alaska, has been the dream that been there for the better part of a decade. It has been the motivation that keeps me pushing forward and having something to work towards. Part of that is knitting myself some warm stuff to wear, when and if I need it when I get up there (which I likely will want at least in winter).