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The Perfect Knitting Weather Has Arrived!

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Autumn is here, and I finally have the energy to really knit!

Today didn’t even get to 70, and it cooled off quick. We had some thunder and lightning and pouring down rain, like more than 1/2 an inch today. I have also been warming a cube of Pumpkin Roll Scentsy wax with two cubes of Vanilla Bean Buttercream Scentsy Wax. This is my favorite autumn scent combo.

It’s been amazing to actually get work done, and have the energy to do so.

Friday, I finished up the second Finnley Heather sock, completing the pair. Monday I washed up this pair since it was a nice day, and warm enough to let the dry outside for several hours.

Today I finished up the second Opal Heather sock, completing the pair.

After I finished up the second Opal Heather sock, I have cast on a new pair, using the KnitPicks Stroll Yarn in Barn Door Heather that I have in my stash.

I have a lot more sock yarn in my stash, that I am slowly working on stash bushing and getting socks done.

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Opal Heather and Finnley Heather

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This summer has been somewhat busy, and things like gardening and making jam have pushed knitting to the back burner.

Now that summer is winding down, I can shift more of my focus back onto Knitting.

I have been slowly working on a couple pairs of socks in recent weeks. For both pairs I am working on I am using KnitPicks Palette yarn, in the colorways: Opal Heather and Finnley Heather. I absolutely love the Finnley Heather color. Grey has become my favorite color.

At the looks of things, summer is finally quickly fading. When it is hot I don’t have much in the way of energy and desire to work on knitting.

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Knitting through the Summer

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Since my last post, I have finished up these two pairs of socks.

The black pair is knit up from KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in Wellies Heather. The blue pair is knit up of KnitPicks Palette in Cyan. I used my US Size 1 (2.50mm) Double Point Needles.

The past few days I have been working on a couple new socks as well as a few other projects.

I currently am working on a pair of socks in Opal Heather, as you can see here:

as well as my second pair of Finnley Heather Palette socks. I can’t tell you exactly when Grey became my favorite color, though it is my favorite color because it reminds me of the cool, grey, overcast days we have here in autumn, winter and spring. As someone who doesn’t do well in heat, and has light sensitive eyes, I prefer the grey days of winter to the bright, sunny, hot days of summer.

Today we have gotten some rain, for the first time in two months. It has been so hot and dry this summer that this rain has been so welcome. I am hoping that at least some of it has gotten over the cascade range to central and eastern Oregon, as well as down to the southern part of the state that have been having so many wildfires without relief.

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Can’t Seem to get enough Stuff to do

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The past three weeks or so have been pretty busy, and I am finally getting back to working on my knitting projects.

I currently have seven projects in the works, like I can’t get enough stuff to do, I keep adding knitting projects to what I have going. I have three shawls in the works as well as a wrap, two socks for two different pairs, and a dishcloth. I kind of like it that way. I like having different things to pick up and work on.

In addition to the seven projects I already have the yarn for my next twelve pairs of socks picked out from my stash. I have more than enough sock yarn to choose from.

I have four different colors of Stroll Tweed yarn for four different pairs of socks as well as one color of regular Stroll yarn left that I am wanting to get knit up. I also picked out seven different colors of Palette yarn to knit up. I am at the point where I am not buying anymore yarn and trying to work up the yarn I have before I buy more, since I am running out of space to store my yarn.

At some point I am going to need to buy more Wool Wash and containers to store my finished projects. Before all that I need to get projects knit up.

I am wanting to get more socks knit up, washed and blocked this summer so I have more choices, especially going into Autumn, and the weather cools off making it more comfortable to go Hiking.

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Finishing Projects and Washing Wool

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Earlier this week, we had a few very hot days (90 – 96 Fahrenheit / 32 – 35 Celsius). Because it was so hot, I took advantage of the heat and washed a wool shawl I had finished a while back as well as the three pairs of socks I had done and needed to be washed.

Earlier this month I had gone to a couple stores searching for this white wash tub to use to wash shawls. I found it at the second store I had gone to. The first store had nothing similar which I found odd, because I would have expected Fred Meyer to have these types of tubs. Maybe I was looking in the wrong areas, but I looked in the bath sections, the kitchen sections and the cleaning sections, and nothing. I found what I was looking for at BiMart. That’s what I like about BiMart, besides being a locally owned chain of stores, they have a lot more in the way of “old school” household basics that other stores don’t carry, and for a decent price. BiMart is the place to go locally for canning /home preserving supplies and for the essentials.

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I had washed my shawl using the Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo. It has a really nice cedar scent, and I love using it to wash bigger items that I only wash when necessary, which is not nearly as often as socks. I had pulled out my blocking wires, T-pins and blocking mats to dry my shawl. I had put the wires through the increase holes that are along the edges, as well as the bound off edge. I realized that at some point I need to get another box of blocking mats, as I don’t have enough to properly dry these larger projects.

 

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Earlier this week I had finished up my pair of Hollyberry colored socks. The yarn I used for this particular pair of socks is the Stroll Fingering yarn from KnitPicks.

This pair I had worked really hard on to finish up by this past Wednesday, so I could get them washed up and dried outside while it was so hot outside.

The past few pairs of socks I have been knitting with a longer knit leg, just to try something different and see how I like this pattern, and if I like it any better than the shorter all ribbing leg. I do like the fact that with the longer leg, they protect more of my ankle and lower leg from getting blisters when I wear them with my hiking boots.

fullsizeoutput_1befThese are the three pairs of socks that I washed the other day. The hot pink pair and the grey pair are both knit up of KnitPicks Palette Yarn, the pink color is called Rouge, and the Grey is called Finnley Heather. The darker red, cranberry color is the pair I know up from KnitPick Stroll in Hollyberry. The Hollyberry color reminds me of Christmas. Its name is aptly fitting as it is similar to the color of the color of the berries on the Holly bush. It is also similar to the color of Cranberries.

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I had also finished up the second (the longer one) of these two dishcloths this week as well. I had finished the first one a couple of weeks ago. The yarn I used for this was one of the balls of the KnitPicks Dishie yarns I had bought. The colorway is called “Cabin”, which is fitting since the colors are a bit more rustic and fitting for a cabin. I had enough yarn leftover that I probably could have made the first dishcloth a bit longer to be about the same length as the second one. But you don’t always know how something is going to work out when you are using a particular yarn for the first time.

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Wool Washes I Currently Use, and Where to Buy Them.

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As I have had time to use different wool washes on different projects and types of projects, there are three that have stood out to me.

My Top 3 picks are:
1. The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo (can be found here)
2. Eucalan Wrapture and unscented wool washes both can be found here (Wrapture can also be found here) (unscented can be also found here)
3. Kookaburra Tea Tree Wool Wash (can be purchased from here, here or here)

I prefer the laundress wool and cashmere wash for items such as shawls, hats, and scarves, that you don’t wash super often. It has the Cedar scent which helps protect the wool from bugs and moths going after it and damaging the garments. I also store all these goods in airtight containers with cedar blocks.

I prefer using the Eucalan for when I wash each pair of socks for the first time. I like the consistency of the wash for getting into the socks and helping pull up the excess dyes, waxes and other chemicals that the yarn was treated with, in the dying and spinning process.

Lastly, I prefer the Kookaburra tea tree wool wash for washing socks. Beings that I wash my socks after each time I wear them, I like that the Kookaburra tea tree wool wash contains tea tree oil which helps to get rid of microorganisms that get in the wool and can harm the wool itself or cause skin issues on your feet. It is also biodegradable, which also makes it good for taking along on the trail when hiking, or while travelling, so if I were to need to wash a pair of socks while I was out, and it couldn’t wait until I got home, this wash is more environmentally friendly. There is a lavender scented one as well, but I prefer the tea tree scent, as it is more woodsy, and would blend in better while out hiking.

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Next Up: Cyan Socks

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This past week, after completing the Finnley Heather socks, I cast on a pair of Cyan colored socks. The variety of colors that the Palette Yarn comes in, is one of the things I love about the Palette line of KnitPicks fingering weight yarn. There are more colors to choose from than I have ever seen in any one line of yarn before.

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I had started the Cyan socks before finishing up the pair of Hollyberry Stroll socks that I am working on. Once I got the leg going on the Cyan socks, I have been focusing on the Hollyberry socks as I am trying to get them done by the end of the day tomorrow (Tuesday), as Wednesday is supposed to be the hottest day of the next 10+ days. When you are looking at having a day with a high in the mid-nineties, here in Portland, Oregon, you take advantage of it.

You work your rear end off to try to get as much stuff done as you can, so you can wash it and put it outside to air dry. I never put my hand knit items in the tumble dryer as it tends to ruin whatever it is that I knit, I always air dry (and 99% of the time, hand wash) my handknit goods. Highs in the nineties is not an often enough occurrence here in Portland, that when it happens, you take advantage of it. As it is I have a shawl, and two pairs of socks done, that is all ready to be washed. I am hoping to make the Hollyberry socks the third pair of socks I am able to wash on Wednesday and put outside to dry.