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Summer Days and Summer Socks

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What a week. I worked only two nights last week, and two off so I could go to the beach with my family. It was a good day.

Beings that I had two extra nights off than I regularly do, I had extra time to work on my knitting. I am currently working on my beach bunny socks, which is the Hedgehog Fibres yarn I had picked up at For Yarns Sake over in Beaverton a little while back.

I finished up my first sock of the pair Tuesday night, and started the second sock.

Part of what helped me get through this first sock so quick besides having a couple nights off was also the fact that I binge watched the 4th season of Virgin River while I was working on it.

It’s also been pretty hot the past few days, seeing upper 90’s and even low 100’s in the Willamette Valley. So I have also been biding my time in the air conditioned house trying to keep cool.

I had pre-ordered the Long Dog Yarn Summer 2022 Sock Set and project bag. I think the sock set is actually called “She sells seashells” or something similar. When I had seen it, I couldn’t resist it. I love the beach (obviously) and beachy themed stuff. I love the color of turquoise that the mini hank is for the heels and toes. I am definitely excited to work up this yarn too.

The North and Central Oregon Coast have definitely made the short list of where I would love to live. While there are other places on that list that I am open to living should I be able to find a good job that has health insurance, the coast is just at the top.

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Alaskan Yarn and Life Update

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Last week a new to me indie yarn dyer came across my Instagram. Some of the colors, I couldn’t resist buyer. This yarn shop is called Bad Sheep Yarn and is based in North Pole Alaska.

My order arrived today. The colors are even better in person than pictures could show. It makes me want to go to Alaska that much more.

I am so excited to get to work up all the new yarn I have picked up recently. With the way that Gas prices and inflation keep going up, I need to work on the yarn I have. Since I am wanting to go to Rhinebeck, I am saving my money so I can go. We will have to see how the next 15 months go.

Besides the inflation and rising gas prices, the area I live in is apparently back in the high covid risk. Masks are being highly encouraged in indoor spaces and non essential public gatherings should be avoided, regardless of vaccination status. While I don’t know what to make of it all, I am pretty ok with staying home for the most part besides going to work and my doctors appointments. I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually see another mask mandate here in my state. Since I currently work at a grocery store as my primary job, I do most of my grocery shopping at work, so I don’t have to make too many extra stops.

With that being said, with spending a lot more of my free time at home again, thanks in part to dealing with a chronic health condition, I will hopefully be posting more and have more content for you all.

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Road to Rhinebeck

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Sorry this post is a bit late, I super busy Wednesday, and then AT&T was a butt and I had no data pretty much until I had to leave for work at 9 o’clock at night.

Tuesday evening I finished up the “Road to Rhinebeck” socks I had been working on. I honestly love how they turned out and they are the favorite pair I have worked on lately. Then again it seems like whenever I work on an autumn colored / inspired pair of socks, I love them. Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival is in October so this sock set is definitely autumn inspired.

This was in fact a sock set, so there was a main hank and an mini hank of the contrast.

While Rhinebeck has been Goals for a while, this sock set really makes me want to go, and it is something I am going to try to make happen in 2023. It just isn’t going to work out this year due to what I have had going on and dealing with my health this year.

Yesterday, I took the time and washed the socks I had completed and stuck in my hamper for hand knit socks. I prefer to hand wash my hand knit socks and put them on the drying rack since we don’t have a drying line outside at the new house. The warmer weather makes me more inclined to wash socks since they will dry quicker. Some day I would love to have a wood stove or natural gas stove and be able to dry them in front of that in the colder months. Especially after having worn them.

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Rhinebeck Is Goals

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This morning I finished up the first sock in the pair of “Road to Rhinebeck” socks I am currently working on.

This was a sock set with a main variegated hank and a smaller contrast / coordinating tonal hank for at least heels and toes. I have gone on the conservative side and not tried using the contracting tonal for a top rib in the cuff. I may kick myself later for that, if I end up with a decent amount left over. I just wanted to make sure I had enough for the heels and toes for two socks.

This sock, seriously evokes all things fall for me. Cozy Sweaters, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, turning leaves, fires in the fireplace, Gilmore Girls, Mel in Virgin River – the scene from the first episode or two when she is walking down the street in Virgin River talking to her sister on the phone in the cute sweater and boots.

Yes, one sock made me think of that. Well, it did have the help of visiting two local yarn shops yesterday. Those made me think of rainy Portland October days, with a cup of tea, hunkering down in a cute yarn shop working on a knitting project, or squishing the yarn. For me, Starlight Knitting Society was the coziest and most inviting of the two. It also really made me miss Happy Knits. Happy Knits was a yarn store here in Portland, on SE Hawthorne Blvd, that I fell in love with. They closed a few years ago (Pre Pandemic) they had a very light, airy, welcoming shop that wasn’t super crowded but had an amazing selection. In the back, they had a large table to sit around and work on projects as well as a couch that faced the natural gas stove. It was amazing in the colder wet months to go hang out, look at yarn, squish yarn, get inspiration, work on projects. I miss that space.

I have known about the Rhinebeck sheep and wool festival for several years. It is the big festival. I really want to go, and I want to try to make it happen next year. This year isn’t going to work for me, since I have other things I need to deal with first. Rhinebeck is one of things that I feel like I should experience at least once.

We don’t have many fiber festivals out here on the West Coast, and the ones we do have aren’t on the same caliber as the ones that take place back east.

All the smaller indie dyers I follow and typically buy from are from east of the Mississippi River, and the “better” fiber festivals are part of the circuit that most of these dyers go to.

Which is why I would love to go to Rhinebeck, especially, as well as some of the other fiber festivals back East and find more small, Indie, US based dyers who have amazing yarns.

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Kodiak: The Conclusion

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I finished up the second Kodiak sock this morning!

The yarn is from Deep Dyed Yarns, and it this colorway is on the Figment yarn base.

This pair of socks took about a month to knit up, as life has been busy with work, Dr’s appointments (I am on the road to recovery, it’s just a long road), and just life happening.

It’s been a hard month, with a lot of life changes, and feeling overwhelmed, so knitting has been the one thing that has helped me refocus and destress with all the changes that have been happening.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions, unknowns and uncertainties. Hopefully over the next few months, as more appointments happen, I will get some answers and things figured out.

While I keep pushing forward to find the answers to my health issues, I will keep knitting and getting back to other healthy coping mechanisms as well. Things that have taken a back seat over the last year like walking and Journaling as well.

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Graveyard Smash

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I can’t believe that it took me two months to finish a pair of socks, yet I can at the same time.

October and November saw so much craziness and upheaval around here that it is good to finally be able to sit down and knit and actually be able to have my days off be days off.

Last night I finished the pair of “Graveyard Smash” socks I started back at the beginning of October.

This colorway is on the bubble sock yarn base from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm. The bubble sock base is made up of 80% merino and 20% silk.

A lot has changed from the last pair of socks I finished, but I am able to get back to knitting more on my weekends, and get back to putting more time into my blog as well. I have missed being able to post regularly. Life was just so busy and demanding the past couple of months, and I needed to prioritize other things during that time.

I definitely have some plans for this winter as life calms down even more. There are some yarn stores I want to go visit in person on my weekends. With working full time now, I am able to put more money into what it takes to do what I love. I know I have said it for a while, but I have been wanting to put more into my blog and now I am able to do that.

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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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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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Winter Wonderland

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It’s been far too long since I last finished a pair of socks, as my job has been keeping me far to busy.

A couple nights ago, I finished up the pair of socks I had been working on for a while.

The yarn I used for this pair of socks is from Forbidden Fiber Company. The Colorway is called “winter wonderland”, and it’s on the Superstition yarn base, and it was from the Christmas in July collection.

I am glad to have this pair of socks done, and have been able to move onto something new. I know I have written about what I want to work through, and then when the time comes to start something new, I definitely change my mind and grab a different yarn.

I have come to the point where I have stopped buying yarn for the time being, and I am working on stash busting my stash, and working with the yarn that I have. I have plenty of options to choose from.

I am definitely hoping that work slows down, and I am able to spend more time knitting in the near future. That may or may not happen, but we will see. I also know that I keep saying that I want to get as many pairs of socks done before summer gets here, and just let them sit in my to be washed bag, and wash all my new socks when the weather gets warm again.

Life post furlough has been hard, work has been busy, and super inconsistent. A lot of my free time, I have spent sleeping, and / or not feeling well. Knitting has taken a back seat to life, and I have missed knitting so much, as Knitting is one of the few things that helps keep me grounded, and like I have a purpose. I also love that when I finish something, I can see what I have accomplished.

This next year, I am definitely going to try to find a new job, and I would love to move, and make many changes for the better.

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Safe Harbor

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I was finally able to finish up the pair of Safe Harbor socks I have been needing to finish for a while, since I ran out of yarn. I got the extra yarn I had ordered wound up.

I had ordered Safe Harbor on the Coquette Sock Yarn base, from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm. Safe Harbor was part of of the Outlander Inspired Collection. This colorway is no longer available.

Now that ai have this pair of socks done, I finally feel like I am making progress on the socks I have been working on.

Yesterday, I had made another blueberry crumble, which has become one of my favorite recipes.

I got this recipe from the Salmon Sisters cookbook. Knowing me, it’s not surprising that one of my favorite recipes is out of an Alaskan cookbook. I have wanted to live someplace like SE Alaska or Scotland for over a decade now. That is also part of why I am knitting up a lot of warm and cozy items, because I want to live somewhere with a cooler climate, and spend more time outdoors.

Beings that I was furloughed three months ago, and it has been extended every two weeks after the month long extension that happened during April, I am trying to make the most of my time off and spent at home. I am definitely trying to get as much done before the holiday season begins.