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Testing out a Different Sock Pattern

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Since I started knitting up socks I have always done a k1p1 cuff pattern until I am about to where I am going to knit the heel flap. Just before I would knit the heel flap, I started out with two rounds of straight knitting and eventually went to ten rounds before starting the heel flap. While having a 40 – 50 row ribbed cuff plus 10 rows of straight knitting before the heel flap made a good length for me, I don’t like how my sock blockers stretch out that cuff as it is drying.

While the socks that Reese Witherspoon wears with her Danner’s in the movie Wild are bulkier than what I like for hiking, that scrunched down sock is something that I want to try, and I like making my own hiking socks, so I am in the process of trying out a bit of a new sock pattern for myself.

The biggest changes I am making on my go to sock pattern, is that instead of 40 – 50 rounds of ribbing at the top, I am only doing 10, and then knitting the rest of the leg portion of the top just normally. I am using my sock blockers as a reference guide, so the ribbing will end up drying on the slanted area at the top, and the leg part will just be straight and not be stretched out much by the blockers.

Part of my goal with this as well, is not having to use pins to secure my socks to the blockers while they are drying outside. There will really be no chance of them sliding off the blockers if it happens to be windy and they are hung on the line.

I am also testing out if this pattern will still work with the quantity of sock yarns I have. I tend to have leftover Palette and Stroll yarns when I do the 40 – 50 row cuff, I am going to see if this pattern will help me get more of each color used up without having a whole lot left over.

If you knit socks I would love to hear about what you do when you knit socks, and what patterns you use.

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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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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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Quick Start on a new pair of Socks

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This evening I ripped off the sock I had been working on for the past week, because I didn’t like how the sock was knitting up on the needles. That yarn didn’t have much give and was creating holes where there shouldn’t be. I have had this happen with a different yarn of a similar weight and texture. I can honestly say I not a fan of thinner sock yarn.

With that being said, at around 8:30 this evening I started a new pair of socks with a different yarn. I have had good luck knitting socks with KnitPicks yarn up until this point. Granted I have only knit up socks using the Palette yarn so far. The new pair I cast on, I am knitting up from the Hawthorne Fingering yarn (that yarn I ripped off was of a different brand).

I am amazed at how quickly this yarn is knitting up. In the matter of a couple hours, I am already a quarter of the way done with the cuff of this sock. The colorway I am using of the Hawthorne Fingering is Laurelhurst.

When I was looking at the Hawthorne Fingering Yarn online, I quickly realized that all the color names are of the different neighborhoods here in Portland (the city I grew up in). Not only is that cool, but Hawthorne is the name of one of the major Boulevards here in Southeast Portland, as well as the business district / neighborhood that Hawthorne Blvd runs through, as well as the bridge that carries Hawthorne Blvd across the river to the west side of the city. Here on the east side Hawthorne and Madison are two different streets (and for a ways they are one way streets with Hawthorne carrying the west bound traffic and Madison the east bound. On the West side of the river Madison is the street that the feeds onto the Hawthorne Bridge.

While KnitPicks is an international brand with a corporate headquarters across the other river in Vancouver, Washington. I love the fact that they have yarn named after places I know.

So far (I am only 10 rows in) the only down side I am finding with the Hawthorne Fingering yarn is that is seems to be rather stiff. I am hoping the stiffness/ scratchiness issues are due to the waxes and stuff used in the spinning process and to help it to knit up easier. I am hoping that this issue will be taken care of once the final project is washed the first time.

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Fall is Here

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It is looking and feeling like fall is here!

I am waiting for a couple of orders to come in, for fall knitting projects.

Today I picked up a couple more knitting related items at Joann’s for upcoming knitting projects. I picked up a pair of size 5 bamboo circular needles, to make sure I have the right length of circular needles for one of the projects I want to knit this fall. I am just waiting on the yarn to get here. I don’t want to talk too much about it until the yarn gets here. I also picked up another row counter so I now I have 3, so now I can work on multiple projects that need a row counter to keep track of rows for the pattern I am working on.

I am definitely stoked for my KnitPicks packages to arrive. The yarn for a new pattern I want to try is in one of the packages.

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Knitting, interviews and Life

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In what free time I have had the past few days, which hasn’t seemed like all that much, I have made some progress on my second pair of KnitPicks Palette yarn in Victorian socks. I am currently working on the heel of the first sock. 

Today I had an interview with a local small yarn producer and Shop. I am not going to say which one, for privacy sake. I have to wait a few more days until I find out whether I move on on the hiring process. This job would totally be #jobgoals for someone like me.

That is one of the things I love about living here in Portland; There are so many locally owned yarn stores. 

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Wraps and Catalogues

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Today I have been making progress on a couple of my WIP’s. I got the cuff of the second sock that I am knitting up using Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn half way done. 

Once I got the cuff half way done, I switched to working on the wrap I have in progress. The wrap I am working on, I am using Cascade Eco+ Yarn. I am using a K3P1 pattern.


It is a really pretty dark sea blue, it is heathered navy blue and forest green. While working at the studio we had a lace weight Todd and Duncan cashmere yarn that was a similar color. 

The Cascade Eco+ Yarn is an Aran weight yarn. It is a bulkier yarn. I am using size 9 bamboo circular needles. With this combination it is warm, thick and cozy,  yet not super bulky. 

Today, I also got a new KnitPicks catalogue in the mail. I love looking through the catalogues, and getting ideas for what I want to knit, in the future. I have a long wish list of yarns and knitting books.