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I Finally Bought a Yarn Swift

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I have been knitting for over 19 years now, and it is a craft, hobby and passion that has hung in there and endured the test of time. I figured it was about time I invested in a yarn swift. I had been considering it for a couple years now, and when I had seen the ones on the KnitPicks website were on sale for half off, I decided to jump on that deal and finally get a swift for myself. I also purchased a hank of KnitPicks Stroll fingering weight yarn, because you had to spend $50 or more to get free shipping. The yarn swift was $49.99 on sale. So I had a dilemma, either pay for shipping, or find a hank or ball of yarn that I would use, on sale, and get free shipping. Getting more yarn won. I would rather spend my money on something I will use over spending money on shipping any day when the option is there and I was so close to free shipping anyway.

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As a knitter, who likes buying yarn, and who loves knitting, purchasing a yarn swift (especially when I have been knitting almost two decades), is not a frivolous purchase, since I plan to continue knitting and buying yarn for years to come.

I am trying to curtail how much yarn I buy at the moment, so I spend time knitting up what i have in my stash, there will come a point when I want and need more yarn to keep working on projects. Having a yarn ball winder an a yarn swift are two must haves for those who are dedicated to their craft.

I got my swift in the mail yesterday (the 21st), and I already have used it to wind up two hanks of yarn, and I have to say it works amazingly.

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This year I have really been working on knitting a lot of socks, and that is where my heart is for knitting right now. Yesterday I realized that the socks I have been knitting are the perfect thickness and height for fitting in my hiking boots, and helping my hiking boots fit my feet better. These socks help fill up the extra room in my boots without being too thick thus making my boots too tight. That is why I started knitting up my own socks in the first place, was to be a good boot sock for hiking. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we get plenty of grey, overcast, cool, and rainy days. I don’t want having cold feet and not the right socks stop me from going out, or making the hike any more miserable. I love the cool, wet weather we get from autumn to spring, and i want to be able to enjoy hiking in the “off season”.

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Autumn KnitPicks Haul

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Today my box of yarn and extra eucalan wool wash finally arrived.

I am still waiting on my yarn swift and more yarn to be shipped, but I will save that for another post.

In this package I had several balls of the Palette fingering weight Yarn I like to use for socks. I had the following: 2 balls Ash, 2 balls Mineral Heather, 2 balls Pumice Heather, 2 balls Orange and a ball of Hazelnut.

I also had ordered a hank of the Hawthorne Fingering Yarn in Laurelhurst as well as two hanks of the Alpaca Cloud Yarn in Smoke Heather.

I had also ordered an extra bottle of wool wash. This time I had ordered the unscented rather than the wrapture. Even though I love the wrapture, I wanted the unscented for going into winter. If I have to dry socks inside I didn’t want the scent smelling up the house and offending the people I live with.

I managed to get the Hawthorne Fingering Yarn wound into a ball without a swift but it was very tedious. I am waiting until my swift arrived before trying to wind the alpaca cloud Yarn. Beings that KnitPicks was having a sale on the swifts, I decided it was time to order one for myself. I am working on building up what I consider the necessities for knitting and being able to do everything I can myself.

I bought the orange and an extra ball of the Hazelnut because I want to knit up autumn socks. I have been and still am really liking grey’s for socks and accessories, which is why most of the yarn I bought is a grey of some sort. The Hawthorne Fingering Yarn I bought was on sale so that influenced my decision on that one.

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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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Autumn is Coming!!!!! 

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Friday I had gone out and ran some errands in the morning. Two of the stops included Fred Meyer and Joann’s. They have Fall Decorations in stock! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! 

This summer has been brutal. Too many 90+ degree days, and a handful of days over 100. That is too hot for me. It has been good for drying socks, when I get them done, and that is a huge when. 


The whole reason I had gone to Joann’s anyway was to pick up some more 2.25mm size 1 dpn needles. It was just as well, since I had yet another one of my first set break on me last night. 

I finally finished up this pair of socks this evening.


I used KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Marble Heather and Wonderland Heather. I had used US size 1 – 2.25mm dpn needles to knit this pair up. 

I have noticed that with the Marble Heather and the Wonderland Heather yarns they knit up better on the 2.25mm size 1’s where as some of the colors like Victorian, Larch Heather, Hazelnut and Regal knit up a bit better on the 2.50mm size 1’s. They are all KnitPicks Palette Yarn. Now that I think about it, it doesn’t surprise me that some of the colors knit up better on the 2.25mm while other colors knit up better – tension and gauge wise on the 2.50mm needles. I ran into something similar while I worked at the studio, the black in one of the yarns had to be knit up at like a 7.1 while the pink was knit up at like a 7.0 and every other color was knit up at like a 6.3 (I don’t remember the exact gauge settings but that is just a general figure), as some of the colors knit up looser and others knit up tighter we had to adjust the gauge to get uniform garments out of all the colors. A medium in the pink had to be the same finished size as the black and they both had to be the same finished size as the tan and the white, even though the colors knit up differently. 

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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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Socks, swatches and notes

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The last few days have been busy! 

I finished up the first sock of the first pair of socks that I am knitting up using KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Victorian. I have enough to make 3 full pairs, but I am going to be knitting up two solid pairs of Victorian, as well as a pair of Victorian & Hazelnut and a pair of Victorian and Larch Heather. I still have some Hazelnut and Larch Heather Palette Yarn left from the pairs of socks I made from them and they go well with the Victorian. 


I have also been working on some swatches, because I really want to do swatch boards for the different yarns I make gauge swatches of, when I am able to have a place of my own and have a craft area. I am also wanting to do boards of all the different Palette yarns I have (and will use for socks, for color references. 

Yesterday, I started a list of the pairs of socks I have made for myself, including what size needles I used for each pair, as well as notes about stitches to cast on, lengths for the cuff, heel and foot, for future reference. I know there will come a time when I am not knitting socks for a while, and I want to have all the information I have now, that I figured out that works well for me, to be able to come back to, as well as information about tension and gauge that I used for different brands and types of yarns. Once I get done with the sock yarn I have, and then don’t knit any socks for 5 (or more years), then want more socks or to replace the pairs that have worn out, I can then just come back to my notebook and not have to try to remember (because, let’s face it, I won’t), or refigure out (which is what I would ultimately have to do), what I did. That is way more hassle than simply making notes now, while I am in the middle of knitting up a lot of socks and the details are still fresh in my head. 


As it is, all but one of my pairs of socks is sock weight / fingering weight Yarn, which is pretty simple to go with, I use either the 2.25mm size 1 needles or the 2.50mm size 1 needles, and always cast on 72 stitches, and I can go by rows to get the cuff and heels to turn out right. If I were to use a thicker yarn like a sport weight or a dk weight I would have to figure out the information again for that yarn (ie number of stitches to cast on, how many rows for the cuff and heel), as well as size of needle to get the right tension for that weight of yarn I am working with.  If and when I use a different weight of yarn and figure all that out, I would make notes if that so I could refer back to that in the future. 

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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.