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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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Knitters Talk; Ordering knitting supplies online

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Yesterday, my latest order of Sock Yarn from KnitPicks arrived!

I had ordered some more Palette yarn. So far the Palette yarn is turning out to be my favorite sock yarn. It knits up so nicely and evenly. I also have not had a problem with casting it on (I will write more about that here in a bit), and the heels felt nicely once worn. I have noticed that the heels of my socks always kind of look awkward until I wear the the first time, then they felt a little and look like normal sock heels should.

Tuesday evening I got the first sock of the pair I am knitting up out of the Chroma Fingering Yarn finished and the second one cast on. Very quickly I came to the conclusion that I don’t like the Chroma yarn. For me it is a pain in the rear end to cast on. The first sock was a 3 or 4 attempt to get cast on and knit off, and the second was a 7 attempt to cast on and successfully knit off. If you have ever worked with Roving, you can relate. This yarn, the fibers liked to pull apart on themselves, and it isn’t helpful when the strand pulls apart while you are casting it on or knitting off the first row. I finally got the second sock cast on and knit off. While knitting up the socks I have been having to be careful as the fibers like to split on the stitches, slowing me down. So this pair of socks has been frustrating. They will be a nice pair of socks once they are knit up, but I will not be ordering more of the Chroma yarn.

I still have a 100 gram ball of the Stroll Fingering yarn and many 50 gram balls of the Stroll Tweed sock yarn to try. I like the feel of these balls better than I do of the Chroma. I am hoping that the Stroll Yarns will knit up more like the Palette and Hawthorne Fingering yarns have for me. I had mentioned that the Hawthorne Fingering yarn felt rough as I was knitting it up. I had the opportunity to wash that pair of sock here recently. The stiffness and roughness went away with washing, which meant that my assumption that the stiffness and roughness was caused by the waxes and stuff used to treat the yarn to make it easier to spin and knit with, was correct.

Last week I started a new triangle shawl using my Wool of the Andes Tweed worsted yarn in Marine Heather.

My goal has been to see how far I can get with the first ball of yarn, to get an idea of how much one ball of the Wool of the Andes Tweed can make. While I know that as I get more done, each subsequent ball will make fewer rows, as the shawl gets wider and there will be more stitches per row, I am impressed with how far this one ball has gotten me and I still have some of it left.

I am still waiting on my second set of lace blocking wires to arrive. They have been stuck in Sumner Washington since the 13th, and they were shipped on the 4th. This is the second time this month I have had issues with DHL and packages being held up by them. Yes I have contacted them twice so far for this package. I am fully aware that this is the busy shipping season, and it is almost Christmas, but really, they were shipped on the 4th, and have been sitting in Sumner (near Tacoma) for the past week. I am like “really people, you had plenty of time to get my package to Portland before the train derailment that closed I-5 southbound, and it’s not like you really need that section of I-5 southbound anyway, since Sumner is closer to the detour route around it anyway.” It is just frustrating that my package hasn’t arrived yet, and the other package from that order (that was shipped a different carrier) as well as the two orders I have ordered from KnitPicks since this item shipped have all arrived (again, these two orders after the order of blocking wires were shipped with FedEx). While I have occasionally had an issue with UPS losing a package (the last one they lost of mine was a year or two ago), I, and others I know (the yarn studio I worked at 3 years ago) have had nothing trouble with DHL. At this rate I am expecting the items I ordered from Amazon this morning to arrive before the blocking wires do. I will get off my soap box now and get back to work on my projects.

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A Knitterā€™s Dream

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The latest KnitPicks order I had placed, arrived yesterday.

I had ordered 4 balls of the aloft lace weight yarn in Kenai, 2 hanks of Alpaca Cloud in Bennet, 1 ball of Chroma Fingering Weight in Fog Bank, as well as 2 new pairs of 6 inch DPN’s in the two size 1’s (2.25mm and 2.5mm), since these sizes are the two I use the most. I also prefer the 6 inch needles to the 5 inch needles. That extra inch makes a huge difference in how they feel while knitting with them.

I really love the colors I got. I was unsure if I would like the color Bennet of the Alpaca Cloud yarn, but it turns out that the pictures don’t do it justice.

The aloft and Alpaca Cloud yarns I will be using to knit up wraps, and the chroma yarn I will use for more socks.

Right now I have a lot of sock yarn, so I really don’t need to buy more, and I need to work on knitting it up. Beings that it is winter that also helps with the whole not going on so many adventures / not needing as many pairs knit up, washed and blocked (since it is too cold really to hand them outside to dry), I am able to leave the pairs I finish knitting in the bucket I have to keep my wool socks until I can get them washed.

For now, my knitting supplies that I want are more substantial than yarn. I want some more blocking mats and some lace blocking wires. So for now I really need to curb the impulse to buy yarn.

I am not done blogging, I still have finished projects and other knitting related things to share with you all in the future, so stay tuned for more posts.

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Knitting More Socks

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Autumn is quickly approaching, and with that, I am continuing to work on Wool socks to add to my stash. 

Yesterday I finished up a pair, using KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Victorian and Hazelnut. 


Today I started a pair for which I am using the Larch Heather and Victorian colors of the KnitPicks Palette Yarn.

I am excited for autumn to be here. I love that the wool socks I am knitting up will help fill up the extra room in my Doc Martens boots that I have. I haven’t worn my boots at all this summer. I am ready for it to be cool enough to wear my wool socks in my boots. I am trying to get as many pairs of socks done as possible before the rain and cold weather sets in, and will force me to dry my wool socks inside rather than outside on the line. 

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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. 

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Final Measurements

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While I was working on the first sock of my regal pair of socks, I had remembered something I had learned while working at the studio. 

This tip is: let the garment/item you are knitting shrink up before taking final measurements. 

I.E. the sock I am working on needs to be 5.25 inches from the heel flap to where I will start the toe. Once it measures 5.25 inches while knitting, I let it sit until the next day, then measure it again (it is typically a bit shorter than it was while I was working on it the day before), and then I knit up the remainder I need, before knitting the toe. I make sure it is the right length once it has shrunk to final size (as it is looser while knitting), before moving on. 

While I was working at the studio, we had to check the pieces against the final dimensions and against the other pieces of the same size to ensure consistency.