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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. 

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Another KnitPicks Package!!!

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Today I got one of my last KnitPicks packages for a while, in the mail today. In it, were the two pattern books I had Order as well as six balls of the Palette Yarn. Two balls each of the following colors: Comfrey, Caribbean, and Sagebrush. 

The two pattern books I got were: Highland Knits and Little Luxuries. The Highland Knits is a collection of patterns based on season one of Outlander. While I am not so much a fan of the show (the books are better), I did like the scenery and the costumes. I really liked Claire’s Rent Collection Shawl, and once I learn how to do short rows, and conceal short rows, I am going to make one for myself. The Little Luxuries book is a collection of patterns by KnitPicks that they showcase in their latest catalog. I was drooling over that catalog, and wanted a lot of the patterns, so now I have them. When I am able to buy more yarn, I am going to try a few of the shawls. 

I love finding yarns and patterns that inspire me, and set my creative wheels going. Whenever I get ahold of patterns, I get inspired. 

Before I dive into shawls and stuff from my new pattern books, I want to stash bust all my sock yarn and get my sock collection complete. Well, as complete as I have sock yarn to use at the moment complete. My last box of sock yarn should be here early this next week. 

But Erica, why are you going crazy knitting socks when you really don’t even like wearing socks? It’s true, I am not a huge fan of wearing socks. I am knitting up socks, because I want a variety of quality made socks for hiking socks that will last for a while and will actually keep my feet warm in the cooler, wetter months to go hiking and do other outdoor activities. I also have some synthetic fiber yarns, and eventually want to get some more of the lightweight sock yarn, to knit up my own hiking socks for the warmer months. 

I have my knitting work cut out for me, and I am totally ok with that. 

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Being Inspired to Knit Again

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Now that I have a bit more time to dedicate to knitting, I have been able to enjoy it so much more. All the creativity I had been able to channel a couple years ago had to be shelved for a while. I can tell it is starting to return.

My desire to post more about why I am working on, what is inspiring me, and the whole 9 yards when it comes to knitting is coming back too. While a lot has changed in the past two and a half years, at the same time, not a lot has changed. 

I am definitely needing to get back into some sort of posting routine, but I will figure that out in time. 

For those of you who have been with me since the beginning, I appreciate your patience with me for the past two and a half years, as I have not had the time to devote to my blog like I once had been able to. 

Portland, used to not inspire me. Over the past couple of years, this area, the climate, culture and way of life has really begun to inspire like it had never done before. Having been able to explore local yarn stores, and being able to shop local has been amazing and inspiring. 

While Portland winters are not particularly snowy, cold or harsh as other places, it has a unique style of winter and winter fashion all it’s own. It is very much a DIY, alternative city, which has opened the door for so many amazing Yarn stores to pop up, and thrive. While our winter highs are typically above freezing, the rain goes right through you and chills you to the bone. Hand Knit accessories are also a staple, especially for people like me who know how to knit for ourselves. 

I know several of my blog posts lately have been about knitting socks. While I don’t particularly like wearing socks, they are a necessity for the lifestyle I enjoy having that is primarily driven by being outside, and being able to be comfortable outside all year round. Not to mention the fact that store bought socks just aren’t the same. 

So, in the coming weeks and months I am hoping to deliver more quality content to you all. 

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March KnitPicks Haul

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UPS finally dropped off my latest KnitPicks order yesterday evening. I had waited for it all day and it didn’t arrive until about a quarter to 6 in the evening. 

In this order I got some more sock yarn so I can knit up more socks this year. In knitting up my first pair of socks, I figured how much Palette yarn I would need to knit up a pair of socks, so I got some more of the colors I had only ordered one ball of in my last order. I also ordered a few more colors to add variety to the mix. 

I also ordered 4 sets of sock blockers, more T pins, some wool wash for my mom, as well as the sample sizes of several of the scents to try. I also ordered more cedar blocks to put in my wool tubs to help protect the woolen products I have made. 

I had also ordered this yarn bowl to set the yarn that I am working with in, to help it pull out better as I am working with it. 

I am pretty well set for the time being for socks and sock yarn. I eventually want to get more sets of sock blockers, but that will wait until I have my own place again, and more room to spread stuff out. 

I am working on socks because I am aiming to do more hiking in the near future and wanted better quality socks for hiking and being outdoors in the cooler months. 

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Creating my own Sock Pattern!

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I am super excited that I finally finished typing up my own basic knit socks pattern! I built my pattern off swatch testing yarns to figure out gauge and figure out what size needles to use, as well as other patterns to get a rough idea of how many stitches to cast on. Length of cuff and heel flap came from working in the first sock, and I used a tutorial for turning the heel, the gusset and decreasing the toe. I kept comparing the sock against my foot to get the length of the sock correct. 

I finally typed up all the pieces of information I had written down on post it notes and from the blog tutorial I used for the heel, gusset & toe. Now I have it all in the same document and looking nice and easy to use, going forward for more socks. 

This is the first sock I knit up using what has become my sock pattern:


I really like how it turned out. 

I have a fair amount of sock yarn that I am excited to finally get to use for socks, including some wool that I am wanting to use for socks. This wool is KnitPicks Palette yarn, which is super soft, and I am hoping it will be durable, and last a while. 

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Last Knit for Kids Sweater of 2016

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Over the weekend and just before the new year started I completed my last sweater for 2016. 

I had been working on this sweater, among other projects for a couple of months and wanted to get it done before the end of the year, so I did. 

I made a size 6 sweater, and the yarn I had used was red heart super saver yarn in Coffee, Carrot, and Fall. 

It was a simple sweater to knit up especially since most of the body, and sleeves were the fall yarn. There were a few ends to tuck in, but it was no where near as bad as some of the other sweaters I have done. 

I really enjoy working on these little, or not so little in the case of the size 10’s, sweaters. I like having something to work on that goes to a child in need.