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The Sock Gauge Swatch

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Over the course of the last couple of days, while having the second Cobblestone Heather Stroll sock in the works, I have also cast on another couple socks for two different pairs of socks.

I cast on the first sock of a pair of socks using KnitPicks Palette Yarn in rouge, as well as the first sock of a pair of socks using Black Trillium Fibres Fingering weight yarn in Morgana.

For the Palette yarn I am using my second pair of 2.50mm size 1 double pointed needles, and for the black trillium fibres yarn I am using my 2.00mm size 0 double pointed needles.

Each of the three socks have a bit different of a pattern for the top parts of the socks. My Cobblestone Heather socks have a 10 row ribbed cuff and an 80 row leg, while the Rouge Palette socks have a 20 row cuff and a 50 row leg, and and the black trillium fibres socks, have a 20 row cuff and I am aiming to fit the leg to the sock blockers.

Beings that the black trillium fibres yarn is thinner than either the Stroll or the Palette yarn, and I didn’t like how it was working out when I was work it up on either of the size 1 needles, the 2.25mm or the 2.50mm, I am giving it one last try with the size 0 needles. I am hoping they turn out better being knit up tighter. Though I am not a fan of how rough they are working up, I am hoping that will work itself out with being washed, and line dried. It also may be partly due to the fact that the yarn is 25% nylon. I don’t know what’s worse, rough socks or gaping holes from the slipped stitches along the sides of the heel where you pick up to knit the foot, that is the issue I am trying to resolve by using the size 0 needles. I am also winging the pattern on this first sock since I haven’t worked with the yarn enough to know how many rows is enough to make the leg of the sock long enough.

As you can see in the picture above the difference between the two yarns and the gauge difference between the two needle sizes. When you are working with Fingering weight yarns and making socks, half a millimeter in needle size and in gauge / tension is huge. In the picture above, both socks have a 20 row cuff and are sitting at 30 rows in the leg. While I have more to knit on both before I get to the heel, I figured that this is a good starting comparison point to show you all. I should also mention, the sock on the left has a total of eight more stitches (2 more on each needle) than the sock on the right does, and still looks and feels narrower.

When I get the Black Trillium Fibres socks done, I will definitely update on that.

I am making the rouge socks a bit shorter because I had to cut one of the balls of yarn in the winding process, and I doubt I have enough yarn in the larger of the two balls from that original ball without tying on more, and I don’t want to have to tie on the smaller ball if I don’t have to.

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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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Dishcloth Yarn

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I decided to order some of the KnitPicks Dishie yarn, since I also enjoy knitting dishcloths, and they are something easy to knit and work on while I have to wait somewhere.

I have been using the Lily Sugar N’ Cream yarn for years. What I got looking at today, of the balls of the Sugar N’ Cream yarn is how inconsistent the sizes of balls are. I have one of the twists that is 56.7 grams (2oz) that has 86 m / 95 yds, then a variegated that is 56.7 grams (2oz) and 86 m / 95 yds, as well as a variegated that is 85 grams / 3 oz and 138 m / 150 yds. I also have 4 solid balls that are 70.9 grams / 2.5 oz with 109 m / 120 yds and a super size solid that has 113 grams / 4 oz, with 184 m / 200 yds. It’s all over the place and kind of random how inconsistent the weights and yardages the balls have.

That is one of the things I just looked at, that all the KnitPicks Dishie yarn (variegated and solid) comes in 100g balls that have 190 yards each of yarn.

I am also loving the colors that the KnitPicks Dishie comes it. It seems of late anyway (like the past 5 – 10 years) that the selection of the Sugar N’ Cream yarn has been slim, with few choices, and even fewer that I like. Or maybe that’s just my local craft store. That’s why I ordered some of the Dishie yarn, to give a try and compare the two brands. At least the needle size recommended across the two brands is pretty much the same. As is the fact that they are all a 4 / worsted weight yarn.

The colors I had ordered of the Dishie yarn are: Ash, Azure, Conch, Douglas Fir, Eggplant, Fiesta, Mulberry, Pomegranate and 2 Kenai.

I will be writing up another post once I have knit up a dishcloth or two out of the Dishie yarn, so stay tuned for that post.

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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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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.