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Finished My Halloween Socks!

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I finished up my Halloween socks, Sunday morning, just in time to get them washed and blocked as well. They are ready to go for Thursday. I am glad I got them done over the weekend. Going into the weekend, I knew I would be working, at least four days this week, and I was asked to pick up a shift tomorrow morning as well. So this week I will be working at least five days.

I typically wear store bought “cheap” socks for work. Considering that the yarn I had ordered in the most recent orders was between about $27 – $33 per hank, which will knit up into a pair. That, combined with the time I put into to knitting up each pair, makes me not want to wear them just for work.

This week, we are experiencing some unseasonably cold morning low temperatures, combined with the wind chill makes it feel like it is down in the 20’s. Portland is right at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, which is bad enough for getting the east wind. The wind is funneled down the gorge, so this time of year, through the winter months, we have strong east winds that are cold, and go right through all the layers you are wearing. Areas out in the east part of the county, like Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, Gresham (Where I work), and far Northeast Portland, are that much closer to the river and the mouth of the Gorge get hit even harder. I checked what it was this morning while I was at work, at about 7 am. The temperature was at 35 degrees Fahrenheit, but felt like 24/25 with the wind chill.

So yeah, here I am at about 2:00 pm, ready to get some knitting done, while my laundry is in the dryer, and before having to go to bed in about five hours to start it all over again tomorrow morning at 3:15 am, to start work at 5:00 am. I have to pay for the yarn I ordered somehow.

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They Won’t Be Around Forever

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I am back, with another finished project post! This evening, I finished up the pair of Victoria’s Memory socks that I have been working on for a couple weeks now. I am loving how they turned out. I love the colors, and everything!

The yarn based I had ordered this particular colorway on, was the Babel yarn base. The fiber content / makeup of this particular yarn base is 70% superwash merino, 20% Nylon and 10% Yak. It is so soft, yet sturdy.

So, this week I may have gone a little crazy on ordering more sock yarn. Most of it is Autumnal colored yarn, with a couple Hanks of Christmas yarn, and just some pretty yarn. I am going to be busy for a while, which is going to be good. I am excited to be sharing them all with you! One of the autumn colors I ordered, I have been wanting since last year. One of the Hanks I ordered is part of the Steampunk Collection, so I will add it to the other two I still have left to knit up.

This week, I came to the realization that the Pacific Northwest, is home. At the same time, I know staying in the Portland metro area isn’t for me. That is part of why I have been stocking up on sock yarn now, while I am in the city, and still close to the shipping hubs. I feel like shipping may be a bit quicker and slightly cheaper because I am currently in the city, since it doesn’t have to come into the city then trucked out to a smaller community (especially if it involves having to go over the mountains in winter time). It also gives me a jump start on these socks, while I am still looking for work opportunities, someplace I would prefer to live. The beach is my preferred location, but I am still seeking God’s will and direction in where he would have me move.

Autumn is finally here, and I am so excited! Our autumn set was set up earlier this week at work. I love that we finally are able to have it available, as well as the fact that the weather is finally starting to turn. Some of the leaves started turning a while ago, but are increasingly turning. I love it, and love that my favorite season is here. I love the colors, the cooler temperatures, the smells.

There will come a time, when I can wear cute clothes more often, and in the colder months, I can pair my good clothes with the socks I have made and will made, and boots and rock them autumn to spring. Two of the areas of my top three places I would love to live, that are still close enough to drive here, to see my parents (since they won’t live forever), get snow in the winter. One of the things I realized here recently, is that while I am yearning for living in a small town life, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, I don’t want to live more than 7.5 – 8 hours away (driving), and not outside of the PNW (well, Oregon, Washington and Idaho anyway).

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Outlander Inspired Sock Yarn

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The yarn that I had mentioned that I was waiting for in my last post, finally arrived a week ago, five weeks after I ordered it.

This is the yarn I ordered from bumblebee acres, the yarn base is the bubble sock, and the colorway is Scottish Thistle, which is one of their Outlander inspired Yarns, and is currently (as of writing this post) no long available online. Also note, they are also very busy and if you order online you will be waiting for your yarn to arrive, for a good 4 – 6 weeks.

I was able to get this yarn wound up once I got it. I cast on my first sock of this yarn early this afternoon after I had finished up my pair of Fraser’s Ridge Socks.

Like I just mentioned, I finished up the pair of Fraser’s Ridge socks I had been working on for a couple weeks.

The yarn I used for this pair of socks is from Forbidden Fiber Company, the yarn base is their Fortitude yarn base, in the Colorway: Fraser’s Ridge. This is one of their Outlander inspired Colorways. This colorway, on the yarn base I ordered (Fortitude), is still available on their website for order. They were very prompt in their shipping, even though I am sure they are just as busy with fiber festivals as the other shop I ordered from. I got this yarn within a week of ordering it (note, I ordered these two Yarns within a few minutes of each other).

At this point in my life, and knitting “career”, since I am not in a place to be able to travel to fiber festivals, to support these small businesses in person, besides the quality of the yarn, the biggest thing that will impress me, as an online customer is how the yarn is packaged for shipment, and your promptness in shipping. I am well aware that it does take time to dye to order, but don’t hide how long it is going to take in a page I have to hunt for in order to find, or have a pop up when I am about to complete my order.

I would love to be able to go to yarn and fiber festivals, but at this point in my life I cannot afford it, nor is it part of my paid job. Maybe one day I will get to go to at least one. My goal for next spring is to participate in the Rose City Yarn Crawl.

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That Wednesday Afternoon Work Session

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Wednesday afternoon and evening was very productive. I had a knitting work session all afternoon, working through figuring out a new pattern and how it was going to work.

I have started working on the Tuckamore Wrap out of the Crossings pattern book, which was just recently published, as in the copyright is 2019, and it’s now only February 1st.

Wednesday I worked through some of the issues I had encountered early on, and made some notes. I also ripped out my first attempt. I used the size needles recommended, and it was just way too tight. That is saying something since I knit with a looser gauge. I had started out with the size 6 and 7 needles, and that wasn’t working. I have bumped it up to size 8 and 9 needles. One thing to remember with knitting cables, they always come out tighter than straight knitting and knit/purl. Whoever thought that size 6 needles with worsted weight yarn was a good idea, I have no idea what how that worked for them. Let alone size 7 needles with cables and worsted weight yarn is a nightmare, and just way too tight. I can’t imagine having a tighter knitting gauge and trying to do that with the smaller needles. I was questioning it before I even started, figuring maybe since I knit looser anyway it might work, yeah no. I should also mention that I am using Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn for this project.

Since I recast it on, and got it going on the larger needles, I also have added an extra RS and WS to the set up rows before I dive into starting the pattern. I like having a little extra room in between the border and when the pattern starts, to help the border stay flat and not get warped with the pattern being too close to the edge.

I knew going it to it, that this project was going to be one that I would have to devote my full attention to while working on it, and I cannot work on it while also trying to pay attention to a show or video of some sort.

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Opal Heather and Finnley Heather

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This summer has been somewhat busy, and things like gardening and making jam have pushed knitting to the back burner.

Now that summer is winding down, I can shift more of my focus back onto Knitting.

I have been slowly working on a couple pairs of socks in recent weeks. For both pairs I am working on I am using KnitPicks Palette yarn, in the colorways: Opal Heather and Finnley Heather. I absolutely love the Finnley Heather color. Grey has become my favorite color.

At the looks of things, summer is finally quickly fading. When it is hot I don’t have much in the way of energy and desire to work on knitting.

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Can’t Seem to get enough Stuff to do

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The past three weeks or so have been pretty busy, and I am finally getting back to working on my knitting projects.

I currently have seven projects in the works, like I can’t get enough stuff to do, I keep adding knitting projects to what I have going. I have three shawls in the works as well as a wrap, two socks for two different pairs, and a dishcloth. I kind of like it that way. I like having different things to pick up and work on.

In addition to the seven projects I already have the yarn for my next twelve pairs of socks picked out from my stash. I have more than enough sock yarn to choose from.

I have four different colors of Stroll Tweed yarn for four different pairs of socks as well as one color of regular Stroll yarn left that I am wanting to get knit up. I also picked out seven different colors of Palette yarn to knit up. I am at the point where I am not buying anymore yarn and trying to work up the yarn I have before I buy more, since I am running out of space to store my yarn.

At some point I am going to need to buy more Wool Wash and containers to store my finished projects. Before all that I need to get projects knit up.

I am wanting to get more socks knit up, washed and blocked this summer so I have more choices, especially going into Autumn, and the weather cools off making it more comfortable to go Hiking.

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The Lonesome First Sock Club

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I have gotten two socks done using two different colors and different kinds of yarn.

I have one Finnley Heather sock knit up using KnitPicks Palette yarn done as well as one Hollyberry Stroll sock done.

They are both sitting while I make progress on their respective mates.

With the Finnley Heather sock, I have made it longer than the other socks as I am trying to use up as much yarn in one sock as possible. Each ball is 50 grams, and it takes about 30 grams of these particular yarns to make an individual sock. So I would have to buy two balls of yarn to get a pair of socks anyway with the old pattern. Now I am getting way to much extra yarn sitting around, that isn’t enough to make another complete sock on its own. So I decided to lengthen the leg to help use up more of the yarn in each ball.

I usually am only working on one pair of socks at a time, but I wanted to see how the newer pattern worked using the Stroll Yarn and the Palette Yarn so that is why I have these two pairs going at the same time.