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Ironing Out the Kinks

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Over the course of the past couple of days I have finished up two projects.

The first project I finished up, I was up into the wee small hours of the morning finishing up this shawl.

This shawl is about 38 inches from the tip to the cast off edge. I used four balls of KnitPicks Simply Wool Bulky yarn in the color “Wilbur”. I used a pair of 10.5 (6.5mm) straight knitting needles.

Last night (Thursday night) I finished up the second sock of the pair of socks I knit up out of KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Ash.

I used my set of size 1 (2.50mm) KnitPicks sunstruck double pointed needles.

I have come to love using the 2.50mm size 1 needles versus the 2.25mm size 1 needles for both the Palette yarn and the various Stroll yarns I have been using. The socks come out a little looser which is fine, the gauge is still tight enough that there are no real issues with the tension or being too loose. I also haven’t had the issue of my needles breaking either. Which makes me think that the 2.25mm needles were just too small for what I was doing, and I have also gotten better at knitting socks.

I definitely wanted to get the shawl done, as far as getting it knit up anyway, this week. I have some more bulky yarn coming in, in the next few days. I only have the one set of size 10.5 needles and I wanted to get the big project off them before the new yarn comes in, so I can get it cast on pretty soon. I do still have one ball of the bulky Simply Wool left, which I am using to make another pair of fingerless gloves.

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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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Houston; We Have a Problem

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Today, I had another KnitPicks Package arrive (and have two more that will be coming in the next week or so). I definitely am a yarn addict. I have enough yarn to keep me knitting for years, which is a good thing.

In my order that came today, I got four balls of Stroll Fingering weight yarn, two balls each of Ash and Cobblestone Heather. I also got ten balls of Flagstone Heather Wool of the Andes Tweed worsted weight yarn.

Yes, I am well aware that I am ordering a lot of Grey yarns. I love grey yarn. Greys, natural tones and blues are my favorite colors at the moment. These are the colors I love to work with.

Most people are not a fan of grey, especially around here where we get so many grey, overcast, rainy days. That is exactly why I love grey. I love the grey, overcast, rainy days. I love them because (at least in this part of the country), they are cooler, and you don’t have the sun in your eyes. For me they are more enjoyable. As someone who doesn’t handle heat very well – it’s currently about 64 degrees Fahrenheit, and I am about at my upper limit for being comfortable – I prefer the cooler overcast days. As long as it’s not pouring down rain, I enjoy going hiking when it it is cool and overcast as well as just getting out and doing stuff.

The days that it is pouring down rain, are best spent inside with a nice hot cuppa tea and knitting. Or going and getting lost in my favorite yarn and craft stores.

Earlier this week, I had to go and run a couple errands and decided to get out of the city. I wound up in the foothills of the cascade range (the mountains that divide Western Oregon from Central and Eastern Oregon). I started seeing snow at about 1400 – 1500 feet. That day I would have given about anything to live out that way, and be able to have a fire going in the woodstove, a pot of soup going, a nice hot cuppa tea, Call The Midwife on the TV and my knitting.

While I grew up in the city, the older I get, the simpler / more old fashioned kind of life I want to live. The kind of life where I have a nice big garden in the summer, and some chickens, maybe some goats, and so much more.

When I started knitting when I was 10, I had no idea how learning a craft out of boredom would become a passion.

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Dogwood Heather Stroll

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Yesterday evening I finished up the pair of socks I knit up out of KnitPicks Stroll Fingering Yarn in Dogwood Heather. This yarn was one of my February sale yarns, that I am getting around to knitting up.

They are very pink. I guess it is supposed to be similar to the color of the pink dogwood blossoms in the spring. At least where I come from, the pink dogwoods we have here tend to be a bit darker when they blossom. Though this color is definitely spring-y in color, which is fitting for this time of year since we are in early spring and the trees are starting to blossom.

I have been working on these socks for a good couple of weeks. I started them the week leading up to the ladies retreat I went on and had gotten to the foot, past the gusset of the first sock before I left, and finished that sock after I came home. I struggled with wanting to work on these socks, as pink is no longer my favorite color. I bought the pink yarn because it was on sale and I like having options. There may be a day where the pink socks will go with my outfit (not that I really care).

With the lighter colors, I worry about wearing them hiking, as they are apt to get dusty and dirty, and start looking dinghy. That, and I also prefer the neutral tones, the jewel tones and grey.

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Call The Midwife

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I enjoy watching movies and TV shows while I knit.

This is the biggest reason why I have Netflix.

The past couple of weeks I have been watching Call the Midwife on Netflix. As per usual with all the good British period dramas, I am late to the party in terms of when I start watching them. Season 7 is airing, and I only just started watching seasons 1 – 6 (which are available on Netflix) in the past month.

After having seen Downton Abbey, Poldark, and Lark Rise to Candleford, it is interesting to see some of the actors from these other shows in the latest show I am watching.

Having something to watch while I knit helps me to stay on track and be more productive.

I enjoy both set in the present day shows, I also have a love for some of the older shows and especially for period dramas. That’s just what I gravitate toward.

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When Local Yarn Stores Close

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Over the past three or four years, there have been at least three yarn stores that have closed up shop here in Portland. The most recent one being, KnitPurl, which is the biggest one I knew of in the city. My favorite yarn store closed about a year ago.

I hate seeing yarn stores close, as I love being able to go yarn shopping in person, where I can physically see and touch the yarn.

When I had heard that KnitPurl was closing, while I had never shopped there, I was disheartened. It is the largest yarn store I knew of in the city, and when stores like that close, it’s never a good sign for the knitting and crochet industry in a city. While there are other craft store that sell yarn (like Joann’s and Michael’s), they don’t carry the same quality (or local brands) that these other yarn stores do.

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Spring is Coming!!!!

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I finished the pair of socks I had been working on in my previous post.

I had used Stroll Tweed in Marine Heather from KnitPicks for this particular pair of socks.

I came to the conclusion I have more than enough KnitPicks yarn for socks and shawls, and I really need to knit up what I already have. I really want to see my stash of sock yarn and shawl yarn decrease and my finished personal projects increase.

With that being said I did pick up some yarn yesterday at My local Joann fabric and craft superstore, for a project I am going to be working on once I get the projects I have in the works complete.

I am also wanting to get back to working on projects for babies and children in need. I have taken more than a year off already to work on personal projects, that I want to finish up using the yarn I have out that I purchased for personal projects and get back to making things for little ones who need warm clothes. It may be a bit before I start another sweater, but it is definitely still a project that is near and dear to my heart.

I started another pair of socks this morning, I am using one of the pink Stroll yarns I had ordered during the month of February beings that it was on sale.

Beings that Spring is right around the corner, we are starting to get the periodic nice day, which I am looking forward to. I have a couple pairs of socks that I would like to get washed and hang out on the line to dry.