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Nordic Noel

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Last night I finished the second sock in the pair of Nordic Noel socks that I have been working on.

The yarn is a sock set I ordered from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm, and it’s on the coquette yarn base.

Over the past year and a half projects have taken forever to finish as I have been working nights and slept during the day so it has taken pretty much everything I have to just get through the routine of eat, sleep and work. I am hoping once I am back on days in the next couple of weeks that I will be able to put in a little bit extra time to knitting in the afternoons, after work.

I am definitely hoping the new position I accepted and will be starting soon will be what I need as I transition out of night and freight, as well as focus on what the future holds. Over the past few years my faith has taken a backseat to choices I made, as well as taking the jobs I have had where I have worked nights over the weekend. The way the schedule works for my new position, I will have Sundays off, which is a huge blessing as I have realized how much I have missed practicing my faith and how important it is for me to be around other like minded individuals.

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Christmas Break Knitting

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I hope you had a good Christmas!

This year, I got a nice break off work, between how I was scheduled and not being able to get into work due to inclement weather.

Having a few extra nights off has been great. I had finished up that pair of socks and started another one. I am already on the foot of the one I started while I have been off. I had ordered one of the Christmas sock sets from Bumblebee Acres recently and it just showed up not long before I finished up the believe socks. I wound it up pretty much as soon as it arrived and cast it on. It is called “Nordic Noel” and it is on the coquette base.

The yellow accent color really adds to the main colorway. If it weren’t a sock set, and I was just working with the main yarn I probably would have been bored with it already.

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Believe

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Yesterday I finished up the pair of Believe socks I had been working on for the past month. Before finding the full time job I have, it used to only take me two weeks to knit up a pair. Besides work, sleep has basically become the most important thing….so knitting has unfortunately taken a back seat…though I would love for that and the job to change so we will see.

Believe is the colorway and it is on the resilient sock base from expression fiber arts. I don’t know for sure but I think this colorways name was inspired by the song Josh Groban sang for the movie “Polar Express”.

We have seen our temperatures drop and then moisture come in so the roads are currently an ice rink. Work called inclement weather so I get to stay home at least tonight. I am kind of hoping that tomorrow will be inclement weather as well, so I can be off the entire Christmas weekend.

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Little Drummer Boy

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Last night I finally finished up the pair of “Little Drummer Boy” socks I had been working on for a while.

The yarn is from Forbidden Fiber Co, the colorway is “Little Drummer Boy” and the colorway is on the pride yarn base.

Of the Christmas colorways I had ordered, this colorway was the most “boring” of them all, or the one I liked the least. So I decided to use it first and get it knit up, and then move on to the yarns I liked better.

Now that I have enough Christmas yarn to have 13 pairs of Christmas Socks, or more than enough to do 12 days of Christmas with a different pair of socks every day, I am working on getting the yarn I have knit up. Though I am still waiting on a knitpicks order that has a little bit of sock yarn in it, though it is mainly more DPN’s. I will be sharing that when it arrives.

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Road to Rhinebeck 2022 Socks

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Yesterday afternoon I finished up my pair of “Road to Rhinebeck 2022” socks, two days after Rhinebeck ended, not that I got to go anyway.

This was the second year I ordered the “Road to Rhinebeck” sock set from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm.

The finished product

The main colorway is “Road to Rhinebeck 2022” and the accent colorway was called “All the Wine”. They came as a set and are no longer available to order. The yarn base is the Coquette base.

The Coquette base my favorite yarn base to order colorways on from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm. I like this base because it is a 3 ply fingering weight so it knits up the thickest, cosiest socks without being too thick.

This morning, just before sitting down to write this post, I washed up this pair of socks as well as the pair of Crackling Fire socks I finished recently. I used the Wool and Cashmere Shampoo by The Laundress New York to wash these socks. The scent is called Cedar, but I don’t know exactly how cedar specific it is, but it has an amazing woodsy scent to it that I love. I love this wash for new socks. For socks I have worn and need to wash I prefer using the original Kookaburra wash that has and smells like tea tree oil or Outback Gold wool wash that also has tea tree oil. I prefer either of these two for socks I have worn because Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic / anti bacterial / anti fungal properties to help kill any funk that might be in my socks and want to grow and cause problems for my feet.

Monday evening, I hadn’t really felt like finishing up the Road to Rhinebeck socks so I cast on the first of many Christmas socks. I decided to start with the yarn called “little drummer boy” it is the darkest of all then Christmas yarn I recently ordered, so I decided I would tackle it first before our weather and days get much darker and dreamer, leaving the brighter colorways to work as the days get even shorter and rainy.

With the socks I just cast on, I went back to my good ole’ trusty wooden needles that I prefer. I definitely do not like metal needles.

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What’s on My Needles Wednesday

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It’s been a while since I have written a “What’s on my Needles Wednesday” post. It has also been far too long since I posted regularly here.

Today was one of those days where I was able to spend the entire day knitting and making significant progress on my current pair of socks.

I had started this sock before I finished my last pair. Though most of the progress I have made has been since I finished that pair.

I am currently working on this year’s “Road to Rhinebeck” sock set from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm. This colorway is on the Coquette yarn base.

The Coquette yarn base happens to be my favorite from Bumblebee Acres. It’s thick for a fingering weight, making it warm and cozy. It makes the perfect cold weather socks.

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Wool Wash

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I took the time yesterday to wash the three pairs of socks I had finished.

I went into the cupboard where I keep the washes for my hand knit goods. I have multiple brands of delicate wash / wool wash, and only a few I actually seem to use, and in different situations. It also seems that each yarn store I have been to has their own preferred brand of yarn wash. One store had Soak, my favorite yarn store back in the day when it was open carried Eucalan, and at the studio I worked at we used The Laundress New York Wool and Cashmere Shampoo.

I also have Kookaburra Original and Outback Gold washes on hand.

My favorites / go to washes are the Wool and Cashmere Shampoo from The Lundress New York for new Knits and washing anything but socks as needed. I also love the original (not lavender scented) Kookaburra wash when I can get it for washing socks once I have worn them. The Outback Gold works well too, and it has been a little easier to come by lately.

I like the Wool and Cashmere Shampoo because it is formulated specifically for wool items (not just delicates), and I love the smell and consistency of it as well.

I like the Kookaburra and Outback Gold for socks I have worn as they both have Tea Tree Oil, which is claimed to have anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti microbial and antiviral properties. So I feel like it helps keep my socks from growing not so great stuff after being worn.

Now, after years of washing my knits and testing out different products, I finally have decided to stop trying different ones, just because I have washes that work good for me and what I make.

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She Sells Seashells

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I had kind of hoped to finish up this pair of socks this past week, but that didn’t happen. So I finally finished them up this morning.

This is the She Sells Seashells (try saying that 10 times fast) sock set from Long Dog Yarn on the Bounce Sock yarn base.

If this sock set didn’t have the accent color, it would have been too pink for me. With the accent color, it is toned down, and the pink is more manageable.

It didn’t look as pink in the hank before it was wound up and knit up.

English is such a weird language even being a native speaker. I had to look up wound, to make sure I was using it correctly. When pronounced “wow-nd” it is the past tense of to wind, when pronounced “wu-nd” it it means an injury or point of puncture in the human body.

It was definitely nice to add to my spring and summer sock stash, because I don’t have that many specific spring & summer pairs of socks. I am trying to have a good base of seasonal socks besides just fall (because I love fall and I always go crazy there).

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Beach Bunny

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This morning, before heading to a Dr’s appointment, I finished up the second Beach Bunny sock, completing my pair.

I busted tail to get this pair of socks done since the last pair seemed to take forever. I literally went from about row 45 on the leg of the second sock, going into my weekend on Monday afternoon to finishing it up this morning.

This yarn is a Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn from Ireland than I picked up at For Yarns Sake in Beaverton, Oregon. It’s a lightweight yarn, good for summer hiking.

These socks were fun to knit up and see how the pattern work up. While they aren’t my favorite socks that I have, they are a great conversation pair because they are pretty.

One of the first pairs of socks I had made was with Hedgehog Fibres yarn, and they hadn’t turned out well, so I wanted to get Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn another go now that I am better at knitting socks and know what I am doing.

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Summer Days and Summer Socks

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What a week. I worked only two nights last week, and two off so I could go to the beach with my family. It was a good day.

Beings that I had two extra nights off than I regularly do, I had extra time to work on my knitting. I am currently working on my beach bunny socks, which is the Hedgehog Fibres yarn I had picked up at For Yarns Sake over in Beaverton a little while back.

I finished up my first sock of the pair Tuesday night, and started the second sock.

Part of what helped me get through this first sock so quick besides having a couple nights off was also the fact that I binge watched the 4th season of Virgin River while I was working on it.

It’s also been pretty hot the past few days, seeing upper 90’s and even low 100’s in the Willamette Valley. So I have also been biding my time in the air conditioned house trying to keep cool.

I had pre-ordered the Long Dog Yarn Summer 2022 Sock Set and project bag. I think the sock set is actually called “She sells seashells” or something similar. When I had seen it, I couldn’t resist it. I love the beach (obviously) and beachy themed stuff. I love the color of turquoise that the mini hank is for the heels and toes. I am definitely excited to work up this yarn too.

The North and Central Oregon Coast have definitely made the short list of where I would love to live. While there are other places on that list that I am open to living should I be able to find a good job that has health insurance, the coast is just at the top.