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The First Campfire Sock

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Last night, I finally finished up the first Campfire sock of the pair I am working on!

The yarn I am using is from Forbidden Fiber Company’s autumn Collection, in the colorway Campfire, on the Gluttony Sock Yarn base.

I wasn’t sure / as excited about the yarn, while looking at it on the website, or even in the hank once I got it. It took winding it, and seeing it in the wound cake to get excited about this colorway.

I was definitely more excited about some of the other colors I had ordered, until I saw the yarn like this. I fell in love with it, when I saw it like this. I couldn’t wait to cast it on and knit it up.

Once I get this pair of socks done (I am working on the cuff of the second sock as of writing this post), I am going to start on Christmas socks, and then come back to the autumn yarn after I get Christmas socks done.

Work, is going to continue to be busy until mid January, so I will knit when I can, and get as much done as I can, on my days off. Come mid January, I will have more time to spend knitting. I want to try to get the yarn I have sitting on my computer table, as well as in my seasonal themed back knit up before spring officially arrives. I will still have a plastic grocery bag of the expensive yarn I ordered back in September / Early October to knit up, but my goal for that is to get it knit up by mid summer. Since the weather won’t be conducive to washing and line drying socks until at least mid to late June. once work slows down in January, I want to get as many pairs of socks knit up as possible in the months between then and when summer arrives.

I have also been looking at moving, and leaving the west coast behind. A lot of it has to do with the cost of living, cost of land / house prices, no real job prospects for someone like myself, more of a knitting community that is made up of more like minded individuals, living among more like minded individuals, Homesteading communities, and fiber festivals that my favorite indie dyers and small yarn shop owners attend.

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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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2 Pairs of Socks on the Needles

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Yesterday, it sank in that it was the 10th of October (Today is the 11th), and that Halloween is three weeks away. I had ordered some Halloween themed sock yarn I want to get knit up, washed and blocked before Halloween, so I can wear them this Halloween.

I still have the second Heirloom Pumpkin Sock, on the needles. I am still working on the leg of this particular sock.

That being said, I decided to switch over to my Halloween sock yarn, and make sure I get them done in time.

Yesterday, I did a couple gauge swatches, to determine which size needles to use for these socks. I made swatches with my 2.5mm size 1 and 2.75mm size 2 needles.

I am using my 2.75mm size 2 needles for these socks.

As of writing this post, I am still working on the cuff, of my first sock. The yarn I am using is the Creepy Crawlers colorway, on the Sock Yarn base from KnittedWit.

I normally don’t wear my handmade socks to work, since I work stock crew, and don’t want to be wearing my nice socks that takes so much time to make, as well as costs more than store bought socks. With the wear and tear I put on my work clothes (including socks and shoes), I don’t want to put my hand knit socks through that wear and tear.

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Knitting through the thick of it

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The past few days I have been working hard to make progress on the second sock I am working on. Beings that I don’t know how to knit two at once (and many of Hanks of yarn would have to be split to do that). I knit one sock at a time.

Yesterday I knit the heel flap, turned the heel, picked up the sides of the heel flap and began the gusset.

Today, I finished the gusset, and I am making headway on the foot of the sock.

Over the weekend, I have also been watching the first episode of three different shows to see if they were something that I could get into and watch more of while I knit. All three of them turned out to be busts for me, and I am still on the lookout for new (to me) shows that I actually like and I am hooked in just one episode. I am the kind of person who knits while watching tv or listening to music.

Part of why I love knitting so much, is the fact that it is tangible, and when things go wrong, 99% of the time it is my fault, and if production slows down, that is totally my fault. There are definitely times when I think life was and is easier without as much technology. I am definitely becoming more old fashioned in my “old age”.

I am looking forward to being able to order more yarn this month to share with you all, I am definitely excited for all the fall colors and stuff that are out.

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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.