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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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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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Festival

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This weekend (my weekend anyway) I finished up the pair of socks I had been working on.

This is the festival colorway, on the fern yarn base by Barker Wool. I had purchased this yarn at Starlight Knitting Society in Portland, Oregon.

This pair of socks took a while to knit up, in large part due to work and doctors appointments. The last one has been seemingly never ending for the past 3 months.

I also recently ordered some more yarn, like I already didn’t have enough. I ordered from Bad Sheep Yarn and Expression Fiber Arts.

The first picture is of my expression fiber arts order and the second is of my bad sheep yarn order. Expression Fiber Arts is from North Carolina and Bad Sheep Yarn is in North Pole, Alaska.

I definitely haven’t been posting much, since life has been so busy the past 3ish months, that I have been doing all I can to keep it together. It’s looking like August will be the last month where life is insanely busy as far as having medical appointments is concerned. I should hopefully have a couple month reprive, before the holiday ramp up occurs at work. I am also glad that it is looking like September and October should be more chill, and be calmer. Fall, and specifically October is my favorite time of year, and I want to be able to enjoy it.

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Kodiak: The Conclusion

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I finished up the second Kodiak sock this morning!

The yarn is from Deep Dyed Yarns, and it this colorway is on the Figment yarn base.

This pair of socks took about a month to knit up, as life has been busy with work, Dr’s appointments (I am on the road to recovery, it’s just a long road), and just life happening.

It’s been a hard month, with a lot of life changes, and feeling overwhelmed, so knitting has been the one thing that has helped me refocus and destress with all the changes that have been happening.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions, unknowns and uncertainties. Hopefully over the next few months, as more appointments happen, I will get some answers and things figured out.

While I keep pushing forward to find the answers to my health issues, I will keep knitting and getting back to other healthy coping mechanisms as well. Things that have taken a back seat over the last year like walking and Journaling as well.

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Kodiak: The Beginnings

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Before I had even finished my last pair of socks, I had cast on this sock.

This is the Kodiak Colorway, on the Figment yarn base from Deep Dyed Yarns.

I had this company and yarn base recommended to me by one of you, my readers, I am am glad you did. I have been enjoying working with this yarn.

I am also loving this colorway. It kind of makes me think of the Northern Lights, which I would love to see in person.

I have been glad to have something to work on while I have been off recovering from being in the Hospital last week. I am doing better now, but still trying to figure out the why it happened and what is going on / source of my symptoms. Having knitting helps keep me sane and calm amid the craziness and and insanity that is life sometimes.

I have definitely been looking at where I am at and what I am doing. I am trying to get healthy now, and I am taking it seriously now. Knitting will continue and always be a part of my life, and part of me getting healthy.

With getting healthy, I want to spend more time outdoors, and work my way back up to hiking. That is part of where my socks come in, warm cozy socks are important for year round hiking in this part of the country.

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Strawberry Fields

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Today I finished up the pair of Strawberry Fields Socks.

The yarn is one from my stash. The colorway is on Coquette yarn base from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm.

This colorway is from a spring collection from a few years ago. When I cast it on, I was in the mood for something springy.

I have been off work this past week to take care of my health. Knitting has been part of my day as I try to recover.

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What Weekends are for

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This weekend has been a productive weekend for knitting.

Once I finished the fury socks, I cast on another sock using “Strawberry Fields” which is on the coquette yarn base from Bumblebee Acres fiber farm.

The name of this colorway always makes me think of “Strawberry Fields Forever” by the Beatles.

The colors themselves together makes me think of something out of the 1970’s.

I had pulled out this colorway because I was wanting to work with one of the spring colored yarns I have in my stash.

The coquette yarn base has become one of my favorite yarn bases to knit with. It is a thicker sock yarn that is sturdy to work with, yet washes up very well. It makes the perfect winter sock.

This weekend is what I needed to relax and get in the frame of mind for my last week at my current job and starting my new job without missing a beat.

While where I am at, and what I am doing is not necessarily what I want to do forever, the income is a means to cover bills and help me get where I want to go.

There are some yarn stores here in the Portland Metro area I have been meaning to get to over the past few years, and now I will make a point to go visit them and buy more yarn. Yarn shopping, and knitting in general is definitely an expensive hobby. I wouldn’t trade it for a less expensive hobby though. It’s what I love doing and is worth the money.

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Sea Dragon

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It’s been a bit since I have posted her, and even longer it seems since I finished a pair of socks.

Knitting has definitely slowed down since I started this job I am at. It’s OK for the time being since I do need to work.

I finally finished up a pair I had started back in November. This pair was knit up out of yarn from a small yarn dyer, who I found out about from one of you. The yarn shop is called Deep Dyed Yarn. I had ordered several hanks from her shop in two different yarn bases. The yarn base for this particular pair is the Figment yarn base, and I used the colorway “Sea Dragon”. I love how it turned out.

Sock yarn has definitely become one of my things. I love looking at it. All the different color combinations that people come up with is incredible. I love working with it, and feel it as I am working it up.

I have been told that I have enough socks and sock yarn, but really, can you ever have enough?

I know that the city life is not my calling and I am working hard now to get out of here, and live a life where I am outside more, and still living in a place that rains, or at least overcast, grey & misty / drizzling for nine months out of the year, where having good quality wool socks are a must.

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Safe Harbor X 2

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Work slowed down about a month ago. With more time to do my own thing, and work on my own projects, I am able to get more knitting done.

I had most of a hank of Safe Harbor colored yarn left, so I used it and made a second pair of socks with this particular yarn.

This pair, I finished up in under two weeks, and the second pair I have finished already this year.

With the exception of the two hanks of yarn I ordered recently, I am trying to knit through my stash, and stash bust my sock yarn collection. I have more than enough sock yarn to keep my busy for a while, which is a good thing.

Beings that I still live in the city, and a lot of places are still closed or have a very limited capacity, I am spending a lot of time knitting and cooking / baking. I am trying to get as many pairs of socks knit up in this process, especially with the yarn ai have ordered from places other than KnitPicks.

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Quarantine Socks!

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In the past two weeks (Weeks four and six of quarantine) I have finished up two pairs of socks. Both of these pairs were completely knit up during the six weeks I have been off from work due to the pandemic.

The first pair that I finished, back on the 18th, was the grey pair with purple flecks I shared in my last post.

This pair I knit up was knit out of bounce sock yarn from Long Dog Yarn, in the colorway “Freshwater Pearl”.

The second pair, I just finished up this morning.

For this pair I used the “Healer” colorway (Outlander Inspired), on the Fortitude yarn base from Forbidden Fiber Company. This pair was a little on the rough side to get knit up, but it’s done, and I am glad for that.

I found out last week that my furlough has been extended at least until May 15th, though it will likely last longer than that, as I don’t see my state reopening non essential businesses any time soon, and lifting the stay at home order.

I have fully prepared myself for the long haul, and not going back to work for a bit, as well as that even when I do go back to work, that there could be another peak, and then be off again for a while.

I have plenty of yarn, and books, so, should I be off for a while, I have plenty to do and work on while I am off. Knitting is one if the few things I can do, since there is no place to go and nothing to do besides stay at home and go for walks.