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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.

Knitter's Talk, Knitting, Socks, Summer, Wool, Yarn

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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A Yarny Fall Day

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I have definitely been enjoying my day off.

I have been working on my current sock throughout the day.

While it didn’t get super warm today, the sun was out today and made it feel warmer today than it was. So I decided to was the socks I had finished up, and put them on the drying rack.

The hank of yarn I had ordered from Deep Dyed Yarns, which had been recommended to me by a reader, arrived today. So I got it wound up.

I definitely love the colors here, and I am excited to knit these up into socks. This colorway was my favorite of the ones available.

After working 5 days in a row last week, and only having two nights / one full day off, it is nice to be back to my normal schedule. It has certainly been nice to be able to knit the past couple of days as well. I have certainly missed it.

Autumn, Knitting, Socks, Wool, Work, Yarn

Denali National Park

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With life being so hectic, working full time at a local grocery store, ’cause a girl has be able to afford yarn (among other things) somehow, Knitting has had to take a back burner again. That’s always a bummer, when what you love has to take a back seat to earning a living somehow.

With that being said, I finally finished knitting up a pair of socks last night. I went back on my Instagram to see when I finished my previous pair of socks. I posted that pair on August 4th. So this pair basically took me two months to knit up, which is crazy. It happens though when it’s all you can do to function to literally eat, shower, sleep and work pretty much in that order.

For this pair of socks, I used the Denali National Park colorway on the Sock yarn base from KnittedWit. I have had this yarn in my stash for a bit so it is not likely available anymore to buy.

I am definitely to have gotten this pair done, and started on a new pair. I am definitely hoping the new pair I just started doesn’t take me two months to finish.

Fall, Knitting, Socks, Wool, Work, Yarn

Finally Getting Some Knitting Done

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It has been far too long since I have been able to post about knitting, then again it has been far too long since I have really been able to knit.

Life has been crazy busy since I started the full time job I am at now. I have been pulled in so many different directions, that Knitting dropped to a low priority. Other things like sleep were more important.

Knitting has become the reward for getting through another week of work.

The sock I am working on has been sitting a lot the past few weeks, and getting through the cuff seemed to take forever. I finally finished the cuff, knit the heel, turned the heel and got the gussets done so far this weekend.

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Multiple Occasions of Poor Customer Service

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My last yarn order FINALLY arrived. Let me tell you, waiting for definitely was irritating. I have ordered from the company I ordered this yarn from a total of three times, and all three orders had shipping delays that were not communicated until after the order was submitted if at all. My first order was delayed because they were too busy with fiber festivals and only had a blurb about it on a side page that was not easily accessible, and didn’t pop up until after I ordered. The second shipment was the quickest to ship, but was still quite slow to ship. The yarn I had ordered this latest time, I only ordered because I wanted the colors that bad. I knew I was doing a preorder, but the statement about when shipping was going to occur was a bit confusing, but had stated that orders would start shipping on September 20th. So, ok, I put my order in on the first day preorders were open, which was like the 6th or 7th of September. September 20th, came and went. So did the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th. Finally, Sunday the 29th, I got an email in the evening that my order shipped. “It’s about time”, I thought to myself. On my shipping tracking it stated that the label was created super early the morning of the 30th, which the time difference accounted for. Ok fine. I’d deal. So I checked the tracking info a couple of times a day, to see when it would be accepted by the post office (ie to get an idea when it was taken to the post office). Monday passed, so did Tuesday (which was October 1st), and Wednesday, as did Thursday. Friday morning I had checked it again a few times throughout the morning (like before I went to work, when I got off work, and when I got home from work), so I finally went and showered after I got home (as I was hot, sweaty and gross). I got thinking that I should email the owner to see what was up, once I got done with my shower, as having been waiting 15 days after shipping was supposed to start (and 5 days after the label was created, which is usually a sign it will ship that day), it was nuts. It finally shipped, on Friday, and arrived today (a month after I ordered it).

So, I will not be ordering from this particular company again. I should learned after the first or second delay, but three times in a row, is unprofessional, and I am sure that I am not the only one this has happened to.

I guess it gets to me, because I have not only ordered from plenty of other companies online, and had way better customer service and communication. Not to mention the fact that I have worked from a professional knitting studio, and I have been the one to make runs to UPS, USPS, and even a fedex run in the time I worked there, because the item got finished up and packed after the UPS and Mailman had already come to the studio. It was important to us, and the business to get orders out in a very timely manner.

The yarn itself is beautiful, though the product is only half the experience of yarn shopping. Customer service is the other half. Shipping turn around time and being clear on actual shipping time, is a big part of that for online orders.

This is the yarn I had ordered:

Like I mentioned, it’s beautiful, but the experiences I have had with shipping delays that were not clearly communicated right up front, on multiple occasions, were the largest factor in why I won’t be ordering from Bumblebee Acres fiber Farm anymore.

Earlier this afternoon, I finished up the first sock of the pair I am knitting up out of Heirloom Pumpkin from Forbidden Fiber Company.

I have been wanting to work with this yarn for quite a few months. I love the colors even more now that I am seeing them in a sock.