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I Finally Bought a Yarn Swift

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I have been knitting for over 19 years now, and it is a craft, hobby and passion that has hung in there and endured the test of time. I figured it was about time I invested in a yarn swift. I had been considering it for a couple years now, and when I had seen the ones on the KnitPicks website were on sale for half off, I decided to jump on that deal and finally get a swift for myself. I also purchased a hank of KnitPicks Stroll fingering weight yarn, because you had to spend $50 or more to get free shipping. The yarn swift was $49.99 on sale. So I had a dilemma, either pay for shipping, or find a hank or ball of yarn that I would use, on sale, and get free shipping. Getting more yarn won. I would rather spend my money on something I will use over spending money on shipping any day when the option is there and I was so close to free shipping anyway.

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As a knitter, who likes buying yarn, and who loves knitting, purchasing a yarn swift (especially when I have been knitting almost two decades), is not a frivolous purchase, since I plan to continue knitting and buying yarn for years to come.

I am trying to curtail how much yarn I buy at the moment, so I spend time knitting up what i have in my stash, there will come a point when I want and need more yarn to keep working on projects. Having a yarn ball winder an a yarn swift are two must haves for those who are dedicated to their craft.

I got my swift in the mail yesterday (the 21st), and I already have used it to wind up two hanks of yarn, and I have to say it works amazingly.

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This year I have really been working on knitting a lot of socks, and that is where my heart is for knitting right now. Yesterday I realized that the socks I have been knitting are the perfect thickness and height for fitting in my hiking boots, and helping my hiking boots fit my feet better. These socks help fill up the extra room in my boots without being too thick thus making my boots too tight. That is why I started knitting up my own socks in the first place, was to be a good boot sock for hiking. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we get plenty of grey, overcast, cool, and rainy days. I don’t want having cold feet and not the right socks stop me from going out, or making the hike any more miserable. I love the cool, wet weather we get from autumn to spring, and i want to be able to enjoy hiking in the “off season”.

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Autumn KnitPicks Haul

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Today my box of yarn and extra eucalan wool wash finally arrived.

I am still waiting on my yarn swift and more yarn to be shipped, but I will save that for another post.

In this package I had several balls of the Palette fingering weight Yarn I like to use for socks. I had the following: 2 balls Ash, 2 balls Mineral Heather, 2 balls Pumice Heather, 2 balls Orange and a ball of Hazelnut.

I also had ordered a hank of the Hawthorne Fingering Yarn in Laurelhurst as well as two hanks of the Alpaca Cloud Yarn in Smoke Heather.

I had also ordered an extra bottle of wool wash. This time I had ordered the unscented rather than the wrapture. Even though I love the wrapture, I wanted the unscented for going into winter. If I have to dry socks inside I didn’t want the scent smelling up the house and offending the people I live with.

I managed to get the Hawthorne Fingering Yarn wound into a ball without a swift but it was very tedious. I am waiting until my swift arrived before trying to wind the alpaca cloud Yarn. Beings that KnitPicks was having a sale on the swifts, I decided it was time to order one for myself. I am working on building up what I consider the necessities for knitting and being able to do everything I can myself.

I bought the orange and an extra ball of the Hazelnut because I want to knit up autumn socks. I have been and still am really liking grey’s for socks and accessories, which is why most of the yarn I bought is a grey of some sort. The Hawthorne Fingering Yarn I bought was on sale so that influenced my decision on that one.

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Fall is Here

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It is looking and feeling like fall is here!

I am waiting for a couple of orders to come in, for fall knitting projects.

Today I picked up a couple more knitting related items at Joann’s for upcoming knitting projects. I picked up a pair of size 5 bamboo circular needles, to make sure I have the right length of circular needles for one of the projects I want to knit this fall. I am just waiting on the yarn to get here. I don’t want to talk too much about it until the yarn gets here. I also picked up another row counter so I now I have 3, so now I can work on multiple projects that need a row counter to keep track of rows for the pattern I am working on.

I am definitely stoked for my KnitPicks packages to arrive. The yarn for a new pattern I want to try is in one of the packages.

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Summer is only good for….

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As of writing this, it is barely noon and already 81 degrees Fahrenheit, which means it is a perfect day for drying socks outside. That, and growing fruit are the only things this weather is good for.

Right now I am glad I have socks to work on, so I don’t have something bulky and warm like a sweater or my wrap (once it gets longer), sitting on my lap heating me up even more than I already am. While I know 81 isn’t hot for most people, for me it feels like an oven, especially since the humidity is sitting at 51%.

Friday and a bit of Saturday I did make some progress on my wrap, as well as the socks I am making out of the Turquoise Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn that I have. I am currently working on the heel flap of the second sock.

I decided to go ahead and wash the pair of socks I had knit up using regal KnitPicks Palette Yarn. Every time I wash a pair of socks for the first time, I am always amazed at how much excess dye is in the yarn. It has made me wonder if they rinse the yarn after they dye it, or if they pull the yarn out of the dye, dry it and then wind it up without rinsing the excess dye out. But that is part of why I always wash what I knit before I wear/use it. I don’t want the excess dye or the waxes and other chemicals they use in the dying and processing to come off on my food clothes, or in my boots. Washing whatever I knit up also helps to soften up what I have made and make it so it is not stiff or not as stiff as it was before I washed it (again getting all the waxes and stuff out that makes it stiff).

One thing I have noticed about wool and other natural fibers (like cotton), is that they tend to soften up once they are washed. While you can get a bit of an idea of how the yarn will feel in the store, you don’t get a true idea until you have knit it up and washed, blocked and dried it.

So I am trying to make the best use of summer, and work on knitting up as many pairs of socks as I can. I still have a lot of sock yarn waiting to be knit up into socks.

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Almost Done!

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I am making progress on the second regal colored sock of the pair that I have been working on. The first sock I had to start over twice, and it finally worked out on the third attempt. By the third time knitting the first sock, I was very ready to be done with the pair. With that being said I have made an effort to get the second sock knit up as quickly as possible.

As of writing this post, all I need to do is knit up the toe and sew in the end. Beings that it is about 9:30 pm as I am writing this, I am leaving the sock until the morning to knit up the toe.


Beings as the weather is cooling off and rain is moving in, I will leave the washing and blocking until the weather is more cooperative. Once I finish the toe tomorrow, I will start another pair of socks.

I may have mentioned in a previous post that this pair of socks is being knit up from KnitPicks Palette Yarn in the color: Regal.

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My Current Color Palette 

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While I have subliminally known the colors I gravitate towards for a while, my knitting Instagram feed just confirmed it. 


I am definitely not a bright colors person. I prefer blues, and the darker natural colors. That is pretty much all I am working with at the moment. 

Once I finish the pair of socks that I am working on, I really want to work with the Pink I have sitting (it is also Palette Yarn, in color: “Victorian”), and create some diversity in my Instagram feed. I also need some diversity in my wash bucket, so I don’t get pairs mixed up, when I hang them out to dry. 

In order to add a little bit of color to my Instagram feed, I took this picture:


This is most of my wool sock yarn stash, not all of it, but most. I still have about three pairs of forest green socks to make, as well as two pairs of the Victorian socks once I finish up the Larch Heather socks, before I am going to dive into the bucket of sock yarn. 

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Falling in Love with Color

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A few months ago I went a bit crazy shopping for sock yarn, and bought a whole bunch of the KnitPicks Palette yarn in many different colors. Most of which have either been in the earthy – natural range that remind you of being outdoors, and remind me of hiking in the woods. Most of the rest of the yarn are jewel tones, which are some of my favorites.

IMG_1329I am currently working on a pair of socks, for myself, using the KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Larch Heather, and I am loving the color. To me this green reminds me of being out hiking in the woods, and the color of the moss and other plants that I have seen growing in the woods.

While I am not usually one to pick out the earth tones to wear, especially since they are not the colors that look the best on me, I am having fun with colors. I am picking out ones I like that I wouldn’t normally wear, for socks. Beings that I intend for most of these to be Boot Socks to wear with hiking boots, and in the cooler weather, they will be covered up anyone. I figure, who cares if they don’t go with what I am wearing, they are just socks, and if no-one likes them, that is their problem. Though I do own a tank top that is a similar color to the Larch Heather, that I typically wear under cranberry colored tops.

I may have mentioned this in other posts, but I used to like to wear a lot of pink when I was younger, before I really was able to embrace the outdoorsy girl thing. Now that I have gotten older, and have been buying most of my clothes myself, as well as the yarn to knit up items for myself. There are still some pink things here and there, but they aren’t pastel pink, or hot pink, they are more of a darker pink, tending more toward cranberry or raspberry. I also like to wear a lot of blue, dark teal, and turquoise. I also prefer the natural colors (off white, tan, and brown), in addition to the greens and blues for accessories, beings that they go with pretty much anything. They are also a bit of color without being all like “look at me, look at me”.

I also like using the Palette yarn for socks, it knits up so well, and quickly. Beings that it is what I have gotten onto for Socks, I can buy any color I want, and use the pattern I came up with for any of the colors and I get consistent results.¬†I like that I know I will get consistent results with this yarn. When I had been working at the knitting studio, we had some yarns, that were the same brand and same line, but different colors would knit up differently. I like knowing that I can go into my stash of Palette yarn, grab any color I want, and it will knit up the same way as the first pair I knit up. I can combine colors and one won’t be thicker than the other, or looser than the other when using the same needles, and that the stitches and gauge will be even across all the colors, no matter which one I use.