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Finishing Up The Scottish Inspired Socks

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I finally finished up the third and final pair of my Scottish Inspired Socks.

This last pair of socks, the yarn I used was KnitPicks Hawthorne Tonal Fingering yarn in the Colorway: “Inverness”.

The needles I used were my 2.25mm US size 1 needles.

I feel like I had these socks on the needles for quite a while, since I had two pairs going of the same gauge, so I had just let these sit.

This afternoon I also started in on my first sock of the four pairs of the Steampunk Collection Yarns that I purchased. I am only seven rows into the cuff, and I am already loving how it is looking.

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Leaving Ravelry and Finishing Projects.

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It’s a bit crazy how much has happened since my last post.

First off was the #Istandwithravelry / #byeravelry – #unraveled chaos. 99% of the time I do prefer to keep the extent of my political views to myself. Though it came to the point that I couldn’t standby and continue to support private companies that don’t share my values, who choose to discriminate against and inaccurately label a group of people who they don’t agree with. While Ravelry and the companies who support them are well within their rights to have their beliefs, and choose to take whatever stance they choose, it is also well within my rights to choose not to support Ravelry and their supporters. As a White, conservative, woman, I don’t appreciate being labeled a “White Supremacist”, when I am not, just because I chose to vote for Trump over Hillary. Honestly I don’t like the man any more than anyone else, though I certainly wasn’t going to vote for Hillary.

Since all that went down, I have been going through those who I follow on social media, and did some clean up. I choose to follow those who have similar values or are able to keep their business neutral. It did show me who I do and do not want to support.

That all being said, I intend to keep my blog about Knitting and yarn crafts in general, and keep it neutral. I don’t mind explaining something if I am asked a question that is respectful, and out of curiosity and just wanting to know why. Anything that is hateful, or looking for an argument will be deleted, that is how I have always operated.

The only reason I am even addressing it, is because the yarn I used for the most recent pair of socks I had knit up, I had ordered from a company prior to the Ravelry show down, that I wouldn’t have ordered after it happened. I am not going to waste the money I have spent on yarn, it just means going forward that I choose not to order from these companies.

I knit up this pair of socks using the hank of bubble sock yarn I had ordered from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm, in the colorway “Scottish Thistle”. The last time I had checked it was no longer available, though I have no idea whether it is currently still unavailable.

The socks turned out pretty, but the yarn was kind of a pain in the rear end to knit with.

This was also the same company that it took a month or so to even ship (so I had to wait for 5 weeks to receive the yarn).

That all being said, I am now definitely more mindful of where I buy my yarn from, as well as my patterns. I haven’t found a new place for patterns that I really like, besides KnitPicks, and the patterns I had gotten off Ravelry, most I had printed off when I got them years ago. I had just one left that I had printed off before I deleted my account. It’s no hard loss for me since I hardly used Ravelry anymore, it’s more the principal of the thing. I don’t support discrimination, and I try to treat people with respect, until I am treated with such disrespect that I need to walk away and tell them “Bye Felicia”.

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Finishing Socks and Waiting on Yarn

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Since I finished up the last pair of socks I blogged about, I completely knit up another pair of socks, as well as finishing up a pair of socks I had in the works for a while.

The pair I had been working on for a while and was kind of in the background, were knit up out of KnitPicks Stroll yarn in Tie-dye Speckle. This is the second pair of this particular colorway I have made.

This pair of socks, was the pair I completely knit up since I finished up the Halloween socks. The yarn I knit up, was the yarn I had ordered from Long Dog Yarns, it is their Bounce Sock Yarn bass in the April 2019 colorway.

This was an interesting yarn to work with since it is lighter weight and is 25% Nylon rather than 100% Wool. The Nylon made it more slippery than the wool, so it was a bit harder to work with.

Once I finished up the second pair of socks, I cast on the yarn I had ordered from Forbidden Fiber Co, I had selected the Fortitude yarn base and picked the Fraser’s Ridge colorway.

I still have one hank of yarn that I am waiting on to arrive, that I ordered from bumblebee acres fiber farm. I ordered it two and a half weeks ago, and won’t likely see it for at least another couple weeks since they are backed up with being at festivals. I get it in one sense, but if you are that busy, why hire more staff to keep up with the demand of being at festivals and your online orders. It makes someone like me not want to order from them again. So I am hoping I really like the yarn when it shows up, to make up for the wait.

Even though today was not the warmest, it was in the upper 60’s, I washed up the two pairs of socks I just finished. As of writing this post, they are still out on the line.

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When Work Slows Down

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I have gotten a lot of knitting done this past month. I still can’t believe I let a month lapse between posts.

So much has happened in the past month, that isn’t work related. Work totally slowed down after the holidays.

Since my last post, I completely finished up the pair of socks I started using KnitPicks Stroll hand painted yarn in Koi Pond.

This pair is currently out on the line drying with the Thunderhead Tonal pair of socks as the first pair of Hawthorne Fingering socks in Tie Dye Speckle, beings that it turned out to be a beautiful spring day. It has been a sunny to partially cloudy day, where it is currently 56 degrees outside (13 Celsius).

I just cast on the second sock of the pair, for the second pair of Hawthorne Fingering yarn tie dye speckle socks. I had to order another hank of the tie dye speckle yarn, to finish up the first pair, which I had talked about back in January. I went ahead and ordered two Hanks of the tie dye speckle yarn to make a second pair of socks with the yarn once I finished up the first pair of socks. I had finished up the first sock of the second pair, this morning.

A couple days ago, once I finished the Koi Pond socks, I cast on another first sock for a pair of socks, using KnitPicks Stroll Tonal Fingering yarn in Frozen. It literally looks like the colors from the blue Elsa Dress.

I have also been working on the Tuckamore Wrap that I am working on.

I finally got the second repeat done yesterday.

In the past month, I have also fit in a trip to IKEA as well as a couple of adventures, one of which included going out into the Columbia River Gorge. The other was just out to Estacada, and by the Pioneer Church at the baker cabin.

It was to icy to go much further:

The Pioneer church:

IKEA:

I should also mention that I stocked up on my favorite tea, and found some new shows to watch while I work on my knitting.

Two weeks ago I also submitted my passport renewal application, so I can hopefully be doing some traveling in the near enough future. I would love to go to a fiber / fibre festival in the UK among other things.

Even though work is super slow and I am not getting many hours, I have been able to get a lot of other things done.

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From Thunderhead to Koi Pond

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Today, I finished up the pair of socks I was knitting up out of the yarn I had really been wanting to use since it had arrived.

This yarn is from KnitPicks, it is a Tonal Stroll Fingering yarn in Thunderhead Tonal. I had used my 2.25mm size 1 double pointed needles.

I am working really hard to get the sock yarn I have that doesn’t fit in the container I have for storing sock yarn, knit up. I have way more sock yarn that doesn’t fit in the container than that does fit in. I have plenty to do, which is a good thing. As I may have mentioned in previous posts, I want to eventually live somewhere with colder winters, and I want to spend more time outdoors in the cooler months. I have found that I can make a better quality sock than I can buy in store, and I prefer my own socks anyway. There is so much pretty sock yarn out there, that there is no good reason for me to not make my own. I still wear store bought socks for the job I have now, from the first wear, I could tell the were a lower quality.

Once I get more of the Fingering weight yarn I have knit up, I definitely want to try using more of a hand spun yarn to make socks and see how that works. That’s not going to be for a while though.

I decided that the Koi Pond colorway of Stroll Fingering yarn would be the next pair of socks I would work on. I am excited to see how this next pair turns out.

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Knitting through the Snow

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Winter has arrived, it has snowed a couple times this week, and is supposed to continue/last through next week.

I was happy when my latest KnitPicks box arrived yesterday, before the snow came in.

The hank on the left is Stroll Tonal Fingering in Inverness.

The second from the left is also a Stroll Tonal Fingering, in colorway Frozen.

The second from the right is Stroll hand painted in colorway coffee shop.

Last but not least is Stroll hand painted in Koi Pond. This one, in the pictures on the website, the lighter green looked like it was white.

As it is, I am working on finishing up knitting the pair of Stroll Tonal Thunderhead socks. I am on the second sock. I haven’t decided when one of my new Yarns I will cast on next.

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That Wednesday Afternoon Work Session

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Wednesday afternoon and evening was very productive. I had a knitting work session all afternoon, working through figuring out a new pattern and how it was going to work.

I have started working on the Tuckamore Wrap out of the Crossings pattern book, which was just recently published, as in the copyright is 2019, and it’s now only February 1st.

Wednesday I worked through some of the issues I had encountered early on, and made some notes. I also ripped out my first attempt. I used the size needles recommended, and it was just way too tight. That is saying something since I knit with a looser gauge. I had started out with the size 6 and 7 needles, and that wasn’t working. I have bumped it up to size 8 and 9 needles. One thing to remember with knitting cables, they always come out tighter than straight knitting and knit/purl. Whoever thought that size 6 needles with worsted weight yarn was a good idea, I have no idea what how that worked for them. Let alone size 7 needles with cables and worsted weight yarn is a nightmare, and just way too tight. I can’t imagine having a tighter knitting gauge and trying to do that with the smaller needles. I was questioning it before I even started, figuring maybe since I knit looser anyway it might work, yeah no. I should also mention that I am using Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn for this project.

Since I recast it on, and got it going on the larger needles, I also have added an extra RS and WS to the set up rows before I dive into starting the pattern. I like having a little extra room in between the border and when the pattern starts, to help the border stay flat and not get warped with the pattern being too close to the edge.

I knew going it to it, that this project was going to be one that I would have to devote my full attention to while working on it, and I cannot work on it while also trying to pay attention to a show or video of some sort.