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Highland Heather Socks

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Tuesday night, June 30th, I finished up the fourth pair of socks I had finished up in June. I hadn’t finished any socks in May, and a couple of the pairs were carryovers from socks I had worked on in May.

The last pair I finished up, on Tuesday, was the Highland Heather socks. Highland Heather is the colorway, I got this colorway on the Coquette yarn base from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm.

I am definitely trying to utilize and maximize the time I have while on Furlough. My furlough has been extended quite a few times already, and was extended again today. At this point I am off at least until the end of the month.

At this point, I am trying to get the autumn and Christmas sock yarn knit up into socks. I am saving most of the spring and summer colors I have for winter, when it is cold, wet and in when I need some vibrant colors to work with. It would also be nice to have my autumn and christmas colored socks to wear this coming autumn and Christmas season.

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Safe Harbor

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I was finally able to finish up the pair of Safe Harbor socks I have been needing to finish for a while, since I ran out of yarn. I got the extra yarn I had ordered wound up.

I had ordered Safe Harbor on the Coquette Sock Yarn base, from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm. Safe Harbor was part of of the Outlander Inspired Collection. This colorway is no longer available.

Now that ai have this pair of socks done, I finally feel like I am making progress on the socks I have been working on.

Yesterday, I had made another blueberry crumble, which has become one of my favorite recipes.

I got this recipe from the Salmon Sisters cookbook. Knowing me, it’s not surprising that one of my favorite recipes is out of an Alaskan cookbook. I have wanted to live someplace like SE Alaska or Scotland for over a decade now. That is also part of why I am knitting up a lot of warm and cozy items, because I want to live somewhere with a cooler climate, and spend more time outdoors.

Beings that I was furloughed three months ago, and it has been extended every two weeks after the month long extension that happened during April, I am trying to make the most of my time off and spent at home. I am definitely trying to get as much done before the holiday season begins.

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Working towards the Future that is Calling my Name

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It’s crazy to me that I have only finished (from start to finish) three pairs of socks since I was furloughed from my job like twelve and a half weeks ago. I had a couple pairs that I had finished up early on, that had been started while I was still working during the early part of the pandemic, and I have one pair of socks that I am so close to being done with the second sock on, that I just need to wind the yarn I had to order to finish it up. I also have two other socks in the works that are the second socks of their respective pairs. Once I get yarn wound up, which I will hopefully do this week, I will be finishing up three pairs of socks in the very near future. I am waiting on the last two hanks that I ordered to arrive, so I can wind all the hanks I have in one go while I have my swift out. Once I can get these three pairs done, I will have knit up six pairs of socks while on furlough.

I am trying to make the best of this furlough, because I would rather have work to go to. Having this time off work, has given me time to think and really evaluate and reevaluate what I want to be doing as far as work is concerned. I have been doing what I have had to, to have work, though I feel at times that I have forgotten what I love doing.

Since I have been off, I have really been trying to work on knitting up the yarn I have, and that I have ordered, as well as doing some baking and going for walks. I live near an older / more established part of town, where the streets are tree lined, and these trees, once they get leaves each year, provide much needed shade. With that, on nice days the smell of the trees reminds me a bit of being at summer camp (way away from the city). No matter the weather, the smells also remind me of going hiking in the woods. So for brief moments, my mind wanders and takes me away from the grind of the city life.

I definitely want to get away from the city life, and live a life where going outside means dirt trails, fewer neighbors, more elbow room, more of a need for my hand knit wears through many months of the year. I definitely want to do more hiking (hello hand knit boot sock collection) and in general living life outdoors, even in the colder months, where I can put the hats, scarves and wraps I have made / am making to use. I am really not a big city person, so other than my walks, a lot of my “out and about” time is spent 1) in the car, 2) going briefly from the car to the building and 3) in another building. I am trying to change that, and have the accessories and such that I need to allow me to live the kind of life I feel led to live.

I am not saying that I want to spend all of my time outdoors, just more of it. I still enjoy cooking, baking, homemaking stuff (decorating for different seasons, and making where I live feel like home), and of course, knitting.

I have definitely found that evenings are where I am most productive when it comes to knitting. During the day, I am definitely busier with things like going for walks, making food, household chores, writing blog posts, running any errands I need to run, all that kind of stuff. Evenings are the time of day when I settle in, and have a larger chunk of time to focus on knitting and projects, so that’s when a lot of my knitting gets done.

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Social Distancing Knitting

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Now that the Corona Virus is here, and it has everything in such an upheaval, and we are told told to practice “social distancing”, its like I have been preparing for this my entire life.

While I have been going for walks the past few days, I have also spent more time working on the socks I have been working on for a while.

I have been working on these two pairs of socks done really soon.

What’s closed down now is bad enough, if “everything” (aka my workplace) closes down, I won’t be bored, and will still have plenty to work on. I have plenty of sock yarn to work with, and make socks out of.

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Another LYS is Closing

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I found out this afternoon that another Portland yarn store that has been one of the main yarn stores for years will be closing its brick and mortar store in a couple months. That will make the fourth yarn store (that I know of) to close its physical store in about 5 years. While the reasons given, typically are personal in nature (family illness, time to move on etc), I can’t help but wonder if the rising rent / lease prices in the shop front spaces and the growing move of consumers to online retailers is also part of what is driving this shift in Portland’s (and thus Oregon’s) LYS scene.

I also kind of feel like the crafting (knitters and crocheters) community here isn’t what it once was. Then again Portland isn’t what it was 10 – 15 years ago. The demographics of the area has been changing a lot since many of these yarn stores opened.

We do have a handful of local / indie dyers here in the area (only one that I can name off the top of my head), and the closest fiber festivals are 15 – 18 hours away, in SoCal.

I know I order a lot of my yarn online, and while I have definitely ordered a fair amount of yarn from KnitPicks, and will likely order from there again, most, of not all the sock yarn I have ordered in the last year has been from small, indie dyers from back east.

I would definitely love to see things change out here, since this part of the country is home. At the same time I definitely want to attend a few fiber festivals, meet my favorite dyers, and see some more of the country.

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The Campfire Socks!

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I finally was able get my Campfire socks done today!

The Christmas yarn and the Gluttony Mini Skein of the Campfire yarn I had ordered showed up this past Friday, and I got it wound that evening. The two colors of Christmas yarn I had ordered from this year’s collection are: “o, little town of Bethlehem” (the darker one) and “Let it snow” (the lighter one).

I have been working on getting the Campfire socks done since the mini skein arrived, and I finally got the second sock finished today.

Working in any sort of knitting has been slow going since September, when work started getting busy. Work is finally starting to slow down, and we are finally starting to get caught up on freight. We had gotten behind when the truck that was supposed to come the day before Thanksgiving (November 28th) didn’t come until the following Monday (December 2nd) and we still got our normal Thursday truck on the 5th. We finally turned the corner on getting the large truck loads. Over the next three to four months we only have two “big sets”, one is coming up really soon, which is our post Christmas set, and then our outdoor (summer) set which we will set sometime in March or April, neither of which compare to our holiday freight loads.

That being said, I will be able to be spending way more time knitting in the near future, which I am super excited about. I have plenty of sock yarn to be knitting up, and I am so ready to get back to a normal sleep schedule so I have more energy, so I will want to spend my free time knitting!

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Working Hard and Projects I am working on

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Between constantly being at work, being exhausted from work, eating and sleeping, it has definitely been a struggle to fit in knitting.

The first weekend of this month, I came down with a cold. I had to call out of work a couple days last week. As I was starting to feel better, but still home sick, I made a fair amount of progress on the second Heirloom Pumpkin Sock I was working on. I finally got the second sock finished up yesterday, since I was off.

I had been wanting this colorway for several months, before it was brought back and I was able to order a hank for myself. I ordered the Heirloom Pumpkin colorway on the Fortitude Base from Forbidden Fiber Company.

I also started the next pair of socks. I grabbed the hank of Campfire colored yarn, on the Gluttony Sock Yarn base. It is also from Forbidden Fiber Company.

Today, I have watched a few vlogs, filmed in Southeast Alaska, and it’s still the dream that I am working for. I am dreaming of moving up to Southeast Alaska. This is part of why I am knitting up socks. I also have another project I want to make, that would be amazing to have done, before moving to a colder climate. I am also wanting to order a pie of xtratuf rain boots, while not absolutely necessary here in Portland, would definitely make some winter adventures more enjoyable, and are pretty much necessary in Southeast Alaska.

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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.

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I haven’t been this excited for yarn in ages!

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Yesterday, after I had finished up the second Tea Rose sock, I cast on the first sock of my next pair, using KnitPicks Stroll tonal Fingering yarn, in thunderhead tonal. I have been anxiously awaiting getting the Tea Rose pair done so I could cast on this pair.

This yarn is so soft and pretty. Not to mention it is knitting up amazingly too. I was a little concerned at first that it might knit up like a super wash yarn, which is the Bain of my existence. All the super wash sock yarn I have used has been a royal pain in the butt. This yarn cast on and knit off the first row beautifully.

Grey has become my second favorite, yet most sought after color to knit with. I have been getting my hands on all the grey sock yarn I can find.

I more than surpassed my goal for today on what I wanted to get knit up today, I wanted to finish up the cuff and get at least 25 rows of the leg knit up. I did all that and knit up 33 rows of the leg. I wanted to get as much done before I work again Thursday and Friday.

With so many projects in the works and more lined up as I get each one done, and I have way more yarn for pairs of socks to knit up, that I am trying to make full use of my days off, and get as much knitting as I can done.

As the weather gets nicer, come spring, I will be wanting to get out more and do more hiking, so I am trying to make use of this winter. As it is, I have two pairs of socks done that I need to wash and block on a nicer, warmer day.

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Can’t Seem to get enough Stuff to do

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The past three weeks or so have been pretty busy, and I am finally getting back to working on my knitting projects.

I currently have seven projects in the works, like I can’t get enough stuff to do, I keep adding knitting projects to what I have going. I have three shawls in the works as well as a wrap, two socks for two different pairs, and a dishcloth. I kind of like it that way. I like having different things to pick up and work on.

In addition to the seven projects I already have the yarn for my next twelve pairs of socks picked out from my stash. I have more than enough sock yarn to choose from.

I have four different colors of Stroll Tweed yarn for four different pairs of socks as well as one color of regular Stroll yarn left that I am wanting to get knit up. I also picked out seven different colors of Palette yarn to knit up. I am at the point where I am not buying anymore yarn and trying to work up the yarn I have before I buy more, since I am running out of space to store my yarn.

At some point I am going to need to buy more Wool Wash and containers to store my finished projects. Before all that I need to get projects knit up.

I am wanting to get more socks knit up, washed and blocked this summer so I have more choices, especially going into Autumn, and the weather cools off making it more comfortable to go Hiking.