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Quick Start on a new pair of Socks

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This evening I ripped off the sock I had been working on for the past week, because I didn’t like how the sock was knitting up on the needles. That yarn didn’t have much give and was creating holes where there shouldn’t be. I have had this happen with a different yarn of a similar weight and texture. I can honestly say I not a fan of thinner sock yarn.

With that being said, at around 8:30 this evening I started a new pair of socks with a different yarn. I have had good luck knitting socks with KnitPicks yarn up until this point. Granted I have only knit up socks using the Palette yarn so far. The new pair I cast on, I am knitting up from the Hawthorne Fingering yarn (that yarn I ripped off was of a different brand).

I am amazed at how quickly this yarn is knitting up. In the matter of a couple hours, I am already a quarter of the way done with the cuff of this sock. The colorway I am using of the Hawthorne Fingering is Laurelhurst.

When I was looking at the Hawthorne Fingering Yarn online, I quickly realized that all the color names are of the different neighborhoods here in Portland (the city I grew up in). Not only is that cool, but Hawthorne is the name of one of the major Boulevards here in Southeast Portland, as well as the business district / neighborhood that Hawthorne Blvd runs through, as well as the bridge that carries Hawthorne Blvd across the river to the west side of the city. Here on the east side Hawthorne and Madison are two different streets (and for a ways they are one way streets with Hawthorne carrying the west bound traffic and Madison the east bound. On the West side of the river Madison is the street that the feeds onto the Hawthorne Bridge.

While KnitPicks is an international brand with a corporate headquarters across the other river in Vancouver, Washington. I love the fact that they have yarn named after places I know.

So far (I am only 10 rows in) the only down side I am finding with the Hawthorne Fingering yarn is that is seems to be rather stiff. I am hoping the stiffness/ scratchiness issues are due to the waxes and stuff used in the spinning process and to help it to knit up easier. I am hoping that this issue will be taken care of once the final project is washed the first time.

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Autumn is Coming!!!!! 

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Friday I had gone out and ran some errands in the morning. Two of the stops included Fred Meyer and Joann’s. They have Fall Decorations in stock! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! 

This summer has been brutal. Too many 90+ degree days, and a handful of days over 100. That is too hot for me. It has been good for drying socks, when I get them done, and that is a huge when. 


The whole reason I had gone to Joann’s anyway was to pick up some more 2.25mm size 1 dpn needles. It was just as well, since I had yet another one of my first set break on me last night. 

I finally finished up this pair of socks this evening.


I used KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Marble Heather and Wonderland Heather. I had used US size 1 – 2.25mm dpn needles to knit this pair up. 

I have noticed that with the Marble Heather and the Wonderland Heather yarns they knit up better on the 2.25mm size 1’s where as some of the colors like Victorian, Larch Heather, Hazelnut and Regal knit up a bit better on the 2.50mm size 1’s. They are all KnitPicks Palette Yarn. Now that I think about it, it doesn’t surprise me that some of the colors knit up better on the 2.25mm while other colors knit up better – tension and gauge wise on the 2.50mm needles. I ran into something similar while I worked at the studio, the black in one of the yarns had to be knit up at like a 7.1 while the pink was knit up at like a 7.0 and every other color was knit up at like a 6.3 (I don’t remember the exact gauge settings but that is just a general figure), as some of the colors knit up looser and others knit up tighter we had to adjust the gauge to get uniform garments out of all the colors. A medium in the pink had to be the same finished size as the black and they both had to be the same finished size as the tan and the white, even though the colors knit up differently. 

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Knitting, interviews and Life

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In what free time I have had the past few days, which hasn’t seemed like all that much, I have made some progress on my second pair of KnitPicks Palette yarn in Victorian socks. I am currently working on the heel of the first sock. 

Today I had an interview with a local small yarn producer and Shop. I am not going to say which one, for privacy sake. I have to wait a few more days until I find out whether I move on on the hiring process. This job would totally be #jobgoals for someone like me.

That is one of the things I love about living here in Portland; There are so many locally owned yarn stores. 

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Important Life Skills Learned from Knitting

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Yesterday, I had one of my sock needles snap on me. I needed this needle, to be in one piece so I could continue working on my socks. 

While I would love to have multiple sets of the size needle that I prefer for using with the KnitPicks Palette Yarn, I am not in a place to purchase multiple sets at the moment. So I needed to figure out how to make it work. First I tried packing tape, that didn’t work out to well. My second attempt worked much better. I used Super Glue and some scotch tape, and that did the trick, so for now I am back in sock knitting business. 

Knitting, while it is something I am passionate about, and a favorite pass time of mine, it has also taught me valuable life skills. Through the process of learning to knit, and different projects I have knit up, as well as when things happened I have learned so much. I have learned:

Patience: knitting anything takes time, it doesn’t do itself or happen overnight. 

Perseverance: You have to stick with it to be able to make beautiful projects. Learning new things and now styles and stitches takes time, persistence, and the determination to not give up, because it will get easier the more times you do it. 

An “I can Fix It” mentality: sometimes you will have to frog 🐸 a project, or have a spot you have to go back to and fix something that went wrong. Sometimes it just didn’t turn out right, and to make it look nice you have to go back and reknit it. Or, your needle breaks and you can’t afford to replace it, so you take super glue and scotch tape and make it good as new so you can keep working. 

Those are just a few things that knitting has taught me. 

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Being Inspired to Knit Again

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Now that I have a bit more time to dedicate to knitting, I have been able to enjoy it so much more. All the creativity I had been able to channel a couple years ago had to be shelved for a while. I can tell it is starting to return.

My desire to post more about why I am working on, what is inspiring me, and the whole 9 yards when it comes to knitting is coming back too. While a lot has changed in the past two and a half years, at the same time, not a lot has changed. 

I am definitely needing to get back into some sort of posting routine, but I will figure that out in time. 

For those of you who have been with me since the beginning, I appreciate your patience with me for the past two and a half years, as I have not had the time to devote to my blog like I once had been able to. 

Portland, used to not inspire me. Over the past couple of years, this area, the climate, culture and way of life has really begun to inspire like it had never done before. Having been able to explore local yarn stores, and being able to shop local has been amazing and inspiring. 

While Portland winters are not particularly snowy, cold or harsh as other places, it has a unique style of winter and winter fashion all it’s own. It is very much a DIY, alternative city, which has opened the door for so many amazing Yarn stores to pop up, and thrive. While our winter highs are typically above freezing, the rain goes right through you and chills you to the bone. Hand Knit accessories are also a staple, especially for people like me who know how to knit for ourselves. 

I know several of my blog posts lately have been about knitting socks. While I don’t particularly like wearing socks, they are a necessity for the lifestyle I enjoy having that is primarily driven by being outside, and being able to be comfortable outside all year round. Not to mention the fact that store bought socks just aren’t the same. 

So, in the coming weeks and months I am hoping to deliver more quality content to you all. 

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Yarn Shopping at Local Yarn Stores

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I have started visiting local craft stores here in Portland, because Portland has a lot of amazing small locally owned yarn stores. 

I am starting to work on more amazing winter accessories, as  this past winter was such a let down for the opportunities to wear hats, gloves and scarves. 

I don’t know how much longer I will be living in Portland, so I am trying to make what time I am living here in Portland count as far as yarn shopping goes. I have no idea when I will more or where I will move to, but I know that Portland is not some place I am going to be staying. So yeah, until I find a better job and move I am taking advantage of having all the locally owned craft stores. I am trying to support my local economy, which happens to have a better selection of yarns for personally projects than The big box craft stores. 

Today I bought two hanks of Blue Face Leicester wool that is from England, as well as a hank of Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock Yarn because I am going to learn how to knit socks. I am saving the sock yarn I bought today until I have done at least one pair with the less expensive sock yarn I bought yesterday at Joann’s. 

I really got into buying yarn and knitting my own winter accessories after having spent like $12 or $13 on a thin little hat at old navy that did not do the job I needed it to. I was like this is crazy, so I starting looking around and buying better quality yarn and knitting my own hats and scarves. Why buy something when I can make something of better quality for less money. There is the time output factor, but beings that I love knitting there is no point in wasting my money on something that is of inferior quality to what I can make. 

Portland has a lot of locally owned and run yarn stores which makes it amazing for someone like me. I probably spend more money on yarn that I should, but when you have a hobby you absolutely love within reason spending the money is just worth it. I am not saying to blow your rent or utility bill money on your hobby, but not spending money someplace else and/or putting money aside for your gobbet is a different story. 

Now I am trying to reorganize my wool stash buckets to try to make more room, but really I think that I just need another couple. I like keeping my wool hats and scarves in 15 quart tubs just so I don’t have to pull everything out of a bigger tub is what I want is on the bottom. I only have to pull a few things out. It will help me keep stuff organized. I could use an extra one for just wool hats, and then one to put the socks I knit as well as fingerless gloves in. 

I love yarn shopping, and telling me to stop is the same as telling a painter to stop painting or telling Hanz Zimmer or James Horner to stop composing film scores. 

Personal Project Tuesday

Falling Leaves Wrap Progress

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Between everything that I have been doing the past week, my personal project has been the project I have been spending the most time on.

I am hoping to be getting it done in the next couple of weeks.

Being able to sit down and work on it is the key. Beings that I have been kept busy I haven’t always had the time to work on projects.