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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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Finished My Halloween Socks!

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I finished up my Halloween socks, Sunday morning, just in time to get them washed and blocked as well. They are ready to go for Thursday. I am glad I got them done over the weekend. Going into the weekend, I knew I would be working, at least four days this week, and I was asked to pick up a shift tomorrow morning as well. So this week I will be working at least five days.

I typically wear store bought “cheap” socks for work. Considering that the yarn I had ordered in the most recent orders was between about $27 – $33 per hank, which will knit up into a pair. That, combined with the time I put into to knitting up each pair, makes me not want to wear them just for work.

This week, we are experiencing some unseasonably cold morning low temperatures, combined with the wind chill makes it feel like it is down in the 20’s. Portland is right at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, which is bad enough for getting the east wind. The wind is funneled down the gorge, so this time of year, through the winter months, we have strong east winds that are cold, and go right through all the layers you are wearing. Areas out in the east part of the county, like Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, Gresham (Where I work), and far Northeast Portland, are that much closer to the river and the mouth of the Gorge get hit even harder. I checked what it was this morning while I was at work, at about 7 am. The temperature was at 35 degrees Fahrenheit, but felt like 24/25 with the wind chill.

So yeah, here I am at about 2:00 pm, ready to get some knitting done, while my laundry is in the dryer, and before having to go to bed in about five hours to start it all over again tomorrow morning at 3:15 am, to start work at 5:00 am. I have to pay for the yarn I ordered somehow.

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They Won’t Be Around Forever

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I am back, with another finished project post! This evening, I finished up the pair of Victoria’s Memory socks that I have been working on for a couple weeks now. I am loving how they turned out. I love the colors, and everything!

The yarn based I had ordered this particular colorway on, was the Babel yarn base. The fiber content / makeup of this particular yarn base is 70% superwash merino, 20% Nylon and 10% Yak. It is so soft, yet sturdy.

So, this week I may have gone a little crazy on ordering more sock yarn. Most of it is Autumnal colored yarn, with a couple Hanks of Christmas yarn, and just some pretty yarn. I am going to be busy for a while, which is going to be good. I am excited to be sharing them all with you! One of the autumn colors I ordered, I have been wanting since last year. One of the Hanks I ordered is part of the Steampunk Collection, so I will add it to the other two I still have left to knit up.

This week, I came to the realization that the Pacific Northwest, is home. At the same time, I know staying in the Portland metro area isn’t for me. That is part of why I have been stocking up on sock yarn now, while I am in the city, and still close to the shipping hubs. I feel like shipping may be a bit quicker and slightly cheaper because I am currently in the city, since it doesn’t have to come into the city then trucked out to a smaller community (especially if it involves having to go over the mountains in winter time). It also gives me a jump start on these socks, while I am still looking for work opportunities, someplace I would prefer to live. The beach is my preferred location, but I am still seeking God’s will and direction in where he would have me move.

Autumn is finally here, and I am so excited! Our autumn set was set up earlier this week at work. I love that we finally are able to have it available, as well as the fact that the weather is finally starting to turn. Some of the leaves started turning a while ago, but are increasingly turning. I love it, and love that my favorite season is here. I love the colors, the cooler temperatures, the smells.

There will come a time, when I can wear cute clothes more often, and in the colder months, I can pair my good clothes with the socks I have made and will made, and boots and rock them autumn to spring. Two of the areas of my top three places I would love to live, that are still close enough to drive here, to see my parents (since they won’t live forever), get snow in the winter. One of the things I realized here recently, is that while I am yearning for living in a small town life, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, I don’t want to live more than 7.5 – 8 hours away (driving), and not outside of the PNW (well, Oregon, Washington and Idaho anyway).

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Second Sock Syndrome

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Over the course of the past month, I have been working on three different pairs of socks.

For each of the pairs I have been working on, I have finished the first sock, and have the second sock in the works.

This pouch arrived yesterday. I had ordered it from Thirty One Gifts. I am going to be using it for my knitting, when I take a project with me when I go out. Over the years, I have had many “purse projects”, and having this pouch will help keep my knitting together, neat and as untangled as possible.

I am trying to take advantage of the fact that I am only working 10 – 15 hours a week, and spending my free time knitting, all while I am trying to figure out what I am working towards.

Over the past couple of days I have also knit up a couple of yarn swatches to see how the yarn washes. These Yarns are a bit rough, and I wanted to see if washing would soften them up.

Yes, I did swatch the yarn for my Christmas Socks, because my socks feel a bit tougher than I would like, and I am really hoping they soften up with washing and wearing. I am not a fan of stiff wool socks.

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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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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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Lesson learned

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In the past couple of weeks, I was reminded the hard way, to pay attention to yardages of Yarns when I am looking at buying them for specific projects. I had bought some yarn that I haven’t used much (like once before), and had gone by weight rather than yardage. I found out the hard way, with about 2/3 of the second sock knit up when I ran out of yarn. I am waiting on more to arrive so I can finish this pair of socks, and knit up another pair of the same color. To put it out there, that unless you are making ankle socks for a woman, or socks for kids, you will need two Hanks of KnitPicks Hawthorne Fingering yarn.

While I have been waiting on more yarn to come, I have knit up another pair of socks. I finished this pair today.

I used KnitPicks Palette yarn in Tea Rose.

With the holidays over, and work calming down, I have had the time to get back to knitting. I missed it so much the past few months. I am definitely trying to get more projects done.

While working as a retail stock crew member is not a career for me, the past few months have reminded me of what I am capable of doing, and what I do want to be doing with my life. Hard work, early mornings, early nights, working with my hands and making tangible things.