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Finnley Heather Socks

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Last night I finished up the pair of KnitPicks Palette Finnley Heather socks I had been working on for a while.

With all the sock yarn I have stashed away I am trying to work through it this summer. I am trying to stash bust my sock yarn. The finished socks are easier to store than balls of yarn. They are also wearable, versus just taking up space.

This upcoming week is supposed to be down right hot, and I want to take advantage of that. I am trying to get as many pairs of socks done before it is hot enough to dry socks outside, so I can wash them and put them out to dry.

I have one more pair that I want to get done before next weeks heat wave.

I also have started the next pair of socks, for when I get the Hollyberry Stroll socks done.

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The Lonesome First Sock Club

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I have gotten two socks done using two different colors and different kinds of yarn.

I have one Finnley Heather sock knit up using KnitPicks Palette yarn done as well as one Hollyberry Stroll sock done.

They are both sitting while I make progress on their respective mates.

With the Finnley Heather sock, I have made it longer than the other socks as I am trying to use up as much yarn in one sock as possible. Each ball is 50 grams, and it takes about 30 grams of these particular yarns to make an individual sock. So I would have to buy two balls of yarn to get a pair of socks anyway with the old pattern. Now I am getting way to much extra yarn sitting around, that isn’t enough to make another complete sock on its own. So I decided to lengthen the leg to help use up more of the yarn in each ball.

I usually am only working on one pair of socks at a time, but I wanted to see how the newer pattern worked using the Stroll Yarn and the Palette Yarn so that is why I have these two pairs going at the same time.

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Preparing to Make the Most of Summer

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Over the weekend I finished up knitting the pair of Rouge KnitPicks Palette socks I had had been working on. They are currently sitting in my to be washed basket, as I really didn’t feel like washing them today because I am waiting until I have more socks knit up before I wash socks. Beings that it is only still May, and we still have all summer ahead of us, I don’t have to use every 80+ degree day we get at the moment, as we still have all summer to be able to wash socks and have the hot weather to put them out on the line.

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I had knit a 20 round cuff for these socks plus a 50 round leg. The 50 round leg is a bit shorter than the leg I have switched most of my socks to now. I had made the legs of these socks a bit shorter than I am making my other socks now because of having to split one of the balls of yarn in the winding process. Beings that I was working with a solid color I didn’t want to have to tie on any yarn in the knitting process. I like having it all be one strand without any knots or tie-ons when I am working with solid colors.

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My longer legged socks, I am making the length of the sock blockers that I have so the cuffs will sit along the angled part at the top where I have yarn strung through to be able to hang the blockers from the clothesline outside. I am liking the longer socks because they give more protection and coverage. They help keep my legs and feet warmer in the colder months and also help protect against blisters in more areas while wearing my hiking boots.

Once I finished up the Rouge socks I had been working on, I cast on a pair of Finnley Heather Palette socks, which you can see to the left. I am loving how these socks are turning out. I have definitely fallen in love with the Heather yarns. I love the variation in the colors. While the variation is not so obvious in the ball, it becomes very obvious when you are working with it. I love how it looks, and how unlike stripes or true variegated yarns, the variations are within the same color shade and are just lighter/darker of itself, but doesn’t change from one color to a completely different color.

Here in Portland, we have already had quite a few days over 80 degrees, several close to 90 degrees, and a couple at or above 90 degrees already this month, and summer doesn’t officially start for another month. So if this summer is going to be as hot as I am thinking it is going to be, I need to be pumping out the socks so I can get them washed this summer, and put away. I am kind of tired of having a ton of sock yarn sitting around and feeling like I am not really making any progress on knitting through it. It doesn’t help that I have kept adding to it for a while. Now I am in stash busting mode and trying to knit up as much of my yarn as possible. I would like to go back to knitting sweaters for kids in need, but I have way too much sock and shawl yarn sitting around to get knit up first.

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One Done, One More Started

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I am finally (like a day and a half later lol), getting around to writing this post.

Sunday evening, I finished up the pair of Cobblestone Heather Stroll socks I had been working on.

I have been making some longer legged socks with a shorter cuff. This is partly due to the fact that my sock blockers stretch out the ribbing of the cuffs when I block them. I am not a fan of that. The longer leg is also in part to be some added protection against potential blisters on the backs of my heels when I wear boots. I also kind of like the look of slouchy socks with boots.

The Cobblestone Heather socks were the test run for the newer pattern. I have started tweaking it a bit more with the latest pair of socks that I started yesterday. I cast on the first sock of a pair, using KnitPicks Stroll yarn in Hollyberry. It is a really pretty deep red.

To me, it’s interesting to see how the Palette and Stroll yarns work up, and doing side by side comparisons. The Stroll and Palette yarns are like comparing Fuji’s to Granny Smith’s. They are made by the same company (KnitPicks), they are both Fingering weight yarns with a similar thickness, they come in balls of the same weight and yardage, and I used to same size needles for both yarns. Even though they are similar they do work up completely different. The Palette yarn is rougher and knits up a little bit looser / doesn’t shrink up quite as much as the Stroll. The Stroll yarn is so soft straight out of the ball. I have noticed the the Palette also seems to hold in more excess dye, which comes out when washed the first time.

I still have a pair of black trillium fibres socks in the works. Comparing the black trillium fibres yarn to one of the KnitPicks yarns is like comparing apples to oranges.

I am not the biggest fan of the black trillium fibres yarns for socks, and once I finish up the yarn I have (I have another ball in addition to what I am working with), I am using up what I have and not buying anymore. You don’t know how you will like a yarn until you work with it.

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Testing out a Different Sock Pattern

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Since I started knitting up socks I have always done a k1p1 cuff pattern until I am about to where I am going to knit the heel flap. Just before I would knit the heel flap, I started out with two rounds of straight knitting and eventually went to ten rounds before starting the heel flap. While having a 40 – 50 row ribbed cuff plus 10 rows of straight knitting before the heel flap made a good length for me, I don’t like how my sock blockers stretch out that cuff as it is drying.

While the socks that Reese Witherspoon wears with her Danner’s in the movie Wild are bulkier than what I like for hiking, that scrunched down sock is something that I want to try, and I like making my own hiking socks, so I am in the process of trying out a bit of a new sock pattern for myself.

The biggest changes I am making on my go to sock pattern, is that instead of 40 – 50 rounds of ribbing at the top, I am only doing 10, and then knitting the rest of the leg portion of the top just normally. I am using my sock blockers as a reference guide, so the ribbing will end up drying on the slanted area at the top, and the leg part will just be straight and not be stretched out much by the blockers.

Part of my goal with this as well, is not having to use pins to secure my socks to the blockers while they are drying outside. There will really be no chance of them sliding off the blockers if it happens to be windy and they are hung on the line.

I am also testing out if this pattern will still work with the quantity of sock yarns I have. I tend to have leftover Palette and Stroll yarns when I do the 40 – 50 row cuff, I am going to see if this pattern will help me get more of each color used up without having a whole lot left over.

If you knit socks I would love to hear about what you do when you knit socks, and what patterns you use.

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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.