Knitting

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.

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KnitPicks Sock Inspiration 

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I got another KnitPicks Catalog in the mail yesterday. 

This time, the promoted yarns and patterns are for Socks, which is right up my alley at the moment. 

I love getting new project ideas and expanding on my knitting skill set. I like trying new things. 


I love the color combinations they have shown in the above picture. It totally makes me want to knit more socks than I have yarn for. 

Socks have been the hot project for me lately, especially after a couple good hauls of the KnitPicks Palette yarn. I definitely love the selection I have, and am excited to see the finished projects. At the same time I am always looking for new stuff to try, work on and work with. Ask any knitter, they will tell you that there is more to life than one type of yarn, and one pattern. 

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KnitPicks Palette Hazelnut Socks 

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I finally got my pair of socks using KnitPicks Palette yarn in Hazelnut done last night. For using the KnitPicks Palette yarn, it took me a bit longer than normal to get them done because we have had company staying with us this week and I haven’t had as much time just to sit and knit as I do when Company isn’t staying. 

The power was also out yesterday, putting the pressure on me to get the second sock done before it got too dark. Knitting by pale lamp light isn’t good for the eyes and it is hard to see why you are working on. 


I really love the Hazelnut color. It is a brown, but it’s not a dull brown, as it has a bit more of an orange-y red hue to it, rather than more of a blue or green hue. It’s definitely a warmer, richer color, which I definitely like. 

So far, the KnitPicks Palette yarn is my favorite sock yarn. It is easy to work with, it’s not super expensive, and comes in a ton of colors. 

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Finished Socks for Mom

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I was up until the early hours of the morning this morning finishing up a pair of socks for my mom. I was working on the second sock, and I was working on the toe of the sock and it just kept getting later and later, and by the time the toe is down to the last 9 stitches on each needle, you run the risk of your needles sliding out of the stitches if you put it down. So I just stayed up and finished the second sock. 

Once I got up this morning, I washed the socks with the lavender scented eucalan wool wash, and I now have them drying on socks blockers. 

The yarn I used for these socks is from KnitPicks. It’s their Palette Yarn, in marble heather (the grey) and wonderland heather (the greenish blue). I used size 1 (2.25 mm) double pointed needles.