This year, I got a nice break off work, between how I was scheduled and not being able to get into work due to inclement weather.
Having a few extra nights off has been great. I had finished up that pair of socks and started another one. I am already on the foot of the one I started while I have been off. I had ordered one of the Christmas sock sets from Bumblebee Acres recently and it just showed up not long before I finished up the believe socks. I wound it up pretty much as soon as it arrived and cast it on. It is called “Nordic Noel” and it is on the coquette base.
The yellow accent color really adds to the main colorway. If it weren’t a sock set, and I was just working with the main yarn I probably would have been bored with it already.
Yesterday I finished up the pair of Believe socks I had been working on for the past month. Before finding the full time job I have, it used to only take me two weeks to knit up a pair. Besides work, sleep has basically become the most important thing….so knitting has unfortunately taken a back seat…though I would love for that and the job to change so we will see.
Believe is the colorway and it is on the resilient sock base from expression fiber arts. I don’t know for sure but I think this colorways name was inspired by the song Josh Groban sang for the movie “Polar Express”.
We have seen our temperatures drop and then moisture come in so the roads are currently an ice rink. Work called inclement weather so I get to stay home at least tonight. I am kind of hoping that tomorrow will be inclement weather as well, so I can be off the entire Christmas weekend.
Last night I finally finished up the pair of “Little Drummer Boy” socks I had been working on for a while.
The yarn is from Forbidden Fiber Co, the colorway is “Little Drummer Boy” and the colorway is on the pride yarn base.
Of the Christmas colorways I had ordered, this colorway was the most “boring” of them all, or the one I liked the least. So I decided to use it first and get it knit up, and then move on to the yarns I liked better.
Now that I have enough Christmas yarn to have 13 pairs of Christmas Socks, or more than enough to do 12 days of Christmas with a different pair of socks every day, I am working on getting the yarn I have knit up. Though I am still waiting on a knitpicks order that has a little bit of sock yarn in it, though it is mainly more DPN’s. I will be sharing that when it arrives.
Yesterday afternoon I finished up my pair of “Road to Rhinebeck 2022” socks, two days after Rhinebeck ended, not that I got to go anyway.
This was the second year I ordered the “Road to Rhinebeck” sock set from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm.
The main colorway is “Road to Rhinebeck 2022” and the accent colorway was called “All the Wine”. They came as a set and are no longer available to order. The yarn base is the Coquette base.
The Coquette base my favorite yarn base to order colorways on from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm. I like this base because it is a 3 ply fingering weight so it knits up the thickest, cosiest socks without being too thick.
This morning, just before sitting down to write this post, I washed up this pair of socks as well as the pair of Crackling Fire socks I finished recently. I used the Wool and Cashmere Shampoo by The Laundress New York to wash these socks. The scent is called Cedar, but I don’t know exactly how cedar specific it is, but it has an amazing woodsy scent to it that I love. I love this wash for new socks. For socks I have worn and need to wash I prefer using the original Kookaburra wash that has and smells like tea tree oil or Outback Gold wool wash that also has tea tree oil. I prefer either of these two for socks I have worn because Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic / anti bacterial / anti fungal properties to help kill any funk that might be in my socks and want to grow and cause problems for my feet.
Monday evening, I hadn’t really felt like finishing up the Road to Rhinebeck socks so I cast on the first of many Christmas socks. I decided to start with the yarn called “little drummer boy” it is the darkest of all then Christmas yarn I recently ordered, so I decided I would tackle it first before our weather and days get much darker and dreamer, leaving the brighter colorways to work as the days get even shorter and rainy.
With the socks I just cast on, I went back to my good ole’ trusty wooden needles that I prefer. I definitely do not like metal needles.
I had taken a couple nights off of work last weekend to go do something fun. It was nice to have a couple extra nights off, though it’s back to work tonight.
I had ordered Season 11 of Call the Midwife, and it arrived last week. Since I have been off, I binged watched the entire season / series in about 2.5 days, as well as rewatched the Season 9 Christmas Special.
While there are other ways to watch Call the Midwife here in the states, the easiest for me is to just order each season once it is released and watch it when I have time. I had also gotten into the show a few seasons into in and had no other way to watch it besides on DVD. Now that it is on Netflix, I have also noticed that there are little edits here and there and the episode isn’t the same as the U.K. version, which is what comes on DVD. I also enjoy going back and rewatching previous seasons as well.
Call the Midwife is one of those shows that I thoroughly enjoy. Over the past ten or so years, since I got started watching Downton Abbey, I found that I enjoy British TV shows.
While I have been off and watching Call the Midwife, I have been working like gangbusters on my Road to Rhinebeck socks. I finished up the first one and I am now on the foot of the second sock. This pair will be done in no time, and then I can start Christmas Socks.
This has been the year of life being insanely busy.
I finally finished the pair of crackling fire socks I have been working on for a while now. I finished the first sock about three weeks ago. I finally finished up the second sock today.
The yarn is one I had ordered from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm a year or two ago. The yarn base is the bubble sock base. The colorway is “Crackling Fire”.
This year has been one of those years where I feel like I am going a mile a minute, and like I am just in the passenger seat along for the ride so to speak.
The rest of this year and going into next year I am really trying to slow down and live a simpler life. I am wanting to get more socks made and projects done. I also want to find more crafters who are also content creaters before Rhinebeck next year so I have a better idea of who’s who in the community.
I am also trying to work on me, and getting back into consistent content creation myself. Working graveyard full time these past 14 months and moving almost a year ago has really taken a lot out of me, and away from the things I love. I am still trying to find the balance and routine of how it goes. I am definitely hoping that as things continue to settle in, and possibly changing jobs out of freight, I can get back to doing what I love. Which really is all things yarn and knitting related.
I had kind of hoped to finish up this pair of socks this past week, but that didn’t happen. So I finally finished them up this morning.
This is the She Sells Seashells (try saying that 10 times fast) sock set from Long Dog Yarn on the Bounce Sock yarn base.
If this sock set didn’t have the accent color, it would have been too pink for me. With the accent color, it is toned down, and the pink is more manageable.
It didn’t look as pink in the hank before it was wound up and knit up.
English is such a weird language even being a native speaker. I had to look up wound, to make sure I was using it correctly. When pronounced “wow-nd” it is the past tense of to wind, when pronounced “wu-nd” it it means an injury or point of puncture in the human body.
It was definitely nice to add to my spring and summer sock stash, because I don’t have that many specific spring & summer pairs of socks. I am trying to have a good base of seasonal socks besides just fall (because I love fall and I always go crazy there).
This morning, before heading to a Dr’s appointment, I finished up the second Beach Bunny sock, completing my pair.
I busted tail to get this pair of socks done since the last pair seemed to take forever. I literally went from about row 45 on the leg of the second sock, going into my weekend on Monday afternoon to finishing it up this morning.
This yarn is a Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn from Ireland than I picked up at For Yarns Sake in Beaverton, Oregon. It’s a lightweight yarn, good for summer hiking.
These socks were fun to knit up and see how the pattern work up. While they aren’t my favorite socks that I have, they are a great conversation pair because they are pretty.
One of the first pairs of socks I had made was with Hedgehog Fibres yarn, and they hadn’t turned out well, so I wanted to get Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn another go now that I am better at knitting socks and know what I am doing.
This weekend (my weekend anyway) I finished up the pair of socks I had been working on.
This is the festival colorway, on the fern yarn base by Barker Wool. I had purchased this yarn at Starlight Knitting Society in Portland, Oregon.
This pair of socks took a while to knit up, in large part due to work and doctors appointments. The last one has been seemingly never ending for the past 3 months.
I also recently ordered some more yarn, like I already didn’t have enough. I ordered from Bad Sheep Yarn and Expression Fiber Arts.
The first picture is of my expression fiber arts order and the second is of my bad sheep yarn order. Expression Fiber Arts is from North Carolina and Bad Sheep Yarn is in North Pole, Alaska.
I definitely haven’t been posting much, since life has been so busy the past 3ish months, that I have been doing all I can to keep it together. It’s looking like August will be the last month where life is insanely busy as far as having medical appointments is concerned. I should hopefully have a couple month reprive, before the holiday ramp up occurs at work. I am also glad that it is looking like September and October should be more chill, and be calmer. Fall, and specifically October is my favorite time of year, and I want to be able to enjoy it.