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More Swatches!

Hey Everyone! 

Yesterday I got industrious and started making color swatches for the KnitPicks Palette yarn that I have. I decided to pull out the yarn I have used so far to make socks, which amounts to six colors and started making color swatches. 

I also started a personal KnitPicks Palette Yarn inventory of what colors I have, what colors I want that I don’t have, how many full balls I have in my stash, how many partial balls, do I have scrapes left over that would be just enough for stripes, how many pairs of each color I have, how many pairs I have using the partial balls and combined colors etc. I also added a column to note which colors I have and do not have color swatches for. 

Yes, the spreadsheet and knitting up swatches has taken a lot of work. I started about 3 pm yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, and now at 4 pm Wednesday afternoon, the six color swatches plus two gauge swatches of Cascade Eco+ Yarn are drying while pinned to a blocking board. 

I should also note that I was also up until 2 this morning working on swatches. So I am kind of dragging today. 

The plan is, going forward, with the KnitPicks Palette yarn is to knit the color swatches each time I start a pair of socks using a new color that I don’t have a swatch for yet. That way I will for sure have a swatch for said color. It will also alleviate the pressure to knit so many swatches at once. It will also make it easier if colors are similar, each color will have a swatch knit up, washed, blocked and labeled before I move on to another color. 

But Erica, why are you wanting all these swatches? That’s a good question. I want to make some sort of swatch board or swatch cards of the KnitPicks Palette yarn, because it is so far my favorite wool sock yarn, and swatches are a lot smaller and easier to deal with if I am wanting to decide on a color combination for a new pair of socks, or if I want to figure out what color a certain pair of socks is. That is why I am kind of leaning toward the swatch cards so it will be easier to move around and put colors next to each other. Then I am not trying to dig out my leftover yarn tubs and making a huge mess to find the yarn I want to use, and mix everything up. 

Being able to know what I have in my stash and how much, is why I did the spread sheet. I like being able to see pretty much what I have and how much I have and have that at my fingertips. I am a person who is about being as organized as possible. 

I am not a huge fan of wearing socks when I am around the house and such. I am working on so many pairs of socks, because the ones I make are a better quality and thick enough to be good boot socks without being too thick. Beings that I love knitting and love hiking, I figured I could teach myself how to knit my own boot socks, for when I go hiking. That is part of why I went with the Palette yarn in the first place, because it is 100% wool, yet is lightweight. It keeps your feet warm without being super bulky. 

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Socks, swatches and notes

Hey Everyone!

The last few days have been busy! 

I finished up the first sock of the first pair of socks that I am knitting up using KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Victorian. I have enough to make 3 full pairs, but I am going to be knitting up two solid pairs of Victorian, as well as a pair of Victorian & Hazelnut and a pair of Victorian and Larch Heather. I still have some Hazelnut and Larch Heather Palette Yarn left from the pairs of socks I made from them and they go well with the Victorian. 


I have also been working on some swatches, because I really want to do swatch boards for the different yarns I make gauge swatches of, when I am able to have a place of my own and have a craft area. I am also wanting to do boards of all the different Palette yarns I have (and will use for socks, for color references. 

Yesterday, I started a list of the pairs of socks I have made for myself, including what size needles I used for each pair, as well as notes about stitches to cast on, lengths for the cuff, heel and foot, for future reference. I know there will come a time when I am not knitting socks for a while, and I want to have all the information I have now, that I figured out that works well for me, to be able to come back to, as well as information about tension and gauge that I used for different brands and types of yarns. Once I get done with the sock yarn I have, and then don’t knit any socks for 5 (or more years), then want more socks or to replace the pairs that have worn out, I can then just come back to my notebook and not have to try to remember (because, let’s face it, I won’t), or refigure out (which is what I would ultimately have to do), what I did. That is way more hassle than simply making notes now, while I am in the middle of knitting up a lot of socks and the details are still fresh in my head. 


As it is, all but one of my pairs of socks is sock weight / fingering weight Yarn, which is pretty simple to go with, I use either the 2.25mm size 1 needles or the 2.50mm size 1 needles, and always cast on 72 stitches, and I can go by rows to get the cuff and heels to turn out right. If I were to use a thicker yarn like a sport weight or a dk weight I would have to figure out the information again for that yarn (ie number of stitches to cast on, how many rows for the cuff and heel), as well as size of needle to get the right tension for that weight of yarn I am working with.  If and when I use a different weight of yarn and figure all that out, I would make notes if that so I could refer back to that in the future.