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Sunsets over the Pacific Ocean

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What a weekend it has been so far (my weekend days are Sunday and Monday). Yesterday, I had gone for a drive to get out of the house. I also had made a blueberry crumble, that had gotten dumped all over the bottom of the oven by accident upon trying to get it out of the oven. The oven had to be cleaned and it was a mess.

I made another blueberry crumble this morning. It came out just fine.

While my blueberry crumble was baking this morning, I wound the yarn that came in my spring mystery box from Forbidden Fiber Co.

While I don’t know what this colorway is called, it reminds me of a sunset at the Oregon Coast this time of year.

Weekends always seem to go by so fast, don’t they? I like to try to get as much knitting in on my weekends, since I don’t typically feel like knitting when I get home from work during the week. This is especially true when what I do for work is literally to earn a paycheck and have health insurance, and it’s not something I am passionate about or even see staying at more than a couple of years. There is no career there for me. In the position I am in, I will cap out pay wise in less than 3 years, and it’s not an income I will ever be able to support myself on my own with. I also have no desire to go into management in this company. Being a freight lead was as much management as I will ever do, and I came back down a pay grade and responsibility wise after 10 months in that role. So my weekends are super important to me, to pursue my interests and what I am passionate about.

Knitter's Talk, Knitting, Local Yarn Shop, Socks, Winter, Wool, Yarn

After the Snow Days

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I decided to try washing the hand knit Christmas socks I had done in the washing machine today. I had always hand washed them until now.

It was one of things where, I decided to give it a try considering we used to wash 100% Cashmere sweaters in the washing machine (and put them in the dryer) when I worked at the studio about a decade ago.

I figured if I used a shorter wash cycle, warm and cold water, the extra delicate cycle and wool wash, it couldn’t hurt them right?

They are now air drying on my drying rack and came out just fine with the precautions I did take.

It’s going to make my life a whole lot easier and save my hands knowing I can put them in on the gentlest cycle and warm water then air dry them.

While they were washing, I did go through the Laundress New York Wool and Cashmere Shampoo I have and did get rid of the ones who’s lots are part of the recall, just to be on the safe side.

I know I have talked about how much I have loved the Wool and Cashmere Shampoo from the Laundress New York. I have been looking into what is best for washing woolen goods, and I have found that using a wash that contains lanolin, which is the oil naturally found in Wool is actually better for it, I am not going to be using the Wool and Cashmere Shampoo anymore.

Eucalan was one of the top brands I found that contains lanolin, as do Kookaburra wash and Outback Gold, all of which I have some of in my wool wash stash. This also explains why what had been my favorite yarn shop while it was still in business, as do many other yarn shops I have been in, carry Eucalan wash.

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Wool Wash

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I took the time yesterday to wash the three pairs of socks I had finished.

I went into the cupboard where I keep the washes for my hand knit goods. I have multiple brands of delicate wash / wool wash, and only a few I actually seem to use, and in different situations. It also seems that each yarn store I have been to has their own preferred brand of yarn wash. One store had Soak, my favorite yarn store back in the day when it was open carried Eucalan, and at the studio I worked at we used The Laundress New York Wool and Cashmere Shampoo.

I also have Kookaburra Original and Outback Gold washes on hand.

My favorites / go to washes are the Wool and Cashmere Shampoo from The Lundress New York for new Knits and washing anything but socks as needed. I also love the original (not lavender scented) Kookaburra wash when I can get it for washing socks once I have worn them. The Outback Gold works well too, and it has been a little easier to come by lately.

I like the Wool and Cashmere Shampoo because it is formulated specifically for wool items (not just delicates), and I love the smell and consistency of it as well.

I like the Kookaburra and Outback Gold for socks I have worn as they both have Tea Tree Oil, which is claimed to have anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti microbial and antiviral properties. So I feel like it helps keep my socks from growing not so great stuff after being worn.

Now, after years of washing my knits and testing out different products, I finally have decided to stop trying different ones, just because I have washes that work good for me and what I make.

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Summer Knitting

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This past week I started watching Rhinebeck videos. I quickly realized that I need to go next year. I also realized that I really have no idea who anyone who is anyone in the knitting world is. That is another reason I need to go to Rhinebeck and other fiber festivals back east. That is one of the crappy things about living out west, we don’t have many fiber festivals and really none of the big names in the knitting world come out here.

Today I started winding up my Bad Sheep Yarn hanks. I had to stop after 3 hanks as I started not feeling well and needed to lay down. I did take some videos to put up on TikTok and my Instagram stories.

I love these Alaskan themed yarns. I am excited to see how they knit up when I get to them.

In order to go to Rhinebeck next year, I need to allow my PTO at work to accrue. I want to be able to get paid while taking time off work to go. In the mean time, I also need to watch more Rhinebeck videos.

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Alaskan Yarn and Life Update

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Last week a new to me indie yarn dyer came across my Instagram. Some of the colors, I couldn’t resist buyer. This yarn shop is called Bad Sheep Yarn and is based in North Pole Alaska.

My order arrived today. The colors are even better in person than pictures could show. It makes me want to go to Alaska that much more.

I am so excited to get to work up all the new yarn I have picked up recently. With the way that Gas prices and inflation keep going up, I need to work on the yarn I have. Since I am wanting to go to Rhinebeck, I am saving my money so I can go. We will have to see how the next 15 months go.

Besides the inflation and rising gas prices, the area I live in is apparently back in the high covid risk. Masks are being highly encouraged in indoor spaces and non essential public gatherings should be avoided, regardless of vaccination status. While I don’t know what to make of it all, I am pretty ok with staying home for the most part besides going to work and my doctors appointments. I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually see another mask mandate here in my state. Since I currently work at a grocery store as my primary job, I do most of my grocery shopping at work, so I don’t have to make too many extra stops.

With that being said, with spending a lot more of my free time at home again, thanks in part to dealing with a chronic health condition, I will hopefully be posting more and have more content for you all.

Knitter's Talk, Knitting, Socks, Summer, Wool, Yarn

The Girl with the Cute Handknit Socks

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Today, I needed to run to the grocery store. While I was out, I went and looked at roses and went yarn shopping. The roses and yarn shopping were a spur of the moment thing.

I ended up going over to the West Side of the metro area. At first I thought I would go see how busy the test gardens in Washington Park were, they were too busy, so I googled yarn stores on that side of the river and found one. So I went there.

It was a nice store with a really good selection of yarn that I hadn’t seen in other stores. I had been looking for Hedgehog Fibres yarn in store for a while. I had made one of my very first pairs of socks, before I really knew what I was doing out of Hedgehog Fibres yarn, but those socks didn’t turn out. I had purchased that yarn from a yarn store that is now closed, so I couldn’t go back and get more, and I have been wanting to work with it again. Hedgehog Fibres is an Irish brand of yarn from Cork.

Like I mentioned previously, it was a nice store, with a good selection. Though IDK if I will go back. It was in a strip mall, and just didn’t have the same character as the ones I have been to here on the East Side. Not to mention the traffic on the West Side. I do hate coming back highway 26. The traffic coming into Portland from the west side is always a nightmare.

Before I had gone over to the West Side of the Metro area, I had stopped by one of the Rose Gardens in Ladd’s Addition, since it was one of the first real warm summer days we have had, and see the roses.

Portland is known as the City of Roses, since roses do grow really well in the climate we have here. With all the rain we have had this past winter and spring, it just feels like all the colors are so much more vibrant this year. Even the leaves on the trees seem more vibrant.

I am not one so much for putting patterns in my socks (yet), I definitely gravitate towards colors and colorways that pop, and some that are more utilitarian. I like a mix of both. I wouldn’t mind being known as the Girl with the cute hand knit Socks.

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Road to Rhinebeck

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Sorry this post is a bit late, I super busy Wednesday, and then AT&T was a butt and I had no data pretty much until I had to leave for work at 9 o’clock at night.

Tuesday evening I finished up the “Road to Rhinebeck” socks I had been working on. I honestly love how they turned out and they are the favorite pair I have worked on lately. Then again it seems like whenever I work on an autumn colored / inspired pair of socks, I love them. Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival is in October so this sock set is definitely autumn inspired.

This was in fact a sock set, so there was a main hank and an mini hank of the contrast.

While Rhinebeck has been Goals for a while, this sock set really makes me want to go, and it is something I am going to try to make happen in 2023. It just isn’t going to work out this year due to what I have had going on and dealing with my health this year.

Yesterday, I took the time and washed the socks I had completed and stuck in my hamper for hand knit socks. I prefer to hand wash my hand knit socks and put them on the drying rack since we don’t have a drying line outside at the new house. The warmer weather makes me more inclined to wash socks since they will dry quicker. Some day I would love to have a wood stove or natural gas stove and be able to dry them in front of that in the colder months. Especially after having worn them.

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Portland Yarn Shops

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Welcome to the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Here in the US Memorial Day Weekend is the “Official start of Summer”. So everyone who works a typical M-F job has gone back to work now after the long weekend. I worked this weekend, like I have been doing every weekend for over a year. So now it’s my weekend.

I have been wanting to go do some yarn shopping at some local yarn stores, so I finally went to a couple today. Both were in Portland proper (aka in city limits).

I went to Starlight Knitting Society on SE 52nd Ave – a few blocks south of SE Woodstock Blvd.

The other was CloseKnit on NE Alberta St at NE 22nd Ave.

I had been to Close Knit once before, this was my first time stopping at Starlight. I had driven by Starlight so many times but had never stopped, I decided it was time to stop there and see what they had to offer. I really liked Starlight Knitting Society.

I bought some sock yarn at both shops.

These are the three sock yarns I bought at Close Knit. Teo are a lighter weight sock yarn, and the one on the right is a medium weight sock yarn.

These are the five hanks of yarn I bought at Starlight Knitting Society. The two purpley-pink hanks are the same yarn, I would just need to hanks to make a pair of socks. The blue and greens are all a lighter weight sock yarns and will make great summer socks for getting back into hiking.

Not only was I looking for pretty colors, I am also amazed at the wide variety of weights that are all considered to be “fingering weight” which is the weight most commonly used for socks. The lighter weights require a smaller gauge of needle and more stitches to make a sock, where as the heavier weight yarns require a slightly bigger gauge needle and fewer stitches.

One of the yarns I bought is from Paris France, and another one is from Germany.

I love supporting American Indie Dyers, I also enjoy working with yarn from other places.

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Bridgerton Season 2

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I recently ordered two hanks of yarn from Bumblebee Acres Fiber Farm. These two hanks are from the new Bridgerton Collection, based on season two.

I ordered the Eloise and Kate colorways, both on the Coquette yarn base.

I wound the two hanks up today. The Eloise hank (the lighter one) wound up super quick, and easy. The Kate hank (the darker one) was a royal pain in the butt to get wound up. It flew off the winder at least once. I had to restart winding it multiple times. The hank of yarn to get wound up was kind of similar to the character in the show it was created after – stubborn, difficult and mind of it’s own.

Of the yarns in this collection, these were 2/3 that I liked and I was actually able to get that I hadn’t already gotten. The Lady Danbury and The Duke of Hastings colorways were brought back from last year, and I had gotten those two. Daphne colorway as already sold out.

Fall, Knitter's Talk, Knitting, Socks, Spring, Whats on My Needles, Winter, Wool, Work, Yarn

Kodiak: The Beginnings

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Before I had even finished my last pair of socks, I had cast on this sock.

This is the Kodiak Colorway, on the Figment yarn base from Deep Dyed Yarns.

I had this company and yarn base recommended to me by one of you, my readers, I am am glad you did. I have been enjoying working with this yarn.

I am also loving this colorway. It kind of makes me think of the Northern Lights, which I would love to see in person.

I have been glad to have something to work on while I have been off recovering from being in the Hospital last week. I am doing better now, but still trying to figure out the why it happened and what is going on / source of my symptoms. Having knitting helps keep me sane and calm amid the craziness and and insanity that is life sometimes.

I have definitely been looking at where I am at and what I am doing. I am trying to get healthy now, and I am taking it seriously now. Knitting will continue and always be a part of my life, and part of me getting healthy.

With getting healthy, I want to spend more time outdoors, and work my way back up to hiking. That is part of where my socks come in, warm cozy socks are important for year round hiking in this part of the country.