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Wool Washes I Currently Use, and Where to Buy Them.

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As I have had time to use different wool washes on different projects and types of projects, there are three that have stood out to me.

My Top 3 picks are:
1. The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo (can be found here)
2. Eucalan Wrapture and unscented wool washes both can beĀ found here (Wrapture can also be found here) (unscented can be also found here)
3. Kookaburra Tea Tree Wool Wash (can be purchased from here, here or here)

I prefer the laundress wool and cashmere wash for items such as shawls, hats, and scarves, that you don’t wash super often. It has the Cedar scent which helps protect the wool from bugs and moths going after it and damaging the garments. I also store all these goods in airtight containers with cedar blocks.

I prefer using the Eucalan for when I wash each pair of socks for the first time. I like the consistency of the wash for getting into the socks and helping pull up the excess dyes, waxes and other chemicals that the yarn was treated with, in the dying and spinning process.

Lastly, I prefer the Kookaburra tea tree wool wash for washing socks. Beings that I wash my socks after each time I wear them, I like that the Kookaburra tea tree wool wash contains tea tree oil which helps to get rid of microorganisms that get in the wool and can harm the wool itself or cause skin issues on your feet. It is also biodegradable, which also makes it good for taking along on the trail when hiking, or while travelling, so if I were to need to wash a pair of socks while I was out, and it couldn’t wait until I got home, this wash is more environmentally friendly. There is a lavender scented one as well, but I prefer the tea tree scent, as it is more woodsy, and would blend in better while out hiking.

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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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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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Creating more Work for Myself

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I was finally able to order some more of the KnitPicks Simply Wool worsted weight yarn in Wordsworth. I had only ordered four Hanks of this color when it first came out, and it sold out quickly. I had also quickly realized that four Hanks of the worsted weight yarn would not be enough to knit up a shawl that would fit me. I had gone in and went through the process to have them email me when more of the color I needed became available.

What had happened with the Simply Wool had also happened with the Autumn Heather Wool of the Andes Tweed worsted weight yarn I had ordered a while back, and I knew that I wanted to have 10 balls of each of the Wool Of The Andes yarns I am wanting to use to shawls in my stash. I would rather have extra and have to make a matching hat or fingerless gloves than not have enough yarn for the shawl.

When I was in the process of ordering these two types of yarn, I had also seen one of the Dishie multis that I liked, it’s the colorway Cabin, and I added one to my cart, then I got looking at the bulky yarns, and saw that there was a Wool of the Andes bulky yarn, so I also added six Hanks to my cart, which also got me to over $50 and got me free shipping.

So, this order arrived today in the mail.

And now I have enough yarn to keep me knitting for a very long time.

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Ironing Out the Kinks

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Over the course of the past couple of days I have finished up two projects.

The first project I finished up, I was up into the wee small hours of the morning finishing up this shawl.

This shawl is about 38 inches from the tip to the cast off edge. I used four balls of KnitPicks Simply Wool Bulky yarn in the color “Wilbur”. I used a pair of 10.5 (6.5mm) straight knitting needles.

Last night (Thursday night) I finished up the second sock of the pair of socks I knit up out of KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Ash.

I used my set of size 1 (2.50mm) KnitPicks sunstruck double pointed needles.

I have come to love using the 2.50mm size 1 needles versus the 2.25mm size 1 needles for both the Palette yarn and the various Stroll yarns I have been using. The socks come out a little looser which is fine, the gauge is still tight enough that there are no real issues with the tension or being too loose. I also haven’t had the issue of my needles breaking either. Which makes me think that the 2.25mm needles were just too small for what I was doing, and I have also gotten better at knitting socks.

I definitely wanted to get the shawl done, as far as getting it knit up anyway, this week. I have some more bulky yarn coming in, in the next few days. I only have the one set of size 10.5 needles and I wanted to get the big project off them before the new yarn comes in, so I can get it cast on pretty soon. I do still have one ball of the bulky Simply Wool left, which I am using to make another pair of fingerless gloves.

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Spring is Coming!!!!

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I finished the pair of socks I had been working on in my previous post.

I had used Stroll Tweed in Marine Heather from KnitPicks for this particular pair of socks.

I came to the conclusion I have more than enough KnitPicks yarn for socks and shawls, and I really need to knit up what I already have. I really want to see my stash of sock yarn and shawl yarn decrease and my finished personal projects increase.

With that being said I did pick up some yarn yesterday at My local Joann fabric and craft superstore, for a project I am going to be working on once I get the projects I have in the works complete.

I am also wanting to get back to working on projects for babies and children in need. I have taken more than a year off already to work on personal projects, that I want to finish up using the yarn I have out that I purchased for personal projects and get back to making things for little ones who need warm clothes. It may be a bit before I start another sweater, but it is definitely still a project that is near and dear to my heart.

I started another pair of socks this morning, I am using one of the pink Stroll yarns I had ordered during the month of February beings that it was on sale.

Beings that Spring is right around the corner, we are starting to get the periodic nice day, which I am looking forward to. I have a couple pairs of socks that I would like to get washed and hang out on the line to dry.

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Knitters Talk; Ordering knitting supplies online

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Yesterday, my latest order of Sock Yarn from KnitPicks arrived!

I had ordered some more Palette yarn. So far the Palette yarn is turning out to be my favorite sock yarn. It knits up so nicely and evenly. I also have not had a problem with casting it on (I will write more about that here in a bit), and the heels felt nicely once worn. I have noticed that the heels of my socks always kind of look awkward until I wear the the first time, then they felt a little and look like normal sock heels should.

Tuesday evening I got the first sock of the pair I am knitting up out of the Chroma Fingering Yarn finished and the second one cast on. Very quickly I came to the conclusion that I don’t like the Chroma yarn. For me it is a pain in the rear end to cast on. The first sock was a 3 or 4 attempt to get cast on and knit off, and the second was a 7 attempt to cast on and successfully knit off. If you have ever worked with Roving, you can relate. This yarn, the fibers liked to pull apart on themselves, and it isn’t helpful when the strand pulls apart while you are casting it on or knitting off the first row. I finally got the second sock cast on and knit off. While knitting up the socks I have been having to be careful as the fibers like to split on the stitches, slowing me down. So this pair of socks has been frustrating. They will be a nice pair of socks once they are knit up, but I will not be ordering more of the Chroma yarn.

I still have a 100 gram ball of the Stroll Fingering yarn and many 50 gram balls of the Stroll Tweed sock yarn to try. I like the feel of these balls better than I do of the Chroma. I am hoping that the Stroll Yarns will knit up more like the Palette and Hawthorne Fingering yarns have for me. I had mentioned that the Hawthorne Fingering yarn felt rough as I was knitting it up. I had the opportunity to wash that pair of sock here recently. The stiffness and roughness went away with washing, which meant that my assumption that the stiffness and roughness was caused by the waxes and stuff used to treat the yarn to make it easier to spin and knit with, was correct.

Last week I started a new triangle shawl using my Wool of the Andes Tweed worsted yarn in Marine Heather.

My goal has been to see how far I can get with the first ball of yarn, to get an idea of how much one ball of the Wool of the Andes Tweed can make. While I know that as I get more done, each subsequent ball will make fewer rows, as the shawl gets wider and there will be more stitches per row, I am impressed with how far this one ball has gotten me and I still have some of it left.

I am still waiting on my second set of lace blocking wires to arrive. They have been stuck in Sumner Washington since the 13th, and they were shipped on the 4th. This is the second time this month I have had issues with DHL and packages being held up by them. Yes I have contacted them twice so far for this package. I am fully aware that this is the busy shipping season, and it is almost Christmas, but really, they were shipped on the 4th, and have been sitting in Sumner (near Tacoma) for the past week. I am like “really people, you had plenty of time to get my package to Portland before the train derailment that closed I-5 southbound, and it’s not like you really need that section of I-5 southbound anyway, since Sumner is closer to the detour route around it anyway.” It is just frustrating that my package hasn’t arrived yet, and the other package from that order (that was shipped a different carrier) as well as the two orders I have ordered from KnitPicks since this item shipped have all arrived (again, these two orders after the order of blocking wires were shipped with FedEx). While I have occasionally had an issue with UPS losing a package (the last one they lost of mine was a year or two ago), I, and others I know (the yarn studio I worked at 3 years ago) have had nothing trouble with DHL. At this rate I am expecting the items I ordered from Amazon this morning to arrive before the blocking wires do. I will get off my soap box now and get back to work on my projects.