Knitting, Socks, Wool, Wraps/shawls, Yarn

Summer Heat

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Since my last post, I have completed one pair of socks and I am working to get another pair done before this summer gets even hotter. We are expected record heat here the next few days and I want to take advantage of that in order to quickly dry these socks once I get them washed and blocked. Today I got the first sock of the second pair I intend to wash. 


While organizing my KnitPicks Palette Yarn I realized that I have sock yarn that color wise matches the Cascade Eco+ Yarn I am currently using to knit a wrap. I totally had not intended to have socks that match the wrap. It is cool that I will have socks that match my wrap. 

I have also put together a spreadsheet to keep track of the pairs of socks I make and the sock yarn I have in my stash, as well as the Palette yarn I have yet to purchase to make socks and a color swatch out of. 

I definitely want to try other wool sock yarns in addition to what I already have used, though I have found that for wool sock yarn, the KnitPicks Palette is my favorite to date. In addition to the Palette yarn, I want to try the other KnitPicks fingering weight yarns for socks and see how they knit up. Now that I have worked with the Palette yarn, it has given me the most consistent end results. It has so far been the easiest Wool sock yarn to have worked with. 

As much as I am not a summer person I am trying to put this hotter than average summer to good use and get as many pairs of socks knit up, washed and blocked while it is warm enough outside to put the socks out on the line and not have to use extra electricity to get my socks dry or to keep the sheepy smell in the house (those I live with wouldn’t appreciate the sheepy smell). 

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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.

KnitPicks, Knitting, Personal Projects, Socks, Wool, Wraps/shawls, Yarn

Third Times the Charm

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After spending close to a month working on, and reknitting this sock, it is finally done. 


The third time starting this sock, was the reknit that worked. Here is hoping that the second sock won’t take as long to knit up as the first sock. 

The socks I am working on, are being knit from KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Regal. 

While I have spent a fair amount of time working on this sock, I have also been working on other projects I have going. 

I had been working on a scarf that I decided to pull off the needles and restart it as a wrap. I have plenty of scarves, and realized that I have a lot fewer wraps. I am not a huge jacket person, and prefer wearing hand knits. The yarn I am using is another one that I have started a project, then have kept deciding to do something different with the yarn. I have enough of the yarn that I decided to make a wrap from it.

Jackets just aren’t as cozy as a hand knit wrap that is made from bulky wool. For the wrap I am working on, I am using Cascade Eco+ Yarn in Aporto. It’s a really dark bluish green. 

Knitting, Patterns, Personal Projects, Scarves, Wool, Wraps/shawls, Yarn

When Knitting is what you do

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This past weekend I finished up the falling leaves wrap I had been working on for a while. I had used Patons Lace yarn in teal.   

 I know I have been asked why I knit for myself and how am I going to wear it all. I am knitting every I can, as I am wanting to move somewhere with real winters. I also like pretty hand knit garments. 

About a month ago I had gone yarn shopping for my birthday and I had picked up a couple of different types of yarn, one of which I had also purchased a pattern that I wanted to use the pink yarn for. Beings that I had finished my falling leaves wrap I finally am able to start using my birthday yarn. When I was starting the scarf I had to restart it several times to get the pattern going right.  

For this scarf I am using the Fibre Company Canopy Fingering yarn in Dragonfruit 

Baby Items, Gifts for Others, Knitting

Upcoming Projects for 2015

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The past 5 weeks have been incredibly busy with starting a new full time job, Thanksgiving, helping with my church’s Christmas on the Campgrounds event (which was a huge success this year), and then having someone I know pass away this past week. There hasn’t been a lot of time to knit. Since I have been working I haven’t wanted to start anymore projects on top of my mom’s Christmas gift, which won’t be completed in time for Christmas. I am hoping to have it done by mid January.

In addition to completing my mom’s Christmas gift, I have two more projects that I have to work on during the early part of 2015. One of my cousin’s and his wife are expecting their first baby, and they are waiting to find out the gender of the baby until the baby is born in June. So I am going to be making two baby blankets for them, both of which could be used for either a boy or girl. I picked up a skein of a really pretty yellow (Lion Brand Pound of Love in Honey Bee) and a skein of a ┬áreally pretty turquoise (Lion Brand Pound of Love in Turquoise) at Joann’s while I was out running errands today. I had a 20% off the entire purchase coupon, in addition to the two skeins both being on sale (the sale price was $3 off the the regular price), which meant that I got a good deal.

Besides the project I am trying to finish up, as well as the two baby blankets I am going to make, my knitting plans for 2015 are looking like, another wool scarf for myself, more hats for children as I have plenty of yarn, and maybe a few sweaters, but we will see how many I get made with my work schedule and every thing else.

I also put together a video of the sweaters I completed during 2014, so if you would like to check it out, you can find it here.

Charity Project Monday, Hats, Knitting, Knitting for Kids in Need, Scarves

Infant Hats and Christmas Gifts

In between working on the Christmas gifts that I am working on, that are a bit more complex, and require more attention I have also had some infant hats going at the same time. I have plenty of baby yarn left over from other projects that I am wanting to get used up for a good cause, so I have been using the balls I have sitting over here for infant hats. I currently have 10 infant hats complete. I am looking into charities that get┬áthe hats to hospitals and birthing centers in the high poverty areas here in the US. One that I know of – Bundles of Joy, is a group that donates their time and hats to infants born in the Pine Ridge Reservation OB Ward. The reservation is located in South Dakota.

The fact that there are areas within the US where unemployment is over 75%, and whole communities live without electricity, indoor plumbing, sewage systems, and telephones. Seeing infants born into this system where the infant mortality rate is around 5 times the national average is heart breaking. That is why I like using the talent I have been given, in knitting to give back to those who are much less fortunate than I am.

Some may ask, why I do it, when these infants will grow up and are roughly 4 times more likely to commit suicide as a teenager, or join a gang, and if they grow into adulthood 3/4 if not more of them will be unemployed for their entire adult lives, and be alcoholics, and if the alcohol doesn’t get them, another health condition related to the alcohol or poor diet will. While this argument is very valid, My answer is yes, that is all true, but there is also that small fraction of a population that will make a better life for themselves. Do you want to deprive those the opportunity to be able to contribute, or make a difference by letting them die as infants do to not being kept warm? That is why I knit for the infants, and I would love to see each of the infants born into poverty receive a handmade blanket and hat, knowing full well that few of them will be able to rise above the generational poverty.

As for the Christmas gifts I am working on, I am making progress on both the falling leaves wrap and the six strand braided cable scarf. The scarf is knitting up faster than the wrap because it is not as intricate of a pattern, so I am able to work on it while watching YouTube videos, or shows on hulu, or working on other things on the computer. The falling leaves wrap requires more focused concentration, and I can only have music playing while working on it. Both of these will be done before Christmas.

Knitting, Knitting for Kids in Need, Knitting Projects, Whats on the Needles Wednesday

Whats On The Needles?

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In addition to the baby blanket and the wool wrap that I have in progress, and have talked about in my last two posts, I also have a dishcloth and a Knit for Kids sweater in the works.

The sweater has kind of just been sitting lately as I work on these other projects. I know I have talked about in the past that I can effectively only have 2 (not counting the purse project) knitting projects in the works, and if I have anymore (like the sweater) it just sits until I complete one of the other projects.

The dishcloth is technically my purse project, I spent some time working on it over the weekend, after I had bruised my tailbone (its still bruised but it is doing better), and it hurt too much to sit upright for more than 30 minutes. It was something that I could still work on while I was laying down. It was hard for me to just be laying there doing pretty much nothing for a few days, just because it hurt to much to sit.

I likely wouldn’t have started the wrap if I hadn’t needed to pull the second skein of Nature’s brown fishermen’s wool out of the bucket to finish the shawl I had been working on and finished. I then made a slouchy hat, and I am now just trying to get the skein used up, so that I don’t have to put it away. I don’t like having to make room for skeins that I have pulled out of somewhere. I also figure that if I can get this wrap done, I can wash the darker woolens that I have, especially the ones I used this past winter. I know I don’t have to wash them very often, I just want to wash them before I put them away for the season.

I also have several big skeins of 3 ply sport baby yarn that I want to get used up for baby blankets. I don’t want to have to buy more plastic tubs for storing the yarn. This is what I have going on right now.