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.

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Wraps and Catalogues

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Today I have been making progress on a couple of my WIP’s. I got the cuff of the second sock that I am knitting up using Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn half way done. 

Once I got the cuff half way done, I switched to working on the wrap I have in progress. The wrap I am working on, I am using Cascade Eco+ Yarn. I am using a K3P1 pattern.


It is a really pretty dark sea blue, it is heathered navy blue and forest green. While working at the studio we had a lace weight Todd and Duncan cashmere yarn that was a similar color. 

The Cascade Eco+ Yarn is an Aran weight yarn. It is a bulkier yarn. I am using size 9 bamboo circular needles. With this combination it is warm, thick and cozy,  yet not super bulky. 

Today, I also got a new KnitPicks catalogue in the mail. I love looking through the catalogues, and getting ideas for what I want to knit, in the future. I have a long wish list of yarns and knitting books. 

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Almost Done!

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I am making progress on the second regal colored sock of the pair that I have been working on. The first sock I had to start over twice, and it finally worked out on the third attempt. By the third time knitting the first sock, I was very ready to be done with the pair. With that being said I have made an effort to get the second sock knit up as quickly as possible.

As of writing this post, all I need to do is knit up the toe and sew in the end. Beings that it is about 9:30 pm as I am writing this, I am leaving the sock until the morning to knit up the toe.


Beings as the weather is cooling off and rain is moving in, I will leave the washing and blocking until the weather is more cooperative. Once I finish the toe tomorrow, I will start another pair of socks.

I may have mentioned in a previous post that this pair of socks is being knit up from KnitPicks Palette Yarn in the color: Regal.

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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. 

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Reknitting Socks

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I started a pair of socks using KnitPicks Palette Yarn in regal, and here I am, weeks later, still working on the first sock of the pair. On the first try, I had dropped a stitch several rows below where I was, that was to far down to pick up and bring it up to the round I was on, so I started that one over. Then, on the second try I had inadvertently unevenly distributed he stitches on my needles, and I was at the point of turning the heel when I realized that it was off, so off the needles it came, and rewound the yarn. Now I am on try #3, and I have checked the number of stitches on each needle, and each has the correct number of stitches. So, unless I drop a stitch along the way and don’t realize it, this sock should come out right in the end. 


I will hopefully be getting this pair of socks complete in the next few days. 

I still have some scarves in the works, but I am really trying to get this pair of socks complete, beings that I still have so much sock yarn to knit up. I would definitely like to be getting more socks done. 

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Working on Other Projects 

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I have spent a lot of time lately working on knitting socks, so I have spent part of yesterday and all of today working on two of the three scarves I have in the works. 


I decided to measure both of these scarves earlier so I would have an idea of how long each is. The blue scarf is roughly 1/3 of the way done, and the pink and grey scarf is roughly 2/3 of the way done. 

The blue scarf with bits of red I being knit up with two strands of Malabrigo Lace weight Yarn. It is 100% baby Merino Wool, and is so soft, and warm yet not overly heavy or bulky. Like I said I am knitting it two ply, and I am using size 3 needles. I also love that this yarn is not stiff at all, nor is it scratchy. For this particular scarf, I am using a knit 3 purl 1 pattern. I am hoping that once I get it blocked, the pattern will be a bit more visible on the right side. As it is, it looks like I knit all the way across the right side and purled back on the wrong side. The pattern kind of shows up in the pictures. 

The pink and grey yarns are berroco by folio, and they are 65% superfine alpaca and 35% rayon. I am knitting two strands together and using size 4 needles. This scarf is also very soft, and lightweight, yet still warm. The berroco yarn is a dk yarn that is not at all stiff. I am using the seed stitch (also known as the British Moss Stitch) for this scarf.  It is working up into a scarf I am sure I will enjoy. 

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Larch Heather Socks

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I finally got my pair of Larch Heather socks completed today. 

It took me a couple weeks to get them knit up, which is a bit slow for me. While I love the color, I am glad to be able to have them done and be able to be starting a new pair of socks today. 

The Larch Heather reminds me of hiking in the woods in the spring, and the way the trees look with their new growth, the moss that has grown on the trees and the sun shining down on them, on a beautiful spring day. It also makes me think of the way the Woods smell on a warm spring day, especially after it has rained. 

I definitely love going hiking in the Woods, and the way they look and smell. That is why I picked some of the colors of yarn that I did, that won’t stand out when I go hiking in the woods if they happen to show above the tops of my hiking boots. 


Knitting socks has become one of my favorite pass times. I also love being able to work with so many beautiful colors and be able to make myself a variety of beautiful socks. I love hiking and traveling, and it will be nice to be able to have enough socks that I knit up myself to take enough socks with me on a hiking trip, that if my feet get wet I can put on dry socks. It will also be nice when I am traveling in the cooler months to have enough warmer socks knit up and packed so I will not have to worry about hand washing socks and getting them dry.