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  1. Finally got back to my knitting though most of my knitting stuff is still in some boxes I have to still unpack, since my energy got wiped badly upon arrival and finding myself sick with some bronchial , respiratory bug my son kindly transported right along with himself in moving me half way back across the country. I am doing a pair of knee highs of course to wear with boots. I am using the Clover Colors from Paton's Kroy Sock yarns and it is a very nice yarn and patterns beautifully and distinctly. I hope I got all the measurements just right this time, to translate into stitches per inch since I went up over the calves on length. I had to increase to 80 stitches, 10 inches diameter in other words with negative ease equating the size of just under my knee for the ribbing. Normally for 8 stitches per inch , my cast on stitches for top down socks would be 64. I find size 1.5 needles makes a nice , sturdy but plush construction of the fabric as one knits and this is what the Swedes and Finnish recommend on the sock groups. I am taking their advice. I am not sure the pattern I chose matches perfectly with the decreases needed but it may not be the pattern's fault and is not super noticeable , but just the practice of decreasing on a leg length sock was important to learn. I then knit the length , or just about, of my calf and decreased near the bottom of the calf to my lower leg diameter which brings it neatly back to standard size of socks for medium women's size. I love the colors in this yarn and the effect as it knits up either in 80 stitch or 64 stitch rounds so far. I think it would be very pretty in a cardigan sweater style too. Or as a complement to any solid color someone might like in knitting mittens or a larger project of typical clothing. It would make a lovely sweater yarn for lightweight wool blend sweaters. Even with a break from knitting the past several months due to intense writing, it is simply easier to knit now. I also figured out how simple it is to add another color of yarn, and the mystery of pinstripe knitting....... somehow, it finally sunk in. Maybe my mind just needed some peace and quiet to give it some room so it could sink in! I need to dig out my other yarn and needles. I need to do some 100% wool mittens too! I am interested in possibly felting them. I have to locate all that stuff in my moving boxes! The wool yarn for the mittens is worsted weight, not sock weight so I needed some larger sizes of dpn's handy. I can do them in two tone this time.
  2. My mom passed away in February. I am cleaning out her enormous house. She was a champion prepper. I spent nearly three days just emptying and washing canning jars and gallon storage jars. We have tons of fabric for clothes and quilting, sewing machines, patterns, canning supplies including pressure canners, prepper type books (do it yourself, cookbooks, gardening, etc.), yard tools, a hydraulic wood splitter, small garden tractor and attachments (tractor has been sitting and needs work), big tiller, and just about anything you can think of for preparedness. I will have a more detailed list soon. If you happen to be in Arizona, this is a golden opportunity to acquire some of these items. Let me know if you are in the market for any of these items.
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