Catch the sun

Since we’ve actually had some sunshine recently, I decided to have a play with one of my birthday presents from last year – a dragon sun catcher.

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It came with its own set of paints of course, but Mum knows me well and bought me a set of extra colours to play with.

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Here’s my finished dragon hanging in the window to catch some rays.

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There was a lot of paint left over and it would be a terrible waste to just throw it away, so I did a bit of experimenting.

I taped down some clingfilm and greaseproof paper, and made some designs with the leftover paint.

Neither turned out exactly as I imagined, but I still like them so fingers crossed they actually peel off the backings in the morning. We shall see!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 17

I am disappointed.

Even after measuring my feet and swatching, the first Rose City Roller wasn’t quite going to fit. So I had to frog and start again one size up.

Considering how little yarn was left when I frogged, I decided to go with contrasting cuffs and toes this time.

Hopefully these will actually fit me!

Hannah

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June review 2020

Stash used this month: 9.75 (I think my maths for this one has gone wrong somewhere, but the next two stats are definitely correct according to Excel)

Total stash used this year: 34.75

Stash remaining: 325

 

Oooooh I’m getting closer and closer to that 300 mark. I definitely think I can manage it before the end of the year, especially if I make sure to look at my thicker yarn and don’t just focus on sock yarn forever more.

 

Charity makes

One pair of adult socks.

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Plus a quick pair of toddler socks.

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Makes for myself

Rainbow slipper socks

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And a whole bunch of work on the Beachcombing blanket, which is (once again) where most of the yarn got used up this month. My totals are going to plummet when this thing is done!

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Makes for others

I finished the boyfriend’s socks and he loves them. He was disappointed to learn they had to be hand-washed though.

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And that was June, apparently. I can’t believe it’s already July and we’re halfway through 2020. What a year…

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 16

I’m on track to finish my second pair of Pride socks by tomorrow. Yay for chunky yarn!

But the Rollers seem to be taking foreverrrrrrr, and I’m still on the foot of the first one.

I know it’s because I’ve been playing catch up with the CAL blanket and trying not to hurt my shoulder again, but the completer-finisher part of my brain is CROSS that these little socks are taking so much longer than the full sized ones.

I might have to take a break and make some coasters or something, just to get some finishes under my belt!

Hannah

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Thursday WIP-ing

Current WIP count: 9

Aside from socks I’m mainly working on my Beachcombing CAL blanket at the moment.

I frogged and redid those top and bottom wavy rows so. many. times. That’s how I got a couple of weeks behind, but I’m catching up now. The hope is that I can fly through these simpler rows and be ready to do the final week on time.

We shall see!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 15

Argh these not-rainbow socks! The pooling is playing slightly different with this second sock, and I don’t know if I can just let it slide.

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I’ve no idea how this is happening, as I’m using the same skein of yarn on the same needles as the first sock.

Curse you again, accidental colour pooling!!

To give myself a break from misbehaving yarn, I also cast on my first Rose City Rollers.

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I must say I’m not a fan of this heel method; picking up stitches gets me so tense. For my next pair (yes, I’m already planning it) I might stick a different heel in and see if I can make it work.

Hannah

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Oops, I lied

Or forgot. Either way there’s one more stress purchase to show off.

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Dinosaur stitch markers!

The blurriness is not your eyes; even the boyfriend’s (much better) phone camera struggled with the pearlescent sheen on these pretties. But that’s why I wanted them so much, so I’m not complaining!

My only issue is it kind of bugs me that one of them is facing right when the others are all facing left. But I very rarely use 4 stitch markers all together so I’m sure I won’t notice when I’m actually making something with them, and they’re super cute no matter which way they face! 

These were my first ever purchase from Folksy and I suspect they will not be my last.

Here endeth my pandemic spending spree. For reals this time.

Hannah

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I’m (still) a stress buyer

So there are even more new goodies to show off!

Firstly, my love of Doctor Who had to be recognised so I ordered a box from Twisted Yarns Store on Etsy, which included candles:

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A sticker of the ninth Doctor, which I’ve misplaced (not too gutted – he’s not my Doctor).

Some stitch markers:

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And some pretty, pretty sock yarn minis:

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It was the blue that really sold me. It’s so deep and Tardis-y and gorgeous.

I treated myself to a couple of pin badges, then found a few more while sorting my extensive jewellery collection, so my crafty bag now looks like this:
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I don’t think I’ve shared a project bag I got from Clara Rose Crafts on Etsy so here it is:

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It came with stitch markers attached and a cool freebie!

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There were also some less exciting but useful items, like more T-pins and some fancy blocking combs. No idea if that’s what they’re actually called, but that’s what they remind me of.

That’s everything I’ve ordered during lockdown (at the moment) so that’ll be my last happy mail for a while. Better get back to using up some stash!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 14

I finished my first pair of Pride socks and I LOVE THEM!

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They turned out slightly more mismatched than I expected (although they’re not actually different shapes – the right side just wouldn’t lie flat), but I think the similarities are enough to tie them together as a pair. Plus they’re comfy and soooo toasty.

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There’s still plenty of month left so I made a start on the second lot of yarn I was considering.

These are not going so well.

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Curse you, accidental colour pooling.

The yarn did look fairly rainbow-y in the skein, but now they feel more like Hogwarts Houses socks.

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Not that I’m against Hogwarts socks, but I was really aiming for a more Pride-y look.

I suppose the spiral stripes look kind of cool, so it’s not really a disaster. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that the other sock turns out the same so at least I have a matching pair of not-quite-rainbow socks.

Once this pair is finished that’ll be me out of rainbow-like yarn so I shall finally start my first Rose City Rollers. I’m pretty excited!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 13

I finished the boyfriend’s socks, and this time I’ve even sewn the ends in!

He’s very happy with them, which makes me very happy too.

I’ve already frogged and restarted my pride socks three times (I just couldn’t choose a pattern) so they’re only this far along:

I’ve only ever used this yarn for amigurumi before and the colours came out looking quite random, so I’m pleasantly surprised to be getting regular stripes this time. I did say I wanted to try some self-striping!

Now the frogging has stopped it’s going pretty quickly, so I think I might be able to make two pairs this month.

Aren’t socks fun!

Hannah

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May review 2020

Stash used this month: 6.25

Total stash used this year: 23.75

Stash remaining: 334.75

Woo I’m on a roll! I do love making socks, but what with my glacier-like knitting speed and the teeny tiny yarn, they really don’t use up much stash. It’s the Beachcombing CAL that’s gobbling up all those skeins, getting me closer and closer to the 300 target.

This month I’m using some chunkier yarn to make thick socks so that should really help with the count.

As for last month:

Charity makes

None this time. It’s hard to be motivated when I know I’m not going to the post office for a while so can’t send them off.

Makes for myself

I finished my socks! So proud.

And there’s been a lot of progress on the Beachcombing blanket.

This one might not end up being for me, but as it has no destination at the moment I’m making it purely for my own enjoyment.

Makes for others

I’ve almost finished the boyfriend’s socks. Just in time for the weather to turn more stereotypically Scottish, so they might actually be needed. Yay (ish)!

There was also a lot of baking, mainly sourdough crumpets, but that doesn’t help much with stash mountain, does it?

So onwards with the yarnery!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 12

I definitely could have made a whole pair of socks in a week, if I’d just paced myself. But that addictive personality came out, I knit non-stop for hours on end, and ended up with a stabby pain in my left shoulder.

So this is what the second sock looks like right now:

It will be finished this week, for reals. Although I’ll also be casting on my pride sock so it likely won’t be til the end of the week.

I’ve downloaded a pomodoro timer to my phone, which will hopefully stop me messing up my shoulder again. Fingers crossed.

Hannah

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