A perfect cast on??

Guys, you’ll never guess what just happened!

I started another sock (surprise, surprise) with my usual long tail cast on, but I got the remaining tail the right length ON MY FIRST TRY!!

It’s not a stubby little centimetre threatening to unravel everything if I look at it funny. It’s not so long that I could knit a whole mini sock out of it. I hit the goldilocks spot. Which of course I have to share because it’ll probably never happen again.

But for now I’m just enjoying the feeling of accomplishment.

Hannah

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I aten’t dead

Just absolutely knackered.

I thought it was the new job – I hate being the newbie more than most (hello third job in three months) plus I’m now a Technical Administrator, heavy on the Technical, and my poor brain is aching by the time I get home.  But it turns out I’m also anemic right now, which doesn’t help anything.

It’s taken several hours to write this little post so crafty content may be out for a while yet. But yeah, I am still here.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 44

I’m on my last two days of ‘freedom’ before starting the new job on Wednesday, and it’s currently not raining, so I decided to get some outdoor knitting done.

Unfortunately, I was just getting ready to start the next colourwork section when I decided to count my stitches and realised that I’d dropped one. About 25 rounds ago.  So now I’m working up the will to go all the way back with my little crochet hook and fix it. Sigh.

The good news is that my shoulder’s all better, so once I fix that stitch I should be able to whizz along to an FO at some point this week! Good times.

Hannah

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Happy Friday

Just popping in to say I got a job today, with what looks like a really good company and only 6 minutes walk from home. Job-wise that’s about as good as it gets!

They offered me the position before I’d even left the office so I’m feeling pretty proud of myself right now, especially considering how nervous I was going in. I’m holding off full celebrations though until I see whether this one will stick or not. I really hope it does; I’ve had more than enough job changes for one lifetime and I just want to stay somewhere. Fingers crossed that this is the one.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 43

I may have been knitting a bit too much over the last week, judging by the ache in my left shoulder, but how am I supposed to stop when I can see these amazing socks appearing on the needles?

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Please excuse the terrible night-time photo, I’ve been searching for a job all day.

Although I’m not overly fond of yellow itself, bright pops of colour against black is one of my favourite combos of all time so that’s another level of enjoyment added to this already-very-enjoyable knit.

I was trying to race through the foot to get to the last colourwork bit but I’ve still got a few centimetres to go (and the sore shoulder) so who knows how long it will be before I get to wear my first colourwork socks out in the wild. I still can’t wait!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 42

I’ve decided what to do with at least one skein of my advent yarn, and of course it’s socks.  Seeing as I can do colourwork now I decided to give it a go with some fairly simple patterned shortie socks.

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The black is Navia sock yarn from Hobbii, the yellow is that one bright skein that didn’t fit in with the rest of my advent, and the pattern will be a shortened pair of On The Fence (Rav link).

This is my second attempt – the yarns are a bit thicker than I usually use for socks so I adjusted the stitch count, but I over-compensated and it was too small to get over my heel, meaning I had to frog it all and start again. So far it seems to be fitting alright so I think I got the correct count this time.

I am so looking forward to wearing my own pair of colourwork socks!

Hannah

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More free time

I’m about a hair’s breadth from changing this blog’s title to The Unemployment Diaries. I am once again without job, and believe me when I say if covid were a person I would punch them in the face while holding a kettlebell.

So now I have time once again to think about my advent yarns. A preliminary footer about with them gave me this:

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The colours aren’t quite accurate to real life, but I think you can see how that one yellow skein stands out like a sore thumb:

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Better. But I still don’t know what to do with them.

On the one hand it would be nice to use them all in one thing so I could go “this was my first yarn advent calendar” every time I use it, but on the other hand I don’t use scarves very often (and shawls even less) and it would be sad to make something just for it to sit on the coat rack. And it is sock yarn after all.  But that all-in-one-item idea is so appealing, so I just don’t know.

At least I’ve got some time to think about it.

Hannah

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Nearly-FO Friday 14.01.22

I can’t believe we’re at the 14th already, nearly halfway through January. Clearly this year is going to blink past like the last two.

Last month I was hoping to rattle through some of my ‘make nine’ list, but then covid (and possibly a cold on top of it) hit me and I didn’t really feel like doing much at all. Plus I ran out of yarn for my super chunky jumper and had to order more, and a sprinkling of snow on the ground meant that Royal Mail didn’t deliver it when they were supposed to. But hey, I did make a colourwork mitten so that’s that crossed off the list at least.

The jumper currently looks like this:

Either my gauge or my measuring tape went wrong somewhere because it’s more like a jumper-dress. Which I don’t entirely mind; I had something similar in alpaca yarn before it accidentally went through a hot wash and came out child-sized and felted to heck.

Now I just need to work out how on earth the sleeves fit onto the top. I’ve tried googling it but that throws up a hundred different ways to do mattress stitch, which I’m already okay with. Maybe it’s my lack of spatial awareness but I really can’t see how the shape of the sleeves is supposed to fit into the shape of the arm holes, and I’m afraid to just have a go and find out because this yarn is like velcro and I could get in an awful mess trying to undo it if I go wrong (speaking from experience here). Any suggestions?

I’m not sure I like making my jumpers in pieces. Although I might be willing to give it another go with a slightly less awkward yarn. We’ll see how this one turns out before I give up on the idea completely.

Hannah

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I can do it!

I’ve been knitting maybe two or three years at this point (or more, who knows?) and I still go through the same cycle with every single new skill.  It seems terribly difficult and intimidating so I procrastinate for ages and ages, but then I finally try and it turns out to be so much easier than I thought.

This week it was colourwork. More specifically Fair Isle, because I was ‘scared’ and decided to go as simple as possible.

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It’s only a baby mitten, and the tension is a bit weird because I grabbed whatever was closest and the yarns aren’t all the same thickness, but I did that. I made a Fair Isle thing in one day, and my floats aren’t too shabby either.

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So that’s one item off my Make Nine list, and the motivation to get on with every single colourwork pattern I’ve ever wanted to make. I can even do colourwork socks! I’m going to make a start right now.

Hannah

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The 25th day of advent calendaring

I’ve been putting this off because I didn’t want to admit that my advent calendar is finished. It was so lovely having a little packet of happiness to open, and new yarn to squish, every single day.

But all good things must come to an end so here’s my last 5 lots of advent yarn.

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I’m so happy with all the beautiful colours, and now I have the fun of finding a pattern to use them in and playing with the order of the skeins. That should keep me occupied for a while I think.

Hannah

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The 20th day of advent calendaring

Oh man I love the colours in these five pretties! They look so good together:

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I can’t believe there are only five days left, what will I do when there’s no more new yarn to open?? You know, apart from look at patterns and start making something with them all. I might just have to start thinking about next year’s advent calendar as well…

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 41

I feel so productive right now. I sewed in the ends of my Christmas socks and wore them for some toasty toes. I finished my shortie socks.

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Aaaaand they fit at last! Now I just need the motivation to sew those ends in.

Then I got itchy fingers and cast on another pair, with yarn I think I got from Emma ages ago.

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At this rate I could finish another whole pair before Christmas!

Hannah

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