I’m on a roll!

I finished the final rounds of Changing Tides last night. That’s two WIPs off my list in one week, and it feels goooood!

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Yes, I’m ignoring all the ends. Since this is a blanket just for myself there’s a high possibility the ends will never get sewn in. I’m okay with that.

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Look at all that texture

In the beginning I wasn’t sure about the mish mash of colours, but they actually seem to work okay, plus I’ve used up a good chunk of the acrylic in my stash so I’m doubly happy.  I’m looking forward to snuggling up under this now we’re in pre-Winter (those outside of Scotland may know it as Autumn), as it’s really toasty and has a nice weight to it. I’ve always wanted a weighted blanket!

Now on to Flax Light and hopefully I can get that finished as well before too long.

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 11.09.19

Current WIP count: 7

I think I might be able to cross another WIP off the list this week, as there’s now only a week and a half left to add to my Changing Tides blanket.So much lovely texture on these rounds.

Flax light is now my portable project again. It’s nice to get back to knitting, especially when that knitting is just stockinette for the next 7 inches. I only need to engage my brain to count the stitches for the garter panel every other round, so it’s been a perfect TV/choir/subway project.I’ve also got as far as taking the needle felt unicorn back out of the box, although I haven’t actually done anything with it yet. My thinking is that if it’s right in front of me and ready to go then I’m more likely to pick it up and make some progress when I have a spare 5 minutes. We’ll see how that works out!

Hannah

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WIP Thursday 15.08.19

Current WIP count: 8

I now have over a quarter of the bricks made for my Lego blanket. I don’t know if it’s true, but it definitely feels like I’m producing bricks much faster this time.

There’s quite a bit of travelling going on this weekend and my goal is to reach the halfway point, then I can start joining them together for a bit of variety!

With a proper rest day last Sunday (well, after a morning gym session) I managed to make some progress with Changing Tides and now I’ve only got 3 weeks left to catch up on. They look like pretty simple stitches for these weeks, and there are no more pebbles, so I don’t think it will take me too long to finish up. My only issue at the moment is finding enough stash in each colour because the rounds are looooong!

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It’s going to be so cosy snuggling up under this when I’m finally finished.

What’s everyone else working on this week? Is anyone getting ready to cross something off their WIP list? I’m starting to feel like that’s not a real thing any more, it’s so long since I crossed anything off!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 03.07.19

Current WIP count: 7

Welcome to July, everyone!

After leaving my Flax Light in the naughty corner for a few days, I managed to tink back to my mistake without too many issues. Now I’m chugging along with it again, this time counting the purl stitches every time I hit the panel because I am NOT making the same mistake twice.

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I’m also trying very hard not to think about the fact that I have to do this all over again for the other sleeve, otherwise it might turn into one of those UFOs you shove in a drawer and forget about for five years. Could I start a trend for one-armed jumpers, do you think?

Changing Tides has fallen behind again, thanks to a super busy couple of weekends. And also me dragging my feet a wee bit because I know another week of pebbles is coming up and they take aaaaaaages.

But I did particularly enjoy the last section I worked on. The shell stitches are pretty and I’m definitely using this blue/yellow colourway for another make at some point in the future.

Ooh what about a baby blanket using the same pattern? I think that would look cute.

Anyway I’d better not add another WIP to my list just yet – I really need to get some of the current ones to FOs first!

Hannah

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Happy birthday to me (2019 edition)

It’s my birthday today and as a present to myself I have started the Changing Tides Blanket CAL hosted by Eleonora at Coastal Crochet.

The first part was released just yesterday so it’s definitely not too late to join in.

Nobody got me yarn for my birthday (!!!), and I’m still trying not to buy too much new stuff, so I’m going with whatever colours I have in my stash. I learned my lesson after the Lego blanket and I’ve made sure that all the yarn I’m using is the same thickness. From now on the pencil test is my best friend!

I’m determined this will be the CAL I actually keep up with (looking at you, Havana.) and I reckon it’s a good sign that I’ve actually started it on time.

Here are some goodies other people got me for my birthday:

Unicorn biscuit
Chocolate books
Real books

Mum and Dad also got me a ticket to a Toft workshop to make my very own Morag the higland coo amigurumi! We searched and searched for a kit, but couldn’t get hold of one for love nor money so when Mum found this workshop she jumped on it. It’s not til May though so there’s a bit of a wait before I get my Morag. I can be patient…

What’s everyone else up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 27.03.19

Current WIP count: 4

Now the Lego blanket is finished I can get back to my other WIPs, which have been sadly neglected over the last few weeks.

It took a few tries to work out which hook size I used for my Havana, but I got there eventually and now I’m right back into it.

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With my Flax Light I managed to get the sleeve stitches onto some waste yarn (a new experience for me) and cast on additional stitches for the sleeves (also new to me), so now I’m at the great part where I just knit and knit and knit until it’s the length I want.

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I like jumpers long enough to cover my hips so it’s probably going to take a while, but there’s no deadline so that’s okay.

I spent the journey back from seeing my parents on Roses for Grandma so now I have more squares finished, although in serious need of blocking.

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It’s funny, I’ve been working on this blanket for almost a year, blindly following the pattern with each square and not really understanding the construction. Then on Sunday for some reason it just suddenly clicked, and I could see which stitch is meant to go where. I don’t need the pattern any more because I ‘get’ it.

I’ve no idea why it took me so long to get to that point, or what made it clear all of a sudden, but I’m running with it!

Of course mothers day is just around the corner so I’m working on a little something for that too.

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It feels so good to get some variety in my makes again, there’s no way I could stick with just one project at a time forever.

What’s everyone else working on? Have you ever had that AHA moment with a pattern? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 13.02.19

Current WIP count: 4

Has everyone heard of the Havana CAL by Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar (what an excellent name)? It’s been aaaaall over social media since starting in October so you might have seen some even if you didn’t know what they were.

I was my usual organised self and started my Havana yesterday, after choosing my yarn at the weekend. Four months after the CAL started. Although that’s actually better than every other CAL I’ve planned to join, because I never started any of them!

Havana uses the mosaic crochet technique (I have no idea why it’s called that), which can produce some pretty interesting patterns. This is a new technique to me but really easy to pick up so I’ve been whizzing along with it, and I’ve already got the first part of the pattern memorised.

I decided to make it a stash-buster project to use up some of the enormous box of cotton yarn I bought over a year ago. These are the colours I’ve chosen, because I can never resist a rainbow.

And this is how I’m pairing them together for the different sections.

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In my head it looks like starting at opposite ends of the rainbow and moving inward to meet in the middle, but we’ll see how it turns out in real life.

My Havana will be smaller than Tinna’s, as the pattern calls for worsted weight yarn and I’m using DK. I may also drop some repeats/sections as I go along. I like big blankets as much as the next person, but I do have limits, and the hugenormous original is just a bit too much for me.

I’ve also been working pretty solidly on the Flax Light jumper, although my knitting is so slow that there’s not massive progress to show.

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I finally made it past the ribbing and I’ve decided that k1p1 ribbing is my least favourite thing ever. So much faffing about moving the yarn backwards and forwards. But now I’m on to simple increase rounds with a couple of purl sections so it’s plain sailing for a while.

It takes a stronger will than mine to resist the lure of a new project, so those two have been hogging my attention all week. I am utterly determined to have some Roses for Grandma progress by next week!

What’s everyone working on? Has anyone else got certain neglected WIPs making them feel guilty? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 05.09.18

Current WIP count: 6

It’s all Emily at FogKnits‘ fault. She’s knit so many beautiful Hithchikers and shared them so often that I just had to give it a go.

I bought my first ever 100% cotton cake and I knew straight away that I wanted to make a Hitchhiker with it.

There were a few false starts with the wrong size needles and losing track of which row I was on, so it’s been cast on and frogged a few times, but then everything settled into place and it started chugging along quite nicely.

This is the result of a couple of hours so it’s going to take me a while.

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But I’ve got the pattern memorised, and a handy dandy row counter, so it can be a semi-mindless knit while I ‘watch’ Agents of SHIELD.

I’ve had a couple of train journeys with nothing to do, so there’s been some progress on my skirt.

I might have to start measuring it, just to prove to myself that I am actually getting somewhere. At the moment one row takes around 30 minutes so it needs a good long session to make a visible difference. There are some simpler rows coming up, and the lower part of the pattern is more meshy, so I’m hoping it won’t take the 50+ hours I just calculated…

The allure of new yarn means that Roses for Grandma has only had a couple of leaf rounds added this week.

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But there’s no rush.

And that’s all I’ve done this week. I think it might be time to start something smaller as well, just to get a quick FO under my belt. What’s everyone else working on? Got any news to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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New stitches: Griddle Stitch

Also known as the Cobble Stitch, and probably a couple of other names. You know what crochet is like.

I came across this stitch through this Furls CAL for a skirt and crop top. I’m still undecided about the top, but as soon as I saw it I knew I was going to make the skirt.

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Isn’t it pretty?

So the griddle stitch is suuuuuper easy; all you need is chains, single crochet, and double crochet. The skirt starts with a foundation row of sc, but I don’t know if that’s an absolute requirement every time.

Then you sc, dc, sc, dc all the way across. On the return you make a sc into each dc, and a dc into each sc. Simples!

This does mean that the number of chains you make on the turn depends on the stitch you finished the previous row with. In the skirt pattern, every row finishes with a sc so I chain 3 when turning, which counts as the first dc. If it finished on a dc I would chain 1 to count as the first sc.

Hopefully that makes some kind of sense. I’m on some pretty strong painkillers right now so I take no responsibility if every word of this post is complete mince 😉

And this is what my griddle/cobble stitch skirt looks like so far.

Yes it is really small. I’m a fat babe; this is going to take a while! But it’s in my favourite colour and I’m excited about being able to wear the finished skirt eventually so I’m not bored yet.

What do you think of griddle stitch? Do you know it by any other names? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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