Oh, snap.

Last post I showed you my sock progress. Two or three rows later, this happened.

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A snapped circular sock needle

Disaster!

Luckily, I got it down onto the table without dropping any stitches so there was no frogging or fixing required. Unluckily, I don’t have any other empty sock needles in my collection so now I’m having to use these ridiculous things:

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You wouldn’t believe the number of times I’ve stabbed myself or the boyfriend or cushions that are anywhere near me when I’m knitting. But I didn’t have to undo all that fiddly work and the sock is progressing so overall I’m calling it a win.

I don’t think I’ll bother with circular sock needles again.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday – I’m going in.

I can put it off no longer; It’s finally time for me to dip my toe into the sock knitting pool.

My tiny sock circular has gone walkabout, but I got the hang of using DPNs after making two lots of fingerless gloves so I’m just going to stick with them.

I’m using Mothy and the Squid yarn, in the Peacock Flower colourway that I bought during Local Yarn Shop Day last year. Less than a year in stash is pretty good for me!

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Obviously I haven’t got very far yet (it took me at least five tries to get the stretchy cast on right), but I’m feeling surprisingly confident about it.  The pattern I’m using is the basic sock with integrated heel on Ravelry, suggested by Crawcraft Beasties as being good for sock beginners.

Wish me luck!

Hannah

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November review

I met my goal for November!  I have done something creative for the last 30 days straight, which I’m pretty proud of.

There were a few marathon knitting sessions, plus my usual crafting while singing at various choirs, but it’s mainly been 10 minutes here and there when I could fit it in. That didn’t sound like much at the beginning of the month, but I’ve made some real progress.

Baby Flax Light just needs some sleeves:

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My cupcake hat is nearly finished (it’s one of those where you knit a tube and then cinch the top row of stitches together):

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And I’ve made a solid start on my running hat:

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Plus, as you might have noticed from the Flax photo, I learned a new-to-me technique this month after Ava suggested using magic loop for the tiny little sleeves. Turns out it’s not scary at all, although it is quite fiddly and I’m not entirely convinced yet. Maybe I just need practice and it will grow on me.

So yay, that’s a win for me goals-wise! But I’m still not going to set any for December. There’s too much Christmas going on to be thinking about goals, so I’m just going to buy presents for most people and work on the few planned handmade gifts whenever I get chance.

Hannah

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November goal – week 3

My boyfriend is an ennabler. We were in Aldi picking up snacks when he spotted some packs of yarn.

Of course I had to have a look, even though I definitely don’t need any more and was NOT going to buy any. I stroked the velvet yarn and squished the blanket yarn and turned my nose up at a giant pack of black acrylic (if I’m going to suffer with black yarn, it is not going to be acrylic).

Then I spotted them. Cupcakes. With pompoms!

My face must have lit up like a Christmas tree because the bf asked which was my favourite and, when I instantly pointed at a yellow/green/blue/pink combo, chucked it into his basket.

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I know I’m supposed to be focusing on the baby Flax Light, but this little cupcake was just too tempting and I cast on for a hat the next day.

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I meant to follow the pattern on the ball-band, but that isn’t exactly happening. Firstly, it’s for straight needles, and nuts to that; my general knitting motto is ‘why use straights when you can use a circular?’. Also, it calls for 134 stitches, but 100 looked enough for me so I left it at that.

Flax Light did get a bit of a look in this week, and I learned a stretchy cast off for the bottom of the ribbing (having learned the hard way by snapping the cast off on my own Flax the first time I wore it. Damn these hips.), and now it looks like a proper little jumper and I just need to get on with the sleeves.

So now there’s been visible Flax Light progress, my WIP list has grown, I have a new awesomely colourful project to work on, and I know that I definitely want to keep this boyfriend 😉

Hannah

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November goal – week 2

I officially love baby knits. It took weeks and weeks (if not months) to plough through the body section of my own Flax Light, but one session in a hospital waiting room and I’m already on to the ribbing for this one.

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Look how tiny and cute it is!!

Not quite sure what I’m going to do with the sleeves, as even my short circulars might be a bit too long for this. Maybe third time will be the charm for DPNs? Either way, I’m getting more confident that my wee jumper will be finished in time for baby’s birthday.

I have worked on literally nothing else in the last week, but I’m pleased I’ve picked this up every day so far.

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 05.06.19

Current WIP count: 6

Isn’t sleeve-knitting annoying! Having to constantly turn the whole jumper around, having to go back to my old rubbish circulars because the KnitPro cable is too long, and come the decreases I’m going to have to work out how to use DPNs properly. #Firstworldproblems or what!

Maybe I won’t do full length sleeves. We’ll see.

I’ve also made a bit of a start on the needle felt unicorn kit I got for my birthday, and I have to say I’m really not sold on the polystyrene base. It was much more enjoyable making my freeform bunny.

Thankfully all the other bits and pieces are freeform so it should be plain sailing from here. I think. I mean, the instruction photos are tiny so it’s kind of hard to tell, but I’m sure it’ll be fine!

And this is another bobble week for the Changing Tides CAL so it’s taking me a wee while.

But I’m bobbling along and enjoying myself.

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 17.10.18

Current WIP count: 6

I bought some yarn from Mothy and the Squid, colourway Zombie Bloodmoth, with the intention of knitting it into a Hitchhiker for myself.

I even cast on and did about 50 rows, but for some reason I wasn’t entirely feeling it. Looking back now I know it’s because my needles were veeeery slightly too small, so the resulting fabric was stiffer than I like. I mean you couldn’t have knocked nails in with it or anything, it just didn’t have the same flowy drape of my first Hitchhiker.

Then I came across the Nautilus shawl by Orla Howard on Ravelry and the interesting shape intrigued me.

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(C) Ainewillow

It took no time at all to frog the start of the Hitchhiker and cast on (with slightly larger needles) a Nautilus.

This is another easily memorise-able pattern that I’ve been working on while watching various films and series on my laptop, but it has one feature that I know will put off some of my knitting friends: the even numbered rows are almost entirely purl stitch.

I can already hear the groans! But I actually quite like the purl stitch, in fact I feel like I can purl faster than I can knit. Tell me I’m not the only one?

Roses for Grandma has stalled a little, as I ran out of the cream yarn. The plan is to run to Hobbycraft during my lunch break at some point this week, taking a square with me, so I can get a good match for the colour and make use of the 3 for 2 offer they’ve got on at the moment. I shall try very hard not to get distracted by all the other yarn on offer while I’m there…

So that’s what I’ve been working on! What’s everyone else up to? Got some WIPs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Review: Knitpro Symfonie Interchangeable Knitting Needles

When I first decided to try knitting in the round I didn’t know whether I’d be any good at it or if I’d even like it, so I bought a pack of cheap, generic little circulars from Amazon just to try it out, and I used them for months.

I knew there were some issues with them, a couple of snags and suchlike, but the main one was that the cable is only around 20cm long. There was a lot of this:

Of course, having never known anything else I thought they were pretty darn good. But then I got a 20% off voucher from Hobbycraft so I had a browse, and there in the clearance section were some Knitpro interchangeable needles and cables. Far too tempting to resist, right?

First of all, can we talk about how beautiful they are? Just look at these colours!

I ordered needle sizes 4mm, 4.5mm, and 5mm because they’re the ones I tend to use most (aside from 6mm, but they didn’t have any of those) as well as a 35cm and a 94cm cable. All of which came in at less than a tenner, even before applying the 20% discount.

I was working on my Whimsy Cowl at the time, so when they arrived I immediately moved it across to the 35cm cable and did a couple of rounds just to try them out.

Oh my goodNESS, these are amazing!

I can’t believe how flat the join is once everything is locked together, there’s no catching or snagging at all. And oh the knitting itself!

These needles glide across each other so smoothly I feel like I was knitting with twigs for the previous 6 months. There was a real danger that I’d end up with a metre-long cowl because I just wanted to keep using these gorgeous needles.

Plus there’s no more concertina-ing and I can actually see what I’m making now.

And the cherry on the glittery icing on the cake is these stoppers, which screw on to the cable ends so I can take my knitting to work without worrying about everything slipping off the needles in my bag.

Genius!

This isn’t a very balanced review, but honestly I can’t think of a single thing I don’t like about these babies. Good to look at, easy to set up, awesome to use, and they didn’t even come close to breaking the bank. I am 100% sold. All that’s left to do now is try to find more sizes so I can have a full set!

Hannah

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