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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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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Make nine challenge 2020

I’m very late to the Make Nine Challenge (it seems to have started in 2015), but that’s nothing new.

Unlike a lot of posts I’ve seen on Instagram, I’m not aiming for nine specific things I want to make. It’s mainly skills I want to learn, with a couple of specific items thrown in there.

  1. Learn brioche knitting
  2. Knit a pair of socks
  3. Make a jumper/cardigan using the super chunky yarn I bought at a craft fair last year
  4. Learn double knitting
  5. Make something using colourwork
  6. Knit something using this book I got for Christmas: Book
  7. Make a Belladonna dress
  8. Make a Strange Signs blanket Strange
  9. Knit some selbu mittens

I’d say that’s enough to be getting on with for one year, especially considering what a slow knitter I am. Being realistic, let’s say I want to start these 9 things this year and any finishes will be a bonus.

Hannah

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