February review 2020

Stash used this month: 9.5 skeins

Total stash used this year: 11.5 skeins

Stash remaining: 344

The numbers look really good, don’t they? But I didn’t actually use up all those skeins myself.

After 7 months I finally convinced the boyfriend to try his hand at knitting, and he has already used the phrase “just one more row” several times – he’s officially A Knitter now! Four skeins have gone into his first ever project; a super chunky infinity scarf.

I got my hooks and needles out every time I has a spare few minutes, and I was ill for 4 days with no energy to do anything but knit, so there are a few things to show for the shortest month of the year.

Charity makes

Super chunky hat

Fingerless gloves

Blue spiral hat (no decent photo yet)

Makes for myself

A few more Roses for Grandma squares have been added to the pile.

Makes for others

Fingerless gloves for the bf, which he has worn every day since I finished them. I’m so pleased!

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I do love a goal, and with the bf’s help I’ll get through my stash even quicker (until he starts buying his own yarn), so I’ve decided to aim for less than 300 skeins left in my stash by the end of 2020. That will be just under 4.5 skeins per month – totally doable!

Hannah

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No matchy matchy

Current WIP count: 7

I was so hoping to get some matching fingerless gloves going for me and the boyfriend, but there were issues. Prepare yourself for a tale:

This Caron yarn is thicker than the pattern calls for so I made some adjustments for the first pair of gloves. Sadly the adjustments were not quite enough and they turned out a bit baggy around the wrist area.

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The bf and I prefer our gloves to fit much closer so I immediately cast on another pair with fewer stitches. This turned out to be perfect size-wise, but that particular stitch count led to some serious chunks of colour pooling.

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The bf is fine with this – hooray he has the fingerless gloves he asked for!

I am not fine with this – boo no matchy matchy for us.

The bigger gloves are now in my Knit for Peace box , and I’m debating whether I want a pair of my own enough to try again with a different yarn. The answer is probably yes.

My blue hat is progressing nicely; just a few more centimetres to go before starting to decrease.

In other news I decided to go through my FO box to see if any of it would be good for donating, and discovered that moths had been chowing down on some of my scarves. This has never happened to me before so I may have had a little cry before sorting it all out.

Thankfully, my favourite Sea Wave scarf was untouched (yes I stuck it in the freezer too just in case). One scarf was a total write-off. Another was only chewed at one end so I will chop that end off and frog the rest to reclaim the yarn. Everything else seems to be clean, but just to be sure I hot washed the acrylics and will gentle wash the rest when they’ve been in the freezer long enough for my liking.

And for the record, Amazon may be the root of all evil, but they did get a bumper pack of cedar wood blocks delivered less than 18 hours after I ordered them.

Hannah

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Yarn as a memory aid

Current WIP count: 7

The texture on my blue hat turned out less subtle than I expected, but I still like it.

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The purl stitches make it slower going than the previous hats, so this will probably do me another couple of weeks at choir before it’s finished.

It’s interesting (to me at least) that I seem to be learning the words to songs quicker than usual when I knit/crochet at choir.  Not sure if it’s my brain shoving the information into my memory quick so I can get on with the yarnery, or if the physical act is somehow helping the words stick.

 

I’ve also been working on the boyfriend’s fingerless gloves and for this project the yarn is giving me fairly random stripes.

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I can see why socks are so addictive; the small circumference means I’m whizzing through these! Maybe I’ll tackle socks next. Although I do quite fancy a pair of gloves for myself now I know how quick they are. Would it be too cutesy for us to have matching fingerless gloves, do you think?

Hannah

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Fingerless gloves

Current WIP count: 6

A request! I haven’t had a request for ages, and this one is for the boyfriend so I’m even happier.

He wants some fingerless gloves, nothing too fancy, preferably multi-coloured – No problem. I’ve been looking for an excuse to try out this pattern from Midnight Knitter, and we all know I have no shortage of variegated yarn to choose from.

I picked out a few likely skeins and let the bf choose his favourite. He went for Caron Simply Soft Camo, and I cast on straight away because I’m impatient like that.

As you can see, I’ve not got very far yet (DPN cast on is FIDDLY), but I’m already enjoying it. I can’t wait to see how the colours play out – will there be any pooling? Will there be stripes? Will it be completely random? Let’s find out!

I know, I know. Simple things please simple minds.

Hannah

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Yarn review: Hayfield bonus super chunky

I bought my first skein of this yarn online, so I didn’t know just how thick it was until it arrived.

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I was a bit wary (it’s so big!) until I realised how quickly you can make something when each sc stitch is a 2cm tall. It’s like magic.

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Each skein is 100g of 100% acrylic, but being so chunky that only gets you 82m of yarn to play with.

It’s unbelievably soft and so squishable (technical term); every time I work with it I just have to give it a wee squeeze before I do anything else. If I’m never able to have a cat I can just make do with a skein of this for my fix of fuzzy things to cuddle.

The recommended hook size is 10mm, although I haven’t used that size for either of my makes with this yarn. I used a 6mm hook to make a pair of fingerless gloves for a charity raffle and it made nice, close stitches with no gaps to let the cold air sneak through. Then some muppet put them on bottles of wine and stretched them out of shape, but that’s another story.

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I did try a 10mm for my supersized baby blanket, but it came out a bit too solid and not drapey enough for my liking so I switched to 12mm. As always, hook size really depends on what you want to make.

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There are pretty limited colour options available, but the colours they do have are so rich and vibrant. Perfect for people like me who want their colour visible half a mile away! There are also a couple of pastel shades for those who prefer a more subtle effect.

I’m pretty much in love with this stuff, it’s gorgeous and soft and quick to make things with – everything I want from a yarn!

Stats

  • 100% Acrylic
  • Super chunky weight
  • 82m
  • 100g
  • Suggested hook size 10mm

Has anyone else had a go with super chunky yarn? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 29.12.17

I’m so glad I have these posts to help me keep track of the days. Isn’t the time between Christmas and new year strange?

It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been crocheting constantly for the last three to four weeks, and now suddenly everything that needs to be made has been made. I’m not quite sure what to do with myself!

Never fear, all my family birthdays fall within January to April so I’ll be busy making again soon enough. In the meantime let’s have a looksee at some of the presents I made for Christmas.

The first gift I handed out was this little musical kitty (pattern here)

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Shortly followed by her tiny ginger twin

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I sent out octopoms

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(plus 2 more octos I didn’t get photos of)

and pokemon.

And yes, I finally finished my dad’s snorlax yesterday

I just love his little feet!

I also finished up the fingerless gloves and gave them to my friend. She immediately put them on and ran off to show her fiancé, so I think she was pleased.

Because of the yarn and hook size, these are super quick and easy to make so I’m definitely putting some into my shop in the new year.

So how’s everyone else doing this week? Managed any yarning for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 27.12.17

Current WIP count: 6

I have a confession to make. This is the current state of my snorlax gift

Two days past Christmas and he still needs an arm and two feet attached.

Shame.

My problem is I’ve crocheted him so tightly that I snapped two needles trying to sew the parts together.

I’m currently using this beastie, which seems rather difficult to snap even if I tried.

But it’s still hard going and impossible to rush the job. He will be finished before I head back to Glasgow though.

I’m also working on some more fingerless bottle warmers for a friend. These are deliberately late, as I knew I wouldn’t see her until later in the week.

My brother loved his pokemon amis, and made them his cover photo on Facebook as soon as he opened them. I also made a little something for my mum and a family friend, which I’ll share on Friday, and they loved them too. I am so happy when people like my makes.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, and that you managed to finish all your presents on time!

Hannah

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FO Friday 15.12.17

I’m not sure whether to laugh or be cross. I finished my fingerless gloves and sent them off to head office to be added in to a raffle bundle.

Today, this arrived at our office

That’s my fingerless gloves. Being used as bottle warmers.

What did they think the thumb holes were for, a straw???

I still don’t know whether to laugh or be cross. It may depend on how much the bottles have stretched them out of shape.

WIP and post Wednesday 13.12.17

To all my American friends: just see it as me making Christmas last even longer for you!

Yes, I have only just posted all my Christmas goodies today.

I’m optimistic that Royal Mail can sort out the UK ones in time, but I know I missed the boat with those going across the pond. (My phone just corrected that to pindpond so now I can’t stop laughing!)

Ahem, anyway. This week I’ve been working on some fingerless gloves to go into a raffle at my work.

This is what winning yarn chicken looks like. They are actually attached, I started one at each end of the skein so I could keep an eye on the amount of yarn left. It worked!

I’ve also made a start on another octopom and a tiny cat, both for Christmas presents.

That’s the octopom, not the cat. I wonder if anyone would want a green cat?

So that’s my week. How’s everyone else doing? Got some WIPs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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