Sock it to me Monday 32

Ooft what a Monday already. It just took five hours and six phone calls for the helpdesk to do a fix on my laptop that took LITERALLY FIVE MINUTES.

The plus side to being unable to work at all is I’ve just finished the boyfriend’s Diagonal Ally socks, ends sewn in and everything!

I cannot recommend this pattern enough. I have mentioned many, many times that I hate to knit ribbing, but for some reason it feels so easy with these that I’m already planning to make another pair. For myself this time.

I just love the way they look!

Hannah
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At last!

A WIP crossed off my list!!

I found myself with some unexpected free time on Saturday, so I decided to simplify my plan for the Lego blanket and just get it finished.

As you can see it doesn’t have a ring of bricks around the edge as I planned, and the border is just two rounds of single crochet rather than a continuation of the bobble stitches, so it’s not quite what I envisioned.

BUT it is undeniably a Lego blanket, I managed to hand it over on my friend’s actual birthday, and most importantly he loved it! I’m counting it as a success.

Man it feels good to get something finished at last. Let’s see what else I can cross off this week.

Hannah

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Brick by brick

When me and my siblings were younger, Dad used to lay a duvet down on the floor and empty out two crates of Lego onto it. We would sit on that duvet for hours at a time, building and deconstructing and rebuilding over and over again. My favourite was making a house with the bricks in proper bricklaying formation, with one red and yellow window that opened and clicked shut.

So there’s always been a strong connection in my mind; when I see Lego I think of my dad. Of course I had to translate that into crochet. I present for your viewing pleasure one finished Lego blanket.

This project is particularly special to me (aside from the fact that I made it for my dad) because it’s entirely of my own devising. I designed the bricks, I created the layout, I worked out the border. It’s all mine! I mean I’ve designed things before obviously, but nothing on this scale.

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It’s made of 198 individual bricks, joined with the magical mattress stitch. I even included some little half bricks.

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The border is an extension of the brick pattern, to try to make it look like one of those big base pieces I always used to build my Lego houses on.

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As much as possible I used up bits and bobs of acrylic from my stash so it’s difficult to say exactly how many skeins went into making it. They were apparently all chunky yarns, but the thickness varied so widely that I had to double up with some of them.

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One day I’m going to make another one using just one yarn brand, and oh how easy that will be!

Stats:

Size – 90cm x 150cm

Yarn – Paintbox Simply Chunky, Hayfield Bonus Chunky, unknown deep-stash

Material – 100% acrylic

Hook size – 5.5mm and 6mm

Stitches – hdc and bobble stitch

Hannah

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FO Tuesday 09.10.18

So I finished my hitchhiker last week, hooray!

And I have some thoughts.

I love the pattern and I’m definitely going to make another one for myself at some point. It’s simple enough to memorise the pattern and work on it while watching something on my laptop, but with just enough interest that I never got bored.

However, I don’t think it was the right pattern for a slow fade yarn cake like the Twirl.

It ended up with this big long tail of the same colour, then it eventually starts to fade and suddenly it’s in long, thin, horizontal stripes.

I don’t hate it, and I’m still going to give it to my friend as I planned all along. But next time I make one, I’ll use either a solid colour or a variegated yarn.

What do you think? Any suggestions for a better use of slow fade cakes? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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An FO catch up

You may have noticed I didn’t have an FO Friday last week. That’s because I was sent home ill from work, I face-planted my bed, and I slept.

So, since I don’t have a regular post on Tuesdays, and I just can’t wait to show off this pretty hat I made, I figured I’d catch up now.

So here it is:

Aren’t those colours just gorgeous!!

I totally gave up on ribbing the bottom; nothing I did looked right and I actually quite like it plain, so there it is.

This is the first pompom I’ve ever made myself (using cardboard circles because my pompom maker hasn’t arrived yet), and it came out a bit mutant at first

But a bit of work with the scissors soon sorted it out and now I’m really quite proud of it.

I struggled a bit to attach it securely though, it was really determined to flop about.

I’ve ordered some more of this yarn, and Mum has sent me a couple more skeins too, so I’ll definitely be making more of these to go in the shop.

What do you think of the hat? Any tips for attaching pompoms? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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