WIP Wednesday 24.10.18

Current WIP count: 8

After pretty much nonstop knitting for two days at the weekend, I have made some serious progress on my nautilus shawl. Not that you can tell with it all bunched up on my cable.

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Apologies for the photo quality. It’s a dreich day in Glasgow.

I’m just over two thirds done and getting excited about reaching the finish line.

I’ve also made a start on a little robin bauble for my Mum. She loves robins, as they’re a reminder of her Mum (my Grandma), so I’m thinking of making a wee set of three for her.

It’s a very different experience to amigurumi, I must say. Lots of blindly following the pattern without really understanding where it’s going, then having an AHA moment when it all comes together. The sewing up is still definitely my least favourite part though.

Hobbycraft supplied me with some enormous skeins of cream yarn so I can get back to my Roses for Grandma blanket again. I want to make some real headway this week. It would be good to aim for some form of completion, like ‘make all of the roses’, but that’s a bit difficult as I don’t know what size I want it to be yet. Maybe I’ll focus on completing all the squares I’ve started so far.

So that’s what I’m working on this week. What’s everyone else making? Let me know in the comments!

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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There’s no such thing as too much yarn

Did I mention it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago? Honestly, April has whizzed past so quickly it feels like it was only yesterday.

Another present I got from my parents was a big box of yarn!

30 skeins to be exact; one for every year. There’s all sorts in there so I thought I’d have a proper look and share what I got.

There are some classics like a Caron Cake (have these shrunk??) Sugar n Cream, and some Women’s Institute in various colours.

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Some gorgeously squishy stuff

Fun colourways

And my absolute favourite, the unicorn pack

It’s sparkly! I’m already digging around Ravelry trying to find the perfect project for it. Sparkly unicorn jumper anyone?

I really, definitely, absolutely must sort out my yarn stash now. Throwing it in all higgledy piggledy is just not working when I have so much. So that’ll be my exciting weekend!

Any suggestions for a pattern to use my unicorn yarn pack on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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