Sock it to me Monday – whatever number we’re up to

Well today is already A Day. I just found out I’m going to be made redundant for the second time in as many years. It’s enough to give a girl a complex.

The good news is I finished my million step challenge on Saturday, four days earlier than scheduled, because I wanted to finish in one of my favourite places and with the boyfriend (he works weekdays now).

That’s my victory pose when I realised I’d made it. Which I have to tell you here because apparently photo captions aren’t a thing any more -_-

My feet and legs are still a bit sore today, but I know it was worth it to raise some money for Diabetes UK .

If anyone is feeling particularly generous and wants to sponsor someone they’ve never met in real life (and cheer me up a bit), you can find my page here.

Thanks to the 20,000+ steps each day last week, there’s not a great deal of sock progress to show. I’m just beginning the toe on my second Hermione sock, and have only done a few rows on the Diagon Ally pair. Cue I-just-found-out-I’m-losing-my-job-quality photos:

So that’s me.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 26

I’m tired of taking photos of the Hermione socks so I’m not showing them again until they’re finished. Hopefully that will just be next week, but we’ll see.

In the meantime, have a photo of my newest WIP!

These are hopefully going to be some Diagon Ally (rav link) socks for the boyfriend, this being the second skein of yarn he bought in Dunoon specifically for socks.

The twisted ribbing is new to me so that was exciting, and I might possibly maybe have a go at using the chart when it comes to the actual diagonal part. It would be good for my brain, I’m sure.

Now I’m off for a walk because there are only 10 days left of my 1 million step challenge!

Hannah

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WIP Thursday 17.09.20

Current WIP count: 7

I thought I was over the lure of crafting magazines and their freebies, but it turns out I can still be swayed.

It’s the Peanuts amigurumi, you see. I have so many people who love Peanuts so they would make excellent presents. Plus there are both crochet and knitting patterns for each character and I’m intrigued to see the difference when making the same item.

But also, there’s a wee rainbow pattern in the back, which I’ve been meaning to make for at least 5 months so that was just the push I needed.

Turns out it’s tiny.

It was done in about half an hour, and only took that long because I was so scared of snapping the hook. I mean, look at this nonsense:

But not too much. One hard stare might be the end of it.

Of course, I’d barely finished before planning the next one and how I could improve it, so I’ll probably be making rainbows for a wee while yet. It feels good to be crocheting again!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 25

Oh this heel is going to finish me off, I swear.

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It’s hardly changed since last week, thanks to the saga.

First, while trying to admire my handiwork with the heel flap I noticed that a few rows back there were some purl stitches right in the middle. Apparently counting to two was just too much for me and I’d turned the work after only finishing one needle.

Second, in the process of tinking back to fix that problem I realised there was one needle of 18 stitches and one of only 17. I went back a few more rows and the count wasn’t fixing itself, so I stuck in a lifeline and frogged the whole heel flap.

Yes, there were only 17 stitches all the way down. No, I don’t know how it happened or how I didn’t notice for an entire heel flap.

Thankfully it then went smooth as silk.

But third, the heel turn. I’m now on my fourth attempt. I can’t even remember all the ways I’ve messed it up, but believe me when I say I am never ever EVER using this heel pattern again.

Please keep your fingers crossed/send prayers/good vibes/whatever you do my way that this time I can get the stupid thing right!

Hannah

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August review 2020

I got in a muddle with my cotton yarn so had a shuffle around with Excel, and I’m not quite sure how but the total stash used this year went way up while the stash remaining stayed roughly the same. I guess I’ll only find out if it’s right when I get to the bottom of stash mountain (AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA).

Stash used this month: 1

Total stash used this year: 41.25

Stash remaining: 326.75

 

I’m not really sure why I didn’t get much crafting done last month. But one skein is better than no skeins so I’ll take it! It was almost entirely socks this month, with a blanket border thrown in for good measure.

 

Hopefully this month I can get a bit more of a wriggle on and bust that stash. I might yet make another blanket, this time with warmer colours, but we’ll see what happens with work.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 23

Please excuse the hasty photos – I completely forgot today is Monday!

The boyfriend’s socks only need a toe and the ends sewing in to be finished.

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Hermione’s every day socks are bimbling along down the first foot.

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How I wish I had gone for a plain foot instead of carrying on the fiddly pattern all the way down, so I could have been done and onto the second sock by now. Oh well, you live and learn! 

I’m pretty excited to get my socks finished because I have PLANS for the leftovers. I already think I’m going to love them, but we’ll see. Now, on with the current socks.

Hannah

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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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Walking WIP Thursday

Current WIP count: 7

Man I wish I’d got this written for yesterday. You can never have too much alliteration!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned before that I’m doing a sponsored walking challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK – the aim is to walk one million steps between July 1st and September 30th. This averages out to 10,870 steps per day, which at my pace takes just under two hours.

You wouldn’t think two hours could have that much impact on my day, especially considering I’m still furloughed, but for various reasons it’s really cutting into my crafting time.

So the only logical solution is to knit while I’m walking, isn’t it!

No action shot, as it’s really hard to walk and knit and take a photo at the same time, but here’s a progress shot instead.

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Today I managed to knit 6 rows on my socks without walking into any lamp posts/bins/other people – success!

Hannah

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July review 2020

Oops I just realised I haven’t done a yarn stash update for last month yet. Better get on with it!

Stash used this month: 1.25

Total stash used this year: 36

Stash additions: 2 or 4 (do I count the yarn the boyfriend bought for his socks? I can’t decide)

Stash remaining: 325.75 (or 327.75)

I spent so much time darning socks last month that I hardly got through any stash. But that doesn’t seem so bad when I look at the pile of socks I can now wear again.

I did finish one pair of shortie socks and made a good start on another, which is where the tiny bit of yarn was used up.

All of my factory-made socks are fixed now so this month I can get back to knitting, crocheting, and busting some stash!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 19

Considering I wasn’t a sock knitter until very recently, I have a strange number of sock yarn mini skeins lying around.

Sadly I don’t have enough that work together to make another long pair of socks, so I spent a good deal of Saturday splitting them into combos for more shortie socks.

Because a) I LOVE THESE!!

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And b) they go so darn fast.

Also c) I’m really, REALLY trying to resist buying more full skeins, and having some socks already on the needles makes that a bit easier.

I’ve started some ribbed Rollers with a bright purple from Mothy and the Squid and the leftover yarn from the boyfriend’s socks.

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And these are the other combos I’m (probably) going to go with:

I keep waiting to get bored of knitting socks, but it’s just not happening!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 15

Argh these not-rainbow socks! The pooling is playing slightly different with this second sock, and I don’t know if I can just let it slide.

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I’ve no idea how this is happening, as I’m using the same skein of yarn on the same needles as the first sock.

Curse you again, accidental colour pooling!!

To give myself a break from misbehaving yarn, I also cast on my first Rose City Rollers.

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I must say I’m not a fan of this heel method; picking up stitches gets me so tense. For my next pair (yes, I’m already planning it) I might stick a different heel in and see if I can make it work.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 14

I finished my first pair of Pride socks and I LOVE THEM!

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They turned out slightly more mismatched than I expected (although they’re not actually different shapes – the right side just wouldn’t lie flat), but I think the similarities are enough to tie them together as a pair. Plus they’re comfy and soooo toasty.

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There’s still plenty of month left so I made a start on the second lot of yarn I was considering.

These are not going so well.

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Curse you, accidental colour pooling.

The yarn did look fairly rainbow-y in the skein, but now they feel more like Hogwarts Houses socks.

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Not that I’m against Hogwarts socks, but I was really aiming for a more Pride-y look.

I suppose the spiral stripes look kind of cool, so it’s not really a disaster. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that the other sock turns out the same so at least I have a matching pair of not-quite-rainbow socks.

Once this pair is finished that’ll be me out of rainbow-like yarn so I shall finally start my first Rose City Rollers. I’m pretty excited!

Hannah

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