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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Sock it to me Monday 13

I finished the boyfriend’s socks, and this time I’ve even sewn the ends in!

He’s very happy with them, which makes me very happy too.

I’ve already frogged and restarted my pride socks three times (I just couldn’t choose a pattern) so they’re only this far along:

I’ve only ever used this yarn for amigurumi before and the colours came out looking quite random, so I’m pleasantly surprised to be getting regular stripes this time. I did say I wanted to try some self-striping!

Now the frogging has stopped it’s going pretty quickly, so I think I might be able to make two pairs this month.

Aren’t socks fun!

Hannah

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May review 2020

Stash used this month: 6.25

Total stash used this year: 23.75

Stash remaining: 334.75

Woo I’m on a roll! I do love making socks, but what with my glacier-like knitting speed and the teeny tiny yarn, they really don’t use up much stash. It’s the Beachcombing CAL that’s gobbling up all those skeins, getting me closer and closer to the 300 target.

This month I’m using some chunkier yarn to make thick socks so that should really help with the count.

As for last month:

Charity makes

None this time. It’s hard to be motivated when I know I’m not going to the post office for a while so can’t send them off.

Makes for myself

I finished my socks! So proud.

And there’s been a lot of progress on the Beachcombing blanket.

This one might not end up being for me, but as it has no destination at the moment I’m making it purely for my own enjoyment.

Makes for others

I’ve almost finished the boyfriend’s socks. Just in time for the weather to turn more stereotypically Scottish, so they might actually be needed. Yay (ish)!

There was also a lot of baking, mainly sourdough crumpets, but that doesn’t help much with stash mountain, does it?

So onwards with the yarnery!

Hannah

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Pride comes before a silly mistake, usually.

I admit it, I got cocky. ‘I wonder how fast I could make a whole sock now’ I thought. For I, as you may know, am now a sock knitting wizard.

But then I went to knit the next needle and found this:

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A big, long, accidental float on the outside. On the previous round I must not have noticed that the yarn was wrapped round the side (a frequent occurrence), so I missed a whole needle and carried on knitting the next one.

I’m a dingbat.

But now I’m a dingbat who will always double and triple check that the yarn is not wrapped round anywhere in any way before I start knitting.

Plus this is the first time I’ve had to undo anything on the second sock, so on balance I’m doing pretty well.

But let’s not get cocky…

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 9

Last time I showed off my second sock it looked like this:

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It’s always good to keep a record on this here blog because I thought I hadn’t got very far, but it actually looks like this now:

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I’m on the home stretch! It’s a little hard to believe I nearly have my very own pair of knitted socks. They always seemed so difficult.

And you bet I’ll be casting on another one the minute these are finished. After all, the boyfriend needs a pair too!

Hannah

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Ends and ribbing

Current WIP count: 8

I’m still working away at my Beachcombing CAL

I’m even being a grown up and working the ends in (almost) as I go, instead of leaving them all to the end. That’s my task for today.

Turns out the only thing I like less than sewing in ends is doing ribbing on 2mm needles. This is as far as I’ve got:

But in my defence, I did accidentally pull out a needle yesterday and had to start again.

I will get there eventually!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday – the birthday edition

It’s odd having a birthday in lockdown. I was never planning to go to my parents house for my birthday, but the thought of not being able to keeps making me cry.

BUT there are also good things. My boyfriend is here with me and he made my favourite meal. My parents sent up my presents so I still had some to open. And the sun is shining for once so I had a nice government-approved walk this afternoon, with some public doodling

Anyway, socks are why we’re here and this is what my sock currently looks like:

I can’t help trying it on every few rows and so far it all fits! I’m really hoping it won’t be too long now til I have a finished sock. Then the second one will go faster, right?

Hannah

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WIP Wednesdayyyyyy

Current WIP count: 8

Oh look, another WIP crept on there. It looks a bit creepy at the moment, but this is going to be a frog bookmark for the boyfriend.

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It’s probably darker than it should be, but it was the closest yarn to me and he’s happy with it so on we go.

I’m still on the bottom ribbing of his Flax. Not too much left to go though, and then it’ll be sleeve island for me.

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I now have a heel on my sock again, and I’m away down the foot.

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It was soooo much easier the second time round – I’m almost looking forward to the next one. It is quite addictive, isn’t it?

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 5

I frogged the sock back and took about 3cm off the leg length, then started knitting on it again straight away.

I got to the end of the gusset (lookit me, knowing the lingo) and realised that I’d made another mistake: The pattern is written using 2 needles in magic loop method, but I’m using 4 DPNs, so when it says ‘knit to end of needle 1 and place marker’ I actually should have knit to the end of my needle 2.

Sigh.

So I’ve frogged it back AGAIN and this is what I have now.

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Third time’s the charm, right?

Hannah

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Frog socks

Current WIP count: 7

So the heel worked, yaaay!

But.

I tried it on and it fits, but the leg is just too long for me, and I’m seriously considering frogging back to shorten it.

Is that a bad choice? I think I might do it anyway.

Flax was my procrastination project while I was avoiding the heel so I’m almost at the bottom ribbing.

I was put on furlough from work today so it shouldn’t be too long til this is finished. Silver lining!

It’s definitely time to get some of these WIPs finished off so that will be my focus for a while.

Hannah

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