A perfect cast on??

Guys, you’ll never guess what just happened!

I started another sock (surprise, surprise) with my usual long tail cast on, but I got the remaining tail the right length ON MY FIRST TRY!!

It’s not a stubby little centimetre threatening to unravel everything if I look at it funny. It’s not so long that I could knit a whole mini sock out of it. I hit the goldilocks spot. Which of course I have to share because it’ll probably never happen again.

But for now I’m just enjoying the feeling of accomplishment.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 44

I’m on my last two days of ‘freedom’ before starting the new job on Wednesday, and it’s currently not raining, so I decided to get some outdoor knitting done.

Unfortunately, I was just getting ready to start the next colourwork section when I decided to count my stitches and realised that I’d dropped one. About 25 rounds ago.  So now I’m working up the will to go all the way back with my little crochet hook and fix it. Sigh.

The good news is that my shoulder’s all better, so once I fix that stitch I should be able to whizz along to an FO at some point this week! Good times.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 43

I may have been knitting a bit too much over the last week, judging by the ache in my left shoulder, but how am I supposed to stop when I can see these amazing socks appearing on the needles?

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Please excuse the terrible night-time photo, I’ve been searching for a job all day.

Although I’m not overly fond of yellow itself, bright pops of colour against black is one of my favourite combos of all time so that’s another level of enjoyment added to this already-very-enjoyable knit.

I was trying to race through the foot to get to the last colourwork bit but I’ve still got a few centimetres to go (and the sore shoulder) so who knows how long it will be before I get to wear my first colourwork socks out in the wild. I still can’t wait!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 42

I’ve decided what to do with at least one skein of my advent yarn, and of course it’s socks.  Seeing as I can do colourwork now I decided to give it a go with some fairly simple patterned shortie socks.

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The black is Navia sock yarn from Hobbii, the yellow is that one bright skein that didn’t fit in with the rest of my advent, and the pattern will be a shortened pair of On The Fence (Rav link).

This is my second attempt – the yarns are a bit thicker than I usually use for socks so I adjusted the stitch count, but I over-compensated and it was too small to get over my heel, meaning I had to frog it all and start again. So far it seems to be fitting alright so I think I got the correct count this time.

I am so looking forward to wearing my own pair of colourwork socks!

Hannah

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Nearly-FO Friday 14.01.22

I can’t believe we’re at the 14th already, nearly halfway through January. Clearly this year is going to blink past like the last two.

Last month I was hoping to rattle through some of my ‘make nine’ list, but then covid (and possibly a cold on top of it) hit me and I didn’t really feel like doing much at all. Plus I ran out of yarn for my super chunky jumper and had to order more, and a sprinkling of snow on the ground meant that Royal Mail didn’t deliver it when they were supposed to. But hey, I did make a colourwork mitten so that’s that crossed off the list at least.

The jumper currently looks like this:

Either my gauge or my measuring tape went wrong somewhere because it’s more like a jumper-dress. Which I don’t entirely mind; I had something similar in alpaca yarn before it accidentally went through a hot wash and came out child-sized and felted to heck.

Now I just need to work out how on earth the sleeves fit onto the top. I’ve tried googling it but that throws up a hundred different ways to do mattress stitch, which I’m already okay with. Maybe it’s my lack of spatial awareness but I really can’t see how the shape of the sleeves is supposed to fit into the shape of the arm holes, and I’m afraid to just have a go and find out because this yarn is like velcro and I could get in an awful mess trying to undo it if I go wrong (speaking from experience here). Any suggestions?

I’m not sure I like making my jumpers in pieces. Although I might be willing to give it another go with a slightly less awkward yarn. We’ll see how this one turns out before I give up on the idea completely.

Hannah

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I can do it!

I’ve been knitting maybe two or three years at this point (or more, who knows?) and I still go through the same cycle with every single new skill.  It seems terribly difficult and intimidating so I procrastinate for ages and ages, but then I finally try and it turns out to be so much easier than I thought.

This week it was colourwork. More specifically Fair Isle, because I was ‘scared’ and decided to go as simple as possible.

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It’s only a baby mitten, and the tension is a bit weird because I grabbed whatever was closest and the yarns aren’t all the same thickness, but I did that. I made a Fair Isle thing in one day, and my floats aren’t too shabby either.

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So that’s one item off my Make Nine list, and the motivation to get on with every single colourwork pattern I’ve ever wanted to make. I can even do colourwork socks! I’m going to make a start right now.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 41

I feel so productive right now. I sewed in the ends of my Christmas socks and wore them for some toasty toes. I finished my shortie socks.

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Aaaaand they fit at last! Now I just need the motivation to sew those ends in.

Then I got itchy fingers and cast on another pair, with yarn I think I got from Emma ages ago.

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At this rate I could finish another whole pair before Christmas!

Hannah

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Free time

I’ve been let go from my job. Again. Don’t worry, I’ve already gone through the pit of despair and (mostly) out the other side, and I even have a new job lined up so I’m okay. 

The good news is that my old job has put me on garden leave so I’ll be paid not to work until the end of December, and the new job doesn’t start until January 11th, so I have a whole month to do whatever the heck I want.  

It’s like magic; as soon as I realised I would get to re-live my furlough dream, I stumbled across the Make Nine list I created almost two years ago.

  1. Learn brioche knitting
  2. Knit a pair of socks
  3. Make a jumper/cardigan using super chunky yarn 
  4. Learn double knitting
  5. Make something using colourwork
  6. Knit something from the Knitting Ganseys book 
  7. Make a Belladonna dress
  8. Make a Strange Signs blanket 
  9. Knit some selbu mittens

Having only completed one goal (make socks) in two years I know I’m never going to manage them all in one month, but with serious time to focus I reckon I can cross off two or three of them by the middle of January. Starting with the super chunky jumper. I’ve already hand-wound the skeins into cakes and picked out a pattern, and now I just need to dig out some needles big enough to knit this stuff with. Wish me luck!

Hannah

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Gauge matters

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The mitten on the left is the large adult size from The World’s Simplest Mittens. The mitten on the right is the toddler size. Gauge matters, people.

I’m going to donate the bigger pair so a child can have nice warm hands, and I think I’ll turn the little ones into tree ornaments somehow. If they were made of something more easily washable I might have sent them down to my 3-month-old niece because they would probably fit her fine!

Despite the sizing issues I am really pleased with them. I probably could have faffed with the yarn a bit more to get a thinner red stripe on the big mitten thumb, but I’m pleased that both pairs match pretty much perfectly. I count this as a job (fairly) well done.

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 24.11.21

Current WIP count: 9

My charity crafting slowed down a lot last week as I decided to knit a matching hat and cowl set, and I am SUCH a slow knitter. They turned out gorgeous though so I’m not mad (photos to come when I’ve sewn the ends in).

I also thought it was time to get started on some other items and here I ran into a problem. Using Tin Can Knits The World’s Simplest Mittens pattern, I decided to go for the adult (large) size to use up as much yarn as possible. But I ended up with this:

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I know ribbing stretches, but there is no way this tiny thing will ever stretch enough to fit a large adult. I refuse to frog and start again so these are now toddler mittens. Thank goodness the charity is accepting donations for all ages. 

Next up I might actually try the smallest size in the pattern and use them as tiny adorable tree decorations. We’ll see how fiddly they turn out to be.

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 10.11.21

Current WIP count: 8 (plus a lot of ends)

So far I’ve cranked out five charity hats in various sizes and one matching scarf, finishing up one ball of mystery rainbow yarn and taking a chunk out of the cream yarn.

Then I did a bit of a stash dive and pulled out these odds and ends.

The blue-green-yellow one was pretty much a whole skein so I decided it could be a hat all by itself, and for the rest I’ll probably stick with the original plan of mixing them with the cream until it runs out.

I have told myself that once I get to ten hats I will sew all the ends in before starting any new ones – who thinks I’ll actually stick to that?

Hannah

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