WIP Wednesday 24.07.19

Current WIP count: 8

Not much time this week, summer camp is approaching rapidly and I’m not quite ready yet!

Of course I’m a dingbat and forgot to switch to smaller needles for my Flax Light cuff, so that had to be tinked and started again. These sleeves are going to be the death of me…

I finished up the bobble section of Changing Tides and now I’m onto simpler stitches so it’s whizzing along again. Still a few weeks behind, but now I remember that I’ll be away for the final week so I was never going to finish exactly on time anyway. Pressure off!

The Lego blanket has gone almost nowhere so I’ve decided that’s going to be my travel project. At least 7 hours of uninterrupted crochet should give me a good jumpstart!

So that’s my week. What’s everyone else working on?

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 17.07.19

Current WIP count: 8

Look, look I nearly have a whole sleeve!

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I’m onto the cuff ribbing so I reckon I can get this sleeve done and dusted before next week. I even remembered to make a note of the number of stitches, so I know what I’m aiming for with the other sleeve and hopefully I’ll get them both the same size.

It’s fun having lots of WIPs to choose from, but at the moment I’m struggling to decide which to work on. I’m still really excited about Flax Light because it’s my first knitted jumper so it’s getting a lot of attention, but I do want to catch up with Changing Tides, and the Lego blanket has a fixed deadline so I should work on that as well. If only I could turn into an octopus and work on them all at once!

Maybe I should set up some sort of rota to make sure they all keep moving along. What do you think?

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 10.07.19

Current WIP count: 8

Yes, I have added another WIP to the list. I just can’t help myself.

One of my friends was particularly impressed with the Lego blanket I made for my Dad, so I decided to make another one for them. This time I’m buying yarn specifically for it rather than using up stash so it will all be the same brand, size, and weight, which should make the whole thing go a bit smoother.

I’ve also slightly tweaked the bricks so hopefully they’ll sit together better when I sew everything up.

I loved this one, but it didn’t quite have that straight Lego look

Flax Light is bimbling along, but I’ll spare everyone yet another photo of an unfinished sleeve. Even I’m getting bored of it.

And I’m on to the bobbles for Changing Tides so it feels like everything has ground to a halt. These things take forever!

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But this is the last lot of bobbles and we’re approaching the end of the CAL so my motivation is still pretty high. Yes I’m a week behind, but this is the closest I’ve ever come to keeping up with a live CAL and I’m determined to keep going to the end.

So that’s my week, what’s everyone else working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 03.07.19

Current WIP count: 7

Welcome to July, everyone!

After leaving my Flax Light in the naughty corner for a few days, I managed to tink back to my mistake without too many issues. Now I’m chugging along with it again, this time counting the purl stitches every time I hit the panel because I am NOT making the same mistake twice.

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I’m also trying very hard not to think about the fact that I have to do this all over again for the other sleeve, otherwise it might turn into one of those UFOs you shove in a drawer and forget about for five years. Could I start a trend for one-armed jumpers, do you think?

Changing Tides has fallen behind again, thanks to a super busy couple of weekends. And also me dragging my feet a wee bit because I know another week of pebbles is coming up and they take aaaaaaages.

But I did particularly enjoy the last section I worked on. The shell stitches are pretty and I’m definitely using this blue/yellow colourway for another make at some point in the future.

Ooh what about a baby blanket using the same pattern? I think that would look cute.

Anyway I’d better not add another WIP to my list just yet – I really need to get some of the current ones to FOs first!

Hannah

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Oh…fiddlesticks.

That’s almost what I said when I realised that I’d added in some extra stitches to the panel of my Flax Light. About 10 rounds ago.

I know the sensible advice I would probably give someone else – Nobody will notice when you’re wearing it. That just makes it more unique. And so on.

But I’m not taking my advice right now. I think I used up all my ‘ignore the mistakes’ energy on the missed purl rows, and I just can’t leave this one be.

So please pardon my French while I sit here tinking rows and rows of work because of one silly mistake.

Oh well, at least I noticed now and not when it was all done and blocked!

Hannah

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WIP Saturday 22.07.19

Current WIP count: 7

You’ll have to forgive the delay, I’ve been away for a few days with no time at all for blogging. Glorious sunshine though so I’m not mad.Last weekend both Morag and Flax Light came on my travels with me, but in the end I only worked on one of them.

Turns out this sleeve is just simple enough to keep working on it even when I’m totally exhausted. There’s been a lot of that recently so this is the only yarnery I’ve done.

Although I’m also spending time trying to convince myself I don’t care about the rows that should have been purled.

There’s no way I’m going back to the start and doing it again so I’ll just deal with them.Would it be too much effort to count the rows and knit them the same on the other sleeve? I’ll let you know.

Hannah

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A tough choice

I have another weekend involving a lot of travel, and I’m trying to decide which WIP(s) to take with me.

Morag has been sadly neglected, and is probably my most portable project right now.

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But I really do want to get my Flax Light finished. It feels like these sleeves are taking foreverrrr, which doesn’t really make sense considering they’re so much smaller than the body.

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Or I could make some more squares for Roses for Grandma.

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Or maybe get on with this dragon.

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I need to travel light so I can’t take them all, but I could maybe manage a couple. Decisions, decisions! Any suggestions from anyone?

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 05.06.19

Current WIP count: 6

Isn’t sleeve-knitting annoying! Having to constantly turn the whole jumper around, having to go back to my old rubbish circulars because the KnitPro cable is too long, and come the decreases I’m going to have to work out how to use DPNs properly. #Firstworldproblems or what!

Maybe I won’t do full length sleeves. We’ll see.

I’ve also made a bit of a start on the needle felt unicorn kit I got for my birthday, and I have to say I’m really not sold on the polystyrene base. It was much more enjoyable making my freeform bunny.

Thankfully all the other bits and pieces are freeform so it should be plain sailing from here. I think. I mean, the instruction photos are tiny so it’s kind of hard to tell, but I’m sure it’ll be fine!

And this is another bobble week for the Changing Tides CAL so it’s taking me a wee while.

But I’m bobbling along and enjoying myself.

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 22.05.19

Current WIP count: 8

Look at that WIP count creeping up and hoping nobody will notice. I see you.

This weekend did involve a bucketload of crochet, as I’d hoped it would, so I have quite a bit to talk about today.

I’ve done another round on Morag, and I can already tell she’s going to take me a while.

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It’s partly that loop stitches take so much longer than plain sc, and partly that I’m having to think so hard about where the increases go and where the loops go, without losing count of my stitches or round number. My poor brain!

The Changing Tides blanket finally got some attention and I’m on to the next section, although that still leaves me almost four weeks behind.

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On the way to Toft HQ (three hours of train and two hours of car) I worked on the poncho, so despite having to frog and re-do around 25 rows I made some serious progress.

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It could have been finished by now, except I’m an amateur and didn’t take enough yarn with me.

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Luckily my mum also has a stash of yarn so I was able to start an amigurumi she asked me for a couple of months ago:

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Yep, it’s a tooth. Mum wants to give it to her dentist so it kind of makes sense.

And finally, thanks to some particularly good sessions with my choir, I’m now about halfway through the ribbing at the bottom of my Flax Light.

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2×2 ribbing is soooo much better, so thanks everyone who told me to go for it.

Well, what a difference to the last few weeks! I must say I feel so much better in myself after all this yarny work; I really need to start making time for it every day, even when I’m busy.

What’s everyone else working on?

Hannah

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WIP…what day is it again?

Current WIP count: Still 6

I keep thinking things will settle down and I’ll have more time to craft, and blog, and catch my breath for five seconds. But instead there’s more and more piling on every day and I find myself wishing for 8-day weeks so I could maybe fit it all in. When I actually get paid holidays I think I’ll book a few days off just to sit in my flat and crochet until I feel human again.

They’re not all bad things though – last night I went to see Hugh Jackman’s show with my Mum, and it was pretty epic. Hugh (I can call him Hugh now, right?) is really funny and kept us laughing in between songs, and also seems to be a proper decent human being!

There was a sign language interpreter for the whole show, plus a song where the main focus of the choreography was sign language (so beautiful), the backing dancers were a really diverse group (although team Fat Dancers were sadly absent). At one point during a lovey dovey song there was one male-female pair dancing together and one male-male pair, with no fanfare or special mention like it was extraordinary, which made me really happy.

One part that sent chills right up my spine was a performance by four indigenous Australians; it was beautiful and powerful and touching and I could have listened to them all night. I wish I knew their names, but everyone was clapping and cheering so loudly that I actually couldn’t hear Hugh as he introduced them.

Also would you believe Keala Settle is even MORE phenomenal in real life? She performed This Is Me and I cried the whole way through. Ooft that voice…

So getting back to crafting, I actually don’t have much to say for myself this week. I’m already falling behind with my Changing Tides blanket, even though this week’s stitches are really simple. I just haven’t got round to them.

I managed one row on the poncho.

And (honestly) one single stitch on Havana because the end of the row came undone.

The only thing that has really moved along is my Flax Light, thanks to being able to knit it while singing at my two choirs. It’s just about long enough now to start on the bottom ribbing and it definitely fits!

A question – if the collar is 1×1 ribbing, would it look wrong to have 2×2 ribbing at the bottom? I hate 1×1 so very much, all that faffing about moving the yarn forwards and backwards for every stitch. Bleh. Or is there something else that would work better? I have literally no idea so all suggestions/advice/help welcome!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 10.04.19

Current WIP count: 5

Havana is pretty addictive, I spent most of my weekend working on it and now I’m into the third section.

This one is similar to the first section, but just different enough to keep me interested. Plus it turns out I really like turquoise and orange together. Who knew!

Roses for Grandma has kind of gone back a step, as I decided I wanted a rectangular blanket rather than a square so I’ll have to make some more roses.

On the plus side that makes the layout a little simpler. I mainly have pink and purple roses, but there are four in different colours plus my forget-me-not square, so with a 5×4 layout I can have one ‘different’ square in each row. Now I’ve got a rough layout I can start joining them together.

I really need some slightly smaller projects. Maybe I’ll dive in to sock knitting at last, although with my knitting speed that might not help me get a finish anytime soon!

What’s everyone else working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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March Review 2019

Yes I’m a bit late with this, but hands up who’s surprised. Nobody? Okay, let’s get on with it!

The Lego blanket took over a lot of March, and I don’t just mean on my blog. I made those bricks at choir, during my lunch break, in bed, while walking, in a pub, in the bath, on a train, basically every moment I was awake and not using my hands for something else.

It was totally worth it to see my Dad’s reaction when he opened it.

Aside from that I didn’t get much finished; most of my WIP list is big projects that are going to take weeks, if not months, of work. There was progress on Roses for Grandma

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And Havana

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And Flax Light

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But the only other FO was my mothers day card.

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I did pick up a new hobby though when I tried and instantly fell in love with needle felting.

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So even though my WIP list didn’t change much at all, I had a really busy, productive month and ended up with a few makes that I’m super proud of. I’m not sure anything will ever top my Lego blanket!

In April I’m hoping to start joining Roses for Grandma together, and do some more needle felting to make sure my bunny wasn’t just beginner’s luck. It would be good to finish off my dragon amigurumi as well, but we’ll see.

How was your March? Any exciting plans for April? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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