All befuddled

Current WIP count: 6

I have made it through the first week of a brand new job! While I’m not as exhausted as I expected after all the newness and strangers to deal with, my brain has gone a bit mushy. It’s showing in my attempt to make another Flax Light.

Firstly, I either forgot how garter stitch works or just got hyper-focussed on purl stitches: round 1 starts with some purls, and I couldn’t for the life of me work out how to do a kfb for round 2. “But it’s a purl stitch!” I kept saying to myself, more times than I care to admit.

After a few days in the naughty corner (the knitting, not me) I picked it up and suddenly my brain was working again.

Or so I thought. The next challenge was placing stitch markers and, considering they’re labelled ‘raglan markers’ in the pattern, it should be pretty obvious that they’re to mark the raglan increases. But nooo, this dingbat got it into her head that they marked the beginning and end of the garter sections.

I was a few rounds in by the time it twigged, I tried to fix it and ended up making more of a mess, so I frogged the lot.

This is now all I have to show for myself.I’m thinking I’ll aim for Christmas rather than baby’s first birthday at the beginning of December!

On the plus side, I think my new job is going to be really good, AND I can take the subway instead of driving so I can knit every day on my commute. It all balances out in the end.

Hannah

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WIP Thursday 01.08.19

White rabbits!

Current WIP count: 8

I survived my few days at camp (just about. I’m kind of glad I couldn’t stay the whole week), and I managed to get some progress on my Lego blanket at last. Although not as much as I hoped because I’m a dingbat.

You should really check you’re using the correct yarn before ploughing on and making 20+ Lego bricks.

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But on the plus side, when I switched to the yarn I should have been using all along I realised that the bricks weren’t going to be as scrawny as that first lot led me to believe. Phew.

Over 100 left to make so I’m still a little cross with myself about the time I wasted on those blue bricks.

Lesson learned, I hope!

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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New stitches: Tunisian knit stitch, and…?

Tunisian is so much fun, I decided to learn another stitch this week. Quite a few people mentioned the knit stitch after my last post, and I love the regularity of knit stitches, so I decided to give it a go.

Turns out it’s not as easy as the simple stitch (shocking, right?), and at first I made a whole swatch using…I don’t actually know if it’s a real thing.

For the knit stitch you’re supposed to pass the hook through the loop of the previous round, right here:

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I totally misunderstood the tutorial (it wasn’t great) and went through the space at the side of the loop, like so:

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Which meant that I had to increase one stitch every single row or skip one at the start, which gave me a very wonky-edged swatch. It did look pretty though.

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But considering I’ve never seen knitting like that in my life I figured I must have got it wrong. I frogged it, found a better tutorial, and had another go.

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Much better! That’s the column layout I’ve come to know and love, so I’m now officially adding the Tunisian knit stitch to my repertoire.

Does anyone know if my first attempt was a different stitch or did I just make a mess? What do you think of the actual knit stitch? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 17.01.18

Current WIP count: 5

I hit a major snag with my swirl hat last week. I made a mistake, probably while I was watching The Flash finale, which would have been fine if I’d sorted it immediately.

But of course, I didn’t notice it until five or six rounds later

That stitch right there was where I went wrong. It doesn’t look too bad here, but the further round it went the more it threw the spirals out of alignment.

So I had to tink back five or six rounds, with yarn that seems to be 80% velcro and 20% stubbornness. Argh!

The good news is I did manage to fix it, and I’m now much more aware of mistakes as and when I make them.

The less good news is that I have very little to show for a week’s progress

Last week

 

This week (isn’t lighting funny!)

 

Oh well, at least I’m back on track now.

How’s everyone else doing? Got some fun WIPs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Still here

Hi there *waves*. Despite appearances, I am still here!  A lot of rubbish, Life stuff has been going on, which took my blogging mojo away.

Thankfully my crojo has been unimpeded, and I’ve even managed some tangling as well:

I finished my virus shawl

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It’s meant to be for the shop, but I’ve kind of fallen in love with it…

I made a card for Kelleys DIY giveaway.

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I realised I’ve done this star wrong. Again.

I had to go all the way back to the green bit in the centre! Now I’m back out to the pink and so far it’s still behaving itself. 

I also made a start on a couple of ideas I’ve had:

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Can you tell what it is yet?
I’m taking steps to sort all this Life stuff out, and hopefully I’ll be back to blogging as normal soon 🙂

Hannah

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