WIP Wednesday 28.11.18

Current WIP count: 7

While the mittens are sitting in the naughty corner, I’ve started working on another Christmas present using one of my Twirls. I figured I’d better get stash-busting in case Mum gets me another big box of yarn for Christmas.

This is a free pattern from Hobbii called the Sunrise Scarf, which is designed specifically for Twirls. But of course I’m not sticking to it entirely! First of all the pattern calls for 4.5mm needles, but I wanted it more light and airy so I went for 6mm.

I also got a bit bored at the thought of repeating the pattern forever more so after five repeats I added in a stripe of stockinette to break it up.

Now I just need to remember to add that stripe after every fifth repeat so it looks deliberate and I don’t have to tink or frog anything.

That’s all I’ve been working on yarn-wise (not counting the multiple fails with the second mitten), but I’ve also been plotting and planning. I really do want to knock a bit out of my stash in December, and it would be great to go into the new year with a fairly clear WIP list, so I’m busy working out several ways to make that happen. Watch this space.

So there’s my week, what’s everyone else working on? Any exciting Christmas makes underway? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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You better think

This was supposed to be last week’s FO Friday post, but I’m a dingbat.

I did manage to finish one mitten, which I’m pretty proud of considering all the pattern-wrangling it took to get to this point.

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And I hardly dare mention the ends.

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But then it came to the second mitten. I worked away at the thumb, getting more and more excited as the end approached, until I reached the penultimate round… and realised I’d forgotten to do the first round in the back loop only. Argh.

So I frogged it right back and started again in the back loops. No problem. Until I realised I’d added in a few extra rounds on the first mitten that I forgot to add to the second, so I had to frog back again. Argh!

Then I got halfway up the thumb and only then noticed that I’d sewn the top of the glove in a way that made the thumb hole right in the centre of the palm. So I unpicked some of those flipping ends I spent hours sewing in, which I made such a mess of that I had to frog the final 2 rounds of the mitten. ARGH!!!

Right now it’s sitting in the naughty corner to think about what it’s done. But I thought I would share as a reminder (mainly to my future self) to actually think about what I’m doing, instead of rushing on and making silly mistakes. So many silly mistakes.

Keep your fingers crossed that next time I get it right and get these mittens finished before summer comes around!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 14.03.18

 

Current WIP count: 6

I need to stop saying that things will be simple or won’t take me long.

Here are just a few of my attempts at the soles for these baby bootees

 

I tried to just follow this pattern from Bonita Patterns, my usual, and the soles turned out absolutely perfect! But it turns out the lilac ‘dk’ yarn is about half the thickness of the grey ‘dk’. No idea which is correct, I just know that the two of them weren’t working together that way.

Then I tried some darker purple yarn with a different pattern. I like the sole, but the yarn didn’t feel that nice and it just didn’t go as well with the grey.

Then I tried doubling up the lilac with that rounded sole. Gorgeous, but preemie size.

So I tweaked the pattern a little to make it bigger, and I finally have a workable sole that looks okay with a grey upper.

Phew!

I’ve also worked a few more rows on my rainbow Tunisian jumper, I’m now up to the red and orange colour combo. Just red and burgundy to go and that’ll be my first ever sleeve finished.

So that’s my week so far. Anyone else having yarn trouble? Got some WIPs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 10.11.17

A thought occurs (don’t worry, I’m sitting down) – I don’t think I showed you the finished doily I was working on, did I?

Here you go!

This was a commission from a friend at choir who saw me crocheting my star blanket during rehearsals. He asked for something similar to go on his television unit, gave me some vague ideas about colours, and let me get on with in my own time.

The one issue I had is that his TV unit is rectangular, and he didn’t want the doily hanging over the edges, so a circular star blanket pattern wasn’t going to work. I did have a faff around with Google trying to find some patterns for oval doilies, but it only seemed to give me charts (which I couldn’t read at the time) or photos.

So instead I took the star blanket pattern and tweaked it a bit.

It kind of worked, but in hindsight I should have gone even further and made the beginning longer and thinner. I had to do some wizardry with singles and trebles towards the end because I realised if I kept going with double crochet all round, it would have been too long.

I sent him a photo and told him the price and he was happy with both, hooray! So now all that’s left to do is hand it over and get the money. My favourite part 😉

How’s everyone’s week been? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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