September review 2020

Yesss Halloween month is here! Time to dig out my face paints and costumes!

But before all that, let’s have a look at my yarnery in September.

Stash used this month: 1

Total stash used this year: 42.5

Stash remaining: 325.75

Makes for myself

Just a crochet rainbow and most of a pair of Hermione’s every day socks for myself this month. I’m happy with that, as I’ve wanted to make a rainbow like this for MONTHS and I just love the neon rainbow yarn from Siobhan’s Crafts.

Makes for others

I finished off a green pair of socks for the boyfriend and made a start on a purple pair. Cuz he’s amazing and bought me flowers as soon as I found out I was losing my job.

He is good to me.

I am most definitely still in the middle of a sock phase. But I also feel the urge to make another blanket getting stronger and stronger, so that’s probably going to happen imminently.

It just popped into my head that I did a “make 9” post away back when things were normal, which I haven’t even looked at for months. It’s probably a bit late to get them all done before the end of the year, but I think I’ll have a look at it again and at least try something from the list.

But then I will also be spending a lot of time looking for a job and then hopefully working at said job. We’ll see.

How was your September?

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 21

I was knitting away on the boyfriend’s socks when I realised there was a little sock circular sitting around with nothing on it.  A little while later I was browsing my stash on Excel and noticed that I’d never actually used my Neon Rainbow yarn from Siobhan’s Crafts. You can guess what happened next.

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This is the start of some Hermione’s Everyday Socks (Ravelry link) for myself.  I must say, so far I’m not convinced with this pattern – it seems a lot of faff for just a little pretty. But maybe that’s just because I don’t like having to switch between knit and purl stitches. I’m going to carry on and just trust that in the end it will be worth it.

The boyfriend’s socks are plodding along and I’ve almost finished the first one.

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With two pairs now on the go at the same time, I think I can officially call myself a sock knitter.

Hannah

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Catch the sun

Since we’ve actually had some sunshine recently, I decided to have a play with one of my birthday presents from last year – a dragon sun catcher.

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It came with its own set of paints of course, but Mum knows me well and bought me a set of extra colours to play with.

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Here’s my finished dragon hanging in the window to catch some rays.

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There was a lot of paint left over and it would be a terrible waste to just throw it away, so I did a bit of experimenting.

I taped down some clingfilm and greaseproof paper, and made some designs with the leftover paint.

Neither turned out exactly as I imagined, but I still like them so fingers crossed they actually peel off the backings in the morning. We shall see!

Hannah

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Unicorns and snowflakes

Look at the little goodie pack that arrived from Sarah Jane this week!

I love the modified card 😀

This little pretty was a reward for sharing my favourite bit of advice:

That’s handmade, isn’t it amazing! It’s so teeny.

I was not expecting a bunch of other stitch markers as well. And they’re unicorns! And rainbows! Two of my favourite things!

I’m currently resisting the urge to cast on allofthethings so I can use them all, but we’ll see how long that lasts. I do have a monster stash to use up after all.

Thanks Sarah Jane, I love them!

Hannah

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Sealy MacWheely

Well I’m spoilt in my new job. I not only have I Sew 2 just 5 minutes away from the office, it turns out I also have Sealy McWheely! Right across the road from I Sew 2 so I’ve no idea how I never noticed it before…

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Sealy MacWheely’s fun shop sign

The shop is closed Mondays and Tuesdays so I had to wait until yesterday for a visit and boy was it worth the wait.

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Yarn, yarn everywhere!

They stock a small selection of Indie dyed yarns, as well as all the fluff you could ever need for felting and spinning, plus some ready-made goodies for sale ranging from earrings to greetings cards to natural bath products.

Pretty soap bars

When I visited during my lunch break there was a one-on-one tutorial session going on, but Katie paused it for a second to welcome me to the shop and explain where everything was, plus a quick plug for the Knit ‘n’ Natter nights.

We also had a quick chat about which particular fibre arts I’m addicted to. Obviously I couldn’t have her full attention with a lesson going on, but I still came away feeling like I’d had a really friendly chat in a lovely place. I wonder if that’s a Kirkintilloch thing!

I was more sensible about it all this time. Obviously I’m incapable of leaving a yarn shop without buying something so I may as well plan for it. Rather than set a monetary budget (having no idea of the price ranges) I decided to Marie Kondo it; I was allowed to buy one skein that sparked joy for me.

Buttons!!

When I recognised Mothy and the Squid yarn before even seeing the labels I figured that was my one skein sorted, but then across the shop in the little workshop room I spotted this utter beauty.

Neon rainbows are the best rainbows

This didn’t just spark joy, it set off a whole firework display! I did look at all the other yarn and there are some real pretties, but nothing quite as good as my neon rainbow. So I bought it and spent the rest of the day smiling to myself.

Of course I didn’t set any budget for all the other goodies in there, so I also came away with a needle gauge (no shame because I’ve been wanting one for months) and a little knitting brooch.

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Sheepish needle gauge

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Teeny yarn and knitting needle brooch

The bath products smelled amaaaaazing so I’ll probably be back for some of those when my current stuff runs out.

Oh and did I mention there’s a loyalty card as well?

I’ll definitely be back again. Many times.

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 04.07.18

Current WIP count: 6

Ooooh I’m so close I can almost taste it!

There are decreases every few rounds now so it’s getting faster and faster as I go. Isn’t it great when that happens.

I’ve been trying it on periodically so I don’t have a replay of the crochet top, and so far I’m loving it. This is definitely going to get some serious wear once it’s finished (and the heat wave goes away).

And that’s all I’ve done this week. It’s too hot to work on the blanket, and my left hand is a little too sore for amigurumi so the dragon is still in bits waiting for some horns and a wing. They’ll get there eventually.

What’s everyone else working on this week? Have you managed to get your yarn out into the sunshine? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 27.06.18

After an easy Saturday and a ‘recovery’ Monday booked off work, I feel like I have some real progress to show this week.

Although I didn’t realise quite how many fiddly little parts my amigurumi dragon had. I’ve still got four horns and another wing shape to make yet, not to mention the dreaded sewing together.

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The biggie for today is my Tunisian jumper. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to just go for it and attach the sleeves, it was (of course) nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be.

I confess at first I had a complete brain fail and had to read the pattern at least 10 times before I understood what I was supposed to do (why are there no diagrams??), but I got there eventually and now my sleeves are attached and I’m working away at the yoke.

I’ve even tried it on! Which is when I noticed the increases in the sleeves have created these bumps.

It’s not a major issue really, I’m guessing nobody will be looking that closely once I’m wearing it, but I’m still hoping those bumps will ease out a bit with some blocking.

It seems unlikely that I’ll finish this week, but I can see me having my first handmade item ready to wear in the not too distant future. Ooh it’s exciting!

What’s everyone else working on? Or are you finding it too hot for fibre right now? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 20.06.18

Current WIP count: 6

First of all, how on earth is it the 20th already? I swear time started sprinting in April and hasn’t taken a walk break yet.

It’s been a busy, busy 7 days so I haven’t done very much this week. Last night I got some time to myself and made a proper start on my amigurumi dragon, somewhat hindered by having to start the tummy section 5 times. Curse those fiddly little stitches.

My knitted blanket is ticking along, I’m just about finished with the white section and I’m getting ready to introduce the blue.

I’ve also done a grand total of about 20 stitches on my Tunisian jumper. I miss the days when it was portable.

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This Saturday should be an easy one and my plan is to make some real progress with my jumper. I think I’m dithering because it’s nearly time to attach the sleeves and I’m worried about messing it up, but the only way out is through so it’s time to just get on with it!

What’s everyone else working on this week? Got any tips for overcoming the crafting fear? Let me know in the comments!

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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WIP Wednesday 07.02.18

Current WIP count: 5

I managed to cross some WIPs off my list over the weekend, so of course I started a couple more!

Having learned a raft of new Tunisian skills on Saturday, I’ve decided to embark on my first proper item of clothing; a long-sleeved top.

There’s not much to show yet, just the start of one sleeve

Because I’m me and I just love to run as soon as I can walk, I’m making it a rainbow top. You can see that the first section is pink and purple, and I’ve just started the next section which will be purple and blue. The one after that will be blue and green, and so on.

These are the colours I’ll be using

In reverse order because the sleeves are done from the cuff up.

I also started another tube hat, just for something simple to do at choir and on the subway. It’s basic knitting in a rather dull grey colour so no photos yet. I might crochet a bright flower and sew it on, give it a pop of colour.

So that’s what I’m working on. How’s everyone’s week going so far? What are you working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Christmas making

I have no FOs to show this week!

Did I mention I’ve made this octopom harder work by splicing in some red periodically?

It was annoying me too much that it wasn’t a full rainbow. Now I’m just annoyed that they’re not in the right order 😉

Actually I do have some FOs -I’ve made a few cards, but they’re for my bloggy friends so I can’t post them up just yet.

One of my friends is way more organised than me, and posted her card in time for it to arrive yesterday!

Isn’t it perfect ♡♡ Thanks Robin!

I’m planning to post my cards out tomorrow so hopefully they’ll all arrive before Christmas does.

How’s everyone’s week going? Have you received any Christmas cards yet? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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