Sock it to me Monday 10

Oh so much news for my tenth socky post! I’d like to say I planned it so there was something interesting to say just in time for double digits, but that would be a blatant lie. Everyone knows I’m too disorganised for that.

The first news: I finished my first ever pair of socks AND THEY FIT!!

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I keep trying them on because part of my brain can’t quite believe that it worked.

These are made with Mothy and the Squid yarn in the colourway Peacock Flower. The pattern is Basic Sock with Integrated Heel on Ravelry and I used 2mm DPNs to make the largest size for my hobbit feet.

I can’t even tell you how happy I am with these socks. If I were not so scared of causing holes I’d never take them off.

But I am a sock knitter now and can’t bear to have empty needles for long, so the second news:

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I cast on for the boyfriend’s socks and already made it to the foot.

It’s going soooo much faster than mine, thanks to the sensible amount of ribbing (15 rounds, thanks for all the advice!) and a slightly shorter leg. Also the fact that I haven’t yet messed it up. Win.

It’s official – I love knitting socks!

Hannah

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WIP-ing on a Thursday

Yesterday was bad, but today will be better.

The blanket CAL calls for another 2 squares this week, and it’s a bit of a challenging pattern. I’ve finished one:

And started the second, mixing up the colours again:

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I can’t say I’m entirely sold on the colours for the second square, but then I wasn’t too sure about the first one and that turned out pretty in the end so I might just carry on. Orrrrr I might frog and start again. Who knows.

These squares are so fiddly that I haven’t had much chance to work on anything else. But I’m determined to finish the ribbing on Flax this week. It’s virtual knit night tomorrow, which always helps me focus, so it’s totally doable.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 8

I have been thoroughly enjoying knitting in the sunshine this weekend (even when it’s just through my bedroom window), and the second sock is progressing nicely. I’m glad I savoured it, as we’re now heading back to the more traditional Scottish weather.

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The two lots of ribbing seem to match, which also makes me happy. I may yet get a matching pair of socks out of this!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesdayyyyyy

Current WIP count: 8

Oh look, another WIP crept on there. It looks a bit creepy at the moment, but this is going to be a frog bookmark for the boyfriend.

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It’s probably darker than it should be, but it was the closest yarn to me and he’s happy with it so on we go.

I’m still on the bottom ribbing of his Flax. Not too much left to go though, and then it’ll be sleeve island for me.

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I now have a heel on my sock again, and I’m away down the foot.

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It was soooo much easier the second time round – I’m almost looking forward to the next one. It is quite addictive, isn’t it?

Hannah

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Frog socks

Current WIP count: 7

So the heel worked, yaaay!

But.

I tried it on and it fits, but the leg is just too long for me, and I’m seriously considering frogging back to shorten it.

Is that a bad choice? I think I might do it anyway.

Flax was my procrastination project while I was avoiding the heel so I’m almost at the bottom ribbing.

I was put on furlough from work today so it shouldn’t be too long til this is finished. Silver lining!

It’s definitely time to get some of these WIPs finished off so that will be my focus for a while.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 3

I think it’s Monday. I did nothing but bake bread yesterday and today I’m fully dressed, so it must be!

It’s amazing what progress you can make with knitting during conference calls. I FINALLY finished the ribbing (5cm seems excessive to me) and now I’m away down the straight leg bit. It probably has a name, but I don’t know these things yet.

It’s feeling good to do something productive while not being able to move around very much. Yay for socks.

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 15.05.19

Current WIP count: siiiiiiiiiix

I could’ve sworn it was my birthday just the other day, how are we halfway through May already??

The following may not look like a photo-worthy moment to most people, but it had me doing a little dance (well, I was sitting down so it was really more of a wiggle) because the seemingly endless rounds of straight knitting are finally over!

This here is one round of 2×2 ribbing and it’s going okay so far. I even remembered to switch to smaller needles before I started.

As is becoming standard for me, that’s all I have to show for this week. BUT next week will definitely, honestly, really be more interesting because the date is coming up on one of my birthday presents: a workshop at Toft!

I’ve wanted to try a Toft kit for ages so I’m suuuuper excited! Plus it’s down South and my Dad will be driving so I’ll have lots of travel time to work on my other WIPs as well. Finally.

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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FO Friday 17.11.17

I’m naming this week Hat Week, because I’ve been whacking them out and I’m now onto my fourth!

You’ve seen this rainbow lovely, which I decided not to make a pompom for so it’s finished as is.

I also (totally on purpose, honest) made a baby version with pompom using the same yarn.

This might be the cutest thing I’ve seen all year – I made it and even I squee a little bit every time I see it. It’s just so CUTE!!

This one here is the first one I made using my circular needles.

I’m calling it the Ribbit Hat, because the number of times I had to frog this thing is into double figures. And, y’know, it has ribbing.

That weird stripe in the cream was an attempt at a pattern using knit and purl stitches. They’re supposed to be triangles, but clearly it needs a yarn with clearer stitch definition because it just looks a bit wavy.

This one came out as a slouchy hat, which I didn’t think I liked, but then I tried it on and it actually doesn’t look too bad.

The santa hat is not quite finished because I was finishing up my Captain America cushion instead.

What do you think? It’s not quite as I imagined, but you can definitely tell what it’s supposed to be so that’ll do for me! And my Mum is pleased with it, which is what really matters considering she ordered it.

So that’s been my pretty productive week. Does anyone else get into trends of making the same thing? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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An FO catch up

You may have noticed I didn’t have an FO Friday last week. That’s because I was sent home ill from work, I face-planted my bed, and I slept.

So, since I don’t have a regular post on Tuesdays, and I just can’t wait to show off this pretty hat I made, I figured I’d catch up now.

So here it is:

Aren’t those colours just gorgeous!!

I totally gave up on ribbing the bottom; nothing I did looked right and I actually quite like it plain, so there it is.

This is the first pompom I’ve ever made myself (using cardboard circles because my pompom maker hasn’t arrived yet), and it came out a bit mutant at first

But a bit of work with the scissors soon sorted it out and now I’m really quite proud of it.

I struggled a bit to attach it securely though, it was really determined to flop about.

I’ve ordered some more of this yarn, and Mum has sent me a couple more skeins too, so I’ll definitely be making more of these to go in the shop.

What do you think of the hat? Any tips for attaching pompoms? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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