Are you annoyed?

Karen’s latest quiz is about being annoyed and oh, I could write a whole book. But for now I’ll just stick to answering the questions.

What is your biggest fault that you care to admit to?

There are so many to choose from! The one that’s bugged me most the last couple of years is that I automatically assume people aren’t interested in me and don’t want to speak to me, so I leave them alone unless they initiate a conversation. I know this makes me come across as stuck up and rude, but I just can’t seem to stop it.

Is there something you have to do that really annoys you? Maybe you would never do it again if you could?

At the moment I would say having to go to work. Being on furlough for so long, and now being unemployed, has given me a lot of time to think about it. I know there are some people who love their job and they would keep doing it regardless of pay, but the majority of us are stuck having to go to work, doing something we would really rather not, for the majority of our lives, just so we can keep living. What a rubbish system.

But also washing up. It is never EVER finished!

When it comes to your crafting, what is the thing about it that annoys you the most?

I don’t even have to think about this one – sewing in ends. I’ve spent hours or days or even months on this beautiful item and it’s finally finished!! Except it’s not, because I have to faff about with a needle and try to get the ends secure without adding big lumps or messing up the look of whatever I’ve made. Can’t stand it.

Does your significant other annoy you at times? What annoyance about them would you change?

Of course, we’re both human.

It might sound weird, but I would change the way he always defers to me. Back when I was working full days and got home pretty tired, I didn’t want to have to decide what we would eat, what to watch on TV, whether or not we would go for a walk etc. Sometimes I just want to flop down with my knitting and let things happen without having to make any decisions.

The whole Covid pandemic has been difficult. What has annoyed you the most? Is there something that others have complained about that you find is a positive?

The main thing that has annoyed me so far is the many and creative ways people have found to wear a mask wrong. I don’t know why, but the sight of a nose poking up over the top of a mask just gets under my skin.

I’m actually enjoying a few things that other people have complained about. Staying at home with the Boyfriend and my yarn is one of my favourite things. Yes, I miss my choirs very much, but other than that I am perfectly fine with staying at home away from other people.  The 2-metre rule is heaven, as feeling crowded tends to set off my anxiety. And I love wearing a face mask when I have to go shopping. I’ve always grabbed any excuse to wear a mask, or even paint my face, because I love the way it makes me feel. Almost like hiding, which feels safer for some reason. So I whip that mask on and feel like I could take on the whole supermarket if I had to.

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Phew I feel better for getting that lot off my chest. Feel free to join in if you like, either with a comment or a post of your own.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 24

Just a quick post today, as it’s the boyfriend’s birthday and I’ve got decorating and baking to do!
His socks are finished aside from sewing the ends in:

I finished my first Hermione’s every day sock and the second one seems to be going a bit quicker so that’s good. I can’t wait to get them done.

Now, excuse me while I try to find the blu tack.

Hannah
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Sock it to me Monday 13

I finished the boyfriend’s socks, and this time I’ve even sewn the ends in!

He’s very happy with them, which makes me very happy too.

I’ve already frogged and restarted my pride socks three times (I just couldn’t choose a pattern) so they’re only this far along:

I’ve only ever used this yarn for amigurumi before and the colours came out looking quite random, so I’m pleasantly surprised to be getting regular stripes this time. I did say I wanted to try some self-striping!

Now the frogging has stopped it’s going pretty quickly, so I think I might be able to make two pairs this month.

Aren’t socks fun!

Hannah

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Ends and ribbing

Current WIP count: 8

I’m still working away at my Beachcombing CAL

I’m even being a grown up and working the ends in (almost) as I go, instead of leaving them all to the end. That’s my task for today.

Turns out the only thing I like less than sewing in ends is doing ribbing on 2mm needles. This is as far as I’ve got:

But in my defence, I did accidentally pull out a needle yesterday and had to start again.

I will get there eventually!

Hannah

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Finally finishing

Current WIP count: 5

So far this week has been more about finishing off old projects than working on new ones.

While sorting through my FO box, as well as moths (UGH!!) I also discovered that I’m even worse at sewing in ends than I thought.  About 95% of them were technically UFOs because there were ends hanging out eeeeeverywhere.

I am determined to actually get them to a charity rather than sitting around the flat, so the last few days have been a bit of an end-a-thon to get everything done and dusted.

This is the pile of true FOs now:

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And this is what I have left to sew in:

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You probably won’t remember, as I mentioned it so briefly and ages ago, that I snapped the cast off of my Flax Light the first time I wore it (curse these hips). What I didn’t say at the time was that I couldn’t face fixing the hundreds of teeny tiny stitches, so it went in the naughty corner and there it stayed until this week.

I managed to catch the stitches where the yarn broke and went round undoing the cast off, then I attached some more yarn and had a go at Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.  It’s a bit tedious, what with having to lift over two loops individually for every single stitch, but boy does it stretch!

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The edge looks shonky because the needle I used for cast off was too big. I keep telling myself I can deal with it because the jumper actually fits me, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this will end up being undone and cast off for a third time at some point. We shall see.

I did also start another hat at choir this week, until I remembered I was going to use that yarn for a Flax so I frogged it all. Hopefully by next week I’ll have some progress to show on that, but for now it’s back to those ends!

Hannah

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FO Friday 30.03.18

Happy good Friday everyone!

My scrappy blanket was so addictive that I’ve finished it already, sewn in ends and all.

It did help that I only had 4 ends to sew in: start and finish of the main blanket, plus start and finish of the border.

I use the fisherman’s knot to join my yarn together, so there were no ends to sew for the colour changes.

The border is nice and simple, just two rows of granny stitch in white to balance out all the colours in the main part.

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So that’s it finished and ready to go for charity, in less than a week. Don’t you just love grannies?

Now I’m going to spend the rest of the day watching Moana and having a spring clean. Living the life! What’s everyone else been working on? Got any fun plans for this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 24.11.17

There are even more finished hats this week! I’ve lost track of which ones I’ve shown off and which I haven’t, so here’s a photo of all of them:

Can we talk about how different the colours look close-up compared to that group shot?

I seriously need to get a proper camera.

Anyway. I do know I haven’t shown you this one because I made it last Saturday, and I can tell you now I’m never ever making a hat with this yarn again.

Stitch definition? What’s that? Never met her.

Honestly this thing will probably just fall apart one day because sewing in the ends properly was impossible. I’ve no idea if they went under/over/through any stitches at all because even up close, in really good light, all I can see is fuzz.

I also have some non-hat FOs. Remember the snowflake book my mum sent me? I decided I want to make them all to see which I like best, which isn’t actually as huge a task as I first thought.

So far they’ve all been only 3 or 4 rounds, and the most complex one took me just 15 minutes.

These are my finished snowflakes so far:

The different threads seem to give me slightly different sizes, with the silver sparkle being the biggest.

When they’re all finished I’m going to make some of them into ornaments to hang on a tree, and some into very dainty garlands.

I think some designs would also work well as coasters if I make them with thicker yarn. I’m definitely going to have a go.

Any more suggestions for ways to use 100 tiny snowflakes? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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