In my defence, I was left unsupervised

The boyfriend and I went to Dunoon again at the weekend, and no trip is truly complete without a visit to Jinty & Baa. I thought he would come in to the shop with me, but he insisted that I go in alone while he got some drinks from the cafe next door.

Insisted.

So in I went and instantly got distracted by all the beautiful colours and pretty new yarn. We’ve now reached the point that the owner recognises me (even with a mask on) so we had a chat about what’s happened since I was last there, and the new yarn and fabric that had come in.

And then before I knew it I had these three pretties to take home with me.

The big blue chonk is Rico creative Melange aran wonderball. It’s a whole 200g of wool/acrylic blend that I’m already planning to make into a top for myself.

This here is one of the rare cases when I went for fibre content over colour.

I didn’t particularly like any of the colourways in stock, but I am keen to try some sock yarn with cotton so I went for it. This is Schoppel Boots, which is 44% superwash wool, 42% cotton, and 14% nylon.

It also has this accurate warning on the label:

And then a pretty little bundle of fat quarters caught my eye and just jumped into my hands. I was powerless to resist.

And that’s the story of how I added to stash mountain AGAIN. But I think we can all agree it’s the Boyfriend’s fault for leaving me unsupervised in a yarn shop 😉

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 20

The shortie socks ended up not quite matching, as I suspected.

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I would really rather have got a matching pair out of it, but I’m not too disappointed – I can’t remember the last time I used every last scrap of a skein!

The yarn was Lilac Blossom sock from JK Fibers and I got a long pair of socks and these shorties out of one skein, which is more than I expected. I wonder where I got the idea that one skein is just enough for one pair of socks?

Right now I’m working on a second pair for the boyfriend, using the yarn he bought in Dunoon. So far it’s turning out much more green and less purple than it looked in the skein.

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These will be basic socks (Ravelry link) again, and then for the next pair I’m going to try a new-to-me pattern. Probably Hermione’s every day socks, but we’ll see.

Hannah

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Yarn heaven

There’s a wee town in Scotland called Dunoon, which holds a very special place in my heart. It’s beautiful and quiet, and I can feel my whole body relaxing whenever we arrive.

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It has, as far as I can see, only one yarn shop; Jinty & Baa. It’s a lovely shop with a good mix of indie dyed and commercial yarns, sewing and embroidery thread, a beautiful range of fabrics, and all the little knick knacks and doodads we fibre crafters might need. Plus the owner is really friendly and chatty, and we’ve had a good natter both times I’ve been in there.

Since Dunoon is so special to me, and I want to support small businesses as much as I can afford, I decided to allow myself one special skein as a memento.

Sadly, last time we came here the shop was closed for a few days… re-opening the day after we left, of course. We tried again this visit, only to discover that we had rocked up on the one day a week they were closed. So yesterday was the final chance. If the shop was closed again I would take it as a sign that I just wasn’t meant to have a yarn memento.

As you probably guessed from the title, IT WAS OPEN!!

I must say, yarn shopping is a very different experience in the middle of a pandemic. Have you ever been afraid to squish yarn? I was. How are you supposed to decide what you want without squishing??

The answer is you find a little basket full of Scheepjes Whirls that you have wanted for literal years, grab the gorgeous Kelly green cake that is just made for you, and hug it to your chest like a long-lost pet.

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Actual colourway = murderous mint

True story.

AND THEN just to make it even more perfect, I went to pay and found out that they were reduced to £16 each. Even I can’t really believe I didn’t grab another one (or two) after hearing that!

I ran outside with my treasure, and the boyfriend went in to choose some sock yarn because he would like me to knit some more socks for him. He got these two pretties:

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These are Sea Holly and Bennachie from Cookston Crafts (dyed in Aberdeenshire!), both superwash merino with nylon, plus the green one has 5% stellina. I’m so ready for my first go with superwash.

And this is why he’s the best boyfriend in the world: he asked the owner what I had been looking at, and bought me another Whirl!!

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This one is Indigo Plane and I’m fairly sure I’m going to make a Lost Souls shawl with it.

I can’t believe I actually have 2 Scheepjes Whirls in my stash right now and it’s not even my birthday! So now the goal is to actually knock some WIPs off my list so I can make a start on one of these babies without that nagging feeling that I should be doing something else. Wish me luck.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 19

Considering I wasn’t a sock knitter until very recently, I have a strange number of sock yarn mini skeins lying around.

Sadly I don’t have enough that work together to make another long pair of socks, so I spent a good deal of Saturday splitting them into combos for more shortie socks.

Because a) I LOVE THESE!!

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And b) they go so darn fast.

Also c) I’m really, REALLY trying to resist buying more full skeins, and having some socks already on the needles makes that a bit easier.

I’ve started some ribbed Rollers with a bright purple from Mothy and the Squid and the leftover yarn from the boyfriend’s socks.

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And these are the other combos I’m (probably) going to go with:

I keep waiting to get bored of knitting socks, but it’s just not happening!

Hannah

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I’m (still) a stress buyer

So there are even more new goodies to show off!

Firstly, my love of Doctor Who had to be recognised so I ordered a box from Twisted Yarns Store on Etsy, which included candles:

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A sticker of the ninth Doctor, which I’ve misplaced (not too gutted – he’s not my Doctor).

Some stitch markers:

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And some pretty, pretty sock yarn minis:

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It was the blue that really sold me. It’s so deep and Tardis-y and gorgeous.

I treated myself to a couple of pin badges, then found a few more while sorting my extensive jewellery collection, so my crafty bag now looks like this:
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I don’t think I’ve shared a project bag I got from Clara Rose Crafts on Etsy so here it is:

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It came with stitch markers attached and a cool freebie!

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There were also some less exciting but useful items, like more T-pins and some fancy blocking combs. No idea if that’s what they’re actually called, but that’s what they remind me of.

That’s everything I’ve ordered during lockdown (at the moment) so that’ll be my last happy mail for a while. Better get back to using up some stash!

Hannah

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May review 2020

Stash used this month: 6.25

Total stash used this year: 23.75

Stash remaining: 334.75

Woo I’m on a roll! I do love making socks, but what with my glacier-like knitting speed and the teeny tiny yarn, they really don’t use up much stash. It’s the Beachcombing CAL that’s gobbling up all those skeins, getting me closer and closer to the 300 target.

This month I’m using some chunkier yarn to make thick socks so that should really help with the count.

As for last month:

Charity makes

None this time. It’s hard to be motivated when I know I’m not going to the post office for a while so can’t send them off.

Makes for myself

I finished my socks! So proud.

And there’s been a lot of progress on the Beachcombing blanket.

This one might not end up being for me, but as it has no destination at the moment I’m making it purely for my own enjoyment.

Makes for others

I’ve almost finished the boyfriend’s socks. Just in time for the weather to turn more stereotypically Scottish, so they might actually be needed. Yay (ish)!

There was also a lot of baking, mainly sourdough crumpets, but that doesn’t help much with stash mountain, does it?

So onwards with the yarnery!

Hannah

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April review 2020

Stash used this month: 2 skeins

Total stash used this year: 17.5 skeins

Skeins added to stash this month: 3

Stash remaining: 341 skeins

The 2 skeins used up this month is really an estimate, as I’ve used little bits from lots of different skeins for my Beachcombing blanket. When it’s finished I shall be all technical and weigh what’s left so I can take out exactly how much I’ve used.

I’m somewhat disappointed that total stash went up this month. But on the other hand, NEW PRETTY SQUISHIES!

Only one of them was an impulse buy on my part, because Hobbii had yet another sale on Twirls and there’s this gorgeous new colourway called Pink Tanzanite:

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How could I resist?

Some JK Fibers yarn got added to stash by accident (honest!). I bought it for the boyfriend as a present to celebrate him getting a job, but shortly before it arrived he informed me that he doesn’t like knitting with sock yarn because it’s too thin. So it’s gone into my stash, and his present will be a pair of socks made from it instead.

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Then, because he is an excellent boyfriend, he bought me a mini skein of Industrial Accident from Mothy and the Squid.

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And it came with a free mini skein of Blue Footed Booby, which is also sock yarn, so that went to me as well.

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Buying yarn is one of my coping mechanisms so I can’t promise that’ll be the end of lockdown stash enhancement, but I’m trying really hard not to go on a yarny binge. The goal is still to have less than 300 skeins by the end of the year so I need to focus on using up what I’ve got!

Hannah

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Things I’m Working On Thursday

Yeah I totally missed WIP Wednesday, so here’s a Things I’m Working On Thursday to make up for it!

Current WIP count: 8

A bit of back story: my salsa friends bought me 3 skeins of sock yarn from Hand Drawn Yarn for my birthday. They are utterly gorgeous, and precious because they’re from my friends, so I wanted to do something special with them.  I decided to use one for my first knitting project since my Nan taught me when I was little; the beautiful Sacre Coeur shawl  by Nim Teasdale

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Looking at it now, I’m really not sure why I thought I could do it when I’ve only ever knitted straight scarves in garter stitch, and that was almost 20 years ago.  It was painfully slow, quite stressful, and not at all what I envisioned for using this lovely yarn.

Then I saw this post about the Seafoam Scarf on I Am Branching Out, and it was love at first sight.  I think it looks utterly perfect in that yarn, but my Hand Drawn yarn is so gorgeous I figured it could look just as good.

So without further ado, this is what I have so far:

 

If knitting works like crochet then I think I’m using needles that are slightly too large, which is why it’s so airy and delicate-looking. But I quite like that look so I’m carrying on with it.

I love this pattern so much, and it’s far easier than I thought it would be. When this one’s finished I might have another go with either thicker yarn or thinner needles.

 

I’ve also made a start on a granny square scoodie from Kristabella’s Hodgepodge, using up some of the 1kg of Bernat Premium yarn I accidentally ordered. Check the skein size before you order, people. Seriously.

So that’s what I’m working on this week! What’s everyone else up to? Got any yarn-ordering stories (please tell me I’m not the only one)? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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(U)FO Friday

“Barring any major disasters”, I said. How’s that for famous last words?

This is the multi-faceted knot that I have now spent at least 4 hours trying to untangle:

Apparently some people enjoy unknotting yarn. I am not one of those people. The only reason I haven’t put this down to work on something more fun is because I know full well it would end up shoved to the bottom of my WIP drawer forever more. If I stop I will never want to start again!

So I will be spending my Friday night doing battle with a ball of sock yarn. What an exciting life I lead.

Who did better than me and managed to finish something this week? Any tips for dealing with mahoosive yarn knots? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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