A perfect cast on??

Guys, you’ll never guess what just happened!

I started another sock (surprise, surprise) with my usual long tail cast on, but I got the remaining tail the right length ON MY FIRST TRY!!

It’s not a stubby little centimetre threatening to unravel everything if I look at it funny. It’s not so long that I could knit a whole mini sock out of it. I hit the goldilocks spot. Which of course I have to share because it’ll probably never happen again.

But for now I’m just enjoying the feeling of accomplishment.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 44

I’m on my last two days of ‘freedom’ before starting the new job on Wednesday, and it’s currently not raining, so I decided to get some outdoor knitting done.

Unfortunately, I was just getting ready to start the next colourwork section when I decided to count my stitches and realised that I’d dropped one. About 25 rounds ago.  So now I’m working up the will to go all the way back with my little crochet hook and fix it. Sigh.

The good news is that my shoulder’s all better, so once I fix that stitch I should be able to whizz along to an FO at some point this week! Good times.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 43

I may have been knitting a bit too much over the last week, judging by the ache in my left shoulder, but how am I supposed to stop when I can see these amazing socks appearing on the needles?

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Please excuse the terrible night-time photo, I’ve been searching for a job all day.

Although I’m not overly fond of yellow itself, bright pops of colour against black is one of my favourite combos of all time so that’s another level of enjoyment added to this already-very-enjoyable knit.

I was trying to race through the foot to get to the last colourwork bit but I’ve still got a few centimetres to go (and the sore shoulder) so who knows how long it will be before I get to wear my first colourwork socks out in the wild. I still can’t wait!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 42

I’ve decided what to do with at least one skein of my advent yarn, and of course it’s socks.  Seeing as I can do colourwork now I decided to give it a go with some fairly simple patterned shortie socks.

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The black is Navia sock yarn from Hobbii, the yellow is that one bright skein that didn’t fit in with the rest of my advent, and the pattern will be a shortened pair of On The Fence (Rav link).

This is my second attempt – the yarns are a bit thicker than I usually use for socks so I adjusted the stitch count, but I over-compensated and it was too small to get over my heel, meaning I had to frog it all and start again. So far it seems to be fitting alright so I think I got the correct count this time.

I am so looking forward to wearing my own pair of colourwork socks!

Hannah

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More free time

I’m about a hair’s breadth from changing this blog’s title to The Unemployment Diaries. I am once again without job, and believe me when I say if covid were a person I would punch them in the face while holding a kettlebell.

So now I have time once again to think about my advent yarns. A preliminary footer about with them gave me this:

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The colours aren’t quite accurate to real life, but I think you can see how that one yellow skein stands out like a sore thumb:

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Better. But I still don’t know what to do with them.

On the one hand it would be nice to use them all in one thing so I could go “this was my first yarn advent calendar” every time I use it, but on the other hand I don’t use scarves very often (and shawls even less) and it would be sad to make something just for it to sit on the coat rack. And it is sock yarn after all.  But that all-in-one-item idea is so appealing, so I just don’t know.

At least I’ve got some time to think about it.

Hannah

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I can do it!

I’ve been knitting maybe two or three years at this point (or more, who knows?) and I still go through the same cycle with every single new skill.  It seems terribly difficult and intimidating so I procrastinate for ages and ages, but then I finally try and it turns out to be so much easier than I thought.

This week it was colourwork. More specifically Fair Isle, because I was ‘scared’ and decided to go as simple as possible.

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It’s only a baby mitten, and the tension is a bit weird because I grabbed whatever was closest and the yarns aren’t all the same thickness, but I did that. I made a Fair Isle thing in one day, and my floats aren’t too shabby either.

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So that’s one item off my Make Nine list, and the motivation to get on with every single colourwork pattern I’ve ever wanted to make. I can even do colourwork socks! I’m going to make a start right now.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 41

I feel so productive right now. I sewed in the ends of my Christmas socks and wore them for some toasty toes. I finished my shortie socks.

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Aaaaand they fit at last! Now I just need the motivation to sew those ends in.

Then I got itchy fingers and cast on another pair, with yarn I think I got from Emma ages ago.

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At this rate I could finish another whole pair before Christmas!

Hannah

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The 5th day of advent calendaring

As promised, here are the first five mini skeins from my yarn advent calendar:

They’re so gorgeous!

I’m still not sure what I’m going to make with them yet. If the colours continue like this I might go for some blue/green socks with pink/purple contrast cuffs and toes, or if the right skeins come out I could make some sort of fade scarf. We shall see.

I’m still loving the little surprise each day!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 39

Ah DPNs, how I missed you!

This almost-sock is the work of just two days, and it fits me like…well, like a sock. You have no idea how relieved I was when it slipped onto my foot with no problems.

At this point I think I have to admit that I’m just not a sock-circular-needle kind of person. I can see the benefits and I get why some people like them, but I shall be sticking with my trusty DPNs from now on. Especially after having a dig through my craft bag and discovering that I have at least three sets of them, which means I can have three pairs of socks in the works at a time! You know, because I really need some more items on my WIP list…

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 38

The shortie socks did not work out. After the first sock didn’t fit very well I made adjustments when making the second, but it still didn’t fit so I frogged them both.  I still can’t believe my gauge is so different just because I used a circular rather than DPNs.

The socks will still happen though! I can use the DPNs that are free now because I finally finished the Christmas socks, despite their best efforts to be frogged.

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Yes, it bothers me that the toes aren’t identical, but after at least 10 mistakes/frogs/restarts there’s no way I’m undoing one just to add a few rows of red. As far as I’m concerned they’re pretty darn good for my first ever striped socks. Plus they’re nice and warm, which is perfect for the Scottish pre-winter Autumn.

Man I love making socks!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 37

Socks are progressing woo hooo!

I’m on the foot of my second shortie sock right now.

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Buuuut I’m considering frogging the first one and redoing it. It turns out that my tension is quite different on a sock circular compared to DPNs and it doesn’t fit quite right. I love knitting socks and I love the yarn so why not!

Also I finally finished the first Christmas sock. 8th time lucky.

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So far I’ve only had to cast on the second sock twice, and I’m really hoping that will be the only restart this one needs. Fingers crossed, tight.

Hannah

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