Sock it to me Monday 30

I finished my happy neon socks at last and wore them at the weekend.

These are Hermione’s Every Day Socks (Rav link) using Neon Rainbow sock yarn from Siobhan’s Crafts (I cannot recommend enough).

The first Diagon Ally sock is done and I’m whizzing through the leg of the second one.

And my shortie sock currently looks like this.

But there’s a wee niggle at the back of my mind telling me to frog it all. I’m not sure why, but I’m just not that happy with it. I’ll give it a few days in the naughty corner and see how I feel after that.

What do you guys think, Blogville?

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 29, and a request

Okay, Blogville. I have a job interview tomorrow, which I understand is a good thing from a financial point of view. But.  I still feel like I’m… is grieving too strong a word for a job?  I’ve been made redundant before and it was awful, but this time I thought I’d found my ‘forever’ job and I’d work there and progress until my retirement, so losing it has hit me so much harder. It’s not even been two weeks since the redundancy was confirmed, and going for an interview already feels terribly rushed.   

On the other hand I will need a job at some point, and the sooner I get into one the sooner I’ll be made permanent and will finally be able to apply for that elusive mortgage so we can buy our own place. 

I will go to the interview, but I’m worried that my confused feelings will get in the way of doing my best.  So my request is this: if you have any useful advice, please give it. If you pray then please will you pray for me. If you don’t then please send any happy/peaceful/decisive thoughts and feelings my way. If you can think of any other way to help then I am open to suggestions. Please and thank you.

Now, on to the socks.

I finally found a disadvantage to the integrated heel, when I opted for a contrasting heel colour. Because the gusset increases are knitted in the round (and I’m a fairly noob knitter), I couldn’t use the contrast colour on the heel flap so this is all the contrast I’ve got:

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Not very impressive, but there’s no way I’m going all the way back and using a heel flap so I shall just live with it.

Diagon Ally is turning out to be a hugely addictive pattern. I don’t think I’ve ever knit a foot this quickly!

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Just look at that gorgeous diagonal line.  

It’s not quite long enough as is, so I’m going to add on a few plain rows before starting the toe. I already can’t wait to cast on the next one!

 

Hannah

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I’m still a bit dim

But at least not imagining things.

It turns out if you keep scrolling through Diagon Ally, past the charts, there are in fact written instructions for each foot. Sigh.

See what I mean about lacking brain power right now?

So the socks have come out of the naughty corner, and as of this morning I can just about see the beginning of the foot pattern emerging.

Hopefully I have enough wits left to follow the written part and I won’t have to frog the whole sock. Do please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Hannah

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Decisions, decisions

Today I have another quiz from Karen, and this one feels particularly relevant to me at the moment (read: all the time because I’m a WIP-fiend).

Are you a one project at a time crafter or do you like a variety to suit your mood?

I feel like there have been times in the dim and distant past when I was a monogamous crafter, but generally my WIP list sits between 5 and 10 projects at any one time. Partly because I both crochet and knit, but mainly because there are too many beautiful things to make and I can’t possibly stick with just one.

It does seem to work out that I usually have one large and one small project each for knitting and crochet, and then a few others sneak in when I see something I really want to make.

Do you reward yourself along the way with a new project after reaching a certain goal?

Sometimes, but only if it’s a really big/complicated project and I need a bit of extra motivation. I’m a bit too easily distracted by the new thing so it doesn’t always work…

How do you decide which project to work on? Do you require that you work on a less loved project before you work on the one that is really firing you up?

Since lockdown started I’ve only been working on projects that I feel like making (mostly socks) – there’s too much stress involved in just existing at the moment, so craft time needs to be something I enjoy.

In the before times I did used to hold exciting projects back until I’d crossed a few things off the WIP list, so maybe I’ll get back to working that way again one day.

How do you know you have too many things going at one time?

I started keeping a WIP list for just this reason. After a year or two of using it I know that once the number of projects hits double figures I’m going to start getting overwhelmed.

If you had to chose between a project that is nearly done and a new exciting one which would you pick? Are you a process crafter or a project crafter?

Well it depends. If the nearly-done project is socks then right now I would probably go for that. I’ve still not got over the I JUST MADE A PAIR OF SOCKS feeling every time I finish. Otherwise I would probably get distracted by the shiny new thing.

And there you have it. Feel free to join in if you fancy it!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 28

I am very dim sometimes.

I read all the way through the Diagon Ally pattern before making a start, and I would have bet my redundancy money that it had written instructions for the whole of each sock. I definitely saw them. And yet, at this point of the sock knittage:

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The next instruction is simply “work row 1 of the pattern chart”.

Rats.

Yes, I did say I might try something new and use the chart, but that was when things were going somewhat better for me and I had a bit of brain-power spare for such things.

So that sock immediately went into the naughty corner, and I started a wee pair of shortie socks I’ve been planning for a while to use up some partial and mini skeins. There’s not much to see yet, but here they are.

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The plan is for these to be sister socks rather than twins, to make sure I can use up as many scraps as possible. Personally, I think they’ll look quite good! But feel free to reserve judgement until they’re finished.

Hannah

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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 – whatever number we’re up to

Well today is already A Day. I just found out I’m going to be made redundant for the second time in as many years. It’s enough to give a girl a complex.

The good news is I finished my million step challenge on Saturday, four days earlier than scheduled, because I wanted to finish in one of my favourite places and with the boyfriend (he works weekdays now).

That’s my victory pose when I realised I’d made it. Which I have to tell you here because apparently photo captions aren’t a thing any more -_-

My feet and legs are still a bit sore today, but I know it was worth it to raise some money for Diabetes UK .

If anyone is feeling particularly generous and wants to sponsor someone they’ve never met in real life (and cheer me up a bit), you can find my page here.

Thanks to the 20,000+ steps each day last week, there’s not a great deal of sock progress to show. I’m just beginning the toe on my second Hermione sock, and have only done a few rows on the Diagon Ally pair. Cue I-just-found-out-I’m-losing-my-job-quality photos:

So that’s me.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 26

I’m tired of taking photos of the Hermione socks so I’m not showing them again until they’re finished. Hopefully that will just be next week, but we’ll see.

In the meantime, have a photo of my newest WIP!

These are hopefully going to be some Diagon Ally (rav link) socks for the boyfriend, this being the second skein of yarn he bought in Dunoon specifically for socks.

The twisted ribbing is new to me so that was exciting, and I might possibly maybe have a go at using the chart when it comes to the actual diagonal part. It would be good for my brain, I’m sure.

Now I’m off for a walk because there are only 10 days left of my 1 million step challenge!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 25

Oh this heel is going to finish me off, I swear.

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It’s hardly changed since last week, thanks to the saga.

First, while trying to admire my handiwork with the heel flap I noticed that a few rows back there were some purl stitches right in the middle. Apparently counting to two was just too much for me and I’d turned the work after only finishing one needle.

Second, in the process of tinking back to fix that problem I realised there was one needle of 18 stitches and one of only 17. I went back a few more rows and the count wasn’t fixing itself, so I stuck in a lifeline and frogged the whole heel flap.

Yes, there were only 17 stitches all the way down. No, I don’t know how it happened or how I didn’t notice for an entire heel flap.

Thankfully it then went smooth as silk.

But third, the heel turn. I’m now on my fourth attempt. I can’t even remember all the ways I’ve messed it up, but believe me when I say I am never ever EVER using this heel pattern again.

Please keep your fingers crossed/send prayers/good vibes/whatever you do my way that this time I can get the stupid thing right!

Hannah

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August review 2020

I got in a muddle with my cotton yarn so had a shuffle around with Excel, and I’m not quite sure how but the total stash used this year went way up while the stash remaining stayed roughly the same. I guess I’ll only find out if it’s right when I get to the bottom of stash mountain (AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA).

Stash used this month: 1

Total stash used this year: 41.25

Stash remaining: 326.75

 

I’m not really sure why I didn’t get much crafting done last month. But one skein is better than no skeins so I’ll take it! It was almost entirely socks this month, with a blanket border thrown in for good measure.

 

Hopefully this month I can get a bit more of a wriggle on and bust that stash. I might yet make another blanket, this time with warmer colours, but we’ll see what happens with work.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 23

Please excuse the hasty photos – I completely forgot today is Monday!

The boyfriend’s socks only need a toe and the ends sewing in to be finished.

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Hermione’s every day socks are bimbling along down the first foot.

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How I wish I had gone for a plain foot instead of carrying on the fiddly pattern all the way down, so I could have been done and onto the second sock by now. Oh well, you live and learn! 

I’m pretty excited to get my socks finished because I have PLANS for the leftovers. I already think I’m going to love them, but we’ll see. Now, on with the current socks.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 22

I’m kind of liking having two pairs of socks to work on at the same time, especially as one is simpler than the other. If I want a little bit of brain work, I knit my neon rainbow socks.

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And if I want to just zone out while watching the new episodes of Lucifer (eeeeeh!!) then I can work on the boyfriend’s socks.

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It’s perfect! Y’know aside from the ridiculously long DPNs I’m having to use for the rainbow socks, but you can’t have everything.

Hannah

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