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 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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Sock it to me Monday 21

I was knitting away on the boyfriend’s socks when I realised there was a little sock circular sitting around with nothing on it.  A little while later I was browsing my stash on Excel and noticed that I’d never actually used my Neon Rainbow yarn from Siobhan’s Crafts. You can guess what happened next.

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This is the start of some Hermione’s Everyday Socks (Ravelry link) for myself.  I must say, so far I’m not convinced with this pattern – it seems a lot of faff for just a little pretty. But maybe that’s just because I don’t like having to switch between knit and purl stitches. I’m going to carry on and just trust that in the end it will be worth it.

The boyfriend’s socks are plodding along and I’ve almost finished the first one.

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With two pairs now on the go at the same time, I think I can officially call myself a sock knitter.

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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WIP Wednesday 05.08.20

Current WIP count: 7

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The Havana blanket has been sitting in a box for over a year, and I realised the thought of working on it wasn’t bringing me any joy, so I frogged it.
I’m actually quite relieved now it’s gone. Maybe I’ll try again one day if I find the right yarn.

I’m also chugging along with my socks. Apologies for the photo quality – it’s miserable weather in Scotlandia today.

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I sort of wish I’d gone for a contrasting heel as well, especially looking at the amount of main yarn I have left.
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So these may end up as not-quite-matching socks in the end. That’s okay though; they’re only for me and hardly anyone will see the toes whether they match or not. I can’t wait to get these done and make a start on another pair for The boyfriend.


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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June review 2020

Stash used this month: 9.75 (I think my maths for this one has gone wrong somewhere, but the next two stats are definitely correct according to Excel)

Total stash used this year: 34.75

Stash remaining: 325

 

Oooooh I’m getting closer and closer to that 300 mark. I definitely think I can manage it before the end of the year, especially if I make sure to look at my thicker yarn and don’t just focus on sock yarn forever more.

 

Charity makes

One pair of adult socks.

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Plus a quick pair of toddler socks.

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Makes for myself

Rainbow slipper socks

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And a whole bunch of work on the Beachcombing blanket, which is (once again) where most of the yarn got used up this month. My totals are going to plummet when this thing is done!

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Makes for others

I finished the boyfriend’s socks and he loves them. He was disappointed to learn they had to be hand-washed though.

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And that was June, apparently. I can’t believe it’s already July and we’re halfway through 2020. What a year…

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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Sock it to me Monday 9

Last time I showed off my second sock it looked like this:

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It’s always good to keep a record on this here blog because I thought I hadn’t got very far, but it actually looks like this now:

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I’m on the home stretch! It’s a little hard to believe I nearly have my very own pair of knitted socks. They always seemed so difficult.

And you bet I’ll be casting on another one the minute these are finished. After all, the boyfriend needs a pair too!

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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