Believe it or not, I don’t have any socks on my needles right now. Gasp!
What I do have is a serious case of finish-itis. I’ve sewn in all the ends on the baby jumper and my Diagon Ally socks, and I’ve been super focussed on the boyfriend’s jumper. It’s odd not having the slightest urge to start something new.
However, I have hit a bit of a snag with one finish. Earlier this year I mentioned completing my Roses for Grandma blanket before 2021. All of the squares are finished and now it’s on to joining them together.
But I can NOT understand the joining instructions. At all. I’ve tried a few versions of what it might be trying to say, but none of them turned out useable, never mind correct.
There are no diagrams in the pattern, no notes on Rav, and no videos on YouTube that I can find, so I’m a bit stuck. I don’t suppose anyone else has made it before and can help me?
Ooft what a Monday already. It just took five hours and six phone calls for the helpdesk to do a fix on my laptop that took LITERALLY FIVE MINUTES.
The plus side to being unable to work at all is I’ve just finished the boyfriend’s Diagonal Ally socks, ends sewn in and everything!
I cannot recommend this pattern enough. I have mentioned many, many times that I hate to knit ribbing, but for some reason it feels so easy with these that I’m already planning to make another pair. For myself this time.
You may remember (or possibly not, as there’s been the whole pandemic thing since then) that I started a Flax jumper for the boyfriend earlier this year. For some unknown reason, I made it halfway through the bottom ribbing and just stopped working on it.
The poor Flax sat in that state until Friday, when it took IT over three hours to get a programme sorted on my work laptop. They had remote control of the laptop so I couldn’t actually do any work, and the jumper was sitting on top of our pile of blankets right next to my desk, so to pass the time I picked it up and finished off the ribbing. That was all it took to relight the fire and I haven’t put it down since!
Wahey sleeve island. You may be able to see that I’ve gone completely over to team DPN and I’m not using circulars at all for the sleeves. I can’t tell if it’s quicker or not, but I certainly feel happier about it.
Hopefully I can finish this before winter rolls round.
Is it definitely Tuesday? I’m having some trouble with days at the moment. That’s probably why I haven’t got much sock progress to show (it’s nothing to do with playing a lot of Zelda, obviously).
The second heel has been turned on the boyfriend’s socks and I’m now whizzing through the foot section.
The pattern is mirrored from the other sock so I can’t quite coast along already knowing what I’m doing, but I’ve got the gist of it. I’m hoping these will be FOs pretty soon.
As for the shortie sock, I’m STILL undecided so it hasn’t had a single stitch added yet. I just don’t know.
In other news, my recruitment agency has found me a job to start tomorrow. Good news is it’s working from home. Bad news is it’s temporary.
I want to be happy that I’ve got something, but my brain is telling me the rest of my life will be jumping from temp job to temp job, never being secure, always the new girl, renting forever because I’m a bad bet for a mortgage. Isn’t anxiety fun.
I’ve got a video call with them this afternoon and they’ll give me more details, so hopefully that will help ease some of my worry.
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.
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 😉
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.
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.
With two pairs now on the go at the same time, I think I can officially call myself a sock knitter.
The shortie socks ended up not quite matching, as I suspected.
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.
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.
Yes I’m one WIP down, but that’s because I frogged rather than finished something.
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.
I sort of wish I’d gone for a contrasting heel as well, especially looking at the amount of main yarn I have left.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!!
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.