The current one is an attempt to use up a big multipack of yarn I can’t remember why I bought. Each skein is 200g and for some reason I got four of them, so there’s a lot to work with!
It’s plain blue and I can only deal with boring in one aspect of my crafting, so I decided to add a wee bit of texture into this hat. After the ribbing I’ve started a 7-stitch repeat over a number that doesn’t divide by seven evenly, in the hope that it will offset and create a subtle spiral pattern.
I’ll see if it works out soon enough.
The thought has just occurred that I could use some of this stuff to make a Flax for myself. It would be much quicker than the Flax Light (yay for thick yarn!) so I’m seriously tempted…
I think I might be able to cross another WIP off the list this week, as there’s now only a week and a half left to add to my Changing Tides blanket.So much lovely texture on these rounds.
Flax light is now my portable project again. It’s nice to get back to knitting, especially when that knitting is just stockinette for the next 7 inches. I only need to engage my brain to count the stitches for the garter panel every other round, so it’s been a perfect TV/choir/subway project.I’ve also got as far as taking the needle felt unicorn back out of the box, although I haven’t actually done anything with it yet. My thinking is that if it’s right in front of me and ready to go then I’m more likely to pick it up and make some progress when I have a spare 5 minutes. We’ll see how that works out!
Isn’t sleeve-knitting annoying! Having to constantly turn the whole jumper around, having to go back to my old rubbish circulars because the KnitPro cable is too long, and come the decreases I’m going to have to work out how to use DPNs properly. #Firstworldproblems or what!
Maybe I won’t do full length sleeves. We’ll see.
I’ve also made a bit of a start on the needle felt unicorn kit I got for my birthday, and I have to say I’m really not sold on the polystyrene base. It was much more enjoyable making my freeform bunny.
Thankfully all the other bits and pieces are freeform so it should be plain sailing from here. I think. I mean, the instruction photos are tiny so it’s kind of hard to tell, but I’m sure it’ll be fine!
And this is another bobble week for the Changing Tides CAL so it’s taking me a wee while.
The first part was released just yesterday so it’s definitely not too late to join in.
Nobody got me yarn for my birthday (!!!), and I’m still trying not to buy too much new stuff, so I’m going with whatever colours I have in my stash. I learned my lesson after the Lego blanket and I’ve made sure that all the yarn I’m using is the same thickness. From now on the pencil test is my best friend!
I’m determined this will be the CAL I actually keep up with (looking at you, Havana.) and I reckon it’s a good sign that I’ve actually started it on time.
Here are some goodies other people got me for my birthday:
Mum and Dad also got me a ticket to a Toft workshop to make my very own Morag the higland coo amigurumi! We searched and searched for a kit, but couldn’t get hold of one for love nor money so when Mum found this workshop she jumped on it. It’s not til May though so there’s a bit of a wait before I get my Morag. I can be patient…
What’s everyone else up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments!
1 New blog followed per week – 4/4 (yearly total 13/13)
This month I branched out a bit and followed a sewing blog, , as well as a couple more yarny people and a zentangler.
2 New stitches/techniques learned per month – 2/2 (6/6)
I’m still to write up posts, but this month I learned how to knit cables (at last!) and the very basics of patchwork.
3 Instagram posts per week – 27/12 (53/38)
Thanks to March Meet The Maker, I totally smashed this one. It’s been really fun interacting with people on there and making new friends, I’m definitely going to keep up posting (although not every day) and keep that community growing.
4 Exercise sessions per week – 7/18 (39/50)
I’m still trying to get back to running regularly, but so far I’m only managing once a week. I’d forgotten how tough it is to build up a habit from scratch, but I’ve done it before so I know I can do it again!
5 Blog posts written per week – 24/22 (63/62)
Getting the hang of this!
6 Patterns written up – 0.5/6 (0.5/6)
Turns out my waffle hat was a bit short and the shaping at the top was odd so I’m re-making it and tweaking as I go.
7 Rooms in my flat sorted – 2.5/7 (2.5/7)
I realised I had gone about this the wrong way by starting with my box room; it’s the space that needs the most work and it was really draining my energy that I didn’t seem to be getting anywhere.
So this weekend I did the hallway (the easiest space) and the bathroom. It feels so good to finally cross some of the list and I’ve got my mojo back to keep plugging away at the box room. It will not defeat me!
8 Minutes of writing per day
I’m getting much better at doing this, and it’s true that the more you use a skill the more it grows. As well as this blog I’ve gone back to my old blog and started writing stories again.
9 pm bed time – 15/28 (46/90)
Yeah, it’s a goal to aim for.
10% of wages saved – 10/10
Done at last, although my car is still doing its absolute best to bankrupt me. Heap of junk.
11 Items listed in my shop – 0/11
I’m actually putting this goal on hold for a few weeks, for a good reason. There’s a blog post coming that’ll explain. 12 Hand-written letters – 4/12
Just the one this month, which I suppose is on target. I do like writing to my friends, I really don’t know why I don’t do it more often. 13 New recipes tried – 4/13
I managed to find another keeper this month with DIY KFC. It’s so long since I had KFC I can’t tell if it tastes like the real thing, but it does taste gooooood and that’ll do for me!
14 Meet ups with friends – 5/14
One of my friends had a significant birthday so she had a wee party at her flat, and last weekend we had a bestie date with Black Panther and ice cream.
I also had another friend over to my flat for a catch up, which I very nearly cancelled because I was feeling particularly introvert-y, but I’m glad I didn’t.
15 Birthdays on time – 5(or 6?)/15
The significant birthday friend got her card and present a day early, how’s that for organised!
There’s one I’m not sure of and I’d like some opinions. It was my Dad’s birthday on a Tuesday, and I posted his card and present on the Monday, first class so it should have got there on time. But it didn’t. Thanks, Royal Mail.
So do I count it because I posted it on time, or not because it didn’t arrive on time? Let me know what you think!
16 Christmas cards made – 0/16
Still none so far.
17 Birthday cards made – 4/17
I made a unicorn-ish card for my friend to go with the unicorn mug I bought for her present.
I also made and sent my sister’s card last week, as her birthday is the day after Easter and I know the post is unreliable (even more than usual) around Easter time.
18 Items decluttered – 2/18
The KFC recipe required so many new spices/flavourings that I had to sort out my current spices so I could fit them in. I had some stuff in there with dates in the early 2000’s. So I cleared those out and even alphabetised the ones I had left. Much better!
I’m making some pretty good progress so far, I think. April is birthday central for my family so all the birthday goals should jump up for next time. I just need to keep working on the others as well.
How are your goals going (if you made any)? What do you think about counting my Dad’s present toward the total? Let me know in the comments!