Cable test

I love me a good pattern test, and I love knitting cables, so when Cinna Knits put out a call for testers I jumped at the chance.

This is just over half of a mini Chaos Cables cowl and I’m loving it. I’m already mentally digging through the stash for another yarn to use in the middle of a larger version.

You guys better get your hands on this when it comes out – it’s awesome!

Hannah

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WIP-ing on a Thursday

Current WIP count: 7

Having a job isn’t helping me keep track of days at all, so no alliteration for today’s post title. I’m sure we’ll manage.

I have finished the first sleeve on the boyfriend’s jumper, but haven’t picked up stitches for the second one yet.

If you think that sleeve looks a bit long then you’re right. The boyfriend and I like our jumpers and coats to come down past our wrists, for maximum warmth and snuggly-ness. He has tried it on and approved.

The blanket is coming along nicely, with four squares now finished.

I’m dithering a bit over that latest square. It’s all very red and orange and part of me wants to sub in some more yellow in the second one, but I also want to stick with the pattern and keep both squares the same. What do you guys think?

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 33

Have I mentioned that Diagon Ally is addictive? I started a pair for myself last week and so far I’ve knitted them on the sofa, in bed, in the car, on a park bench, and in a cafe!  All this work means I’m already halfway through the first foot.

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I’m using the Schoppel Boots yarn bought in Dunoon, just to see how the cotton content plays along. So far I can’t tell much difference from my usual wool/nylon yarn except that this feels ever so slightly rougher on my fingers as I work with it. It’ll be interesting to see what effect soaking/blocking will have when I’m done.

As for the shortie sock, that has been frogged. I hadn’t worked a stitch on it for weeks and it was on the verge of becoming a UFO so I bit the bullet and pulled it all out. Part of me is sad that my plan for the socks didn’t work out, but mainly I’m relieved that I don’t have to keep working on something that wasn’t making me happy at all.

So that’s my sock news for this week. What’s everyone else working on?

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 28.10.20

Current WIP count: 8

We all knew it was only a matter of time before I started another blanket, and this week I found I couldn’t resist any longer.

This is the beginning of another Beachcombing blanket. My last one was in mostly blues and greens so I decided to use my hot colours this time round. I’m not totally convinced that the dark brown (showing up as black in photos) works, but a few other people said they like it so I’m going to keep it in there.

I’m starting my temporary job tomorrow – training starts at 8am sharp! Wish me luck!

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 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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WIP Thursday 17.09.20

Current WIP count: 7

I thought I was over the lure of crafting magazines and their freebies, but it turns out I can still be swayed.

It’s the Peanuts amigurumi, you see. I have so many people who love Peanuts so they would make excellent presents. Plus there are both crochet and knitting patterns for each character and I’m intrigued to see the difference when making the same item.

But also, there’s a wee rainbow pattern in the back, which I’ve been meaning to make for at least 5 months so that was just the push I needed.

Turns out it’s tiny.

It was done in about half an hour, and only took that long because I was so scared of snapping the hook. I mean, look at this nonsense:

But not too much. One hard stare might be the end of it.

Of course, I’d barely finished before planning the next one and how I could improve it, so I’ll probably be making rainbows for a wee while yet. It feels good to be crocheting again!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 24

Just a quick post today, as it’s the boyfriend’s birthday and I’ve got decorating and baking to do!
His socks are finished aside from sewing the ends in:

I finished my first Hermione’s every day sock and the second one seems to be going a bit quicker so that’s good. I can’t wait to get them done.

Now, excuse me while I try to find the blu tack.

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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Oh, snap.

Last post I showed you my sock progress. Two or three rows later, this happened.

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A snapped circular sock needle

Disaster!

Luckily, I got it down onto the table without dropping any stitches so there was no frogging or fixing required. Unluckily, I don’t have any other empty sock needles in my collection so now I’m having to use these ridiculous things:

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You wouldn’t believe the number of times I’ve stabbed myself or the boyfriend or cushions that are anywhere near me when I’m knitting. But I didn’t have to undo all that fiddly work and the sock is progressing so overall I’m calling it a win.

I don’t think I’ll bother with circular sock needles again.

Hannah

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