Somewhere I can let out my inner crafter without being labeled as even more insane.

Yes, I survived the first term of Uni :P. Now just to hope I manage that50 page essay I need to write (the 50 pages may be an issue, I want to write so much!).

So, since that deadline’s out of the way, I’ve been spending the last few days being crafty. Wanna see? Of course you do.

Yesterday was supposed to be spent knitting… but. *sigh*. The yarn I want to use (that I got in Holland, remember?) is sport weight. After moaning lots about not having sport-weight when I wanted to make a cowl (I used DK in the end :P), now I want 4ply, it has to go be sport-weight. And I couldn’t figure how to cast on loose enough, so I gave up on the handwarmers (I will try again, going up a needle-size, I just got irritated :P). Then I tried making up my own pattern for a pair of socks, toe-up, stocking stitch. Pretty basic. BUT. I started them, then while I was increasing for the toe, read some articles about ad-hoc sock knitting, and there was this one article talking about how cuff-down socks were so much easier because you could still try them on before the heel, and then you only knit to 2 inches (for example) before the toe to start decreasing. And me, immediately seeing the logic in this ripped back my socks, only to remember that the reason I was doing toe-up in the first place was because I didn’t like the way to cast on loosely enough :P. So that yarn got thrown across the room in a petty fit and I started playing minesweeper again. So unfortunately no knitting picture to show you 😦

But, there is stitching goodness. 🙂 After the last Wednesday post (I think it was the day after) :P, I received the floss to stitch Spirit. So I started. Very basic gridding got done (literally, just around the edges :P), and I set to. So unfortunately you can’t see the yummy floss before I sorted it all, but you can see lots of progress on Spirit 🙂 And the floss box. 🙂

Here ya go:

Lots of lovely purples :)

Lots of lovely purples 🙂

Not entirely sure where the green is supposed to go…have to wait and see, I suppose

I've nearly finished the first column!!!

I’ve nearly finished the first column!!!

Yeah, in the beginning, I had this brilliant idea to make sure I was working in blocks of 100- as you can see in columns 2-4 I staggered the number of blocks I’d done, which meant it was easy to see how many rows away from the next 100, as you just had to look at the column on the left. Then I realised how many threads that involved, and decided to work till the end of the page :P. Given that I haven’t really gridded enough, this may cause issues, however, I think it’ll be ok. After all, I am the girl who didn’t put in lifelines for the first lace pattern I knitted. Didn’t have to rip it either. So I think I’ll be alright 🙂 I’m also thinking of saving all the sparkly Kreinik threads till the end… at least, that was the plan before I saw how many there are coming up right now in the first column. Anyone have any idea of how I could store it on the needle between areas being stitched? I’m kinda toying with the idea of putting the needle somewhere out of the way so nothing with irritate it in between using it???? How have other people done it? Just park it with other threads???

Well, I’m getting back to my cross stitch, it’s calling my name loudly 🙂



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