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FO Friday- fish socks edition

So, as I mentioned on Wednesday, the fish socks have been finished! Woot! This turns out to be perfect timing, as my viva is next Friday, so I will wear the for the first time then. Very excited about that!!!

So here they are in all their glory.

*lesigh* Socks are such a pain to photograph yourself… Ahh well. And I’m not that keen on the line caused by the heel flap…

So, these are knitted from a zauberball, with the pattern ‘Farmer McGregor’. I completed 4 and a half rounds before going for the heel, as instructed by the pattern (errata says 3 and a half rounds, but I don’t think that 4 and a half makes them ridiculosuly long. And I didn’t read the errata until after knitting, and I didn’t want to frog that much…). They are also a smidge tight, but I expect that they will loosen over time.

I also keep reminding myself why I despise doing socks cuff down…kitchener stitch is a royal PITA. Ahh well, I have a while to forget that before my next socks as I’m not (shock horror!) casting on another pair of socks immediately. I do have a pair of socks to knit for Christmas, but I’m not in any great rush to do that. More on what I’m doing instead on Sunday 😉

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FO Friday- Rohan scarf AND some more socks!!!

Well, firstly the Rohan scarf. It was finished just in time for my dad’s birthday, so yay for that! Not just-just, it was finished and wrapped up on Sunday, and given to him on Monday, but still!

I stopped keeping track of how many hours I sunk into this project, but wow it’s a lot! At the half way point it was 28.5 hours work. So about 60 all together probably (maybe more, when I got home I wasn’t speeding along as fast as I could on it, but then again I’d mastered the double knitting part of it, so that was probably quicker, but then again the finishing…). This is slightly more than I expected (I think I was expecting about 50 hours,) but useful for future refernce!

Finishing double knitting involves kitchener stitch. *lesigh* If I’d known that from the beginning…well, I probably would’e procrastinated more about knitting the last few bits, resulting in finishing it after the deadline, so probably a good thing I guess! But because kitchener stitch adds a row of whatever colour you’re using, I was a bit sneaky. You have to split the stitches up into front and back, so I knitted another row (of the cream) while I did that, and then did the kitchener stich in the brown, so there are three plain rows of each colour at both ends. Yay for logic!

I really want one for myself now, which is slightly problematic since I’ve started cincentrating of Christmas presents (and the one more birthday present I need to do…) I’ll probably get over it, I don’t really wear scarves all that much. And I have some pretty yarn earmarked for a cowl, so hopefully that will scratch that itch!

And I also finished my bluetit socks 😀

These are really cosy (and my mum really likes the colourscheme, so now I need to see whether I have enough left to do her a pair of similar socks, or whether I’d need to get another ball of yarn…).

Well, they’re all my finished objects 🙂 Better get back to crafting I guess!

FO Friday- stocking edition

The latest stocking has been finished!!! Woot!!!!Not exactly Christmassy, but nice and wintery! I especilly love the snowman, even if it doesn’t seem have any eyes!

This is an extra 3 hours 40 minutes on top of work already done, for a total of 7 hours 10 minutes. Not bad really, I do think 🙂

I’ve been watching the snooker whilst stitching these- calm enough that I can concentrate on the stiching, but important enough that any really impressive shots are repeated so I can see them! Excellent all around really!

Is anyone else watching the snooker???

FO Friday- cross stitch edition

imgp0649Finished!!! Well, it was actually finished a while ago, but I was too busy to blog about it 🙂 According to my stopwatch app, this took me 4 hours 25 mins. Plus an extra 10 mins I forgot to turn the stop watch on for! D’oh!

This was an interesting stitch. I was very eager to get started on it, but then it started dragging. I find it harder to pick up cross stitch to work on than knitting, so I’d make excuses to work on my knitting, rather than set this up. This might just be what I’m like, or it might just be because I had it kept out of the way all across the room… So I moved things around tidied up a bit and put everything I needed for it on my bed side table. Much better 🙂

In future, when I get a proper flat for myself, rather than a room in a shared house, I hope to have everything I need for cross stitch in a bag/folder by my evening chair, so it’s easier to work on. After all, if I have to get up to go get something, guess what? I’m not going to work on it.

How do you store WIPs? I’d love to read about it all

I finished something!

So, while I didn’t finish my cardigan last night, I did finish it this morning (and consequently had better lighting for photos!)

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This cardigan has been in the works for quite a while. I started it over a year ago (June 28th, according to ravelry!). The first blog post about it was July 5th. I’ve had ups and downs with it (remember when my sleeves were different sizes?). But it all came out right in the wash (and block). I asked peoples opinion on the number of buttons (and then promptly changed my mind and decided on 8 :P). And…now it’s finished.

It’s been a long road. The blog doesn’t really show all the sweat and tears that went into it, I think. I don’t want to start the next cardigan yet (which will involve steeks). Although this project has been picked up and put down quite a lot (lesson learnt- you can hide a multitude of sins with a good block), it’s still the end of an era. This was the first cardigan I started (and then ignored for NaNo last year…), and it’s taught me a lot. And now it needs to let me spread my wings and knit another 🙂

So, what have I learnt?

  • Blocking solves everything
  • I prefer my sleeves and body slightly longer than (this pattern, at least) calls for. At Christmas I’m going to get a complete set of body measurements for future reference
  • Next time I’m knitting the sleeves in the round, although they weren’t that bad to seam
  • Knitting all the body in 1 was an excellent idea 🙂
  • Sewing sleeves into shoulders isn’t that bad, just put in lots of stitch markers to line everything up nicely
  • The number of buttons the pattern calls for it probably the best number to go with
  • When going on a yarn crawl, take the thing you need buttons for!
  • I detest twisted rib, but the effect is *sigh* worth it
  • Holy wowsas I look good in fitted cardigans!
  • Knit the buttonholes closer to the body next time

I think I need to have a lie down now while I figure out what to do with the rest of my life!

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