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Sock, err, Monday

So I had this amazing idea to have a Sock Sunday post, where I talk about the socks I’m currently knitting, but then yesterday I got sidetracked with a picnic which only ended at half 9, so you’re getting a Sock Monday post instead!

I currently have 2 pairs of socks on the needles…*whistles innocently*. It was completely accidental, I swear!

So I’ve had these socks started for a while

I’m using a pattern from ‘Socktopus’, a book with 17 patterns in (well, 16 and a vanilla pattern). The pattern is technically top down, but I’m just following the pattern toe up instead. I’m using an afterthought heel as well. It took a while to figure out what the chart was telling me about the leg chart (no written instructions, just a chart…), but I managed to figure it, so it’s full steam ahead now.

Then the other day I agreed to test knit a sock pattern with contrasting toe/heel ribbing, so I have a second sock on a different needle. Meet my blue-tit socks:

These are temprarily on hold while the designer works out some kinks about the heel, but so far it’s been fun knitting a different pattern.

I clearly need to get more sock knitting needles (and project bags…)! Having multiple pairs of socks on the go is such fun!

WIP Wednesday- scarf edition

Ok, this scarf is getting really annoying really quickly. It’s brown and brown. *lesigh*. But I’m officially at the halfway point now- it’s just over 36 inches, and my dad likes 6 foot scarves. So I have just as much to do as I’ve done.

This is 28 and a half hours work. And I have to do the same amount again. Why did I think this would be a good idea??? I’m putting stitch markers at this point now so I can see my progress. Ok, what’s on BBC that I can marathon?

Fixing my cardigan

A long long time ago (November 2015, according to ravelry), I finished knitting a cardigan. I won’t get into the hassle actually knitting this cardigan was (gauge issues, anyone?), but it was a lovely cardigan, and I loved wearing it (but I need to make future cardigans longer in both the body and arm). Ahem. Anyway.

So, one lovely cardigan, getting quite a lot of wear. And you can also see that the button bands really need reknitting (and the buttons resewing). So when the collar ribbing tore, I put it aside to repair, and I finally got around to repairing it the other day.

  • Tore out the collar and buttonhole buttonband. I left the other button band, but the buttons were removed.
  • Resewed the buttons on
  • Reknitted the buttonhole button band, using double yarn over buttonholes this time to make them smaller, and knitted them closer to the body of the cardigan
  • Noticed a small hole at the bottom of the back of the cardigan, and decided to deal with it after knitting the collar (this is just because a) this cardigan has been used quite a lot, the loose yarn isn’t going anywhere, it’s partially felted and b) the yarn is sticky, it doesn’t want to go anywhere anyway)
  • Reknitted the collar, ignoring how many stitches the pattern tells me to use
  • Examined the hole. Just one strand of yarn had split, so I decided to duplicate stitch on either side of it, incase that yarn wants to run, and do my best to fudge the stitches where I can’t follow the yarn

This is the hole. Over the purl stitch is probably the worst place to be- how does purl duplicate stitching work??? I need to work on this more I think

This is one side of the duplicate stitching. I also darned the end of the yarn on the wrong side as well, for extra durability before it felts to the rest of the cardigan

Fixed! Well, apart from the fact that I can’t duplicate stitch purl and ended up with an extra knit stitch, but that’s hardly a problem! And this yarn isn’t colourfast, so the new work is a different shade of purple to everything, but oh well! That won’t be a problem after I wash it the first time!

FO Friday- socks edition

More socks have been finished! Ahh, the delights of easy projects while stressed about writing up a thesis and job applications…

But hey, there is never a down side to more socks 🙂 Unless you don’t have the space in the drawer for them all…

Oh, and taking decent pics, I guess!

So, onto the socks: these are more jaywalkers, modified so I can do them toe up (I really do dislike cuff-down!) 2mm needles, 84 stitch pattern, yadda-yadda. At some point I need to write the toe-up pattern, as my friend who’s just starting to knit socks wants to knit some jaywalkers. Or she could knit them cuff-down. It would be a good experience for her…

More socks have been cast on (as mentioned on Wednesday). Again, I’m modifying a pattern to knit them toe-up, rather than cuff down. Fingers crossed they go well 🙂

WIP Wednesday

A bit of everything here really!

The cross stitch is still on-going- can anyone spot what this will be when it’s finished? Not really very Christmassy I think, but still rather nice!

This is at 3.5 hours- I’m now trying writing down how long I’ve been watching programs while stitching. It seems less stressful for me than using a stop-watch, even though it’s doing the same thing. So far I’ve watched the BBC dancing awards for the ballet (Oh my gosh, so amazing!), the ballet of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (abstract enough that I don’t need to keep watching to pay attention, and nice enough music to stitch to!), and another thing on the BBC iplayer which is a competition about people and their connection with their dog. Fascinating stuff, even if I don’t have a dog! Makes them seem tempting (I am much more of a cat person!). I’ve also been watching Robot Wars while knitting, but I may stitch for the final! The sooner this stocking is finished, the sooner I can get back to my dads scarf ready for his birthday! Still have quite a bit to go on it.

I have (naturally) started a new pair of socks- this time I’m using a pattern from a book, which means they aren’t all that portable, but that’s alright. I should probably slow down with all the socks- I have 22 pairs now, that seems slightly excessive given how small my underwear drawer is!

I’m not sure what yarn this is- there’s a niggly feeling at the back of my brain that says it’s the old ZigZag(50-50 wool/nylon), but I really can’t remember anything about it. Ignore the ball band- I used the one from my last socks to hold it together.

Besides, this scrap pillow cover can be my portable project 🙂 It’s coming along nicely, although I haven’t yet worked out how many more squares I need to add to the length, it’s definitely going to stay 7 squares wide.

I have also been working intermittently on the brown and brown scarf. This section in the middle is really boring, so I’m trying to power through it, but it’s difficult to want to pick it up, when the pillow cover is bright and colourful! This is nearly 26 hours work, and I’m not quite halfway (this is 32 inches, my dad wants 6 feet plus…)Ahh well, I still have nearly 2 months to finish, and when my thesis is submitted I’ll have more time to work on it!

Any tips on working on projects you don’t really want to? When I hit the half-way point it’ll be much more fun I know, it’s just working on the last few inches before I hit half-way!)

Catch up post of everything

Well, it has been a while since I was last here! Life has been particularly busy, and so I’m going to stop waiting for the right day to post things, and just have one large post of everything I’ve been doing, craft-wise. There are many pictures, so enjoy!

Firstly, I have finished Nikita’s socks:

The yarn is actually much darker than this, it’s jsut difficult to get a decent pic! So you can have these sub-standard ones instead! Very happy these are finished, and definitely won’t be using this yarn for socks again (it’s Louisa Harding Pittura, and I think it’s designed for shawls).

I also finished March’s cross stitch stocking. (This was actually finished a while ago, I just never got around to posting about it).

I’ve forgotten how many hours I spent on this (still tweeking how I keep track! I’ll get there eventually!), but it’s rather cute! Next time I’ll also try to leave more space at the bottom for finishing…oops!

So they’re my two finishes. My dad’s scarf is still on-going, but that’s rather boring and looks just as it did before, just bigger. So no new interesting picture of that.

One new start: a mitred square pillow cover- I’m making it the same size as one side of a pillow case, and then will sew it in place when it’s finished.

I’m making it out of yarn I used for my socks (plus two rogue squares), and when finished Nikita will have it. I’m making it for her so I get her sock yarn scraps (ahh, the delight of introducing friends to the wonders of hand-knit socks!). This is a standard mitred squares pattern- 43 stitches, central 3 stitch decrease on alternate rows. I’m decreasing the row after picking up so the decreases happen on wrong side rows as I don’t like the way they look. This blanket is using my 2mm needles, so naturally I had to buy another 2mm circular for my socks! It makes perfect logic! I just need to wait for it to arrive…

I haven’t yet started my April stocking. That will happen at some point this weekend (it’s on my to-do list, at any rate…). I just need some suggestions as to what to watch while I work on it, since the Great Pottery Throw Down is finished, and I’ve watched all the Blue Planet episodes which were available on the iplayer. Anyone got any suggestions on things to watch? Prefrebly on the iplayer, but if I can access them from a UK computer, I’m up for trying them at least!

I’ll also try to not leave it 2 weeks before coming back, but no promises! I have about 2 weeks before my thesis deadline, and that naturally takes precedence! I’ll also update my WIPs page, but that definitely won’t happen until after the thesis!

FO Friday- blanket edition

Yes, ladies, gentlemen and non-binary peeps. The epic blanket of scrappy awesomeness is officially done. (I say officially because I intend to keep adding random hexagons to it, it just isn’t going to be steadily worked on any more).

This blanket has been more than a year and a half in the making, and I am ridiculously proud of myself for finishing the thing. I’m not quite sure how much it weighs (the bathroom scales say ~400g, the kitchen scales say 450+g). It has 161 hexagons and I’m going to have to list all the yarns it uses…

purple (solid) (used up)

blue(solid)

steel

Lorian Quinn (used up)

Silvanis Wrenn (used up)

Roan

Lia (used up)

Aster

the other Hermione sock yarn

hand warmers (used up)

sea stripes (used up)

dark purple bright

orange and red bright

high viz (used up)

zombie(used up)

stripes (used up)

green cameo (used up)

sunshine (used up)

rainbow

the other purple one (used up)

light purple

red mixed

dark and bright (used up)

Ok, I think that’s all of them. 23 yarns used, 13 used up. Wow. I’m impressed with that. (Btw, if anyone wants more detail on any of the yarns I mentioned here, let me know and I can give you the proper info on them! Most are listed on my ravelry projects).

And my favourite hexagon? One from yarn that I haven’t actually mentioned here. I used Regia hand-spun effect for a single hexagon, and so didn’t really think that I should mention it as yarn used up.

I just love that gradient. The perfect little hexi 😀

More details about this blanket: I used 1.5mm needles (big mistake. Won’t do that again. Those things HURT!) I sat on the needles twice while making this, both times at KnitSoc. The needles I used are Karbonz, and tbh I won’t get them again. The idea behind karbonz, for those who don’t know, is that the main part of the needle is rough, so your stitches stick to it and don’t slide off, but the tip is metal so the stitches do slide easily and so you can knit faster with less effort. Great idea, but not so great in practice. The tips have a habit of coming loose (some of my needles I had to re-glue several times), and the carbon part splits and small flecks break away, resulting in a needle with a jump in size from the middle to the edge which is really awkward to slide the stitches to knit. But hey ho, lesson learnt I guess!

I do also have plans for future scrap work: my next project is going to be a garter stitch entrelac rectangle to sew to one side of a pillow case. I want to do it sideways so there aren’t any triangles, and it’s going to be on 2mm needles. Excellent excuse to buy another 2mm circ 🙂

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