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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!

WIP Wenesday- catch up edition!

Hello my lovelies! I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I just got slightly overwhelmed by real life! And I really will continue to be until probably the middle of May, so expect further disruption! But I will continue to swing by and see you all as much as possible!

So, what’s new with me? I have a new sock on the needles:

These will be jaywalkers for me, 84 stitches as usual…it’s such a fun pattern, and I really like how my other pairs of them fit so yay for that! Gotta love basic sock patterns which can be done without really thinking about it!

I also have March’s cross stitch started. This is just 1.5 hours (an episode of Mary Berry and one of the Blue Planet. Gotta love the iplayer!!!) I think that measuring the time by episodes of tv watched might be easier than remembering to start and stop a stopwatch, so I’m going to try that for a while!

The scarf will still be measured using the stopwatch- I usually do that while listening to music or watching someone on twitch, so it doesn’t have the same set amount of time as the cross stitch. A while back (the last time I worked on it, before I had my finish the scrap blanket kick) I had to frog back rather a large amount- all the way back to the start of the middle section of it. But I’m now much happier with what is going on with it (which is good, because I have rather a lot of that to go- my dad wants this scarf to be 6 foot long…) We’ll see I guess…

I think that I have finally decided that I prefer the white horse on the black background, although they are both gorgeous! I have an idea to make two wall-hangings out of green and white Rohan horses, to go either side of some door in my eventual home…

Where now are the horse and the rider?

This is a fly-bu WIP Wednesday post, I really should be researching for job applications (anyone want to hire a maths PhD with a love of yarn and crafting???).

Firstly, the Rohan scarf continues apace:

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I still can’t decide which one I prefer! Usually, it’s whichever side is facing me!!! I’m also really loving this yarn (DK Life), and I’m tempted to buy enough in natural colours for a yoked sweater. It’s 75/25 acrylic/wool, but feels really wooly 🙂 This is now at 9.5 hours, with a total of 102 rows done, out of 430. So, if I stay at this speed, I need another 30.5 hours work left. Let’s see if I manage to speed up any with this as we go…

I also (surprise surprise) have a pair of socks on the needles. Well, I have the toe of the first sock on the needle. This yarn is loosly spun single, so it’s going to felt something terrible. But, the socks aren’t for me, and I didn’t choose the yarn, so hey ho. On the other hand, it is absolutely gorgeous to work with! If I didn’t know the fibre content, I’d’ve guessed it contained silk! But it’s ‘just’ 75/25 wool/viscose. Gorgeous stuff! I’m having to resist the very strong urge to buy enough of this yarn for a sweater…but I know I’d never use it, so I’m resisting 🙂

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And of course my scrappy blanket is still going strong. This isn’t getting much love these days- it;s my usual ‘out and about project, so it mostly just gets worked on on Friday nights at KnitSoc. I already have plans for a garter stitch entrelac pillow cover when this one is finished, so there’s no need to panic about the state of my sock yarn scraps! And besides, even when this is officially finished, I’ll still add the odd hexagon here and there!

imgp0640Right, I’m off to research more jobs…there will be another post about process/product knitting this weekend 🙂

Rethinking my SMART goals

So, I realised something the other day while pondering my goals for the year. One of them was to cross stitch about 28 small stockings, and then finish them as stocking ready to be used as an advent calender. Now, as I was thinking about this, I suddenly realised that meant I had to have 25 of them done (and finished) by the end of October, in order to free up November for NaNo…this is massively unfeasable, and therefore getting changed. Even if this was feasable, it would result in this blog showing nothing but Christmas stitching and gift crafting and I think that isn’t reall ideal…So now, rather than stitch 28 of them, I’m knitting 9. One a month up to September. Then I have October to make them up (not that they really need makng up until I have 25, but let’s stay on top of it all…), November for my NaNo project, and December for the frantic Christmas making (a shawl, a scarf, two hats, a seagull, a pair of gloves, a pair of socks, two pieces of embroidary, an advent calender, and something as yet undecided). Not all of this will be done in December…On that note, what do you get a friend who is instantly knitworthy, and you’ve made him a blanket, a pair of handwarmers and an advent calender, and he’s loved all of it??? (No, he’s not getting socks. I don’t think he’s that knit-worthy.)

 

Have a picture of my current cross stitch, because otherwise there aren’t any pictures, and that would be a shame:

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This won’t actually be on my Advent calender. I have an idea as to who may get it as a Christmas ornament, but that sort of relies on one of them still being alive, and they’re both on palliative care, so… Otherwise we’ll see

Oh, and a sock! I started this on Wednesday, on the train coming back up to York. It’s great fun, and I’ve started increasing for the heel already 🙂

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One week to Christmas

and everything is going swimmingly 🙂 The cat butt coasters will be blocked today, and then they’ll just need wrapping when they’re done. I had rather a lot of fun making these, and it all helps me learn to read my crochet, which is such a useful skill! It’s taking a while to get used to the idea that I have to go all the way around when I want to fix something, rather than just dropping a few stitches the way I do in knitting!

elaine2I realised the hard way that starting a new pattern in black yarn is not a good idea…next time I’ll start with the grey!

I was correct about my mum’s hat- it is too big, so that needs restarting. I’m going to take out a pattern repeat, rather than mess around with needle sizes. I’ll get around to starting that today. This really won’t take very long to knit (must remember that I need to finish it early enough to block before Christmas…)

How do you mark the new year as crafters? I felt that I needed to mark the ending of the year by finishing all the loose ends around, such as the socks(photoed at the end of this paragraph) and the current hexagon (that scrappy project was not about to get finished by Christmas!). The cats were also finished before I got on the train to Salisbury for Christmas with the parents (which I’ve labeled as the end of the year for me, I think!). I started a new project for over the holidays(and it’s a 6 hour train ride…). A garter stitch entrelec blanket in the scraps left over from the 2 attic24 blankets, with 4.5mm needles. It feels right to start Christmas/the new year with a project for me, especially a blanket after making so many for other people 🙂

socks2Unfortunately, the socks are considerably too large for me(they’d make a good pair of slipper socks, if I wanted some!). They may fit my mum though, I just keep forgetting to corner her to make her try them on!

Although I also have the needles for a sparkly cardigan if I can find the yarn and pattern for it, and decide to start it. I love the idea of working on what I feel like, rather than rushing to finish Christmas presents, and I definitely want to savour it 🙂 A bit like coming home and wrapping up in a blanket after rushing around shops all day (assuming the heating isn’t on too high for blanket wrapping!)

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