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The crafting has begun (again)

Well, my finger doesn’t hurt so much any more, so the crafting has been happening 🙂 First up was a cross stitched card for my aunt to say thank you for all the supplies, but naturally I forgot to photograph it before I stuck it in its envelope and posted it. That’s three cross stitched cards I’ve forgotten to photograph, which is a trifle annoying :/ Better luck next time, I suppose!

Then I started knitting, and attempted to beat my 4-day pair of socks record. I didn’t, although I did finish the first one in just over 2 days! This is my first attempt at jaywalkers, and while I like the pattern, I was surprised to find I actually like knitting vanilla socks!

I’m calling this pair of socks zombie socks, because of the purples/green combo. It reminds me of zombies and brains… yeah, I’m slightly weird 😛


I finished the first one, then started the second. I’m nearly up to increasing for the heel (yeah, I’m knitting these toe-up, because I really struggle to cast on loosely enough for a sock cuff. Any suggestions for cast-ons I could try, anyone?)

Then I got sidetracked with the felted tweed yarn I picked up from Plymouth over Christmas, and so swatched for the jumper I’m planning on making.

However, the pattern calls for aran-weight, and I have DK, so I’m going to have to go up the sizes, because there is no way I’m going to knit DK yarn at 16 stitches/4 inches! I’m getting 11 stitches/2 inches on 4.5 mm, so I’ll probably use that, or whatever I get on 4mm, and make like the largest size! But the yarn is so lovely, it’ll totally be worth it 🙂

Digital StillCameraI also knit a swatch in some 4-ply cotton/wool blend, but a) I can’t get a decent photo of it, and b) it’s lying to me, so I need to make a bigger one anyway. I need to sort that out sooner rather than later, as it’s for my dad’s birthday, which is in a little over 2 months away.

Then I suddenly realized that it’s nearly April, and that means the next installment of the OUAT sampler I’m cross stitching, so I pulled that out to try and get some more done on January!

Digital StillCameraI’m going to work on this today, and see how far I get. Fingers crossed I get quite a lot done!

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