Mid-month update – Zigzag Jumper, Icon Dress and Roving

Crikey, it has been a long time since I posted anything at all – much less anything about my July Resolutions projects! Things have been going crazy – I had a birthday, JS and I are moving house and I am trying to find flats desperately, JS went to New York, Piccadilly left us (cry) and I’ve been dealing with some health stuff. Ack!

Anyway, I have been getting a fair amount of knitting and spinning done, so here we go…!

Zigzag Jumper

This jumper has been fairly flying off the needles! It is almost certainly one of the best patterns I have ever knitted. The zigzag pattern is created by a lot of slipped stitches and it makes it feel like you get through each row super quickly.

The Zigzag Jumper about half done on the front.
The Zigzag Jumper about half done on the front.

I also feel like my colour choices were inspired. Isn’t this awesome? I can’t wait to wear it! It’s getting a bit big to carry around with me now, so I have slowed down a bit, but that’s OK.

Icon Dress

I cast on the size that was recommended, then had a huge battle with the hem. This is a picot hem, and knitted to boot. I had never done a knitted hem before, let alone a picot one – I spent literal hours trying to do it. With many Twitter conversations, pleas for help and even a YouTube video, I eventually managed to sort it out with the help of Purl Alpaca, the designers. Thank you so much to them!

Progress on the front skirt of the Icon Dress
Progress on the front skirt of the Icon Dress

I then got one pattern repeat done and stopped. I had cast on the large and was more and more unconvinced with each stitch – I am meant to be losing weight (ha) and I was really unsure about the size. After a bit more umming and ahhing, I frogged the whole thing and started again.

I’m now well beyond the point at which I ripped out and really liking the pattern. It is complex enough to keep my interest, and easy enough that I can sit in front of the TV and watch things. (Have you seen Parks and Recreation? It’s the BEST.)

Cable detail on the Icon Dress
Cable detail on the Icon Dress

This is definitely a long-term project.

Spinning

I’ve done fairly well on my roving, and am about a quarter through the first set of singles. I’m going to give it a good go this afternoon, as I have been in need of a bit of mindless time the last few days. Looking forward to it!

My spinning wheel and my roving ready to go.
My spinning wheel and my roving ready to go.
Singles on the bobbin and ready to go.
Singles on the bobbin and ready to go.

I’m also working on another couple of projects, but they aren’t on my list for July. The first is a set of leg-warmers which are my current portable project. The second is a cover for my new laptop! (JS bought me a laptop for my birthday! Isn’t he awesome??!)

Legwarmer in progress!
Legwarmer in progress!
The start of a laptop cover.
The start of a laptop cover.

Anyway that’s it from me for today! I have to take Molly to the vet this afternoon, and am hoping they will give her desperately needed surgery.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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July Resolutions: Achievements Part I

I have really been enjoying my little updates about our knitting, crochet and life achievements over at Resolutions Monthly – so here is the first one you get for July!

The first achievement we posted was actually my new socks – so I won’t talk about them because they were in the post about my awesome success with Garland, which you can find over here.

July Achievements

Among the catalogued achievements for today we have had carrotandstick buying 200 cotton balls to spin with, corrieberry finishing the picot hem on her dress (yes, that’s me), and kelv running a 5K race. Amazing!

carrotandstick then lived up to her Ravelry name by producing this bunch of goodness! Don’t they look wholesome?

A huge bunch of carrots, om nom nom.
A huge bunch of carrots, om nom nom.

One of our regular contributors to this blog-series then came up with the goods – tsaria completed this baby blanket and another dice bag. Aren’t they gorgeous? The pooling pattern in the blanket is divine, and reminds me that I must work out the secret behind pooling in variegated yarn.

Absolutely gorgeous baby blanket, copyright Shy Lalumiere 2014
Absolutely gorgeous baby blanket, copyright Shy Lalumiere 2014
Dice-bag by Shy Lalumiere, I adore the colours. It looks like a little flower! Copyright Shy Lalumiere 2014.
Dice-bag by Shy Lalumiere, I adore the colours. It looks like a little flower! Copyright Shy Lalumiere 2014.

We then continued the homestead theme, with yet more fruit and veg from PixieishBlonde.

PixieishBlonde's fruit and veg! Those are not blackberries but black raspberries - never heard of them!
PixieishBlonde’s fruit and veg! Those are not blackberries but black raspberries – never heard of them!

Absolutely most exciting for me was marking a new queen bee and honey! I would absolutely love to keep bees, although I do not think this is something I will ever get a chance to do – and I’m not 100% in love with honey either. In any case, tabby15 posted these photos, which made me super jealous.

Honeycomb from Tabby15's beehive! Photo copyright Tabby15 2014.
Honeycomb from Tabby15′s beehive! Photo copyright Tabby15 2014.
Marking out the new Queen - she has the green spot on her to the right of the cage thing. Photo copyright Tabby15 2014.
Marking out the new Queen – she has the green spot on her to the right of the cage thing. Photo copyright Tabby15 2014.

JS and I are house-hunting at the moment (and this time we are not moving for at least five years) and one of my requirements is ‘an outside area’ – preferably a garden. You will be seeing me posting photos of my produce soon, I guarantee it.

That’s all for today – I’m on leave at the moment and trying to get many things done so that I can say I haven’t wasted my time! (Read: sitting in my rocking chair knitting!)

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Completed Projects – Garland and Socks!

I am super happy to announce that I finished Garland on and my Two at a Time Socks on July 1st! They complete my June Resolutions, which if you remember were:

  • Complete one sleeve on Garland
  • Cast on Icon Dress
  • Complete Two at a Time Socks

I did cast on the Icon Dress, and it is progressing nicely.

Garland

I started Garland as part of a Monthly Resolutions initiative, back in January! The plan was for each of us to make a jumper, and it took me a mere six months – three months longer than I expected.

I love the pattern and the concept…but I’m not 1000% happy with the fit. This is because I am rather busty – the short and wide design of Garland doesn’t really fit my figure, so it does some bulging when I wear it.

Garland with arms out.
Garland with arms out.
The jumper from the front!
The jumper from the front!
Boyfriend taking millions of photos of me!
Boyfriend taking millions of photos of me!
A more obvious view of the back.
A more obvious view of the back.
"It just comes out at the back like this!"
“It just comes out at the back like this!”
From the side, showing the bulge a bit.
From the side, showing the bulge a bit.

In any case, I’m super pleased to have finished it, it’s wonderfully warm and comfortable, and I am really excited whenever I wear it! We are going through a hot patch in London at the moment – I think it will be much more helpful in August!

Two at a Time Socks

These were not as quick a project as I expected them to be, but this has a lot to do with the fact that I had a bit of a non-knitting blip this month. Pattern here. Nevertheless, I finished them and am super pleased with the fit! I love doing toe-up socks as it means I was able to choose exactly what length I wanted.

My new 'shorter than any socks I've knitted before' socks.
My new ‘shorter than any socks I’ve knitted before’ socks.
Two at a Time Socks completed and happy!
Two at a Time Socks completed and happy!

Again, it’s a bit warm for these socks, but I will look forward to wearing them in the cooler weather.

Just a note on the yarn, which is Strømpegarn Tiger yarn – it was very cheap and it is a bit hard as a result – not soft and squishy. They’ll make good wearable socks, but the comfort is a bit on the lower side. I do have enough leftover to make another project, and the two balls only cost £2, so I have absolutely no worries about this at all!

That’s it from me – I’m off to stare at my baby hamsters!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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July Resolutions – taking it easy

Is it really time for July Resolutions already?! I cannot believe we are in July. Like, really can’t believe it.

I had a tough month in June – the arrival of Piccadilly threw everything out of kilter, because she took absolute hours to feed every day. She has now learned to feed herself, and I’m really looking forward to her learning to fly. She will be ready to fly and go live the life of a bird within the nest few weeks.

As a result of having had a tough month, with more relatively tough times ahead (we are moving house again), I’ve kept my resolutions fairly low-effort.

Here’s the monthly plug for our awesome group on Ravelry! Resolutions Monthly is super supportive, and helps prevent projects from stagnating – incredibly helpful if, for whatever reason, you find yourself needing a bit of focus and chatter!

July Resolutions

I am really excited about these, I love the patterns I’m going to be working on, and the spinning will prepare me for an advanced spinning lesson that I have in September. I have been spinning in the background, but haven’t been talking about it.

So, the resolutions:

1. Work on Icon Dress. This is a bit vague deliberately – I cast on in June and managed three whole rows…so I think it’s going to take a long time and I don’t want to be overambitious in my goal setting.

Purl Alpaca Designs Icon Dress
Purl Alpaca Designs Icon Dress
The second gauge swatch, nearly completed.
The second gauge swatch, nearly completed.

2. Do some spinning. This is less vague – I have one length of light blue roving that has a partner of dark blue roving that I have already spun and plied. I want to at least complete the light blue so that I can knit a hat from the two – but I also have more roving in my trunk, so I could break into that if I finish the light blue. I need to do a lot, at least! I want to try practising doing some thicker and some thinner.

3. Cast on Zigzag Jumper. I went to Waitrose this morning to buy some juice as I had forgotten my shake for the diet at home, and I saw “Simply Knitting” on the news stand. I was immediately drawn to it by the Alan Dart pattern on the front cover (a llama wearing a poncho!!!!) and decided I haven’t had a mag for ages, and I should get it.

Zigzag Jumper - meant for teenagers, but I don't play by the rules.
Zigzag Jumper – meant for teenagers, but I don’t play by the rules.

I found the Zigzag Jumper pattern and fell in love with it – they have an offer on for a certain percentage off when you buy the yarn through LoveKnitting, so I bought it! The colours I will use will be white, pink and green, and I’m so excited to receive the yarn and start.

So, there we have it! I’m being quite ambitious anyway, and I will almost certainly cast on something smaller (probably legwarmers) so that I have a transport project, but I’m not going to put that into my resolutions.

Much love,

Corrie xx

PS I know I haven’t updated you on June Resolutions – I’m going to do that on Friday for FO Friday because I was very accomplished in June! Hehe.

PPS It has been confirmed that my knitting machine has been broken beyond repair in a stupid accident. I’m going to have to save up to get another one, because there are no spare funds at the moment!

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New project – Merino Dress

I am officially starting a new project – the Merino Dress! Before I go on to the details of that, though, I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the family: Piccadilly.

Piccadilly, my gorgeous baby pigeon. OK, she's REALLY ugly, but she's adorable.
Piccadilly, my gorgeous baby pigeon. OK, she’s REALLY ugly, but she’s adorable.

Her story is here – it’s a good’un, I promise! She is the sweetest little thing, and has begged her way into my heart.

Merino Dress

I have had this project in my queue for so long – the pattern is Icon Dress by Kari Helene, and I bought it from Purl Alpaca Designs at a knitting show absolutely ages ago. I would be more exact, but I don’t actually remember, it is that far in the past!

Purl Alpaca Designs Icon Dress
Purl Alpaca Designs Icon Dress

The description for this pattern, lifted from the pattern page on Ravelry, is:

This is truly an iconic piece of hand knitting! A large project with beautiful cables, textured panels and a stunning shape that really gives this dress an edge. The neckline is very flattering and the way it nips in at the waist give a proper hourglass silhouette. If you’re not feeling the “knitted dress on bare skin” thing, wear it layered with shirts or a fitted jumper underneath or with a cardigan over the top.

Given that this dress is measured from the bust, I suspect it may fit a bit better than some of the other garments I have made for myself in the past! I will have to do some adjustments based on the measurements provided to make sure my weirdly shaped body fits into the dress at the waist and hips, but that should be relatively straightforward.

The yarn I intend to use is the vast amount that I bought at Unravel this year in a gorgeous orange! I adore it and I cannot wait to get started proper.

My purchases from Unravel, showing the gorgeous yarn.
My purchases from Unravel, showing the gorgeous yarn.

At the moment we are at gauge stage – I knitted the first swatch on the recommended needles (4 mm) and the tension was too tight, so I’ve gone up to 4.5 mm and will be done with that this evening. I expect I will cast on sometime before the end of the weekend!

The second gauge swatch, nearly completed.
The second gauge swatch, nearly completed.

I’ve been wanting to make this dress for so long that I am almost giggling with excitement. Progress should be much faster than with Garland, too…

Much love,

Corrie xx

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More accomplishments by other people…

That’s right, I have no knitting accomplishments to show you – you saw my socks on Wednesday, and today I have some significant progress on Garland to report, but nothing to see as I want to save it to the very end!

Instead, I will again report on what the lovely people across at Resolutions Monthly are doing.

But first…

Congratulations on your little girl

My colleague and her husband welcomed their beautiful bundle of joy on the 7th of June, and sent me these photos of Amelie. Isn’t she precious?

Beautiful, beautiful Amelie and her gorgeous mother. So much love.
Beautiful, beautiful Amelie and her gorgeous mother. So much love.
I have not met her yet, but isn't she precious?
I have not met her yet, but isn’t she precious?

I was overjoyed to see they were using the Granny Squares Galore blanket that I had crocheted for them. What a compliment this is!

I am looking forward to meeting the little one.

Accomplishment Set I: SugarAngel

I did talk about SugarAngel in my last post extolling the awesomeness of my people in the Resolutions Monthly group, as she had made a dishcloth for her doubting Thomas of a boyfriend. Her next post was much more colourful and included:

TdF fibre (that's Tour de Fleece for those of you not in the know). COLOURS! Image Copyright SugarAngel 2014.
TdF fibre (that’s Tour de Fleece for those of you not in the know). COLOURS! Image Copyright SugarAngel 2014.
A completed Time Vortex Lace. Image Copyright SugarAngel 2014.
A completed Time Vortex Lace. Image Copyright SugarAngel 2014.
Sugar Angel's Mini-Skein in Trainwreck Purple. Image Copyright SugarAngel 2014.
Sugar Angel’s Mini-Skein in Trainwreck Purple. Image Copyright SugarAngel 2014.

I just think that these colours are absolutely stunning, the spinning blows my mind and makes me think I should blog about my (very slow) spinning more…hmm….

Oh, and by the way…the Time Vortex Shawl is a Doctor Who themed pattern. You’re welcome.

Accomplishment Set II: Vlinderrr

Vlinderrr then pitched in with three incredible items. The first is a Dragon Egg Dice Bag which she made up. Not only that, but the pattern is available on Ravelry because she wrote it up for us! Isn’t it amazing? I love it.

Dragon egg dice bag, image copyright Vlinerrr 2014.
Dragon egg dice bag, image copyright Vlinderrr 2014.

The belt is one that really stuns me too – again, this is another of Vlinderrr’s patterns, and I absolutely adore the simplicity and the buckle! Oh my goodness, that buckle.

Absolutely beautiful belt. Image copyright Vlinderrr 2014
Absolutely beautiful belt. Image copyright Vlinderrr 2014

Finally, the Lacy Rib Shrug knitted for her, and gorgeous in its finish. Don’t you love this?

A beautiful bolero. Image copyright Vlinderrr 2014.
A beautiful bolero. Image copyright Vlinderrr 2014.

Accomplishment III: Tsaria

Tsaria featured in a previous blog-post, and has a great knitting output this month! This is another dice-bag, which I had never heard of before this particular thread. Exactly what is a dice-bag? Do a lot of people walk around with dice in their pockets? Maybe gambling on the street is common in the States…haha, jokes, but really what is the purpose?

Tsaria's dice-bag. Image copyright Tsaria 2014.
Tsaria’s dice-bag. Image copyright Tsaria 2014.

I can’t find a pattern for this one, so assume it is a custom one.

There were two more accomplishments I wanted to squeeze in, but this post is already long enough, so I will leave it at that!

Are you having trouble with keeping your projects moving? The Resolutions Monthly group really has helped all of us out – so why not come and have a go for July? Now is the perfect time to start making your resolutions…

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Super Sock Success!

The socks have seen some major progress, with the heel turned over the weekend (in some rather unusual circumstances).

Before I move on to that, I have started yet another blog! Yes, I know, I’m addicted – but I’m also trying to lose weight, and I’ve learned that the best way to keep something up [in my case] is to blog about it. So, you can find out exactly how I’m losing my muffins over HERE.

Don’t forget these beauties either!

My beautiful Molly, super close-up.
My beautiful Molly, super close-up.

Sock Success

I turned the heel on my Two at a Time Socks over last week and this weekend. I did this all while I was commuting and dog-sitting in Kent, and there were a few major errors.

When turning the heels on these socks, you do one and then the other. Simple, right? Wrong.

I use a row-counter on my phone to keep track of where I am in a pattern and I was finding it near impossible to remember while on the tube, juggling my knitting bag, my handbag, my umbrella, my jumper and my phone, to click the row counter. It confused me the first time – cue frogging the first heel and starting again.

The second time, I tried to remember it all. I did well with my decreasing rows…got to the increasing rows (and between these I had got off the tube, walked to work, had a day at work and then got on the bus home), completely forgot where I was, and ripped back again.

The socks as they are this morning...could be ankle socks!
The socks as they are this morning…could be ankle socks!

I then turned both heels successfully first time – you are required to put eight stitches on stitch markers so that when you start knitting in the round again, you can access the stitches you need to. Did I do this? Of course not!

I then went for a walk with the dogs and my knitting. That’s right, I was walking through the woods working on my socks. This would have been a normal affair for me – except those darn eight stitches kept beating me! Arghhh.

Eventually, I had to stop, sit on a big log and work it out. Then I put the knitting away and walked to the house, sat on the sofa in front of the football and finished turning both heels, using paperclips as my stitch-markers.

A close-up of the pattern, I love the colour combo.
A close-up of the pattern, I love the colour combo.

It was definitely unconventional – and I find myself yet again reminding myself to read the pattern properly! Sigh.

Anyway, they’re nearly done – I just have to decide how long to make them and I will be ready to get going on the next project.

Much love,

Corrie xx

WIP Wednesday's with Tami's Amis

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June Resolutions Accomplishments Part II

If you were paying attention yesterday (oi, you in the back row!) you would have seen my post about some of the accomplishments my people have been making with respect to the June Resolutions they all set. You can join the Monthly Resolutions group and get in on the action HERE.

I do have an accomplishment to boast about today – I managed to sell a book on Amazon! I’m de-cluttering again (for the millionth time…) and I have resolved to have just two boxes of craft things when we move (again) in September. That includes books…so a (so far quite small) proportion of my collection has gone up for sale and can be browsed here

Farmers Market Bag

This project by PixieishBlonde had me giggling because of the awesome buttons! Aren’t they amazing? They are place-holders until she gets some she likes, but to be honest I would commission a ceramic artist to make me buttons exactly like that!

A beautiful Farmers Market Bag with awesome buttons! Image copyright PixieishBlonde 2014.
A beautiful Farmers Market Bag with awesome buttons! Image copyright PixieishBlonde 2014.

The bag is crocheted, and I can’t get over this stitch texture. I felt so proud of my granny square blanket – but this reminds me that there is still so far to go!

Incredible crochet stitches. Image copyright PixieishBlonde 2014.
Incredible crochet stitches. Image copyright PixieishBlonde 2014.

There are a lot more photos on the project page, including an incredible spiral piece. I suspect it’s the base of the bag, but I would hang it on my wall. It’s so geometrically satisfying!

Charity Pieces

Everyone knits for a different reason, and a lot of people do it for charity. One of our members, bigbandbrenda posted this photo, which includes six hats, four pairs of mittens and three snugs (which are apparently for babies!) all of which had been made in June. The post was made on the 6th of June – that is terrific output!

An assortment of hats and mitts by the wonderfully generous bigbadbrenda. Image copyright bigbadbrenda 2014.
An assortment of hats and mitts by the wonderfully generous bigbadbrenda. Image copyright bigbadbrenda 2014.

I love the colours and the pompoms on the hat – who doesn’t love a good pompom – and I can’t wait to see what else happens this month. This is such a fantastic thing to do and the generosity and compassion for fellow humans that she shows absolutely warms the very cockles of my heart.

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Celebratory Socks

The Celebratory Socks by yarnie52 have to be one of the best socks projects I’ve ever seen. The stitch definition fantastic, and that pattern is incredible.

Celebratory Socks all finished and on! Image copyright yarnie52 2014.
Celebratory Socks all finished and on! Image copyright yarnie52 2014.

The socks (project page here) were to celebrate yarnie52′s submission of a portfolio for the Master Hand Knitting Level 1 to the TKGA, which is an incredible achievement. I have thought about doing this a number of times, but the financial and time requirements have put me off, so I am in awe. There is more information here.

I adore the texture of the socks, incredible. Image copyright yarnie52 2014.
I adore the texture of the socks, incredible. Image copyright yarnie52 2014.

I also love that the pattern reminds me of Sheldon! I had forgotten about that particular project and am going to knit some costumes for Sheldon…

Other accomplishments

There are many other accomplishments in the accomplishments thread in the group – some of these include:

  • Cleaning out a car on the hottest day of the year
  • Organising book-cases
  • Measuring mill ends
  • Finishing a woven prayer shawl
  • Knitting for a partner who is less than impressed by cleaning… (more info here…)

That’s it from me for this week! I’m off to Kent for the weekend to look after our old friend Tommy the Dog, and I’m looking forward to doing nothing but sun-bathing, knitting, walking in the gorgeous woods and watching the football! (Yeeeeeah, England!)

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Some Resolutions Accomplishments

I’m pootling along with my two-at-a-time socks and Garland, so I didn’t want to post anything yesterday as there’s not much progress for an update…instead, I decided to show you all some of the progress the people in Resolutions Monthly have been making on their June Resolutions!

Hefty Chihuahua Sweater

This is by Raveler tsaria, and knitted for Wiggles the Chihuahua. Isn’t it adorable? I love those cables. The project page for this is here, and includes some cute pictures of Wiggles! You can also find the pattern on the page.

Wiggles the Chihuahua wearing his sweater. Image copyright Shy Lalumiere 2014.
Wiggles the Chihuahua wearing his sweater. Image copyright Shy Lalumiere 2014.
Having a sunbath with the most gorgeous cables. Image copyright Shy Lalumiere 2014.
Having a sunbath with the most gorgeous cables. Image copyright Shy Lalumiere 2014.

It only took tsaria a week to knit!

The Zoomies

The Resolutions Monthly Moderator SugarAngel made this incredibly bright and cheerful blanket, brilliantly called “The Zoomies” for a baby. Scrolling through the project page shows a really fantastic progression as the blanket grows!

The Zoomies, with a few rows completed! Image copyright SugarAngel 2014.
The Zoomies, with a few rows completed! Image copyright SugarAngel 2014.
The Zoomies, completed and ready to go! Image copyright SugarAngel 2014.
The Zoomies, completed and ready to go! Image copyright SugarAngel 2014.

This may be the next crochet pattern that I try…someone, get pregnant quick so I can make you a blanket! Heehee.

Another nice ribbed sock

moo2moo‘s amazing pair of socks really caught my eye. They look scrumptious! Apparently her daughter’s do not rate them…they have no idea, do they?

Socks with gorgeous toes. Image copyright moo2moo 2014.
Socks with gorgeous toes. Image copyright moo2moo 2014.

I think that they look at bit like the embers left over in your fire just before you’re going to bed – bits of grey and black everywhere with a peep of the brightest red at the bottom.

More Resolutions, more!

There are a lot more accomplishments in the Ravelry group – I will give you all a recap of some more tomorrow, but for now, why not join us and show us what you have accomplished!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Progress – Two-At-A-Time Socks & Gigantic Blankie

I had(/have) tonsillitis last week and spent three days at home instead of at work – as a result the commuting knitting time was severely cut down and I did not get as much knitting done as I would have liked to.

I did manage to do some tidying in our room, however, and put together eight more bags of things to give to charity. I’m having a huge clearout as we are moving (AGAIN) this year – see what craft books I’m selling on my Amazon shop here.

This has been a bit of heartbreak, because I love my books – but at the same time, we are low on space and I need to have a clear out. Realistically, I will never have the time to do all the things I want to do, and with the internet as a resource, I don’t necessarily need physical books – so until I have my own house and am retired, I’m trying to cut down on possessions!

Two-At-A-Time Socks

Progress on the socks has been very slow because while I’ve been sore and tired, working the magic loop with two balls of yarn on a slightly-too-short circular needle with two different stitch patterns on each side has all been a bit complicated. Nevertheless, I have made some progress, as shown in these before and after photos.

Two-at-a-Time Socks before a week of illness.
Two-at-a-Time Socks before a week of illness.
And the socks now, about double the length on the foot and an inch from the heel turn.
And the socks now, about double the length on the foot and an inch from the heel turn.

I made a few comments on the pattern last time – nothing more to add, really!

Gigantic Blankie

The Gigantic Blankie has seen some real progress while I’ve been sitting on the sofa as it is real simple, pleasurable, fun and relaxing knitting. I’ll be generous and do another before and after.

Gigantic Blankie in March.
Gigantic Blankie in March.
Gigantic Blankie now.
Gigantic Blankie now.

My plan now is to knit until it is the length of the bed. I am then going to be ambitious and do one of two things to make it wider, as at the moment it is not comfortable as even a single.

Option 1: Knit another Gigantic Blankie and sew them together.

Option 2: Pick up the stitches along one of the long edges and knit out until I am happy with the size.

I favour Option 2 at the moment – I really like the idea of the perpendicularity of the stocking stitch going one way and then the other….but there are a few technical issues. The most important is that my cable is struggling with the width at the moment as it is barely long enough for the blanket now. Picking up stitches will leave me with substantially more – and a bulky join – so I will have to buy new needles (if I can find cables long enough) and figure out a way to sort out the join.

I’d be interested to know what you all think?

I’m kind of free-forming this pattern as I go, but I got the idea from Danielle Alinia’s Giant Snuggle Blanket.

Anyway, that’s all for today!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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