Today I’m making… a snood and a scarf

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It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this blog. I really want to make more of an effort with this rather than just spending time on Instagram, don’t get me wrong, I do love a bit of Insta but I feel like the time is right to move back to blogging.

I’ve been on holiday since my last update, 9 nights in Crete which was really lovely but I think I’ve fallen out of love with flying. I used to really enjoy the whole airport experience but this year I just found the whole thing really stressful and just not worth it.  So we’re thinking of staying in the UK next year and maybe driving up to Yorkshire. I’m all for it.

Right so lets get on to what I’m actually making today.  Usually on a Sunday I have about six projects on the go at once and I flit between them all during the day but today I’ve only picked two things to work on and hopefully I’ll make some decent progress for a change.

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First up is a lipstick bright red snood.  I finished a large one in this colour this morning and have updated my Etsy shop with it, so if you want a large red snood I have one ready to post to you.  This one is going to be a medium, and then I’ll make a small.  Not sure I’ll get both done today, I have some housework to do too and I have this delicious Portuguese tart to eat (only 50p in Asda!).  I’m in love with this shade of red, it’s a blue red so very easy to wear, I’m a redhead and I can wear this shade.  You’ll also see in this picture my perfect and much loved solid silver crochet hook from Lynn Roberts Design and I’m sure I mention it all the time but it’s just the most joyous thing to work with. It feels really special and is a joy to work with.  When I’m at home its the only hook I use, I don’t tend to take it outside because I’d be really upset if I lost it.

Anyway, I’m making a bit of an effort to put some snoods back in my Etsy shop, I’ve had to put them on the back burner for most of this year because I’m doing a City & Guilds in hand embroidery and I need to concentrate on that really so I’m only adding stock I have in hand rather than listing everything and making snoods to order, which I what I normally do but means I’m constantly making them and I fell way behind with my coursework.  I think I’m back on track now but my snoods are thin on the ground to say the least.

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Next up is my fisherman’s rib scarf.  This will eventually go in my Etsy shop but it will be a long time in the making.  I can’t quite remember where I got this yarn, I’m pretty sure it was passed to me, it might have been my mum’s but I don’t think she ever bought grey.  It doesn’t really matter does it?  It’s an acrylic 4ply so that means it is pretty practical for a scarf because its easy to wash and won’t felt from rubbing against your clothes.  Its SO squishy and soft and the shade of grey itself is such a nice pearly grey, with almost a pink tone to it.  I just realised this Sunday is all acrylic.  Now I’m not much of a yarn snob, I just use what I like and I do like hand dyed natural fibres but if I see acrylic and like it I’m having it.  A lot of my acrylic yarn has been gifted to me when another knitter has died or has a destash and it’s better to knit with it then send it to landfill.  However you feel about yarn content, this is a lovely yarn and I have two huge balls of it.  Let’s just take a moment to have a little smirk at my two huge balls.

As I said, this is fisherman’s rib which has the look of brioche but none of the faff.  I have seen several people online assert that brioche and fisherman’s rib are the same thing, they’re not. They’re really not, fisherman’s rib just looks like brioche and has the same squish factor. It feels amazing.  I have actually pulled back about three inches this afternoon because there was a row where I slipped a stitch with the yarn in the wrong place and I had been thinking it didn’t really matter because it was in a pretty good place for me to sew on a label to cover it up anyway, but then thinking about it that mistake draws my eye so much that I’ve been putting off working on the scarf so I thought, sod it, just rip it back and reknit. Of course I could have just dropped that stitch and picked it up correctly all the way up but I like knitting, so more knitting is good, right? I’m going to put a stitch marker in to see how much progress I make on this today.  How many inches do you think I’ll recover? Its 4ply knitted on 4mm needles.

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Today I’m Making… Gold herringbone stitch scarf

This weekend I’ve mainly been stitching my embroidery coursework, but in the evenings and when my neck gets sore (I have terrible stitching posture) I’ve been working on this happy sparkly scarf.

I cast this on just to try herringbone stitch originally, I love the woven look it makes (in also in love with linen stitch) and I’ve wanted to try it for ages but I’m usually up to my eyeballs in snoods so it’s hard to find time to make anything for me.

In fact, this yarn has been in my Etsy shop as a snoods and I’ve sold a few of them but it’s a bit thicker than my usual yarn and it’s quite hard on the hands to get a tension in happy with. I’ve made a few for individual customers but I’ve also made 4 for the National Theatre’s breathtaking production of Follies which was a huge delight for me. But unless the wardrobe artists for Follies get in touch I’m not planning on making any more snoods out of this yarn.

I have a lot of it though. Herringbone days a lot of yarn though so that’s good and it’s a totally different experience knitting with it on 6mm needles to crocheting to a fairly firm guage. It’s coming out as a fluid but not floppy fabric which is good news.

I’ve put quite a few inches on this knitting while watching Eurovision, the red marker is where I picked it up this weekend.

I’m still a bit gutted Australia didn’t win. I’m a bit in love with that staging.

My camera hasn’t picked up the sparkle at all well, this yarn is about 30% metallic gold. It’s lovely in real life.

Finished! Money Honey Turban

I finished it! I actually got my backside into gear, concentrated, read the pattern properly and finished the Money Honey turban. I love it. Literally there was no ambiguity at all in the pattern about the finishing, itwas just me not reading it properly, there’s a step where you turn it over. That’s it, I was just not rewarding that step for some reason (arrogance, that’s what that reason is called). Once I did that our was easy peasy and I really want to make another.

Do I go sparkle for the next one too? I do love a bit of sparkle. Anyway, it’s fairly rare for me to take a picture of myself but I couldn’t resist wearing this for a picture. I’m going to wear it to Unravel next month because Giddy Aunt is vending there again this year and I want her to see what I made with her yarn. I wonder if she has gold sparkles?

Today I’m Making… Money Honey Turban

I have been admiring this turban for such a long time, I finally took the plunge and took it on holiday with me last year to Crete. I bought some brand new needles and everything. More than one set actually, I do have a bit of a thing about starting new projects with new needles and also because I have a ridiculous amount of WIPs so most of my needles are taken up.

I bought two skeins for this at Unravel 2018 with this project in mind, the one I went with first is an emerald green with silver sparkles from Giddy Aunt. It’s actually called Emerald City.

There’s another skein here somewhere that’s also a sparkle its the most gorgeous midnight blue, I can’t remember who it’s from. I might make the Beauty School Drop Out version with that one.

So, like I said I took this one on holiday with me to Crete as an alternative knit if I got bored with making the usual socks. Let me tell you, this is a great holiday knit. The pattern is super easy to follow and it knits up nice and quick but but not too quickly if you want to while away an hour on it.

So if everything is so great how comes my holiday was in July and here I am talking about it in January? Its the bloody finishing. I have read and re-read the instructions for the knot and I just can’twork it out. The first cross-over, yes. Easy. The second cross over I just cannot get my head round. I don’t want to just bodge it so I think it calls for a bit of time on Ravelry looking for other people’s tips. Its probably blatantly obvious once you get your head round it but I just cannot make it click.

Please send help.

Stitch markers – easy peasy, right?

I have been thinking about making my own stitch markets for an age. Every time I buy some I think about it. I mean how difficult can they be? They certainly look super easy and the tutorials I’ve watched on my old pal YouTube definitely make it look a cinch. I even have all the gear left over from all the disappointing beading workshops I went to at the library years ago.

My partner is a keen and talented cyclist, there’s a saying him and his pals use for cyclists who turn out on Boxing Day all loaded up with new Lycra and gadgetry costing thousands but haven’t ridden a bike since they left junior school – all the gear and no idea.

Yeah that’s me and the stitch markers.

Oh my god those little buggers are fiddly. FID-ER-LEE. It took me a good two hours to make five. Five!

It didn’t help that years ago I bought a cute mini set of jewellery making pliers with teeny tiny handles. They’re not a good move because your knuckles end up right against everything you try to do so you feel like you have giant sausage fingers.

Let me tell you, turning that little wire loop takes practice and I have no patience. I ballsed that move up several times. Then you have to wedge a bead on to the end of the jump ring when you close it, poke a bit of glue in with a cocktail stick, close the ring and line it up with the bead hole and then get that bead to sit across the join. That bit turns the air quite blue.

Why in God’s name do they make all the bead holes different sizes? There are now dozens of tiny vicious beads lurking in all the dark places of this flat. I wear slippers so I’ll probably survive but the other half’s feet are going to feel like gravel rash.

Eventually I finished five of them and I think they’re pretty bloody good for the trauma invested. I’m going to buy some adult sized pliers when I’m feeling stronger and then I’m going to make a million more – the beads are from a large stretchy cuff that found its stretchability limit pushed too far but they’re pretty so I kept them. I have a lot of them.

This project drove me to finish off the Christmas Baileys.

Today I’m making… fisherman’s rib scarf

I’m up to date with Etsy orders for snoods and I finished my Hermione’s Everyday Socks lady night so I can crack on with finishing one of my (literally) dozens of WIPS.

Course I’m not going to do that am I? Not when I have vast amounts of yarn just waiting to be cast on and a head full of ideas.

So I’ve cast on a fisherman’s rib scarf. Really simple, 4mm needles, 63 stitches and 100g of mystery light grey yarn from my enormous stash. I think this is acrylic 4 ply but the band is long gone so I can’t be sure.

Fisherman’s rib is just the most gorgeously squishy and soft stitch, perfect for a snuggly scarf.

I might knit 50g of this and see how long a scarf that gives me, if it looks like that’s not going to give me a really luxuriously long scarf I’ll add in a contrast but if it’s looking good I’ll carry on and finish it with either neon pom-poms or fringe.

My super stylish friend Michele (Yarn Aloud) has laid down a 2019 challenge to work through WIPs and stash yarn at a rate of 2 projects a month, I’ve signed up to that and I’m starting early with this. My aim is to avoid buying more yarn next year (but… Unravel….) and user up as much as poss so I can move on to buying from only no- kill flocks.

Also in this pic is my much loved green sheepy pyramid bag from I Knit (former home of my Hermione socks) which this scarf is going to live in and the next book I’m going to read which I think I’m going to live because I read his Wimbledon Poisoner book and loved that.

Today I’m Making… Hermione’s Everyday Socks

I’m always very behind on knitting trends but I can remember when everyone was going mad for these socks and I have been meaning to knit a pair. Do you like my bright purple fishnets? I wear them to work sometimes when I feel like alarming some Greys.

Now I’m not usually a pink loving woman but when West Yorkshire Spinners brought out their floral range of sock yarn I had to have the pink. I’d really like the peach shade too but I haven’t seen that in stock anywhere for ages.

I feel like this yarn and pattern are just made for each other, I love how the texture works with the dye pattern to make a sort of spiral stripe. I have heard of people not enjoying that little phenomenon but I think it’s a delight.

I might do a contrast heel and toe next time I make these. Hark at me! Next pair? I haven’t even finished one sock yet.

I’m finding this yarn is going a bit thick and thin and there have been some fluffy patches but nothing too alarming so far. I’m really hoping that I have a nice amount leftover to use as a contrast heel and toe on other socks, I should do because I like to wear quite short socks so mine are much shorter in the leg than the pattern says.

I’m also still reading Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky which is very funny considering the story so I’m trying to eke it out a bit to make it last. It’s not at all what I thought it would be, I was worried it would be a hard nosed gangster book but it couldn’t be further from that.

Having said that I might end up finishing it tomorrow because I have no intention of leaving the house tomorrow, I went out twice today and it was cold and horrible. I’m not making that mistake again.