Attack of the Stripey Socks

Not so much of an attack FROM a sock; rather an attack ON a sock.  I’ve been knitting like a crazy person this week (I’m now addicted.  Dammit) and during my work lunch hours I’ve been knitting my second stripey sock.  It’s thoroughly enjoyable, despite the weird looks I’ve been getting when people come up the stairs and see me chilling out on my office couch knitting away.

My fallout wrap has been going well too.  I work on it in the evenings when I’m not actually playing Fallout.  I’ve been finding that I need my head screwed on right in order to effectively kill raiders and ghouls in-game, and after coming home from a long day at work it’s tough to get into that head space.  So the knitting has come out, and then the weekends will be a complete and utter Fallout-fest!

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I Dub Thee: Fallout Wrap!

The socks that I’ve been knitting have gotten me interested in other knitted projects, so I decided (after many advice filled conversations with an old school friend who is extremely competent in the knitting department) that I’d start a nice easy project to ease me into the world of knitting.  The pattern I’m using is called the ‘Hitchiker’ which can be found on Ravelry here.

I’m using 4ply merino wool in three earthy tones, on a 3.75mm circular needle (first time using a circular needle….WHY HAVE I NOT USED THESE BEFORE?!) and I’m really enjoying the project so far.  As you can see in the image below I’m about halfway through the pattern already, all of that lovely garter stitch is really fast to knit up.  I love the texture of it – it’s relaxed and stretchy yet still dense and will keep my neck warm next winter!

Initially I was just calling this project the ‘Hitchiker Wrap’, but I’ve been knitting it while watching my favourite fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss’ Twitch channel as he livestreams his adventures in the recently released Fallout 4 game.  My favourite author, my favourite game and a great project to work on….what more could you want?  So I’ve decided to called this wrap my ‘Fallout Wrap’.  I think it’s rather fitting with it’s earthy apocalyptic tones, and would be quite handy if you needed to fight some ghouls in cold weather, just saying.

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Also, I DID promise some photos of the progress of my coffee afghan, which I’m crocheting in lovely undyed Tasmanian brown sheep wool.  I have quite a few squares done now!  I only do one or two every now and then, but I’m still enjoying it 🙂

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November Projects

It’s been a little while between posts now (mainly because I’ve been lazy) so I thought I’d show you some new projects I’ve been working on, now that the Summer CAL blanket has been finished.

Firstly, I’ve started the ‘Around the Bases’ CAL, which is a crochet-along that uses any feature square you choose for the centre of the blanket.  I’ve chosen the enchanted garden square by Courtney Laube, which is a nice combination of a crocodile stitch flower and Sophie’s garden square.  It took a while to finish the centre square, but I’m finally onto the around-the-bases parts; currently working through the 3rd inning.  As you can see, I’m using Cascade 220 yarn again, which is what I used on the Sophie’s Universe blanket.  I think I’m in love with this yarn.

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The other main crochet project I’m working on at the moment is a chocolate-coloured queen-sized afghan for my bed.  I’m using a small square pattern from Spincushions, and the yarn is a wonderful undyed, all natural Tasmanian wool.  It’s expensive but amazing to work with and I love the thought of a whole heap of chocolate coloured sheep running around somewhere!  Photos of this project to come.

Finally….I finished a sock!  The foot section alone took me all of Saturday and some of Sunday to finish, but it looks and feels great and it fits perfectly!  I’m pretty satisfied to report that for my first sock and first finished knitted item, I can’t find any major mistakes.  Happy days!  The only depressing thought now is that I’ve still got to complete the second sock before this sock is useful, which means all of that effort all over again….sigh.  The last image below is the beginnings of that dreaded second sock.  I figured I’d better start it straight away before I get scared and throw the yarn and the completed sock in my WIP pile in my office cupboard.

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