Summer Holidays Are Coming

Christmas is getting so close now I can almost taste it in the air!  To be honest, I’m not particularly excited about the actual day (I’m not religious so the day doesn’t mean much to me) but I AM excited about the three full weeks of holidays I will have over the Christmas/New Year break when our office closes.  I haven’t had holidays since Christmas last year, so I’m really hanging out for some down time.  Since we don’t have my partner’s daughter here until January, I decided that I wasn’t going to go to all the effort of putting our large Christmas tree up.  So last night, I gathered some enthusiasm and decorated my ’emo’ tree, which of course is black with silver decorations.  It’s only a two foot tree, so it’s sitting on my dining table.  Very simple, but very us this year.

My fallout wrap is coming along very nicely!  I’m so pleased with it, and it is still a joy to work on.  I’ve discovered that while I have trouble crocheting on the bus, I can in fact knit to my heart’s content and not feel the urge to vomit into the hair of the poor person sitting in front of me.  Now that the rows are getting quite long I can only manage two rows on the way into work (express bus) and three on the way home.  I’ve got some lovely yarn on its way to me from the states, so I’m trying to get this wrap finished as soon as possible so I can start something new and exciting.  I also can’t wait to wear it as it’s so soft and light.

 

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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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Stripey Sock Saturday

I had another yarn-filled weekend.  I should’ve been studying since my exams are at the end of the week, but I decided to have a nice relaxing weekend followed by a few hectic weekdays.  My Summer CAL blanket is finally blocking, which is very satisfying 🙂  It looks lovely on my floor, and I’m sure will look just as lovely when draped on my couch after blocking (it wasn’t blocked in the lounge photo below).  It has turned out to be almost as big as my Sophie’s Universe blanket, which is a comfortable lapghan size.  Speaking of my Sophie – it’s now nicely folded and awaiting transport to the showgrounds in just under two weeks.

I made a lot of progress on my stripey knitted socks, and thanks to a few random questions to my mum on Skype I managed to complete the leg, heel flap, heel turn and gusset decrease.  The sock is a bit more progressed than the images below show, but you get the idea – it’s definitely looking like a sock now!

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Knitting – Tempted By The Dark Side

Over the last week I’ve been trying my hand at knitting socks.  My mother gave me some yarn money for my birthday on Friday, and she’s a bit of a knitter so I thought I’d give it a go for something different.  I bought a couple of balls of gorgeous sock yarn, some double point needles and a sock book.  Mum has been great by attempting to teach me how to knit socks via skype, which is pretty difficult when you’re trying to hold the iPad in the best position for the camera while trying to awkwardly hold the needles correctly.  I kind of feel like I’m betraying my hooks though, and I keep calling the needles ‘hooks’!  This is the first thing I’ve knitted other than a few dodgy scarves, so it’s all pretty new to me. Fun, but very time consuming.  I find it very difficult to pick up stitches that I accidentally drop, or need to redo because the needles don’t have a hook on the end!  I’ve had to use a tiny hook a few times now to try and fix up knitting errors.  I also don’t like the how I feel like such a beginner – I knew how to knit and how to purl before this sock – THAT was it.  Now I’m attempting baby cables and it’s very VERY slow.  Also, knitting with five needles?! I don’t think I could take this kind of project in my handbag and knit on the bus.

I’m one square away from finishing my Summer CAL blanket, so I think I’ll put the sock down for a week or so to finish off that big project.

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