Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sunday Stashing

I decided on a solution to my problem with Mr Soaring Sheep wanting socks knitted in yarn I wanted for myself. I ordered the second skein. And another to keep it company. I really should stop now :-S


The colour of the blue skein is much more accurate outdoors *swoon*


It's called "Big Fish in a Little Pond" by Countess Ablaze and on a 75% merino 20% nylon 5% stellina base.


This one is on the same base and is called "You Keep Me On The Edge Of My Seat" and is a red-orange colour. There is some variation in the skein but as it's pretty much the same colour I think it will become something patterned, maybe cables?

I'm itching to get some new socks cast on but I'm going to finish a pair first. My rainbow stripey socks are almost finished, I'm on the ribbing now so shouldn't take long. I'll show you some photos of them next week and hopefully some photos of the new socks I've got planned.

Thank you for the recent comments, I am trying to get round to all your blogs but I've been a bit busy and sleep deprived recently (due to an irritating cough, nothing serious) so focussing on something is a bit challenging. I'm still reading, just rather slowly lol

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Yarn Along

I thought today that I'd share with you some pictures of my sock yarn blanket, and maybe a pair of socks I've got on the needles. This didn't quite go to plan...


This poor suffering puppy was left alone for just over 2 hours this morning while I went for a "run" (slow jog interspersed with lots of walking) and then again for 15 minutes while I had a shower and freshened up. Oh he suffers...


He is currently lying next to me on the sofa with his head on my lap. I'm having to strain to type with the laptop precariously balanced on the arm of the sofa. Poor baby lol


That's the best I can do for photos right now. I'm on my 36th square and starting to have to repeat colours to get it looking balanced. I guess I'll just have to knit more socks! Good job I've got lots of sock yarn lol.


My third and final chicken has started laying. The other two have been doing it for a while now but she took bit longer to get going. The egg on the left is hers, it's huge compared to the others, about 20% bigger. I'm glad I'm not a chicken!

Linking up with Ginny's Yarn Along

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Keep Calm Craft On

Morning everyone :) I've got a couple of new sock yarns to show you today as well as a progress update on my rainbow socks.

I've had quite a few nice yarns arrive into my stash recently, hopefully these will be the last for a while as I'm trying to reduce my stash not add to it lol. These two are from a dyer I've not used before but I spotted them in her latest update and couldn't resist


They are both from Countess Ablaze. The blue is on the "Viscount of Spark" base which is 75% merino, 20% nylon and 5% stellina. The pink one is on the "Lady Persephone" base which is 75% bfl and 25% nylon


This one I found difficult to photograph the colours right. The blue is more of a petrol colour and the orange is more coppery. It's called "Big Fish in a Little Pond" and I originally bought it for Mr Soaring Sheep. Now it's arrived I rather fancy keeping it for myself! Except Mr Soaring Sheep quite likes it too, even with the sparkle. There might be a fight ;-) There is some more of it left in the shop but I don't know if I'd want to knit four socks in the same colourway. Hmm what to do...


This one has gorgeous dapples of colour, really looking forward to seeing how it knits up. It's called "Eccentric Geeks"


My plan for today is to turn the heel on these socks. I kind of wish I'd done the leg part on the other sock a bit longer but at least it means I'll have lots of yarn left over for my blanket

So I ask for your opinions, what should I do about Mr Soaring Sheep wanting the blue sock yarn?

1. Be kind and generous and make it into socks for him
2. Be selfish and keep it for myself but maybe get something else to make him socks with
3. Buy a second skein and knit us matching socks in the same colourway
4. Something else?

Keep Calm Craft On

Sunday, 31 January 2016

January Yardages

I said back at the start of the month that one of my goals for this year is to be "stash neutral". I don't think I've quite managed that this month lol.


I've added quite a few sock yarns this month. Some of them from a prize and some of them just because I spotted them and lusted after lol. I've got two more skeins of Countess Ablaze to arrive but I'll count them as February yarn's ;-)


I only had a couple of FO's this month although I've got two pairs of socks and some fingerless mitts which will hopefully get finished soon next month. I made some Baby Jester hats for my pregnant friend. I think she's due today but I don't know if she's had her baby yet. Mine tended to arrive late...

I also made a sweater for my son which has been keeping him cosy on these Wintery days


So in total:
Yarn out of stash: 1102.4 yards
Yarn into stash:  3178.1 yards

Stash is currently PLUS 2075.7 yards, whoops ;-)


The photos on this post are from a puppy meet up we went to today. Pippin enjoyed spending time with his brothers although they did pick on him a bit. They all ended up covered in mud so I had to give him a bath when we got home. He wasn't very impressed with me but he smells beautiful and has slept most of the day after all that running around :-)

As far as stash reduction goes, I guess I'd better get on with some more knitting!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Yarn Along

I've got a couple of projects to share with you this week. First up is one that I've posted about before, the Coast to Coast fingerless mittens.


As you can see I've finished most of the first mitten apart from the thumb and I'm just starting the second one. I think I'm going to frog back the ribbing on the fingers of the first one though and redo it with smaller needles. And I'll cast on the second one with smaller needles too. My own fault for not reading my notes properly. Shouldn't take long to fix though, and I'm thrilled with how they're turning out.

My other project is my latest bit of indulgent knitting. I've been working my way through the back episodes of the Little Bobbin's podcast and after seeing so many photos and videos of Dani's beautiful sock yarn blanket I couldn't help but be inspired to cast on my own version.


Now for years I've been adamant that there is no way I'll ever knit a blanket, let alone one made out of sock yarn. Well I'm eating my words now. I've done 26 squares already and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Each square feels like a mini-project on it's own and as you decrease it feels like every row you're getting faster and faster until suddenly you've cast off and then you get to choose the yarn for your next square. It's brilliant and very addictive. Love it :-)

So my plan for this afternoon is to get the ribbing done on both mittens in the right size needles and then I'm going to knit on my blanket some more. Have any of you had a project you've been certain you'd never make and then you've tried it and found it was lots of fun?

Yarn Along


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