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Still here and making things.

It’s been a busy time over christmas but I’ve still made time for some crafty business.

I made another Tartan Lula Hoop, this time for my firstborn.

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I tightened up my tension for this one as I think my yarn needle combo was a little off but in the end I don’t think it improved things, the resultant scarf is less pliable and drapey which I didn’t like but the stitches and pattern do look nice and neat. Slightly smaller needles and a relaxed tension is the answer for getting it to perfection the next time around. There will be a next time, I have some more delicious looking super chunky yarn begging to be used for this!

I’ve not abandoned my crochet for knitting entirely. My nan frogged four balls of Stylecraft Weekender chunky for me a while back and it’s been staring at me accusingly from the “chunky yarns storage box” ever since. After about four restarts till I was happy with hook size and stitches I made this lovely infinity cowl.

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Might get the pattern down on paper for this one because it’s pretty easy and fun to make. Despite my best efforts to get it just right it’s ended up a little long for a short pixie like me so it’s currently homeless and just prettying up my mannequin.

Remember my blog post about Nan teaching me to do knitted cables? Well since then I found a pattern I liked the look of for a toddler cardigan and as Nan came to stay for New Year I made a start on it so she was on hand to assist if I got stuck. I had about seven restarts on the back and a lot of help from Nan getting the first few rows right (who knew ribbing could be so irritatingly easy to mess up when you are a beginner?) I only made one mistake on the armhole decreases and managed to keep swearing to a minimum. It’s been great chilling on the sofas with Nan knitting together. She’s still making me a lovely long cardi with the yarn we chose on our shopping trip on her last visit.

Here’s work to date. I am actually so proud of myself for perseverance with this despite it being quite a challenge.

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If you look carefully at my left hand picture above you’ll see I was about to make a horrible mistake (at least I think it was here it happened). I’d moved a long way up the piece before I realised it was all going wrong and I had to undo and redo several pattern repeats SIX TIMES before I could work out how I was messing the cable up. I have to really concentrate when cabling and I like that, it keeps me engaged and pushing on with the project.

I’ve really settled into my left handed yarn hold for my knitting and prefer it to my old “English style” right handed method. I’m not doing it ‘right’ for the purl stitch but the result looks absolutely fine and it works so I think I will just be unique and a bit deviant and not bother trying to make myself do it By The Book 😉 It’s definitely faster knitting the German way but like crochet it is harder going on the wrists. I’m nursing a bit of RSI at the moment as I have pain through the arm right into my neck on the right side. I so want to finish this cardi though that I’m (probably unwisely) pushing on through the pain which visits me all day on and off, even when not knitting.

We are currently pulling down walls and clearing out the extension so we can move our kitchen over there. The extension is basically full of junk and all my crafting stuff. Its also brining me face to face with the pure evidence I have enough yarn to open my own shop……

I’ve got the challenge of finding everything a temporary home during the work but one where I can still get at everything or I know I’ll just need stuff and not be able to access it. Any tips on compact but accessible storage gratefully received!

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