Elisa, Katja, Knitting

2015 Crafty Disaster No. 1

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It’s only three weeks in and I’ve already hit my first craft disaster of the year! This does not bode well..

Now I have a confession. I didn’t swatch. Instead I was cocky and figured that as I’ve done some colourwork in this yarn before and got gauge with that there wasn’t any point. And to be fair, it starts off fine but it grows. I started with 7 stitches to the inch and now I’m getting 6. That’s a 3″ difference over 128 stitches. So I’m not so sure that a swatch would have seen off this particular nightmare.

I had been thinking of lining this one with something super soft and slightly less itchy, but now I’m not so sure that this will be enough to save it so I’m trying to emotionally come to terms with the idea of ripping it all out and starting again. The only saving grace with that is that as I want it to be smaller I’ll be able to reuse the yarn – good thing I hadn’t sewn in all those ends yet!

The smaller size is only 4 stitches difference so I guess I’ll go down a needle size and also down a hat size. But right at this very minute I want to shove it all in a bag and throw it into the back of the cupboard 🙁 Such a shame – I was really enjoying this one!

How would you handle this one? Would you rip back or try to somehow pull it in? Would you toss it aside or get started on a new one straight away?

In other news

We went to the Camera Obscura with E and A last week and the kids had an absolute ball. The Camera people were putting on a Toddler week and they did a brilliant job – they even set up one of their meeting rooms to be a break room complete with high chairs, toys and coffee. That was truly inspired – more venues should do this.

Elisa is now walking, albeit unsteadily unless she’s holding onto something. It’s quite scary considering she’s only 9 months old but I guess the incentive to keep up with Katja is probably a great motivator.

Yesterday E and A popped round and we did some biscuit baking, lots of fun. Although next time I think I’ll premix all the ingredients to save some time.

Crochet, Katja, Knitting, My Week in Pictures

February 2014 Round Up

General Pics

We started the month with a quick belly shot – interesting to compare the Katja bump on the left with the new bump on the right. Especially since I feel a lot bigger. My hair is a lot longer too, and has been looking good since Tegan straightened it for me back in April last year – only problem is now that my roots have started to grow I look like I have a frizz mullet!

Katja has finally started to expand her eating and every now and then will even have a sandwich for lunch. One evening she managed to eat all of her own dinner and polish off mine as well – granted it was fish fingers with mashed potato, but I was delighted.

We had an exciting afternoon when two firetrucks turned up, sirens going full blast and about 20 guys jumped out. There was that anxious moment of “OMG what do I need to pack to evacuate” but then I noticed that they were all heading for the block next door.

Towards the end of the month an errand filled morning saw me attempting to use the ergobaby to bring Katja home from nursery. This is no mean feat with the belly but we managed it and the girl thought it was great fun. I paid for it later on!

Also this month Mark visited us, but I was too slack to take any pictures. I’m so useless at that!

Crafty Pics

On the crafty front I ended up with some extra stitches in my cable here but twitter knitters soon put me right 🙂

I also blocked Damask – and found out that my cast on is far too tight to get a good scalloped edge. Must work on loosening up. Still, I’m delighted with it 🙂

I also started a hat for me, but it turned out far too big so I’m scrapped that. I then found an old crochet project to scrap and I’ll use that yarn to make a little hat for WeeBump.

Craft, Crochet, Knitting, sewing, Tatting

WIPS Whipped

I’ve had a particularly productive few of weeks here. I’ve managed to finished 4 projects!

There’s not one but two hats for my brand new niece. A Yoda hat and a viking hat.

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As well as a cowl, which is yet to be photographed and my first ever pair of socks.

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So what do you do when you’ve finished a project? Cast on another of course! I’ve cast on another cowl – both cowls will get sent to their intended victims recipients at the same time. I’ve also wound the yarn for a carnaby skirt but so far have resisted casting it on. And I’ve decided on a pattern for my next pair of socks, again resisting the urge to cast on just yet (have to choose the yarn anyway).

This leaves me with 4 and a half current fibre WIPs (the half has been on hold for over 2 years and I’m debating whether or not to frog or to try to salvage by combining what I’ve done so far with another pattern…) I mentioned this fact on twitter today and was promptly labelled a lightweight. I didn’t mention the two sewing WIPs, I don’t think that would have improved my standing! Apparently the grown up knitters have oodles of WIPs, which I find stressful just thinking about although it must be said that one of the grown up knitters I know is craft-monogamous.

I started out being craft-monogamous myself, only allowing one WIP per craft. I found that it helped me to get things finished as I was hitting the boredom slump and the other patterns started to call my name. Eventually I relented, I think it was when I realised that the can’t start until I’ve finished was sapping some of the fun as I doggedly avoided the project-from hell yet couldn’t start the next one. Boy was that a slippery slope! Still I try to stem the tide by searching for the next pattern, that tends to kill an hour or so of cast-on itch.

So how about you? Are you craft-monogamous or WIP happy? How many WIPs do you have on the go? Any chance you’ll ever finish them?

Craft, Finished Projects, Katja, Knitting, My Week in Pictures

Week 12.48 – Katja finds her feet

Week 48 of 2012 from 26th November to 2nd December – Katja finds her feet and I learn how to do a knitted i-cord which results in a new hat for Katja.

Awesome new skillz #worldismyoyster #growupsofast

20121126 – Katja displays her awesome new skillz (yes, she’s found her feet) #worldismyoyster #growupsofast

 

Playtime with crazy hair

20121127 – Playtime with crazy hair

 

Just taught myself how to make i-cord

20121129 – Just taught myself how to make i-cord

 

Happiness is sunshine and a new hat

20121130 – Happiness is sunshine and a new hat

 

It's a little chilly on the canal today

20121130 – It’s a little chilly on the canal today

 

Tomorrow will be quite pleasant

20121130 – Tomorrow will be quite pleasant

Craft, Finished Projects

ROAR! A Dinosaur Beanie


Pattern Spiky Dino Earflap Hat by Adrienne Engar & Dino Spike Crochet Pattern by Emily
Craft Crochet
Size 6months – 2 years
Crochet Hooks Used 5.5 mm (I) & 4.5 mm
Yarn Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in 55 (Lime) & Louisa Harding Ondine in 11 (Blue & Green variegated)

Sunday April 17 2011 Starting the dinosaur hat today. Have decided to make the 6mth-2yr size as we’ve no idea how big my new nephew’s head will be when he’s born and it will have the advantage of still hopefully fitting him when his first winter arrives next year.

Am using DK weight yarn instead of worsted so have gone up a couple of hook sizes. My swatching says that 5.5mm hook should work to give me gauge.

Monday April 25 2011 Finished the beanie part. Have used considerably less rows in the repeat round – 5 when pattern called for 9-19!. Frankly rather concerned about the finished size.

The Louisa Harding is noticeably finer than the Debbie Bliss, was worried about my edging being too open but I think it’s OK. Have gone down to a size 4.5 hook to make the spikes.

Not happy with the first spike I made using the pattern – would take 2.5 to fill the space and they’re far too shallow. Also, the way that they’re finishing just won’t work (very irritating) Have found another spike pattern which works perfectly TheBoyTrifecta.com The really annoying thing is that I thought I was buying a complete and well done pattern – I’m happy to support designers by buying their patterns but I do expect the pattern to make the item shown in the photograph.

Thursday April 29 2011 Finished! I ended up stuffing my spikes with the ends of the yarn and then sewed them in with a fresh bit. Very very pleased with it, will get photos up shortly.

Wednesday May 4 2011 OK, finally got the details of this one posted here. I’m extremely chuffed with it!