I’ve been so lazy
When it comes to updating this blog. Well, I have been ill, and then busy, and then ill again, but mostly it’s just down to laziness.
I have been knitting in the meantime, though! There are many, many projects on the go. I’ve finished some, too. I made a pair of socks for mum, which I’m quite proud of, as they were different sizes for her different-sized feet. Just plain stocking stitch to make it easy to get the size absolutely right, with a little shell insert down the outside of each leg to show which is left and right.
I hit the jackpot in the Liberty sale when I was down in London over Christmas and New Year, I got about a dozen balls (50g each) of Jaeger Merino, some 4-ply and some DK, at £1.60 each! I would’ve come away with even more if I could’ve. I also picked up some 3mm bamboo dpns so I could start on a nice thick pair of socks while I was there, and this is the result:
Jaeger Baby Merino DK, I think the colour is called Petal? 7sts/9rows/inch, 48 stitches. They’re so thick and cushy and snuggly! I didn’t do anything fancy with them because my feet had been cold lately so I just wanted some warm socks as quickly as possible.
Last autumn I was pleased to find Crystal Palace bamboo dpns available in the UK at Socktopus, as I’ve heard so many good things about them. I’m currently in the last stretch of foot of of the second of a pair of socks I’m knitting on them (Regia on 2mm) and I’m afraid I have to say I’m not that impressed. I can’t really tell any difference between them and Clover, except that the Crystal Palace are a lot bendier, which is not something I like at all. Clover remain my favourite bamboo, definitely in the smaller sizes up to 2.5mm anyway, which is all I’ve used.
I was, however, more than impressed with Socktopus. When the package arrived it was like getting a gift!
There was even a Socktopus stitch marker with it, as you can see in the picture. What a treat! I’m definitely planning to buy from them again, I’ve got my eye on some of the unbelievably gorgeous yarns, once my bank balance recovers somewhat from my trip to London.
More recently, I’ve been putting together some phone charms and stuff again:
And this time there are row counters! Mine is attached to my Chibi, which I find incredibly handy
except not so much right now as I’ve somehow managed to mislay the pair of them. Gah! I’m really hoping they have to turn up sometime when I’m well enough to clear up this pigsty (I’ve been so ill with a virus that turned into an infection that I haven’t even got my Christmas tree down yet) as I’m sure I can’t have lost them while I was out without noticing. This row-counter arrangement is incredibly useful when knitting away from home, actually, as I take it off and it hangs nicely out of the way yet accessible on the little finger of my left hand. Anyway, this little lot of goodies in the photos will be up in my Etsy shop soon, I hope. The only thing delaying me is that I haven’t had enough light to get some decent photos, so cross your fingers for some sunshine soon! I have tried it with lots of lights on in here and the flash, but that’s just not suited to crystals.
I think that’s most of the major catching-up done. Next up: a pattern!