Lion Brand Ribbed Shell

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Since moving to the United  Kingdom mumbly-odd years ago (nine), I have found that my sleeves have shrunk to nothing. Oh, I have long-sleeved shirts, and plenty of awesome t-shirts (lately due to TeeTurtle). So making shirts like this gorgeous ribbed shell have suited my need to have a warm torso, but arms free to regulate my temperature.

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Now me, I also like my clothing to be fairly plain. ‘Classic’, if you will. So a lot of the patterns that pulled down for my holiday knits were nice simple staple pieces that would hold me in good stead for some time to come, such as this ribbed shell. Plus yanno, I have an ambitious knitting schedule that I ‘need’ to finish before the end of the month, so things that weren’t too complicated were the best use of time.

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IMG_20160611_154055407_HDRI’ve already worn this one out once for the village fun day a few weeks ago. In spite of it being hot and muggy (or what passes for hot here; the muggy is world universal ¬¬), it was very comfortable and I was happy to show off my work. I’ve not blocked it yet, being horrible about ever blocking anything, but it seems to fit pretty nicely in spite of that. We’ll see what my dithering brain decides on, because as much as I like it, I wouldn’t mind being able to get a bit more length out of it.

 

Instagram, Instadrama

I wanted to add, while I am thinking about it, that I am on a new Instagram account, @raeyncrafts. My account got hacked, and in spite of me taking it back and trying to clean up the damage, Instagram found it easier to disable my account rather than actually help me. I’m sort of addicted to Instagram as a medium, so. If you’re on there, follow me, don’t follow me, whatever suits. Pretty much all of the pictures that end up here come from there, so if you want more pictures and less words, then there you go. 😀

Next time, pictures and gabble about the Abrazo top.

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This pattern is available for free from Lionbrand.com.

Pulina

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The next top on my roster is the lovely Pulina in Berroco Karma. Now, as much as I admired this pattern, I was annoyed that I couldn’t find a similar-but-cheaper wool to do it in. So I sucked it up and bought the actual wool the pattern calls for.

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Still, I managed to get it for a reasonably good price via LoveKnitting, and I really wanted to do a chunky knit to clear my palate after completing my Nesoi tee.

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I think it took me a total of three days to knit up — even with the fussiness of tape yarn, it was straight garter stitch for the body, and that took little to no time. The hardest challenge I had was in how to best join the front and the back without making a nasty visible seam. I’m fairly confident in joining stockinette edge to edge, but this was my first go on something that was pure garter. It came out perfectly well after reading around online and finding guidance (smile to frown, yo!). I’d be tempted to do it again in another colour, but as the yarn has been discontinued, it’s getting increasingly difficult to find the various shades. Oh well. Considering that I don’t really like having dupes of anything, that’s fine too. It’ll stand on its own unique merits. 😀

Next time, I’ll talk about my ribbed shell, and for the moment, I’m enjoying my first foray into lace knitting… but I’ll talk about that down the line.

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The Pulina pattern is free from LoveKnitting, and the last shade available on the site is on a seriously good sale price right now.

Nesoi Tee

As promised, I’m starting to work through my projects, starting with the lovely Nesoi tee. The designer, Miriam Felton, is (besides being a good friend of mine) an amazing designer and knitter. It made me really happy to pick it to start my knitting for my summer holiday wardrobe.

 

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Now, I won’t pretend that this top wasn’t a challenge. It was my first time knitting with lace-weight wool, which is a fancy term for expensive string. It took me a bit to feel like I wasn’t going to botch it and to get into the rhythm with it, but it’s the sort of pattern that builds fairly quickly, what with being mainly straight stockinette in the round.

 

The End Result

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I pose so pretty, ha ha. The top took me just under two months to complete, which I thought was pretty awesome. I haven’t blocked it I admit, so I need to go back and do that (I’ve only just done my first attempt at blocking today, so we’ll get to talking about that later). I’m hoping that when I do do that as is proper, I’ll find some sleeves, ’cause I like the sleeves in her version, but somehow mine are just not there. Worst comes to worst and if it bothers me, I can always try to embiggen them with some crochet or something.

So there you go — some picture spam, and a recommendation to give this pattern a go. I know that the idea of doing a top can seem imposing, but the actual knitting techniques required to knit this project are on the super-easy side. I know for me at this stage, I’m happy doing ‘straight’ patterns because I enjoy the simplicity of the look. So of course, the next one I’m going to blog about is another simple knit, but not a simple look when it was done. ;D

 

The Nesoi Tee is available via Ravelry for $7.20

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Why, Howdy There!

Hello, crafty and sundry!

Somehow it’s June. Last I posted here, it was March. Barely. While I haven’t been writing though, I have been knitting! Projects include:

Nesoi Tee
Pulina
Ribbed Shell
Abrazo
A shawl
Some toys

In progress currently includes:

A crochet blanket
A different ribbed top
The cross-stitch. Yes, still. xD

It is my current intent to do a post about each project over the next couple of days/weeks with plenty of picture spam! If you are in need of a fix sooner, then check out my Instagram or Ravelry account. The former gets pictures as things progress pretty frequently, while the latter is *mainly* updated. But mainly, this is just me checking in and saying that I’m alive and still crafting.

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Back of the Queue (A Comedy of Errors)

Hello, crafty and sundry!

Now, most of us will have a queue of projects in mind. I don’t know about most people, but I tend to leave it to one or two projects max, because I don’t want to have too many things tempting me — I work really hard to have one or two things max on needles at a time.

So of course, now I’ve got a queue stretching back like, six projects. Whups.

161ceb5c-4347-4e15-8e7d-0d5dfd47c108Now, the first I have had in mind for awhile — it’s this lovely Pulina top in Berroco… which I am actually doing in Berroco. I like many knitters do my best to find the best and cheapest deals for like-for-like wool, but there wasn’t anything else that quite gauged the same. IMG_20160319_160901It also by some witchcraft ended up being the best deal because the range is discontinued. Between these two facts, I acted fairly quickly to get the wool purchased and secured in my stash, because oh… well hrm. Firstly, the top is a gorgeous pattern and ideal for my particular style of dress (on the fancier end at that ’cause I’m such a jeans and t-shirt sort of lady). For seconds, it’s a chunky wool/knit, which after my current project, the Nesoi tee (more on that later), I was going to want something that knit up fairly quickly after a project that is essentially #knittingwithstring. It’s going to be sort of weird doing something that’s predominately garter stitch because I have gotten so used to everything being stockinette, but it will probably be a bit of fun.

 

Mother-in-Law Invades

So, that’s one project. If it were the only one, that would be one thing. But then my blessed mother-in-law got involved in ‘the process’. I was going to a crafting morning at the local Hobbycraft to check out a knitting group that meets there. So as I’m headed out the door from dropping off the littlest with her, she hands me £40. She starts off with suggesting that I could make another cardigan for the littlest, and then sort of trailed off and amended that I should spend it on whatever I wanted. Well shit, how do you fight that?!

IMG_20160319_131214IMG_20160319_132526So I didn’t. Now, I didn’t find anything that I liked in Hobbycraft. Nor could I get a good internet connection for my netbook, which would have been the first step in spending money in store anyways. I like to find the patterns first, and then try to find the best wool at the best value. The blue is an aran cashmerino blend that I am using to make this ribbed top, while the red is going to be used to make a cardigan for Littlerbit. I apologise for not being able to show the pattern from its original source, but you can see it here instead.

 

 

 

 

 

Further D’oh Spending

 

Now, you might have noted that there is a single button displayed against the wool. Well, that is because Ol’ Raesie here is a numpty and presumed that she was buying a pack of buttons for the low low price of 23 pence rather than a single button. So of course, that means that I ‘had’ to put together another order to justify the cost of shipping (as the buttons themselves came in less than the cost of the aforementioned shipping). I picked up some fabric wash to try, and then decided that what the hell, let’s get a full order made up.

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The pattern is Abrazo, compliments of Knitty. I, like usual, found the pattern first and then tried to find the best value wool that would work for the pattern and make up enough of an order to get free shipping. Because that’s just what knitting junkies do, darn it. And yeah, totally a theme on doing shells, but like… I like short sleeves, but I like having a warm tummy, so this is totally going to be a bangin’ summer vacation wardrobe!

 

But What About Other Things?!

Oh yeah, I’ve totally completed other things you guys might have been wondering about. Let’s review!

 

Hat: This doth be for, and is modelled by, my cute husband-fellow!

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Socks: I took some chunky wool and made myself some thick socks on the fly. Like, making it up as I went and everything.

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And of course, a bit of progress on the Nesoi tee!

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I’m actually working on the back properly now… but this post is pretty freaking long so I’ll leave it here.

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A Tiny Cardigan, and Bigger Hats

Hello, crafty and sundry!

 

When last we met, I was starting on a cardigan for my youngest daughter. I can report that as of today, it is done and complete!

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The buttons arrived this morning, and I quite happily sewed them on after I finished my for-pay work of the day. The nature of the wool and its striping meant that I wasn’t completely confident that I was going to be able to buy buttons, mixed pack or otherwise, and find enough that worked. I think that the end result speaks for itself — the buttons work well in context, and well enough match the colours of the cardigan itself. As for Littlerbit? She loves it. I guess seeing me working on it for ages and finally letting her pay attention to it… *chuckles* I could probably stand to block it to get a bit more length in the torso, but that can wait until I remember to pick up a mat from my mother-in-law’s house.

 

Another Hat Like a Cat

Smallhausen decided that she too needed a cat hat like mine — cue buying wool. Quite a bit of wool. Because of reasons.

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Pictured: Discount, but nice!

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Pictured: Expensive and gorgeous <3

Oh okay, maybe it wasn’t *that* much wool, but it included my most expensive wool purchase to date; that would be the two skeins of the Fyberspates Scruptious Lace in Cherry so I can finally make my Nesoi tee! That’s in amusing contrast to the wool purchase on the left, which is some discount (but not unpleasant) chunky wool that I bought with no particular usage in mind. The goodies on the left were rounding out an order that was a present for a friend, while the expensive niceness was rounding out a later order to get the wool for Smallhausen’s cat hat. Which basically all boils down to oh hey, Deramores, you have done a fantastic job getting money off of me in the past month or two (like, in excess of £100, though a large chunk of that was me filling in gaps in my interchangeable circular needle tips).

Of course, I’ve not gotten to the hat in question — voila:

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She was well pleased with the outcome, and even better, she didn’t notice that I’d picked it back and redone part of it after she had gone to bed. You see, the top is done with a three needle bind-off (which I think I’ve mentioned before), and I did it with the right sides facing out rather than in. That meant there was a really sharp line across the top. It was slightly annoying to undo the cast off, but it didn’t take too long and the end result was much nicer looking, and muchly envied on the playground by both classmates and parents alike.

 

And Bigger

IMG_20160212_202133[1] While doing all these things for the kiddos and myself, best-husband told me that he would love it if I would make him a hat. So after a bit of poking around, I settled on Finally, as it looked like a nice simple hat with a little bit of flair. I’ve done enough hats that I could probably blag a basic beanie without even thinking about it, but I’m not mucked in far enough into the design aspect of things to be happy trying to get past the basics, not yet. I am hoping that I can finish it over the weekend, as his birthday is next week, and that would be a nice little top-up (insert rimshot here) to the rest of the birthday wossits and things. We’ll see. I’m not sure that I am going to get any more done on it tonight because my meds are starting to crash in hard, and that rarely works in my favour when I am trying to get more knitting done.

 

Games

Best-husband bought me a copy of Craft the World for my birthday, and I promptly lost myself playing it for a couple of weeks. Which is to say, it’s super fun. I thought it was going to be a Minecraft-a-like, but it wasn’t. You start out with a single dwarf and a modest stockpile on a virgin world, which you then explore, dig up, turn into a fortress, and so forth until you’ve completely managed to exploit the level, or get bored enough to do something else. There’s a five level campaign mode in addition to general sandboxing, as well as multiplayer in smaller worlds called biomes. I’ve managed to figure out how to get into those without having to deal with other people, so that’s been… fun? Tedious? I’m not sure of the exact word, just that it kept me really busy.

I prodded around a bit after that, and then ended up starting yet another Sims 3 legacy. I don’t know how far I am going to get with that (I’m only at the point of the second generation begetting the third), but my Sims are generally happy and not on fire. And you know, you can’t really beat that.

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No Second Sock Syndrome Here!

Hello, Crafty and Sundry! Happy new year and all that jazz, if you’re into it.

As one might expect, knitting and gaming have occurred. I’m still on the Skyrim kick. I’ve been enjoying the holiday period for zoning out, which means more Skyrim than most other things. I’m level 55, I still have about 2 million quests I can do, and I have a spoon too. My spoon makes me happy, yes yes yes.

 

Socks Ahoy!

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First things first — I finished the socks as of last night. Smallhausen, the intended recipient, was quite happy with them. At least, she says that. I make her things and she puts them somewhere else. I don’t hold it against her; she’s just a kid after all. I’m glad that they fit, that they are in her favourite colour, and that I could make something nice at her behest — because even if she never wears them again, she asked me to make them and I’m happy that I could.

 

Hat is a Cat

12317823_1086947984662412_1117806886_n Of course, I might have stopped in the middle for a day or two to make something for myself… which means that I did. My Stitch ‘n Bitch group has an annual Christmas dinner, and we do a lucky dip there as well. We all bring a ball of wool to toss in a bag and then see what comes of it. I ended up with some gorgeous Rowan Big Colour, and the lovely lady who had put it in the pot had suggested that it was enough to make a hat. I was okay with that — a nice fluffy hat seemed a really good idea. And then I thought… cat hat? It took me a freaking day of researching to believe that making a cat hat was so easy, but it turns out that it really is. I used a free pattern from Worsted Knitt and adjusted based on the gauge to fit my head. But really, you knit straight up, stop an inch lower than the width, and then do a three needle bind-off. Really, I think I spent more time picking back cast-on rounds that were the wrong size because I didn’t do a gauge square for once, or because I managed to twist my cast-on. Now, if only I had some snow to christen it with…

 

A Clash of Colours

12354024_456004434583426_984794295_nOnce I’m near to finishing a project, I like to have one or two queued up to consider. So having something on the go for Smallhausen, having made a thing or two for me, I wanted to get something whipped up for Littlerbit. I had clocked this lovely pattern from Rowan, and I figured I could use it to stash bust a bit. After all, I have an infinite-seeming amount of double knit wool around the house, it made sense to try and get through some of it. Over the holidays, I had brought two colours with me to consider while spending a day at my in-law’s house. My mother-in-law is somewhere between a former knitter, and a sporadic knitter, but she apparently still had wool around the house that she wanted to see used up. That’s how I ended up with that Crofter DK back against the screen; I’d brought the red and the mulberry, and she handed me enough Sirdar to make the cardigan and a bit spare. Even if I’m not particularly a fan of the pinkiness, it’s a pretty wool that I know tends to knit up really nicely, so I’m quite happy to take it and put it to work.

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Even if I got off to a false start in doing the gauge square (I went in garter instead of stockinette, whups!), gauge was done quickly enough for me to call it close enough and get started. I’m making it a few sizes up anyways so Littlerbit can wear it after she outgrows some of the beauties my mother-in-law made for Smallhausen. It’s been some time since I’ve made a cardigan for a small person, so it’ll be interesting to see how quickly I get through it. When I was updating my Ravelry profile earlier, I found that I had gotten through some projects faster than I thought I had, so we’ll see how I manage this time. If I don’t get lost completely in Skyrim, hee hee.

And if you’re interested in what little Skyrim mumbling I’ve been doing online, you can check it out on my Tumblr. I might write a post about it properly sometime, but this one is getting long and I should go.

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Dial S for Skyrim

Hello, Crafty and Sundry!

Sorry y’all, I went quiet for a bit there. I was tinkering with the meds I take to keep my Bipolar Disorder in order (insert rimshot here), and I sort of lost a month of being able to word or do much. Whups.

 

That Knitter LifeSettings

However, I was totally productive in the knitting sense! I finished off my top:

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Which, all told, knitted up fairly quickly. Was it something like two months? I know it wasn’t an extensive or complicated bit of knitting; the hardest part of it was the cabling for the shoulder straps. And that really… that was easy and fun. I hadn’t done any cabling before on a piece, so I wanted something simple to ease me into ‘harder’ pieces, hee hee.

So of course, my current knit is dead easy — that pair of socks for Smallhausen:

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Which, as you might surmise, is heavily paired with gaming lately. This is such a boring, run of the mill pair of socks that I’ll work like, a row, and then go back to noodling around in whatever game is taking my fancy.

IMG_3532Well that, and I don’t know what else I want to make yet exactly. But I know that whatever I do make, I want to use my newest needle set. Yes, I have the KnitPro Royale collection. I’ve been ogling it since it came out because oh hey, pretty, and I insist you can’t have too many needles. My husband had spotted that they were on sale for a good price in the Amazon Black Friday sale, and asked if I wanted them for Christmas. I smiled and said no, but that we could take it out of my post-Christmas pot — his parents usually give us both a generous wodge to spend on fun things, and we do. And while yes, this makes my third set of circulars (the other two I own being this set and that set), I argue that they’ll be the foundation of my knitting hardware for years to come. Plus you know, pretty. *whistles*

Now, I’ve had in my head that I want to do myself another pair of socks, which limits what I can do with this set (seeing how the sizes are the standard range of sizes). And then I thought about doing some thicker socks, but I don’t have any chunky wool to hand. So it’ll probably just be me thinking about it for a month or two while I dabble through these orange socks. I’ll eventually think up something to make!

 

That Gamer Life

I had asked for Skyrim for Christmas a few years back because it looked really good. Unfortunately, I couldn’t ever get the hang of the controls. I tried a few different times using a keyboard (I do 99% of my gaming on pc ’cause personal preference), and then my husband suggested trying to do it with an Xbox controller. That felt a little less Blair Witch-y, but I wasn’t quite sold on it. So I thought about it for a bit and dawled around in similar games (the keen-eyed will have spotted Diablo III in the screencaps above), and then decided to suck it up and try Skyrim for like, the fifth or sixth time. I don’t know what stuck this time, but it sort of has. And what’s better, it’s one of my BFFFFF‘s favourite games, so we’ve been having fun trading silly comments back and forth on messenger and then posting them to Tumblr.

So yes, I’m very happy to finally be getting into it properly, and there is just so freaking much to do that it even makes Dragon Age:Inquisition feel shallow by comparison (though I should add I’ve not bought the DLC for DA:I yet, so I don’t have the full picture). There’s also having to learn that like, you can’t pick up every little thing you find. Between encumbrance and people who will attack you for stealing their things, there’s a bit of a learning curve. It annoyed me the few attempts to give it a go, but I think I’ve got the hang of it now. And the timing is perfect, as the Christmas holiday is a perfect time to develop/redevelop a gaming addiction.

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Better to Go With Two Knit Pro… jects

Hello, crafty and sundry!

IMG_20151025_195103I have been a bit quiet around here lately. I’ve been working on my Rowan Hobo top exclusively, and I have to admit — it wasn’t really inspiring me to make any effort on it, or to blog about it. It’s coming along well, a few rows a day here and there. I’ve finished the back and am somewhere between a quarter and halfway done with the front (though probably much closer to the former than the latter).

IMG_20151102_203052I had hoped that with it being my only project on the go that I would be more inclined to focus on it… I was wrong. I think. I finally broke down and cast on the socks that Smallhausen wanted me to make her. I used Jeny’s Stretchy Slipknot Cast-On, which, if you are not familiar with, makes for amazingly stretchy and comfortable cuffs on top-down socks, or wrist-up sleeves. I had forgotten how tight the first row of knitting was going to be though; the combined effort of casting on and doing the first row probably took me an hour or more. I doubt it will take me as long on the second sock, but we’ll see what happens when I get there. I’ve got to get through the first sock too, and as Smallhausen wants them to be knee-length, that’s going to be a bit longer than not.

 

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What is of amusement to me though is now that I’ve got two projects on the go again, I feel more inclined to knit altogether. That’s surprised and amused me, but this evening has seem me diving headfirst into trying to make some sincere effort. Maybe the bright bright orange that Smallhausen is perking me up and sending me knit rays, ha ha — she said orange for her socks, and hooboy, did we get her orange. But really, I guess that being able to do a row of one thing, and then a row of another, and to alternate as such makes it a bit more interesting and a bit less same old same old ‘knit in pattern for 10,000 rows’ sort of thing (even if both are totally exactly that in different ways).

That’s about it for me right now. I’ve not really been gaming outside of comfort zones, I’ve not the spoons to make with baking, and NaNoWriMo? Maybe next year or the year after, but I knew I was going to skip this year no matter what. Good luck to anyone reading who is giving it a go though!

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Slower Than Expected Socks

Hello, crafty and sundry!

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I don’t know why I thought a pair of socks would be a quick knit. I mean, it was in the scheme of things; it took me less than a month (or just over a month?) to crank them out. That’s pretty quick all told, especially considering that my focus has been terrible, and I keep getting back and shoulder injuries. Oh yes, balla knitter rocking her repetitive strain injuries, ha ha. Honestly though, I’m just relieved that I made it through without snapping one of the needles, especially considering how many times I dropped them under my rolly chair. And remember me mentioning feeling cursed in my last post? I ripped out so many stitches on accident so many times, often when picking up a needle and then watching them slide off. Whups. Looking on the bright side, at least that was some quality practice on picking up stitches and not twisting them overmuch. Oh sure, I made plenty of mistakes, like forgetting where I was in the pattern, and at one point on the second sock, I completely forgot how to read my stitches. Yeah, that was… special. *laughs*

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I also learned one of the basics of sock knitting — how to slip stitches on the heel. It’s one of those things that ‘everybody knows’, so of course, it doesn’t really filter down to newbies. Now, the heel flaps on the socks that I did for the girls had a super-weird tension, and the only thing I could think of in the why department was in the slipping of the stitches. Because it didn’t say how to do it, I was slipping knitwise on the knit rows, and slipping purlwise on the like, one stitch on the purl row. It turns out that you should slip all stitches purlwise, which makes for a happy flappy flap (as pictured above). Suffices to say, it was much easier this time around to pick up and work the gusset.

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If I’m honest, I’m ready for a break from socks. But also, socks are a lot of fun… and Smallhausen complained that she didn’t have an orange pair to go with her blue pair (those being her favourite colours of the moment). I’m slowly pawing through Ravelry to see if anything interesting stands out, but hopefully she’ll forget long enough to let me work on my top. She probably won’t, but I can dream!

There’s nothing else to report in particular right now, craft or game wise. I’ve been wallowing in old favourites to get me through a period of fairly crap mood. I’ve not really been up for baking either, though the family has gotten into geocaching this year. There are pictures on my Instagram account as well as generic life things if any of y’all are interested. It’s been good for getting us out of the house, which considering my hermit tendencies, is a very good thing indeed.

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