Wednesday 22 March 2017

The Curious Case of the Monogamous Knitter

I've you've followed this blog for any period of time you'll know that I am not a monogamous knitter. But recently this appears to have come to a head and I have so many projects on the needles that none of them seem to be making any progress (and when I want a set of needle tips or some notions I can't find them as I can't remember which bag they might be in). So this weekend I decided that I would choose a project and work on it until it was finished.

I chose my Sockmatician Sockalong socks as they need to be done by the end of the month in order to qualify for the competition (a deadline is a great way to encourage me to actually work on a project). When I started on Saturday morning I had just finished the toe of the second sock. Every time I sat down to knit I picked up the socks and added a few rows. By the end of Saturday evening I had reached the heel, and I rattled through the rest of the sock on Sunday, finishing it on Monday evening (a bit of effort required there as I have mislaid all my tapestry needles. I found a few large darning needles, but nothing appropriate. I did eventually remember the pile of magazine freebies and located a needle that would do, and a cute tin. Both the tin and needles are now in general circulation, so I fully expect to have lost them in action within a week.).

I'm really pleased with these socks. They match to the stitch! And the colours of the yarn (Arne and Carlos sock yarn from Regia in the colourway Island) are lovely. I wore the socks all day yesterday and the fit is great. Hooray!

Having finished the pair of socks, I decided to stitch the buttons on the cardigan I finished last week, especially as I had a needle to hand. The buttons are from Textile Garden, and feature cute little bird silhouettes. My daughter had requested cat buttons, but I couldn't find any that would coordinate with the yarn (MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino Aran in Ochre**); she is yet to try wearing the cardigan as the weather today has been rather too wet to do a photoshoot, so I don't yet know whether she'll agree to wear it... The cardigan is a scaled-up version of my Barley Twist Cardigan, which I'm hoping to release in the next couple of months.

Two projects finished, time to pick up another. My pink socks have been stalled for a little while so I picked them up this morning and have worked the whole gusset today and will definitely have the heel done by the end of the day. I still haven't finished writing the pattern, but I do now know what I'm doing, so this pair should be finished up pretty soon. Maybe monogamous knitting is the way to go!

As it's Wednesday, I'm linking up with Ginny for Yarn Along.* I am currently reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and really enjoying it. I watched the film on Netflix at the weekend and so far the book is very similar. A girl in her twenties gets made redundant when the cafe she works at shuts down and she takes on a job working as a companion to a quadriplegic man in his early thrities. I cried my eyes out during the film, and I imagine the book will have the same effect.

What's on your needles at the minute? What are you currently reading?

*I went to grab the links for Yarn Along and Ginny has decided to stop doing it on her blog. So this is the last Yarn Along (which I was always a little erratic about anyway), but I will keep sharing my reading along with my knitting.

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  1. Now, I am SUCH a monogamous knitter. Totally. I am a bit of a control freak (a bit...!) but I rarely have 2 projects on the go, and never more than 2. I have got 1 knitting 1 crochet going right now, but only because I need to finish something (the crochet) to a deadline.

    1. I actually think my multi-project approach might be a newish thing - I used to knit projects frantically from start to finish so there was no time to get bored, but post-children I don't have that sort of time luxury any more. I knitted a whole hoodie for me in a fortnight in my 15 minute revision breaks while I was doing my A-levels!