I’ve come to the conclusion today that I do enough “craft” during the week to justify 2 blogs a week. It makes more sense to break down my posts into smaller chunks, then try to bombard my readers with a plethora of information (and miss telling you stuff because there’s too much to say). So, lucky you, you get to hear from me twice a week 😛 . Now to organise my life around that!
Yesterday Mr HKWT and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary and #1 Son celebrated his 5th birthday. When we found out our 3rd child was due on the 4th of March (the day before our anniversary), Mr HKWT stated that we’d never get to celebrate our wedding anniversary again. I blame him for our son being born on our wedding anniversary, he jinxed it 😛 . But he was right, every year our anniversary becomes less and less and #1 Son’s birthday takes over a little bit more. I think it’s par for the course, #1 Son is only a little boy, he doesn’t understand the importance of Mummy and Daddy’s wedding anniversary and that’s ok. It won’t always be that way, in fact, one day he’ll be all grown up and will be happy to not be the centre of our attention for the entire day, at least that’s what I’m hoping. At least Mr HKWT will never have an excuse to forget the date we were married 😀 .
Saturday night I went to another card making evening. Well, it’s a craft night with the option to make cards or take your own craft. I took my knitting but I also took some stamps with the view to make at least one card. As you know (if you’re a regular reader) I’ve been participating in the Postcard Swap on ravelry and the next theme is Bobmas (which I’m assuming is the birth of ravelry). So I made a knitting themed card. Not sure if my swap partner is into knitting or crochet (she may hate this card 😕 ) but I wanted to use my very cute knitting stamps from Stampin’ Up. I’m pretty proud of myself to be honest, it took ages to get the creative juices flowing. I also made another little Tea themed card for a friend to go with a tea cup I’ve bought her. I would have kept going but just those 2 card took about 3 hours to make, like I said it took a while to get the creative juices flowing. Since then I’ve signed up for a stamp club which operates every 2 months (it’s kind of like a yarn club but I get to choose my products) so there will be lots more stamping and card making in my future.
Sunday afternoon found me knitting away like some crazy knitting woman as I tried to finish off the V Junkie sock. I got there, eventually. As it was I didn’t need to add extra rows at the end of the foot before the toe decreases. I didn’t follow the pattern to the letter with the toe, Alice Yu has the toe decreased to the last 6 stitches (or some other tiny number) before grafting, I think I left it at 9 stitches on each needle (18 all up using the magic loop method). I have thin feet so I don’t think it would matter all that much, going down to the smaller stitch count, but I don’t like the idea of having an almost complete triangle at the end of my foot. I don’t know why. I doubt it would change the fit, I just prefer a more rounded toe.
I’ve been trawling my way through the Socktopus book and I’ve settled on Om Shanti as one of my next sock projects. Aside from the lovely pattern I’m intrigued by the short row toe, the toe up short row heel, and the cuff which I think might be grafted on somehow. It will have to wait awhile though as I have a few other things to get through first……. I will resist the temptation to work on it! According to the pattern though, it’s a provisional crochet cast on……. I don’t like crochet 😐 oh well, it will be worth it to learn a new technique. Why is that everywhere I turn crochet in knitting comes up. Maybe it’s just my taste 😮 . Anyway, I’m going to alter it a little bit and make them longer in the leg, I have no call for ankle socks and those particular socks are too pretty to be relegated to luxury bed socks – they need showing off!!!!!
Since finishing off the V Junkie sock I’ve made the decision to finish off some of the other WIP’s I have sitting around. I’ve picked up J.J’s Artichaut and made some progress down the right front. I’ve made so many mistakes though that I’ve had to rip it back more than a few times. I think I need to slow down. I’m in such a rush to get everything finished that I’m making careless mistakes, aside from the fact that I’m really really tired and that’s not helping my ability to follow simple instructions, especially at night.
For a while now I’ve had the Gimli socks on my mind. I started these last year for Mr HKWT but made so many mistakes in my sleep deprived newborn baby haze that I ripped them out (I’m not sure why I think I’m going to have more success now). Yesterday I started them up again, and yes it is no coincidence that I started them again on our anniversary. So far so good, mind you I’ve only worked on the cuff. I’m knitting them in Top Draw Sock yarn from Skein. I love Skein yarn, it is so soft and so smooth, and best of all it’s Australian 😀 . It’s absolutely beyond beautiful! Since purchasing the yarn last year there have been quite a few new colourways added to their range, I am so keen to add some of that to my stash, but first things first, use up what I have! I’m really looking forward to getting to the Legolas socks that I’m planning on making for me. I have a thing for those Middle Earth Elves 😛 !
From me and my little Easter Bunny to you, hope you’re having a great week!
See you soon