Finished: Slouchy Sockhead Hat

Well, I’m probably not the only one finding 2021 not quite as hoped… I saw someone saying we should be referring to the current day as December 60th 2020. I can get behind that. Hopefully not so many more days of 2020 left so I actually have time to do anything other than work… One good extra finish of 2020 though was my silly Slouchy Sockhead Hat.

It’s been a bit of a journey with a lot of frogging, tinking and shredding (is that the right word for savaging your knitting in a fury?) but it is now officially a Finished Object. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it, I love the wool, I love the colour and I enjoyed making it but it feels more garden gnome in style than casual chic and there are a few bits in the decreases that look a little lumpy. There’s another few places where I haven’t done a great job repairing some dropped stitches and I think you can see where perhaps I lost a little concentration towards the end but the tension has come out well and the fabric has a good handle to it.

The wool is fabulous. If you want some of your own, head over to Kieler Wolle and get some of their yak blends. I’m truly impressed with quite how bulletproof the yarn turned out to be but the finished hat is very snuggly and incredibly stretchy and forgiving on the sizing. No swatch gauges knitted and very little attention paid to the pattern sizing and it still worked out okay!

I was worried that I would run out of wool for this one but there’s still a decent amount left over that will no doubt hang around until I figure out some scrappy pattern to use it up with. I’m somewhat mesmerised by the colours of it which is a disappointing feature of a hat that you can’t see often and you end up looking rather strange if you do start petting it.  

I found the endless amount of stockinette quite soothing and I think I will be looking for a simple sock pattern to combine mindless with something new to try. Maybe I can use the garish Hedgehog Fibre atrocity I have lurking in the cupboard though I’m not sure it’ll be nearly as nice to knit with.

In the meantime, if anyone wants me, I’ll be sat in the corner with my new hat pulled over my face waiting for 2020 to end.  

Christmas Card Panic!

Nothing like a good Christmas deadline to focus the mind and needle… Traditionally, I am terrible at Christmas. I barely manage to get Christmas cards to friends and people who definitely deserve it, even though I really appreciate everyone who is infinitely more competent, organised and takes the time to think of me. I usually deal with this by an absolute refusal to make handmade Christmas gifts, saving them for birthdays instead, but I did want to at least try and redeem myself as a human being this year…

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Review: Knitting Yarns by Ann Hood

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What does a knitter like to do when not knitting? Buy yarn, pet yarn, ogle designs, and read books about knitting. Got a knitter you would like to let know you’re thinking of them without entering the minefield of fibre blends, gauges and tools that look like torture devices to the uninitiated? Maybe Ann Hood’s collection of short essays could be just the thing for you…

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Hairpin Lace Pieces

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Recently, I feel life has been an exploration of synonyms for tired. Fatigued, exhausted, spent, weary, shattered, frazzled… I think if it is possible to feel all of them at once, I am doing an excellent job. Much better than I feel I’ve been doing with my crafting, though I have managed to sneak in a little hairpin lace making of late!

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More Monograms at the Card Factory!

After the success of my last monogrammed card, and as part of the greetings card factory that is now my apartment, I wanted to have a go at digitising and stitching out a more complex design… and including my favourite thing, more metallic thread. This design is a very simplified version of a beautiful cadel by Elen Verch Phelip and you can see some more of her amazing work on her website here. She seems to be a person of limitless talents!

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Dyeing Sock Yarns (In Pairs!)

Maybe it’s the dour dark nights of winter drawing in already but I’ve been finding myself really craving working with fibre. It’s been a struggle not to cast something new one the needles, but I have had the wheel out and some delightful yak for a bit of sampling work I hope to share soon. Somewhat dangerously, I did end up going to the virtual Indie Untangled Trunk Show, which is probably what inspired the current bit of dyeing.

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Making Freestanding Lace

As you might have noticed, I’ve been having a lot of fun with machine embroidery and one of the things I have been trying to do is explore all of the possibilities with the technique just to start building up some breadth of experience. I’ve recently invested in an assortment of different stabilisers and one of the things I was very keen to try was making freestanding lace, which requires dissolvable stabilisers.

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Digitising Monograms

Monograms are incredibly popular motifs with machine embroidery. With the speed of digital embroidery, it’s a quick way to transform a boring generic item into something a bit more special and personal. I absolutely love illuminated letters and fancy lettering too and really think they can easily be a work of art in themselves.

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