Sunday, 24 November 2013

Tension stresses me out! (>_<)

I've started a new pair of socks - I love knitting socks, I love the challenge of juggling the double pointed needles and I love seeing the sock magically grow from them! 
I normally knit/crochet stuff that doesn't have to be a particular size - blankets, scarves, etc. because I find getting the tension right is such a headache (pardon the pun!)
It's not so much the faffing about, I'm not entirely opposed to a bit of faffing, it's the nagging fear that I've got it wrong and I'm going to end up frogging something I've spent ages on because it's the wrong size. This fear has its roots in some bad experiences I've had in the past; I seem to be capable of knitting completely different tension in the tension swatch to the actual project - eek! 
Sometimes I just think "f*&k it", make the project with the suggested needle size, and everything turns out fine. Other times ...
... Actually, I can't think of a time when that's gone wrong, except the slouchy beanie I tried to make the other day which was big enough for a tiny tears doll (that likes pain!) but my spidey sense tells me that I followed the pattern wrong on that occasion.



the tension square for the long socks with the suggested needles was too small, with the next size up still too small, 1mm larger and it's pretty much bang on. Now, I'm fairly sure I knit looser when I knit in the round, but I don't know how much looser. What to do? What to do? What to do?

I have decided to go with the larger, correct-in-the-tension-swatch, needles, telling myself that at worst I'll have a pair of slouchy baggy socks, which as I'm planning to wear them inside boots won't be such a bad thing. It'd be worse, I tell myself, to end up with a too-small sock. Also, the size options in the pattern are 38-40 or 41-42 - I'm a 40 so I'm making the 38-40 with needles that might turn out to be too big.

Makes sense, right?

Please say yes!


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Little Big Easy - New Orleans (+playlist)

I'm obsessed with these tilt-shift videos atm!!


Tuesday, 19 November 2013


Here's a tale of not-planning-ahead-or-looking-past-the-end-of-your-nose/hook:

  • bought 1 skein of unbleached craft cotton on a whim in a wool shop,  
  • couldn't decide what to do with it,
  • started making nesting baskets with it, worked really nicely,
  • ran out of unbleached craft cotton halfway through basket 3,
  • ordered more craft cotton from online store never used before,
  • new cotton is white, not unbleached!!!!
Ho hum.


Friday, 15 November 2013

This is my new way to hold wool!


To do

- learn Tunisian crochet
- find out if you like making amigurumi

Unusual textured cushions

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Unusual textured cushions

Rug + roses!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

random photos of stuff & tings

in Liberty's!

OK, OK, I was desperate for a photo-subject!

Long story, this one, this is one of two bunnies that my Grandma Stella had on the shelf in her bedroom since before I was born (the other one's dark green). Apparently they once had bath salts in them! When she passed away in 2012, mum held onto the bunnies so now they're in The Vicarage. They are too cute and they will always remind me of Grandma Stella.

this was meant to be the garden in the autumn sunshine and the vibrant colours of the creeper in the foreground - not sure if it's worked, think of it as modern art, or ironic

desperate for photos

if all else fails - take a picture of one of your favourite rings!


this was actually meant to be a photo of a flock (?) of pheasants

the market in Gloucester Green


moss and lichen - a current obsession!


The Bodleian Library & Oxford being pretty