Finished object 10 – soft squishy socks

Just a vanilla pair of socks with a fish lips kiss heel. Easy football knitting or while waiting for your turn to present when you’ve heard the other 2 lectures before. Although in hindsight I would have liked the chance to ask the GM if he didn’t mind me knitting, but he came in late and it would have disrupted my lecture. 

I digress. That’s been what this week has been like. Awful and unable to focus on anything. Ooooh!!!!! Squirrell!!!!!!!!!

Back to the ordinary socks, the yarn is so smooshy and dyed beautifully it makes them extraordinary and lush. 

It was given to me in a ravelry group swap box and it is so beautiful. I’ve lost the label (I can’t find anything this week!!!) but I do know that it was a merino/nylon/cashmere blend. Swoon. 

These are the first socks off my Hiya-hiya 2.75s. What a delight to knit with. 

   
   

The variegated yarn makes them look good inside out as well. I like slightly oddway socks so I shall be wearing one sock inside out whenever I wear them methinks. 

I’m a but disappointed in my ribbing though. In hindsight I should have gone down a needle size because after one wear all the ribbing stretch is gone. Or maybe it’s because I did the ribbing with the knit stitches through the back loop. I might try blocking them. 

  
Still, they are a squishy, smooshy, warm pair of socks, just in time for some cold (for Australia) weather. 

I know my Canadian and Wisconsin are rolling their eyes as hard as I do when someone mentions a “30 degree heatwave” (30 degrees is my normal. A week of 40+ is a heatwave!) but I digress. 

A pair of socks off the needles and I still have 60grams to make something else pretty from that yarn. 

  
Tina-cat also seems to like them!!! 

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Where did my mojo go…

Well I know quite a bit of it went to a really heavy and stressful work week which went really well and I got a stack of compliments and work cried for it but it was still a lot of hard work and energy. 

Then there was the 100+ hours I put into dragon age inquisition on PS4 (I got it for my birthday!!!! Second best birthday present after the gorgeous scrapbook my mum made me with photos of all the important moments of my life. Seriously an amazing mum!)

Even though I’ve just finished dragon age inquisition (for the second time!) I feel the need to immediately play as a different character. And then I’ve also got The Witcher 3 and Bloodborne to play, as well as finishing Mass Effect and Dragon Age Origins plus the free PS+ games I got last month. 

And then!!!! I get a Netflix email saying there’s new Orange is the New Black, Scandal and Greys Anatomy. Everything is conspiring to make me hibernate for the winter. 

Nothing I’m knitting can compete. 

I just finished Snakeld. Which was fun. It needs blocking but I haven’t got around to it. 

 

I’m working on another one of my lovely ruffly shawl. It’s now up to rev 1.1 because I realised I couldn’t count and had the row counts all wrong. 

   
 

So far it’s had over 500 unique downloads!!!!!! Which is just amazing. 

And I finished a pair of socks. But then realised a picot cast off didn’t work. So I un-finished them and they’re back on the needles. 

   

I literally jumped for joy at a piece of timber that’s going to become a piece for my spinning wheel.  

 But still no knitting mojo. 

Hopefully reading my new purchase  will bring a little bit back. It came highly recommended by the lovely enabling Megan!

So I guess I should stop complaining and just find something I want to knit or make. 

Or maybe I could just watch some more Orange is the New Black and have a little nap. 

You can now knit some of my original designs!!

I have now got a pattern shop!

I designed some patterns for my week as the Cut Out and Keep Superstar and yesterday I loaded them into ravelry on a bit of a whim really.

Well I published them and already this morning I have 5 comments (yes 5 individual people who are not members of my family or my twitter friends*) from people liking my shawl pattern!!!! I’m just a little gobsmacked

Please let me officially present the first (hopefully of many) Rebekah Liddicoat Designs**
Lovely Ruffly Shawl

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My Summer Sky Slouch
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A Chevron PomPom Bookmark
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A cabled tea cozy (with cable tutorial)

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*A special shoutout to Shay who is not a knitter, but still retweets and comments on all of my knitting posts. I appreciate the support mate 🙂

**Just a note for those curious about my Designer Name. That is not my real name, however Ravelry requires me to have a credible sounding First & Last name so I chose one that I know is unique and does’t appear anywhere else on the internet (except for birth records from the 1800s).

#KCBWDAY7 – Your Time, Your Place

I knit while waiting for the train,
I will knit whilst on a plane.
I will knit curled on my couch,
with cats at my feet about to pounce.

Sunny crafternoons knitting on the grass,
If I was in school I’d knit in class.
I can knit whilst walking home,
I will knit when on the phone.

Knitting is crucial when watching sport
Especially this year watching Port!
Knitting in public haters beware,
You’ll see me knitting everywhere.




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#6KCBWDAY6 – polls apart

If you could only knit one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

 

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#6KCBWDAY5 – and now for something completely different 

  

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** yes this is the extent of my drawing skills. This was drawn by a 30 year old, not a 7 year old. 


#6KCBWDAY4 – Bags of Fun

Bag number 1 – Editors 

Contents: hand dyed yarn, 31 rows of  cold pine on 5mm Hiya Hiya circular needles  
 

Bag number 2 – Two Door Cinema Club

Contents:  scissors, yarn needle, yarnvszombies fingering weight yarn, Baba Yaga socks on addi turbo 2.5mm circular needles

   
Bag number 3 – Tangerine Designs 

Contents:  yarnvszombies doctor who collection tags, one geek to craft them all doctor who collection stitch markers,  snakeld scarf on birch circular needles in yarnvszombies 7th doctor colour way, home made lip balm from Twitter lovely Rocky, crochet hook, penguin tape measure from ravelry swap box, pen, nail clippers, bottle cap, cocoa butter lip balm, yarn needles, scrap yarn, carabena and stitch marker. 

  

 

Bag number 4 – The Shins

Contents: blanket inspired by grandmothers favourite dishcloth on birch needles. 8 ply marvel soft yarn in 4 colours. Curious Tina-cat

   

Bag number 5 – Typo flip out case

Contents:  carabena with handmade stitch markers, scissors, scrap yarn, pens, crochet hooks, pencil sharpener, sharpie, yarn needle, ruler/needle gauge, assorted double pointed needles, assorted short circular needles, modcloth measuring tape, Tina-cat. 

     
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**I am in no way sponsored by yarnvszombies. I am however putting her cat through college. 

#6KCBWDAY3 – experimental photography or knitting photos with song lyrics

Editors – Papillon


Phantogram – Black Out Days

CHVRCHES – Dead Air

The National – Runaway

Blood Red Shoes – In Time To Voices
  

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

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#6KCBWDAY1 – if I were yarn

  

If I were yarn I’d be bright, cheery, and colourful. 

If I were yarn I’d be soft and squishy. 

If I were yarn I’d be durable and tough 

If I were yarn I’d be kind when you needed me to but challenging when I knew you could cope. 

If I were yarn I’d like to make you feel better when you see me. 

If I were yarn I’d let you know what I wanted to become. And the pattern would be well structured, well written and clear. 

If I were yarn I’d be clever and springy and accomodating. 

If I were yarn I’d be reliable and always practical. 

If I were yarn I’d like to be petted all the time. 

That’s the kind of yarn I’d like to be.

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Finished object 8&9 – nurmilintu 

Remember that shawl that I posted without taking a good picture of first? 

Well I have my photo! 

 
Isn’t it just lovely??? Megs of course but also my shawl!!! 

The pattern is nurmilintu and I just finished another, this time for myself and also in my own hand dyed yarn. 

   
Blocking it made such a difference. But blocking with cats? When they’ve taken one of your blocking mats to be their new scratching post? Not fun. 

At one point Tina ran off with a pin in her mouth and I had to chase her through the house so she didn’t hurt herself. In the end I locked them in their room (formerly the spare room) pinned it all out and then put it outside and once it got dark then put it into our bedroom and closed the door. 

That’s the problem with open plan houses. No place to block your shawl with two nosy kittens. 

   

  

 

I’m still not entirely convinced that the lace panels are correct. Either due to me not being able to count or the chart being wrong, but I don’t really care.

It’s colourful and warm and soft and it won’t leave my neck for at least until I finish the picot scarf that’s nearly off my needles.