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Epic Pokemon Cross-stitch Update 18/10/16

The Epic Pokemon cross-stitch is coming along nicely, albeit slower now I’ve started knitting a blanket. On the blanket front, I’m up to 17cm out of 150. Which is pretty awesome for six days work.

I did have a bit of a set back on day two when I moved from the blanket border to the pattern, and had to spend part of day three ripping out the six rows. The pattern I’m doing is a set of seven stitches, a combinations in knits, decrease stitches and yarnovers. I have not done yarnovers before, but they are a way of making a stitch, by putting the yarn…over the needle. Super original hey! It was going fine, until I realised that on row three I had forgotten a yarnover, reducing the stitches from seven to six. Uh oh! There was no way to fix it but to rip back to the border and start again.

Now, I have a stitch marker between each set of seven stitches and count them tirelessly to make sure I always have seven. It’s working! I’m almost finished the first ball of yarn and have six more being delivered this week.

But back to cross-stitch! I finished off another page and a bit and here’s the results.img_0581

I love the curls Jiggly and Wiggly have, they are just adorable! Zubat annoys me, as my home town is rife with these in Pokemon Go and they can be annoying to catch. There there *pat self* don’t take it out of the cross-stitch.

Nine and a bit pattern pages left. That’s so exciting!

Until next time, have fun!

Baby Blankie Number 1

Yesterday I started working on one of the baby blankets planned to be done over the next few months. I’m probably delusional at how long they will take but I do love a challenge and worse case scenario, it will be the midde of summer when all these babies arrive and no ones gong to need a blanket anyway.  I probably won’t share too much of this until it’s finished so that it’s at least a partial surprise for the mummy and daddy 🙂 What you can see so far is the garter stitch border and I’m about to start the pattern.

I am absolutely in LOVE with this yarn. It’s Stellar from Bendigo Woollen Mills, in the colour Tourmaline. It’s this gorgeous heathery blend of white and dusky pink and it’s so squishy and soft and a dream to knit with and has absolutely no scratchy factor to it at all.

Stellar is a 50% wool and 50% bamboo blend. The bamboo adds this incredible silky softness to the yarn, while the wool makes it durable, and this version is machine washable as well which is a definite bonus for a baby blankie. It has breathability but has yummy warmth for when cooler weather comes along in 6- 8 months.

I picked up the 12 ply yarn which means this blanket is knitting up quite fast on 5.5mm needles. I’m using my longest circular cord which gives a total length of 60 inches with needles.

Unfortunately it’s ending up wider than I had estimated, especially considering that I knit a test swatch and calculated the stitches required to get the width of 120cm. Somehow, it’s 140cm wide….I’ve redone my math and it seems to be sound, so I think maybe I mis-measured my swatch. Rather than undoing a few hours of work, I decided to carry on in hopes they might get extra years out of it with it being bigger 🙂

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I cast on 179 stitches because I wanted to make it larger than the original pattern (which I won’t share until it’s finished :P) and chose the Chained Cast On, which lo and behold, has a chain of stitches running along the edge. I did have to pull out my crochet hook to do this cast on but I fuddled through and I certainly achieve a more even and looser cast on than with a more traditional cast on, due to my tendency to pull it too tight.

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It also matches the chaining I am doing along the sides of the blankets. This is achieved by slipping the first stitch of each row from the left needle onto the right needle (don’t knit it) and by purling the last stitch in each row. Tiny thing but it looks great!

The pattern I chose looks great but isn’t so complex that I have to concentrate completely. Yay for knitting and tv! I’ve recently zipped through The Last Ship during the last few weeks while working on the Pokemon cross stitch, update coming soon as I am nearly finished another pattern page, and oh my god, I love that show! There’s something about viruses and the end of the world that I love; add Navy guys and shooting and blowing stuff up and I’m in heaven! But now that I’ve finished that until Season 4 starts, I have moved onto House of Lies, a completely inappropriate comedy drama about management consulting. If I say I finished Season 1 in one day….you’ll figure out I’m enjoying this too.

So, until next time, have fun!

Epic Pokemon Cross-stitch Update 04/09/16

Crafting has been a little tough to come by lately for me. I pinched a nerve in my shoulder, so while that eased up, I couldn’t hold my knitting needles or cross-stitch for more than 10 minutes. I couldn’t even imagine rolling out cookie dough.

Then the flu hit a week ago and has wiped out the hubby and I. Feeling pretty poorly but have done a little cross stitching last night during a brief respite and some more today. I do miss keeping my hands busy with something. It’s a terrible line I’ve found between having no energy and feeling useless for doing nothing. I’ll try not to beat myself up about it too much 🙂

A few more Pokemon have managed to be found since my last update on the Epic cross-stitch. Diglett, and his evolution Dugtrio, and their catty friend Meowth, who is just the cutest!

Diglett leads to a fun little story about one of Jason and my early Pokemon Go walks. We planned to be out for maybe an hour maximum, and ended up chasing Diglett around for over two hours. I nicknamed him Diggles, (I was watching Arrow at the time which has a character called John Diggle) which caused me much amusement as Jason just hated me doing it.

“His name’s DIGLETT!”

He gave in eventually, and Diglett shall forever be known now as Diggles.

Unfortunately, we didn’t know at the time that Pokemon Go didn’t clear out the de-spawned Pokemon (now since fixed) and it was just after the three footprints glitch happened, so we were basically chasing a ghost. We got a lot of steps that afternoon!

Anyways, enjoy this little update, and I hope that I’ll be feeling better real soon and back to crafting more.

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Until next time, have fun!

Epic Pokemon Cross-stitch Update 22/08/16

As promised, I’m sharing my progress on the Epic Pokemon cross-stitch. It’s going well, many hours of The Wire have been watched, in so far as I’m on the last episode of Season 4.

I managed to do these two guys – Growlithe and Arcanine. Loving their hair, rock on puppies!

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Here’s the total progress so far. It’s getting there. Last week I made a quite outrageous claim to Jason that I was going to see if I could finish by Christmas. I understand the importance of reasonable goals but occasionally the crazy ones can push you to achieve as well. Even if I don’t make it, the amount I will have done will still be pretty impressive. The challenge is on!

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It still amazes me with the level of detail each Pokemon has with just a few colours.

I decided after the Pokemon puppies, I would focus on getting rid of some of the pattern pages, rather than focusing on one or two. That’s why you can see like part of four different Pokemon above.

Because it feels like absolutenheaven when you go from this:

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to this!

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Until next time, have fun!

Zanzibar Sock

A few days ago I finished knitting the first of two socks. I’m going to call it the Zanzibar sock after the name of the colourway, Zanzibar. To any that don’t know, colourway just seems to be knitter’s fancy schmancy way of saying the name of the yarn’s colour. I suppose thinking about it now, a lot of yarns aren’t just one colour….

I didn’t get this post up earlier with looking after a sick hubby and then me feeling crappy with a pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder. But here we are now.

I was nervous about doing a cuff-down sock because of the possibility of running out of yarn.  I cast on 68 stitches for what was calculated to be the size i needed, and I went with two inches of 1 by 1 ribbing on the cuff, followed by another half inch of stockinette before I started the heel flap. This is where you knit only half the stitches to go down the back of the heel. You then do a heel turn using short rows, but not the same wrap and turn ones I tried on my first sock. No holes here baby!

I think the sock looks a little weird here, as if it doesn’t sit flat, but note it hasn’t been washed and blocked yet.

There’s also that super unfortunate line across the ankle where the blue transitions to yellow. Booooo!

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After the heel turn came the part that I had read a lot of people hate – picking up and knitting the gusset stitches. I think it’s because they don’t know how many to pick up, or are afraid of holes that can appear. I think i did pretty good, I can’t see any holes, so yay! I did watch a few YouTube videos demonstrating the gusset pickups, that really helped.

I went from 34 stitches on the back up to 66, with 34 stitches on the front, or instep of the sock. It felt very awkward with that many stitches for a while, but they go down as you do the gusset decreases to reduce the number of stitches back down the original number. Once it was down to normal, it was just knitting in the round until I got to the toe, where it was the same type of decreases to cause the curved shape.

Here’s a close up of the toe decreases from the side of the sock. You can see the strange ridge all along the sock up the foot where these stitches were the middle of the round so they have a different tension, but when it is washed the stitches will adjust and the line should disappear.H

This picture below shows the sock as it was knitted, working the stitches up towards the toe. Decreases were done one before and one after the side stitches. These are basically knitting two stitches together in different ways to give the sloping effect.

It was scary and exciting to try it on at the end. Good news – It fits perfectly and even on my fat ankle foot, so I won’t need to adjust anything for sock number two.  I’ll definitely show you how they look on when I finish the second one.

I’ve already cast on and down a few rounds of the cuff for the second sock. I shall not succumb to “second sock syndrome” 🙂

You can also see my leftover yarn from ball one, compared to ball two. In all, I used 33 grams out of 55 grams (ball two is 50 grams). I guess i’ll have to make some baby socks to use up this yarn….?

This was a very enjoyable knit. Even though it’s plain, seeing the colours change frequently kept my interest as well as learning some new techniques. I learned to knit decreases, in the form of k2tog (knit two stitches together) and the ssk (slip slip knit) and also how to knit through the back loop, which causes a twist in the stitch. Picking up stitches no longer seems as scary either. Well that it’s for now. I’ll be back probably tomorrow with a Epic Pokemon Cross-stitch update!

Until next time, have fun!