24. Rainbows and Frogging

Hello and welcome back to my crafty corner! Hope you’re all getting on okay and squeezing in as much craft time as possible. I’ve had a good week for finishing things off and have three finished projects to share with you this week along with two long-term works in progress, a frogged project, a brand new cast on, plans for next week and some incoming goodies! And it’s still only January!

My first finished project was a Rainbow Project Bag! I made this following Ali from Little Drops of Wonderful’s ‘Dodgy Bag’ tutorial. The beautiful fabric was from The Fat Quarter. I chose the following fabrics:

  • Rainbows – Turquoise from the Makower Daydream fabric range
  • Bright Rainbows – Yellow from the Lewis and Irene Rainbow fabric range

I made this to hold my monthly Rainbow Sock Chronicles socks and have added my gorgeous little pin badge from Jooles of Sew Sweet Violet.

And on the subject of the Rainbow Sock Chronicles… I have finished my first pair for January! The pink stripy socks knit using the beautiful 5 skein of minis from Lay Family Yarn. I used the basic sock pattern from Winwick Mum and used fur of the mini skeins in 5 row stripes, keeping the deepest shade for the heels and toes. They are going into my sock box now as I’ve decided not to wear any of these pairs until next January.

I finally finished my Elton Cardigan this week too! Pattern by Joji Locatelli and I used Drops Alpaca and Kid Silk yarns. I’m so incredibly pleased about this as I cast it on last January! Honestly, I’m not too sure why I didn’t just get on with it as the pattern was lovely. I think maybe it was just the mohair that I didn’t enjoy working with. Perhaps if it hadn’t been such a crazy year, I would have finished it in March or April. But it doesn’t matter now anyway. It’s finished. It fits! That’s all that really matters. I made both the body and the arms a little longer than the pattern called for as that was my preference. I just kept trying it on until I felt like it was the right length for me.

Another week down and I have kept up my Battenberg squares goal of 4 a day.

I also decided to aim for a row a day on Cosmo’s blanket too so that I could get it finished before his first birthday in June.

After I had cast off my pink stripy socks, I thought I would get on with the Cheering socks I started in November. I was going great until I made a few mistakes and ripped back and then made a few more. It wasn’t the pattern, it was definitely me, but in the end I decided to just frog it and start them again when I feel like I have the brain power to cope with a cable pattern. That time is not now, unfortunately. I’m disappointed because I love the pattern and the yarn but it’s okay. I will make them in the future. Perhaps when the sun is shining.

On Sunday, I spent a lot of time looking through my knitting books and squishing my yarn from Christmas. It was the best! I enjoyed myself so much that I decided I needed to make the Umbel shawl from the Susan Crawford book: ‘Evolution’ using my gorgeous Sleeping Beauty minis from The Fibre Fox and my pretty skein of ‘Patisserie’ from Stranded Dyeworks. Unfortunately, I was a bit too eager. I couldn’t find the correct needle size so in the end plumped to go up a needle size and just start as I do tend towards being a tight knitter. Through the week, I worked on it and it was slow going as the yarn was so slippy. I realised the knitting just looked too loose and I wasn’t enjoying it. So I went through project bags and baskets and found the right needles, frogged all those rows and cast on again. I’m so glad I did! I’m now thoroughly enjoying the knitting and the gauge is so much better!

As I have cast off my Elton, I can happily start a new garment project and this one has been in waiting for quite some time: Fern and Feather by Jennifer Steingas. I’m using Cascade yarn and plan to cast on this weekend. How exciting!

I also needed to get another pair of socks on the needles too. So I chose this beautiful sock set from Dandelion and Dogwood that I’ve had in stash since last Christmas, in the colourway ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. These will be going into my Christmas sock box. To change things up a bit, I am doing a 3 x 1 rib.

I had the most beautiful post this week from Mr and Mrs Rabbit Yarns. I decided to sign up to their Liberty Love Sock Club and I’m so glad I did. I love Liberty fabrics so this was right up my street! The yarn is absolutely beautiful. I had to stop myself from winding it immediately and casting on! The photo just doesn’t do it justice.

I also had a little splurge in Ellie’s shop: Craft House Magic and ordered her January Mixed Tape Minis Yarn Club along with a new crochet hook and my first set of Hiya Hiya sharps. I really wanted to get these needles as I think that might be part of the problem I have with patterned socks. I shall be roadtesting them in February for my next Rainbow Sock Chronicles pair!

I was thinking this week how grateful I am to be into all of these lovely crafts. Making things really does make my life so happy. It brings real joy to every single day.

Happy crafting xx

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