Yarnalong: Vermeer and Trainland

IMG_4932For the last three weeks, I’ve been proofreading my Dad’s 80,000-word book on World War One (as well as my normal day job). As you can imagine, it doesn’t leave a lot of brain power for much else! But now, thankfully, it’s back with him and I have a respite until it’s time to typeset.

How am I rewarding myself? Continue reading

FO: Hermione Everyday Socks

You know when you really want something to be finished, so you rush it and make mistakes and it ends up taking even longer? That’s the story of my second Hermione Every Sock. I had to redo the heel-flap because I hadn’t divided the stitches evenly across the two needles – but not before I’d redone the heel decreases three times because I couldn’t work out what was wrong. Then I had to redo the gusset. And the toe graft and several rows there.

All because I just wanted to be finished, so I could move onto the next pair of my August Sockathon. Maybe I shouldn’t do challenge knitting. Continue reading

The August Sockathon

Recently I’ve had to discard a couple of pairs of hand-knitted socks. A possum-merino blend pair has managed to both felt and develop holes (go figure) and the very first pair I made have worn thin all over (it was cheap Spotlight yarn, it’s done pretty well).

The loss of two pairs, combined with finally purchasing jeans, has revealed a significant shortage of socks. So I’ve challenged myself to an August Sockathon! How many pairs of socks can I knit in a month? It’s probably only a couple, but I’ve lined up five possibilities from my current stash (which is remarkably light on sock yarn). Continue reading