When Adulting leads to a flare…

Meh… Adulting sucks! I’m sure you all agree. Add to that chronic illness, and every spoonie will back me up here, and you’re just asking for trouble. 

My yarn output has drastically tailed off the last few days, I’ve been dealing with a crappy situation that I’d rather not be dealing with but if I don’t no one else will. As a result I’m in a major flare now, with a cold/fever type lurgy for good measure ūüė¶ 

I don’t know the science behind it but for some reason all chronic pain sufferers find that stress = an increase in pain levels. Usually I deal with it by sending myself to bed for a few days and then I’m back to my version of normal, however the current stress will be going on for a while so that’s not an option. I’ll get through this flare, I always do… but man I’d love to not have to Adult right now. 

I’m off to hide in my stash for 1/2 hour before the rest of the house wakes up and the day has to start. 

More socks…

These are probably the most complex pair of socks I’ve ever made. They have beads, lace, and cables, and if that’s not enough I’ve decided to do them two at a time. The pattern can be found here. The yarn is Purple Haze by Felt Fusion

One of the reasons I’m not a monogamous knitter is because sometimes I love the challenge of a complex pattern/construction, other times I need mindless distraction and a pattern I can knit in my sleep (I have been known to snore and knit at the same time, The Fraggles think this is hilarious).

Today is a good brain/bad body day. Mentally I’m feeling sharp and alert, but my body is screaming at me. Days like this are what difficult patterns were invented for. I can put all my concentration into the pattern and take my mind off the pain. 

I’m so glad I discovered knitting and a love of yarn, it has honestly saved my sanity. 

Why I love knitting socks…

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I  love handknit socks! I love making them almost more than I love wearing them. 

The reason I made my first pair of socks was because I was suffering with badly swollen painful legs (another symptom of whatever they want to label my illness this week) and shop socks were just too tight and painful to wear, so the crafter in me was sure I could make a better alternative… and I’ve never looked back. 

As well as being awesome to wear, I’ve also found socks are probably physically the easiest things I can make. Even an almost complete sock is usually light enough for me to work on without causing me pain in my hands and arms. 

They are the ultimate portable project, I never leave the house without my sock project bag. You’re more likely to find I’ve left my phone and purse at home than my sock knitting. 

Socks can be as plain and easy, or as complex and difficult as you want them to be. From simple vanilla socks to beads and cables, or lace patterns. When in the middle of a brain fog flare I know I can still manage vanilla socks with an afterthought heel. When my brain needs a distraction, that’s where the more complicated patterns come into their own. 

Socks make an awesome gift. I can make a pair of plain socks in a few days, meaning as long as I can find out a shoe size (I’ve been known to use the randomness that is Fraggle conversation to sneakily find out sizes) I can make a practical garment (ok, I’m stretching the definition there, but you know what I mean) that will fit without having to take a million measurements. 

Socks are just awesome!

Well, it’s been a while…

It’s been a while… so sorry for neglecting you. Shall we just pretend that didn’t happen? 

I’m in the middle of another painsomnia filled night, so I’m doing what any semi-sane person would do and I’m making plans for world domination…. well, designing a new sock pattern but that’s kinda the same thing. 

I’m half way through pair number 5 of this years socks, so I thought while I’m on a sock kick to make the most of it and switch on my designer brain. 

I’ve also started knitting my first cable sweater

The pattern is Lyndon by Amy Miller, and the yarn is Ella Rae worsted. This is growing quite slowly, cables and brain fog are not a good mix, maybe it’ll be done ready for next winter. 

For now I’ve got my kitty hot water bottle (every spoonie should have one) and lots of tea so I’ll cope without the sweater. 

Where did the time go…

Hiya all, well the posting weekly plan didn’t last long did it…

Life, health and time simply got in the way.

I plod along in life mostly managing my health but every now and again I simply run out of spoons and something has to give. For those of you not familiar with the spoon theory you can check it out here. My main health problems stem from the fact I have degenerative disc disease, which basically means the discs in my lower spine are dehydrated and the bones are more mobile than they should be and they press on the nerves running through my spine leading to pain/numbness/tingling/burning/weakness in my legs along with muscle spasms from my lower back downwards.

The last few weeks have been one long flare up and I’ve spent most of my time resting and not even always feeling up to knitting!

Finished Objects

I have managed to finish something…

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This is the Talisman shawl, which is the first release in the Shawl Society collection by Helen Stewart who it Curious Handmade on Ravelry. You can still join in the 2nd pattern is going to be released shortly.

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The yarn is Araucania Botany lace and I knit this on my 4mm knitpro symphonies, and shockingly I managed not to break them. I’m known as the needle killer at my LYS knit night, I snap symphonies, I wear grooves in Karbonz, I scratch metal needles like Novas, needless to say I never borrow anyones needles even for a minute.

I’ve also finished my Waiting for Rain shawl, but it’s in the blocking queue waiting for a good day because it is huge!

There has also been a sock explosion.. with 2 finished pairs and a half pair.¬†¬†I’m taking part in the¬†Bakery Bears¬†summer of socks KAL, with the aim of knitting the highest stack of socks you can before the end of the KAL on 31st August.

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Stash Enhancement

I performed a totally selfless act this week and helped a friend destash some yarn by taking it off her hands. I have no plans for what any of this will become but the best yarn purchases are always like that.
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Random Ramblings

I’ve had my designer head on this past few days, there is a shawl pattern currently a WIP (if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen a sneak peek or two) but hopefully should be ready for test knitting soon. This will be the first (hopefully of many) that I will be releasing through Ravelry, I have to admit I’m a little nervous about putting it out there in the real world for all to criticise but I need to take the leap of faith.

I’ve passed on the torch to the Fraggles, they have both this week started work knitting their first shawls. I’m so happy to see them get excited about yarn and yarnie goodness and I’m happy that their first shawl projects are my designs. I’ll share their finished objects with you when I can.

Well that’s it for this week, hopefully I can get back on track with weekly postings now and neglect you all less. Thank you for stopping by, and remember you can always see more of my randomness on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

Ok… I lied!

So much for cold sheep, There have been a few stash enhancements this week. More on that later.

Finished Objects

Yay, the Man socks of doom are finally off the needles.

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They are Sunrise Socks by Wendy D Johnson, I knitted them on 2.25mm Knitpro Nova needles and the yarn is Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury sock in the Weather colourway.

The pattern was lovely to work, just enough pattern to keep me interested but I didn’t need to follow the pattern line by line so they made great waiting in the car socks. The yarn was also lovely to use, although as a continental knitter I had to make sure I worked from the correct end of the ball as it easily unplyed when knitted from the wrong end.

SO why the man socks of doom… well, first there is the size, while only a couple of inches longer in the foot than socks I knit for myself, they seemed to take forever to knit. Secondly, I found the colours boring to look at, the yarn itself is a lovely colour, but it is much more muted than I usually choose. The Mr will just have to get used to wearing bright socks if he wants any more.

WIPS

The Caramel cardigan has only had a little love this week, and has now been put into hibernation. While is it a lovely knit, I’m lacking motivation to knit a worsted weight cardigan in the lovely sunshine we’ve had this week.¬†20160517_095734[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Projects

I’ve cast on some new socks, these are vanilla socks in some yarn from my stash that has lost its band so I’m not sure what it is.

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I decided to try something new with this pair, as you can see they are being worked on 23cm (9″) Hiya Hiya sharps, rather than my usual magic loop method. I’m still undecided on whether I like the small cable or not, I’m delaying making a judgement until I’ve completed the whole pair on them.

I also finally got around to casting on Waiting for Rain by Sylvia Bo Bilvia.20160522_042946[1]20160522_042954[1].jpg

I love love love this pattern, It is really well written, with an additional file for how to hack the pattern/add stripes/change the size etc.

 

 

I’m using Knitpro nova needles in 4mm. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply, which is 100% superwash merino the colourway is French Blue, and the colourful accents are knitted in Lollipop Guild Yarns nylon platinum sock yarn,which is 75% merino 25% nylon in the colourway Dance your cares away, which was in the Fraggle Rock mystery box.

 

Stash Enhancements

Ok, so I know I said I was going on a yarn diet but I went to explore a LYS that I’d never been to before and it would have been rude not to buy something.

The LYS was¬†stitch Solihull, I happened to arrive in time for the Stitch and Sip group and received a lovely warm welcome and a cuppa, what’s not to love.

Purchase number 1. 

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I’ve been wanting some of this for a while, and when I saw it in this colour (the colour I’m planning on making my hair next) I just had to have it. Fyberspates Scrumptious, 45% Silk 55% SW Merino, in the Magenta colourway.

Purchase number 2. 

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West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK. 75% wool, 25% nylon in the Mojito colourway. Part of the cocktails collection. This will become bright cheerful socks to wear with my Dr Martin boots next winter.

Purchase number 3. 

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The fabric stash also had a boost while at Stitch Solihull, I have plans to make this into a project bag when I’m having a good few days and can sit at the sewing machine.

Purchase number 4.  

20160522_042755[1].jpgKnit night at Sitting Knitting led to the purchase of some Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply merino in French Blue, this has already been cast on as the waiting for rain shawl.

 

 

 

 

Purchase number 5. 

What good is all this yarn without a project bag to keep it in…

 

Made by Colourful Bags, it is lined with gorgeous purple spotty fabric with a peacock print pocket inside.
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Random Ramblings

If you’ve made it this far thank you, it’s been a long one this week.

I know a lot of yarnies feel guilty when splurging on new stash, but I refuse to feel bad. I love every single thing I buy and the joy I get from it is worth every penny.¬†¬†My crappy physical health doesn’t allow me to do a lot of the things I used to love doing, so the fact I’ve found a hobby I love that I can still do is a major boost to my mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe a few stash enhancements…

Ok, so maybe more than a few.

It’s been a good month for additions to the stash, and it all began with some Music related goodies from Felt Fusion.

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This was created taking inspiration from my favourite music videos, Animal on the left (based upon Animal Nitrate by Suede) is sw merino/nylon sport weight, and Priceless Advice on the right (based upon Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana) is high twist merino/nylon sock weight. The box also included some lovely music related extras.

 

Next there was a Zombie attack…

20160331_152102[1]This was The Walking Dead yarn box, as part of the Netflix night in series by The captain and lovely. A gorgeous Merino DK yarn, that has already been worked up into the Whitefish Ripples cowl by Faye Kennington.

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Then it was local yarn shop day, organised by the magazine Lets Knit. I went along to my LYS, Sitting Knitting in Sutton Coldfield. Here some very squishy Malabrigo Lace weight yarn fell into my shopping basket and just had to be purchased. Added to that was some lovely merino/nylon sock yarn in the Dyed and gone to heaven colourway that was hand dyed by the shop owners son, James. This was being sold as part of his fund raising towards his world challenge trip to India next year.

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I have a slight obsession with all things related to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, so when Truly Hooked announced a Buffy yarn box I just had to get it.

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Lovely Merino/nylon sock yarn called The Slayer, with such cute extras, including some very cute little button magnets and a really awesome project bag based upon one of my favourite episodes Once more with feeling.

 

Another love of mine is Alice in Wonderland, this box was another by Felt Fusion

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Contrariwise (on the left) is a springy sw merino DK yarn, and Curious Croquet (on the right) is a sw BFL DK.

 

This awesome mix of greens and purples is called Some Absinthed Evening, it’s a sw Merino/nylon/stellina mix sock weight yarn and is so so sparkly. This was from the lovely Thorndolly Yarn.

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Last but not least………

Fraggle Rock Yarn box!

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As you may know if you follow me on social media, my children are often referred to as The Fraggles, so when Lollipop Guild Yarns announced a Fraggle Rock mystery box it just had to be done. It is another sw merino/nylon sock weight the colourway is Dance your cares away, and I apologise now if you have an earworm, I’ve had the theme tune stuck in my head for days now.

 

So…. all in all it’s safe to say I may be on a slight yarn diet for the next few weeks. We’ll see how long it lasts.

My First blog post

Hi, I’m fully aware that just now I’m only talking to myself but hopefully someone will join me at a later date and I’ll be less lonely.

So… A little bit about me.

I’m Sarah, I knit, crochet and kinda know how to sew but need more practice.

I got into yarn related crafts when my health took a dive and I found myself with a lot of time and not much physical ability to get out and about, I needed a hobby that I could do while sitting/lying. A trip to the local poundshop resulted in some cheap acrylic yarn and some crappy needles, add to that some youtube videos and I was hooked.

Fast forward to now… I’m a self-confessed yarn snob with an addiction to hand dyed and ooak yarns, a Ravelry queue about a mile long, and quite a nice yarn stash.