28 June 2016

The bottom of the barrel

Once again I find myself in a position of having very little of crafty substance to show you at the moment.  My productivity rate has slowed to a snail's pace and to be honest, I'm struggling to motivate myself to much more right now.

It's almost as if we've had weeks of stifling hot weather, the kind where you can't move without breaking into a sweat and the only thing you can summon the energy to do is switch on a fan and lie in it's path.  But that's sadly far from the truth here in my corner of the world.

So I have sifted through the photographic archives and have found a long lost sewing project that didn't get to have it's day in the bloggy sun when it was all fresh and new.  I was a bit surprised to discover that this has actually been languishing since May of last year.  Oops!  Oh well, better late than never...

I'm not quite sure what you would call it really?  I wouldn't call it a bag I don't think, but then is it a basket, a bucket, a bin, a tote maybe
?  Who knows...
I can't in all honestly remember my precise motivation for making the thing now but I think it came from me wanting that nice open and easy access to multiple balls of wool that a basket can give you, but without that rigidity that makes a basket quite difficult to store if it's not immediately needed.

It doesn't close, so all that it holds is easy to see and get to.  It's quite roomy and holds plenty of lovely yarny colours inside and it's got handles too, so it's easy for me to grab it and go.  With retrospect I think it might have benefited from a few internal pockets.  I do love a pocket or two.   But there's always next time and all in all, it's a handy little whatever it is.

At the moment it's keeping my stash of unused Happy Scrappy Blanket leftovers and minis together, ready for when I next decide to set aside some time for that.

It's been the perfect thing for holding all those little wound up bits of colourful joy.  I can just dip in, rustle around and see what comes out next.  Fun!

S x



21 June 2016

Podcast Episode 15

Ravelry Episode Discussion Thread

Show Notes

: :   DONE   : :

Cross Stitch Summer House

Cross Stitch Pinterest Board
Pattern: Summer House by Brooke's Books
Fabric: DMC 28 Count Carolina Linen in Sand

Pixies in May

Pattern: Two Block Socks by Linda of Knitwise Design
Yarn: Peddero in Pixie by Yan Tan Tether Yarns
Ravelry Page

: :   DOING   : :

Refreshing in June

Pattern: Fine and Dandy Socks by The Sweater Co
Kindly gifted by DottyaboutCrochet, thank you Natalie!

Yarn: Violets by Norah George
Ravelry Page

Can I Make a Cardigan?

Pattern: N/A
Yarn: Bergere de France Ideal
Ravelry Page

: :   STASH FLASH  : :

Enjoy the Silence
Love Song

Socks Yeah!
by Coop Knits
108 Chryso

: :   PODCASTS   : :

Sew Sweet Violet by Jooles
Yarngasm by Kristen
A Homespun House by Molly
Betsy Makes by Sam

S x



16 June 2016

Sock Needle Review

There are so many different types of knitting needle out there to choose from.  
Why so many and are they really that different?

Deciding on which needle to buy can be tough when you are starting out and it can be hard to know where to begin and what to spend your money on so I thought it might be useful to compile a little information for you and chat a little about the needles that I own and have used so far.

Finding the right needle is largely a matter of personal taste as we all have our own ideas about what makes the best kind of needle to knit with and the video review below will no doubt be tinged with my own preferences.  Still, there are plenty of things to compare and look out for so I've tried to be as subjective as I can for you.


Needles Reviewed

Knit Pro Zings
start: 3m

ChiaoGoo Lace
start: 18.7 minutes

Addi Sock Rockets (Addi Turbo Lace - UK)
start: 22.7 minutes

All 2.5mm (US 1.5) circular needles

Cable Close Up

Cable/Needle Join Close Up

Needle Tip Profile

Needle Tip Close Up

Comparision Information

Prices based on internet searches in April 2016

: : SUMMARY : :

With the exception of the ChiaoGoo needles, where the cable is so thick I don't like to use it for magic loop, I like using all these needles for different reasons.  I love the feel of the Karbonz, the colour injection of the Zings, that flexible and pretty blue cable on the Hiya Hiya's and the super fast glide of the Sock Rockets.  But for me the top three are these...

My Favourite

Addi Sock Rockets

I think these are about perfect for me.  The cable is very flexible, the join is good and the needles themselves are just so wonderfully smooth and the stitches just glide over them for a nice, fast knit.  The tips are pointy enough to work tighter stitches and yet not so sharp they hurt.

Best for Socks

Hiya Hiya Sharps

If you like a super sharp point, these have to be the best needles to choose.  They will work into the tightest of stitches and are the best tips for picking up a dropped stitch.  The cable is super thin and flexible, the needles are smooth and fast and the join between the two is perfect.
If I didn't push the tops of the needles with my finger when I knit, these would be my winners.

Best Value

Knit Pro (Knitter's Pride) Nova

These are the cheapest needles in the review and probably represent the best value needle as they are nearly as good as the top two needles in most areas.

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I do hope this might help you narrow your choice down a little, or maybe it'll tempt you into trying something new.  Either way, I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any recommendations for me, please do let me know.

S x

PS - This is a sponsored post or anything, I just thought it might be fun.

PPS - Actually, the lovely Heather from Pink Milk did send me the Karbonz, but that's just because she's a sweetie!



Sock it to me!

Just a quickie!

I'm just here because I wanted to say a big thank you to you all for the positive comments and support for the 'My First Socks' pattern.

Honestly, you've been great about it.  The sock knitting arena is pretty huge with no shortage of sock knitting superstars, a fairly daunting place to dip a toe into that's for sure.  But I'm really glad you encouraged me to take the leap and add my little offering to the mix.

I know some of you have already brought the pattern, thank you a big, huge, lot.  You are all awesome, each and everyone of you!  I really appreciate your support and also for all the fantastic encouraging messages I received that helped me feel a little bit braver about it all.

You can find the My First Socks pattern here, if you're interested in taking a look.

Stay tuned...

Before you go, I'm just uploading a sock needle review video that might be handy if you're thinking about buying a new pair soon.

I mentioned the idea of a talking about the needles I've tried so far and I managed to finally get around to recording it for you.  There's a little video of me chattering and then a post with some clearer pictures and a sort of summing up of the main points.

I hope you'll find it helpful.

S x



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