Bits and bobs: 2014 edition Part 1

Bits and bobs: 2014 edition Part 1

I’ve been knitting on things old(ish)

Re-Wrapped Cardigan has part of a sleeve. Terrible quality photo due to poor light conditions
Re-Wrapped Cardigan has part of a sleeve. Terrible quality photo due to poor light conditions

and new

Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 - Clue 1 complete
Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 – Clue 1 complete

and crocheting up old yarn into something new

Crocheted Spiral Motif bag
Crocheted Spiral Motif bag

and I dug up some washcloths that I don’t think have seen the light of day before

Mysterious slip-stitch bias knit cloth - pattern unknown
Mysterious slip-stitch bias knit cloth – pattern unknown
"Domino" Washcloth. I can't find a source for the pattern anywhere.
“Domino” Washcloth. I can’t find a source for the pattern anywhere.
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And how is your weekend?

And how is your weekend?

Me? I spent this morning replacing the pipe that goes from the cistern of the toilet into the bowl. I know! It’s just all part of my glamourous lifestyle. It’s ok, you can be jealous!

In crafting news, I’ve finished the first part of the cardigan body (Re-wrapped About)

The curly snake thing in the lower left is the start of the second half
The curly snake thing in the lower left is the start of the second half

I just have to remember to make all the same mistakes design elements in the second half!
And I started on the 12 Days sampler squares

The giant paper clip is where I put the pattern while I'm working on it
The giant paper clip is where I put the pattern while I’m working on it

That’s the start of “A partridge in a pear tree” and “Two turtle doves”. Don’t tell me what’s on weeks 2 and 3. Spoilers! 😉

I made it out alive (just)

I made it out alive (just)

…from my first trip to Ikea.

I made it out!
I made it out!

I had to go along in person because the things I wanted weren’t available to buy online. And, despite having checked stock levels online before I went, one of the items I wanted wasn’t available. I was told they’d have stock at the end of January. Luckily, there was an alternate colour available that could work with my existing stuff.
Anyway …
Before my “experience” I had finished the border for the 12 Days cross-stitch, and started on the boxes.

Frame done and dividers in progress
Frame done and dividers in progress

I just need to print out the symbols key and off I go on week one. Week 2 is released tomorrow!
Here’s progress on the Re-Wrapped cardigan

Cardigan in progress (waste yarn for armhole in white)
Cardigan in progress (waste yarn for armhole in white)

and measured against my favourite cardigan (Sesame – Rav link) to I know when to stop knitting!

Comparing the fit from my favourite cardigan
Comparing the fit from my favourite cardigan

I’m going to have a lie down now …

Because I’m just that clever!

Because I’m just that clever!

I’m knitting the Re-Wrapped About cardigan the wrong way around!

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The seed/moss stitch section on the right should be where the garter stitch section is on the left. Whoops!

The stitch counts are all correct but I had to reverse/alter the directions for inserting the armhole (seen in white yarn) and the short row collar shaping.
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For the record, I use the Japanese short row technique as I think it makes for a very smooth and pretty much invisible short row turn.

Wider view of the armhole waste yarn and collar.
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Turned a corner

Turned a corner

Both literally;

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and possibly metaphorically. I don’t want to drone on about myself (hahahahahaha :wheeze:) but I’m doing … okay. And at this time of year, I’m taking that as a positive. I mean, yes, I’ve been pretty ill and pushed myself to do something fun and for myself, but I’m rolling with the punches more than I used to. I’m now a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy convert!

I’ve also made a little more progress on my cardigan;

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(Yesterday’s progress photo for a comparison).

And that, kids, is the end of (inter)National Blog Post Month. Apart from one post that was scheduled, but didn’t appear when it should have, I’ve posted every day this month. I always felt like I had something to say/show. I struggled much more with this last year, but I’m not exactly sure why.