Big apologies for my blogging absence over the last couple of months. As I touched on in my previous post, I've been going through a really tough time recently and have cut myself off from everything apart from my job. At some point, I expect I will be able to discuss this openly but for now I am focusing on becoming myself again.
It's not all bad, though. Although I fully admit that my crafting output has dwindled lately, I've started a few projects and finished several pairs of socks - all of which I'm aching to share with you all!
As the script for Harry Potter & the Cursed Child was released yesterday to coincide with J.K. Rowling and Harry's birthdays, I figured these should be first up!
Say hi to these gorgeously stripy, Hogwarts House themed Potter Socks!!!
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
~ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
Once again, life has been flying past me. This time, I guess I've got a better excuse than most as I'm preparing to move from one apartment to another. I'm staying in the same area, but the whole business of house-hunting has been filling every spare moment that I've not been at work for the last few weeks. Thankfully, we found somewhere today and are just waiting for the tenancy agreement to be drawn up. I can't wait to have it all over and done with!
Wow. It feels good to stop and sit down here for a breather. Life has become unexpectedly hectic over the last two weeks, as I've forced myself out of my usual comfort zone to start dating and explore more social interactions. It's been great fun, but with work and general day-to-day tasks as well, I've barely had time to pick up my knitting let alone contemplate writing a blog post. I'm lucky today though, I have the whole week off work and I do have a little something to show you.
It's not very exciting, but as I mentioned in my last post, my colleague fell in love with the Little Hoodlum I made for my cousin's newborn and asked me to knit a similar one for her friend's baby son.
Which I did...
Another finished object, which again, isn't a pair of socks! I'm so pleased with this hoodie, which has been knitted for my cousin's baby son.
The pattern is Little Hoodlum by Julia Sandfield.
After the madness of knitting a pair of socks from scratch last week, I'm winding down this week by splitting my time over three different projects.
First up is my Chance of Snow cardigan, which has grown quite considerably from my last update. As you can see, I've now finished the body of the garment with just the pockets and sleeves left to work.
As I'm quite tall, I've also added a considerable amount of extra length to the body so that I can be sure it will reach my hips. Most shop-bought tops/tees run too short. I kept trying it on whilst I was knitting, so I'm certain it's just right.
The Neon Beach Socks are finished!
I managed to knit up the toe in my lunch break at work on Thursday and they've now been washed, blocked and are ready to wear...
(N.B - I only have one ball of this yarn range left now but don't worry, it's not being used any time soon - I'm all 'neoned' out for the time being)
I'm very pleased with how they've turned out and I love the effect that the pattern provides. It really 'pops': the slipped stitch ridges give an interesting textured contrast to the bright yarn. I'm extra proud, as the pattern is of my design, which I'll be writing up and posting soon.
Why is it that things never go to plan? I fully intended to have read at least two books since last week. But here we are, another week and my reading is (still) behind and, once again, knitting progress has been quite considerable...