My first yarn haul!

Lots of yarn came spilling out

I ripped open the two bags in excitement!

Well, it’s not my first yarn haul, but it’s the first I’m blogging about. My mum got be an early birthday present because I’ve been a little bored, and she’s worried boredom leads to depression so she’s trying to keep me occupied. So for around £55 from Deramores she got this lot sent to France. I got really lucky, she ordered Monday and it was here on Saturday!

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And here’s everything I ordered, almost tidily arranged.

So what did I get?

  • Sirdar Heart and Sole. 4 ply sock yarn, 75% wool, 25% nylon. Two 100g balls.
  • Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo. DK, so soft, 80% bamboo, 20% wool. 50g balls. Four skittle, the dark blue, then a golden yellow, reddish orange and a red.
  • Rico Creative Cotton. 100% cotton, aran weight yarn. Two 50g balls.

The Sirdar Heart and Sole is for socks because I’ve been having really cold feet, although that’s got better since I stopped my medication. Unwanted side effect from antidepressants? I don’t know. I’m still trying to choose a pattern.

The Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo is for a jumper for Sandy. I found this jumper with a rocket on it in Knit Now and I had to have one for my son. So I love Baby Bamboo, it has great stitch definition, and it’s so soft and I liked this pattern and that’s why I chose that yarn. I’ve already finished the front and back and now I’m working on the sleeves.

The Rico Creative cotton is for a hat to match my new coat. I broke my black biker jacket, it wasn’t leather so it was going to happen eventually. My new coat is black and red check and has no hood, I need to have a hat to protect from the rain but my purple one clashes. So I’ll make a new one.

Sirdar Heart and Sole and Rico Creative Cotton

Sirdar Baby Bamboo

Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo

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Buttons!

I also got buttons, they’re for Sandy’s jumper really, but I couldn’t decide which were better. The red are the perfect shade, so I guess it will be those. We’ll see, buttons are always useful though.

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And my double-pointed needles…

I only had 4mm, 4.5mm and 9mm double-pointed needles, meaning making socks wasn’t going to happen, now I have these!

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And a better shot of the Rico Creative Cotton

 

Double Pointed Needles?

About six months ago I decided I wanted to knit in the round, mainly to make some hats for my son. My mum bought me some circular needles and said it was fairly self explanatory, cast on as normal, then bring the start and end together and knit as normal but keep going in one direction AND DON’T TWIST THE STITCHES!!
Well I tried, and I tried, and I tried, but after two weeks of failed attempts I gave up.

Knitting in the round wasn’t as easy as I had thought, and I couldn’t do it.

Afterwards I asked my mum why she got circular needles and not double pointed, she explained that DPNs were harder and I’d have more problems, but I wasn’t sure.

Something about DPNs seemed much easier, like the round was always the right size and there wasn’t an annoying wire.

So on Thursday when I was out raiding the sales I stopped and grabbed a set of 5 4mm DPNs, and 10 balls of wool.

That evening I was trying to make a sock because it seemed smaller and easier than a hat. I cast on and did a round only to find I’d twisted it! So I unraveled and tried again.

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In the end working on four needles with a fifth was tricky, so I did up until the heel with two needles and worked with a third. My mum said the heel would be really difficult, so I was dreading that.
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I turned the heel with little effort, then cast off for the toe. I was left with 8 stitches and a tail of yarn, my sock was soon to be free and it was so easy!
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And that was it, I successfully knitted in the round, I’m very proud of this, and my odd sock.