Test Knitting

For a few years I’ve been doing test knits for designers.  I’ve done over 30 test knits and usually enjoy them.

In July I accepted a test knit that I wasn’t going to be paid for.  It was a travelling cable toe up sock.  There were quite a few testers and I had until the end of July to complete it.  I’ve struggled with directions as they are very complex and I’ve not been enjoying it.  I put it down and explained to the designer that I was struggling, but would complete it as soon as I could.  

I still haven’t finished it and am contemplating ripping it out and giving up.  I just can’t do it.  I feel a total failure as this is the first time I’ve not been able to complete a pattern.  

What would you do?  Would you grit your teeth and try to carry on, or would you rip it out and forget all about it?


Hexipuffs and Jigglypuffs

The past few weeks I’ve been struggling to find my knitting mojo, it just disappeared.  I’ve been doing a lot of sock test knits and think I burned myself out.  Nothing I pulled out kept my interest until I pulled out my project bag with some spare sock yarn left over from some socks I’d been making.  It was my project bag with my hexipuffs in it.  

For those of you who don’t know what hexipuffs are, they are double-sided hexagons stuffed with toy filling.  All the hexipuffs get sewn together and make a blanket or rug.  The pic below is of some hexipuffs I made on Sunday.  I’ve now fallen down the hexipuffs rabbit hole and am hoping my knitting mojo will reappear soon.

Something that has been keeping me occupied for the past month is the game Pokemon Go.  I am so addicted to it and so is my hubby.  I’ve even got my 6 year old niece into it.  We found a rattan a in her hair.

My favourite Pokemon is Jigglypuffs.  I just only have a few of them, but they are so adorable and cute.  Pokemon isn’t just for children, people of all ages can enjoy the game, so go and “Catch them all”


Test Knitting

Somehow at the beginning of March I managed to agree to complete 3 test knits.  The 1st was a crescent lace shawl in 4 ply that was to be completed by the end of last week.  The 2nd was a child’s lattices cardigan in Aran weight for a 6 year old, which I’m knitting for my niece.  This one needs completing by the 31st of March and finally is a circular lace shawl in 4 ply that needs completing by the 10th of April.

As you can imagine this is a lot of knitting for 5 weeks.  You will be glad to know I completed the 1st shawl with a couple of days spare.  I’ve even managed to wash and block it, and have photos too show once I upload them and process them.

The cardigan is nearly completed, I’m half way down the second sleeve, so just have the neckband and front bands to complete.  The thing about this cardigan is that I’m going to have to venture into my button tin to find buttons for it.

The final shawl is half completed.  I’ve got 289 stitches on my needle, the next stage will be to double the amount of stitches to knit the 4th chart, and finally the attached border, which will take forever to knit.

I’ll keep you updated on how I get on.