Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

Playing with lace

Super quick update – more details soon

It’s really fiddly but I’m already itching to do more!


2016 sock obsession review

I’ve finally managed to ponder my 2016 socks and write up a review.

In total, I made 15 3/8 pairs using 13 patterns, 10 of which were new to me and two my own design. I’ve tried several new indie dyed yarns including a new to me blend (yak – rather feltable) and one new to me commercial yarn.

I’ve certainly learnt a lot along the way, not just patterns and techniques but my own preferences.

I always preferred toe up socks because I found them easier to judge the fit but now that I’ve made several cuff down pairs and fought with a stretchy cast off, I’ve definitely revised and reversed my preference.

Similarly, I’ve always preferred to err on the larger side of sizing because I hate too tight socks but hand-knit socks definitely need a touch of negative ease.

The one problem I haven’t managed to overcome is fitting the heel of crochet socks – my two pairs of Cluster F**ks are fine but my Step by Step socks are a frankly hideous fit and actually hurt if they’re not in the right position (I’m gutted, it’s one of my favourite colourways).

The obsession certainly hasn’t abated and the challenge has been rather fun.

I will, of course, be continuing work on those pesky August gifites (I finished the first sock yesterday!) and I’ve bought myself some mini circular needles so you never know, perhaps there’ll be a 2017 sock challenge…!

January – Moss Check test knit
February – Cluster F**ks
March – Sea Steps
April – Regia lace
May – This Way Please test knit
June – Sport Weight Toe-Up Socks with Gusset Heel
Baby Booties x3
July – Riverflow test knit
August – unfinished secret gifties
September – more Cluster F**ks
October – Step by Step
November – own design
December – own design for baby

I’ve linked to my Rav project pages, which link to the pattern pages.

I’m rather proud of myself


Sock obsession – December

I did it!

An ickle pair of festive sockies for Little Miss.

I had plenty of yarn left over from my own elf socks so I decided to make a baby pair.

Again, I made it up as I went along so extra chuffed, particularly since she always seemed to be napping when I needed to try them on her!

Hopefully I can get a nice pic of us wearing them together sometime next week…

And look out for a run-down of my sock obsession year and some crafty aspirations for 2017

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Happy Halloween!

This was Little Miss’s Halloween outfit 

It consists of the Layla dress, a net petticoat, and a little hat – all made by me with some help from my mum!

Little Miss looked super cute at her photoshoot last week and I’ve had an idea to use the same materials for an outfit every year to see how she grows.

Time for a scary movie – Happy Halloween!

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Sock obsession – October

Woohoo! I’m back on track

This was another commercial pattern that I had to fight my way through but I have learnt a couple of things.

The sole is worked in linked double/treble crochet which creates a sturdier fabric than traditional double/treble.

And this pattern uses an afterthought heel which was fun.

I’m not convinced I’ll make this particular pattern again but it has given me an idea for next month (possibly)

And crochet socks are certainly easier to make with a tiny person around.

I love the yarn and I’ve got some left so I might even look into making Little Miss a matching pair.

More details later, I need to take advantage of an unexpected nap!

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Beat the Bump – dodecahedron

I came across this when I was browsing Pinterest the other day and had to make one immediately!

Celestine Crochet by Berroco in Stylecraft Special DK

It’s such fun to make and I think it’ll make a rather fun toy for Baby so a win-win all round.

I can picture loads in different colours and sizes (I just need some more stuffing, they’re quite big in DK!)

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Beat the Bump – wrap shrug

Ok, this one is cheating slightly but I wanted to get it done before Baby so I’m counting it.

Again, I’m not completely happy with it but I think it’s just the nature of the top so there’s not a lot I can do about it.

And, of course, almost as soon as I finished it, the¬†temperature went up (and up and up!) so I haven’t had a chance to wear it.

It was quite fun to make, despite the massively long rows and is definitely an unusual piece.

The pattern is Pink Wrapover Top by Hannah Cross and I used Stylecraft Special in Silver (bought for another, frogged disaster project)



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Secret keeping…

…is hard!

I promise I’ve been busy crafting but I’ve also been avoiding situations where I might let slip.


I’m pregnant!

We’ve known since November but we only started telling people after the 12-week scan so the news is still… well, new.

We won’t be finding out the sex so everything is gender neutral at the moment – Mum is knitting a lemon yellow shawl and I’ve made a tiny beige cardigan, soon to be followed by another. Oh, and the ‘hope blanket’ I crocheted when we were trying.

The downside is that baby is due in July so need for newborn knitwear is low. But I figure I’ll just make stuff for 3-9 months so plenty of fun to be had.

We’ve also bought a lovely second hand crib that needs to be re-painted and of course there’s the nursery to think about (not to mention the rest of the house!)

I’ll be back soon with some catch-up posts and hopefully some pics (if I can find my camera…)


Crochet on trains

Mum and I travelled back from Harrogate by train yesterday…

Train one: Harrogate to York


Train two: York to Peterborough


Train three: Peterborough to Ipswich


Train four: Ipswich to Saxmundham


And, finally, after a short car journey: HOME


I’ve run into some serious yarn issues but I’m nearly finished (I think/hope!)

Better get back to it


Normal service will now resume

Wow, has it really been a month?! Ooopsie.

I can only apologise and explain that I have been studying for my exams and any ‘free’ time went to serious chilling and crafting.

However, exams are over (yay!) and I’ve done quite a lot of crafting to catch you all up on

First, a quick list

  • the friday night in cardi has it’s buttons and was completed just in time for warmer weather
  • crafting for FolkEast has begun in earnest and this year the tent will be huge so the decorations are suitably impressive
  • I’ve learnt several new techniques in both knitting and crochet
  • I’ve nearly finished my first pair of ‘proper’ knitted socks
  • I’ve been yarn buying… quite a lot actually
  • work on the house and garden is ongoing though slower than we’d hoped
  • lovely hubby bought me my first hand dyed yarn and I’ve made up a nice little shrug pattern that shows it off rather nicely
  • I’ve got tons more projects planned (knit, crochet, and sewn!)
  • I finished the Lace Leaf KAL and loved it

I’m sure there was more but never mind

I hope to post pics etc over the next couple of weeks so come back soon

I’m off to finish my second sock!

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