I finally bought myself some 4mm dpns and sat down with a cup of milo in the appropriate mug (a christmas present that says 'knit one sip one' inside ^^) and cast on my snapdragon flip-tops as soon as I got home. I'm excited. The first seven rounds were easy. The three after that...oh my goodness. It's tricky juggling a cable needle. I understood the instructions well enough but I didn't get my yarn over's right and then accidently slipped my needle out of a few stitches. Once I managed to sort those out I realised I'd increased my stitches on the first needle with the yarn over mixups and had to back stitch the whole round. Arg! Ha ha. Oh boy. It took me so long to do those three rounds. I did increase by one somewhere but I've sneakily solved that one--fingers crossed. At least the instructions are well explained. It's just getting my fingers to work it. Fun challenge though and once I get them done they will be delightful to wear.
I also got my amigurumi panda together. He's a little cautious but he's a cuddly one and will soon be available for adoption in my store. He's been crocheted from a free Lion Brand pattern...with a few adjustments. The other buy from Lincraft was a 3mm bamboo hook so my next amigurumi will be a bit tighter stitched. Plans will soon take place but for now, I think I'll work some more on my snapdragon flip-tops.