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YOP – year 8 – week 30

This week I’ve another finished garment to show off. It’s the Cumulus Blouse by Petite Knit. I’ve finally blocked it and because it’s lace weight mohair it was blocked and dried in no time, even at this time of year. Again this is another of last years projects that got finished and just languished and I think perhaps it was because by December of last year I was just done with 2018, I was mentally and physically tired and had this need to just be. That need to just be has remained and it’s lovely to just be in the moment, it is also perhaps why I have been enjoying monogamous knitting.

cumulus blouse

The monogamous knitting project is the same as last weeks one and is my Coloring Cardigan by Katrin Schneider. This needs two more rows on the last button band and it’s finished also! I started this on Jan 1st and is part of my make nine collection, so it’s taken me 20 days to knit it. Let’s hope the blocking of it doesn’t take quite as long as the Cumulus and last weeks Bentley. I picked up some buttons for this on Friday when I was in town so lets hope I get to it and can show it off to you all next Sunday!

coloring

With the Coloring coming off the needles very very shortly, I’m going to work on my Rosebud Socks for the remainder of the day and perhaps a little on my Northeasterly Blanket, I’ve started a third row of that so there should be some progress to see soon on that. Unless I get caught up with the sock this week I may end up casting on my next garment, we shall see. Ideally I’d like to finish the socks as I am aiming to complete a box of socks for myself this year.

When in town on Friday I picked up some lining for the grey linen I’m going to cut out for my Hollyburn Skirt. I finally feel ready to cut into that material and get started with that project. I was reading a blog post during the week from Paper Theory on Instagram about her 2017 buy nothing new challenge. She challenged herself to buy no new clothing in that year and instead to make what she wanted. It struck a chord with me, perhaps because I’m trying to get to the stage of having a me made wardrobe and perhaps because I want to be more intentional and thoughtful about my purchases in general this year. Either way I think it was the final thing I needed to get me in the frame of mind to start sewing the garments I’m wanting to make…finally!

I am thinking about that buy nothing new challenge and how it could work for me but I want to put a little more thought into it first.

So that leaves the list looking, a little unchanged for this week, like this;

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

  • Fintry – started July 7th – finished August 9th
  • Lichen – started August 11th – finished October 10th
  • Bentley – started October 13th – finished December 9th
  • Gingerbread
  • Coloring – started January 1st
  • Painting
  • Cumulus Blouse – started October 20th – finished December 20th
  • Magnolia
  • Mae Cardigan

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

  • My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth – started July 16th – FROGGED
  • Sock #1– started August 10th – finished August 26th 
  • Sock #2 – started August 30th – finished September 30th 
  • Sock #3 – started October 11th – FROGGED
  • Sock #4 – started November 4th – finished December 6th 
  • Sock #5 – started November 17th – FROGGED
  • Sock #6 – started December 10th – finished December 30th
  • Sock #7 – started January 4th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

14 thoughts on “YOP – year 8 – week 30

  1. Here is what is sad. When I grew up it was much cheaper to make your own clothes. Now a days, it is so expensive to sew quality clothes. The prices of GOOD material has really skyrocketed. All of my formal ball gowns were sewn by my mom as it was way cheaper for her to do it than buy it. Fast forward 50 years and that is no longer true. SO sad.

    Your Cumulus is gorgeous! I would have a hard time wearing it. I think I would just be stroking it all the time it was on. Your Color Cardi is almost done! That was a quick knit! You have really done well this year making your wardrobe expand.

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    1. It is so true with the price of material isn’t it Marsha, such a shame. I think the other benefit to not buying clothes is the not buying mass produced, cheap labour clothes.

      Thank you, I expect to be stroking the Cumulus a lot also while wearing it lol.

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  2. I was thinking something similar to Marsha above – when I was a sewer (many years ago) I did so because it saved money. I sewed many maternity clothes for that very reason. To think about a buy nothing year where one makes their own clothes must have nothing to do with money, but everything to do with making. Perhaps it has to do with “slow clothing”. Is that the correct term? You always give me something to think about, Ruth. I look forward to seeing what you make with the linen fabric. I know it’s going to be beautiful. I still swoon a little over pictures of Cumulus. 🙂

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    1. Slow Fashion I think is what they call it Becki, but I much prefer slow making. Slow Making suggests thought and intention which is the key thing I want this year before anything else. I also think the no buying year also serves the purpose to stop the buying from cheap mass produced, cheap labour chains. At least I think that. It’s good to think about these things and our part in them isn’t it.

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  3. Hmm… the buy nothing new challenge is interesting. I’m going to have to think about that too. Can’t wait to see your Coloring Cardigan. It’s a good time of year for finishing wooly things!

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  4. Ruth, everything you make is beautiful and you are meticulous in every detail. When I grow up I want to be just like you! If I wasn’t trying to truly de-clutter this year I would follow you on the socks, and a Me Made Year!

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