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YOP – year 9 – week 1

Today marks the first week and post of a new Year of Projects year.

Can you believe this is our 9th year? It doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing this for 9 years! I’m always in two minds whether everyone’s wrap up posts looking back on everything, like last weeks post are my favourite or whether it is in fact visiting everyone’s first post of a new year and seeing the lists all laid out. Either way I think I just enjoy the whole entire process.

So this week is all about setting out my list, and plans for the coming year. What I’m hoping to accomplish over the coming months for my projects and makes. As usual I’m going to take what worked last year and in previous years for me and bring that forward, discard what doesn’t work for me and hopefully along the way refine that whole process. I will also be talking about what I’ve done this past first week on projects.

I have two main aims to this years list. One is somewhat similar to last years in that it’s main focus is to help me obtain a me made wardrobe. The second aim of this years list is to use what I have already and purchase as little as possible. I’m not putting myself on a yarn or fabric diet but I want to be more conscious and aware of my footprint in these areas and why purchase when I have something already that is suitable. Only this week I’ve had to go through my wardrobe and take out all the clothes that are now once more too big for me, which is wonderful considering the weight loss journey I’m on, but I am conscious about the footprint this is causing with having to purchase and indeed make new items of clothing.

So my plan for this and for the coming year is to purchase a few key things, which I’m aiming to do by September and then I aim to put a no purchase on new clothes for at least six months. I’ve managed to work perfectly fine with a very limited wardrobe to this point, considering what little in it fits. Any pieces I’ve cleared out that I can re-purpose I will be doing so, other wise I will be donating them to second hand shops.

Also all the patterns I’ve listed I have already so for the next YOP year I’m not going to be purchasing any new patterns and instead I will be using what I have. I hope to use as much yarn from stash as I can and will only purchase yarn for garments if I don’t have the amount needed or can’t make the amount needed from stash. As for fabric, I only need to purchase some fabric for both tops on my list, I have fabric already for the other items. At the moment I am tracking how much yarn comes into and out of my stash for the calendar year so let’s take that one step further with patterns and fabric and aim to use what I have already.

I will still be working monogamously on individual projects as I just find this was the biggest success of the last year and I have no wish to change or alter that, if it’s not broke don’t fix it.

There will be three main areas of the list this year, which I will detail with my chosen patterns and in greater detail below and one section that has no real aim only for me to dip into when the desire strikes.

Knitted Garments

This section is my comfort zone. The more knitted garments I make the more elements and modifications I like to make and incorporate and I’m comfortable making them. So while I have a list of patterns I’d like to make and you will see the return of some of my favourite designers as well as a pattern I’ve knitted before. I will be making modifications to quite a good few of them as I go along, by the end of the year I may just abandon these stated patterns and knit from my head. This could be exciting but I’m a little hesitant to put it down right now as it will depend on what else is going on as I also want to explore some more vintage patterns and this is going to be a sub section of the knitted garments section with no real goal only to explore it some more. The proposed garments for now, in no particular order, are;

 

Sewn Garments

Now this section is not in my comfort zone. It’s been a steep learning curve this last year in not only learning new to me sewing techniques but also my taste in patterns and in what suits me has changed. I have made it a much more modest and manageable list this year. This will help it to seem less overwhelming and a couple of the items I hope to make several versions of. Again you will see some familiar designers and patterns. The list of sewn garments in no particular order are;

 

Socks

This year will again feature a sock section. Socks are easy to knit and make a good change of pace project. I hope to continue to knit my way through the Wendy D. Johnson Toe Up socks for Everybody, or at least the socks from it that I’m interested in. I’m not going to complete any of the colourwork socks in this book and two patterns I will adapt for my own sock recipe numbers. In no particular order the remaining projects from this book are;

 

Blankets

This is the section of my list that I will dip in and out of as the desire strikes. This section as the title suggests is for blankets, crochet blankets to be more specific. I’m for now only listing the one current blanket I’m working on but should it by some miracle get finished this year I have other blanket projects that can replace it.

  • Woodland Blanket

So with the plans for the coming year out of the way, let’s take a quick look and what I’ve been doing this week. Well for one thing finishing off those button bands on the Mae Cardigan, which is all complete now and off the needles. Course it does need blocking and it’s buttons sewn on but you know I’ll get to that eventually and have a finished project post for it and shhh the Magnolia sweater.

Mae Cardigan

So with Mae off the needles I was debating about what I wanted to start next, what project did I want to being with and I seemed to be faffing about over the decision so rather than waste time I decided to start with a pair of socks while I thought about the garments I wanted to cast on. These I’m hoping to be a change of pace from garments as for the last few months I’ve just been working steadily on different garments. After a quick little root around in stash I opted for this Eden Cottage Tempo 4ply yarn in the Geum colourway and I’m beginning with the Victory sock pattern from my list. Here is what I have to show so far.

Victory socks

So there you have it, a relatively detailed look at what I’m hoping to achieve and accomplish this year and a quick little update just to cover what I have been working on this past week.

The list in it’s weekly format for this coming Year of Projects year looks like this;

Year of Projects 2019-2020 List

Knitted Garments

– Patterns

– Vintage Patterns

Sewn Garments

Socks

Blankets

  • Woodland Blanket

 

If you enjoyed reading this post and are interested in finding out more or indeed joining in, we love new members you can check out our Ravelry group and weekly posts here.

Ruth.

 

17 thoughts on “YOP – year 9 – week 1

  1. Oooh you have lots of yummy things on your list. I have added Etna to my favourites, I have also bookmarked some of the sewing projects in case I ever take up sewing garments. The pencil skirt reminds me of a skirt I had back when I was 21 and a very skinny size UK8 (US4), I started a job in an old converted steam mill in Chester and it had a spiral staircase with steep rises, I literally couldn’t climb the stairs in it it was so tight at my knee! I used to get the lift and pray there’d never be a fire alarm go off 😂. Sorry for the diversion but it made me smile thinking back. I looked great in the skirt though and at 21 that was all I cared about.

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    1. I love the diversion and the idea of not being able to climb the stairs made me smile. I never was a fan of those spiral staircases lol. But that’s just the idea I had when picking that skirt. Now how practical it is who knows but it’s still a skirt I’ve been wanting to make for the last year so I’m just going to go for it and we shall see. At least if it turns out I can’t climb stairs or move in it you will understand.

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  2. I like beginnings also. Dreaming and imagining what I might create stokes my engine. You have a good list for this year and great ideas. I am a fan of repurposing garments, so I will be interested to see what you might come up with for those old clothes.

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  3. So glad you are joining again this year. I hear you about clearing out the closet after weight loss – it feels great and I am sure your too big clothes can be given to a wonderful charity for re-purposing. Your list looks daunting to me – all those sweaters – but I know you can do it.

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  4. A fabulous list as always. I’m really looking forward to watching you and your goal of a me made wardrobe. I too am always undecided whether it is the round up or new lists which are my favourite part of the year – I think the new beginnings edge it!

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    1. Thank you Lucy, looking forward to getting one step closer to a me made wardrobe.
      I agree I think the new list just edges it a slight bit because of the possibility and excitement.

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  5. Howdy Ruth! So fun to be commenting again on blogs! I have certainly missed it. I love everything about your goals.. .and your weight loss is such an encouragement to me. I need to lose a LOT of weight and I have been playing around with it for much too long. Time to get serious.

    I used to sew for my daughter all the time when she was a small one and not a mommy with her own 3 wee ones…. but I never sewed for myself and I won’t until I weigh less. I am even hesitant to knit anymore sweaters for myself at this time. I love your Apron Dress pattern and boy, Mae is a stunner! I look forward to seeing your amazing wardrobe plans come to fruition. You are an inspiration for sure. I feel the need to go clean out my closet!
    Love and Kisses—
    Kim

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    1. It’s so lovely to have you visit Kim. I hear you on the weight loss and I was the same until my Mum died and then everything changed and it wasn’t until I had the decision made in my head to lose weight that I committed to it fully last August but it’s an ongoing journey, one I’m not finished with and I completely understand not wanting to make things until you have, I was just the same. They are an incentive I’ve found along the way and pieces that no longer fit even from Christmas just past I’m going to rip out and reuse the yarn so there are options. I’m only a very beginner sewer but I do love making things to fit me, no matter what size I am. I’ve found it to be so wonderful to put on a piece of clothing that fits just right.

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  6. As always, you have produced a stellar list and are so self disciplined! I do love the Eden Cottage yarns and your sewing and sweaters are lovely patterns! I would not look good in any of them…I have no figure left anymore but you’ll look fabulous! Good luck with all your plans and I can’t wait to see them come to fruition! Here’s to another great year together! You go girlfriend!

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    1. Thank you Sam, you are always such a great cheerleader and always make me think I can do anything! An invaluable trait to have. I’m looking forward to learning some more about what styles do and don’t suit me and if like last year I get it wrong, I’m hope I’ll learn from it but it’s going to be fun. Looking forward to another fun year with you Sam!

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  7. I feel similarly… I love the Round-Up posts, but it’s also exciting to see everyone’s ideas of what the new YOP year will look like for them. I just love the idea of a Me Made wardrobe. You’ve given me some food for thought in terms of clothing and consumption. I will be interested in reading more thoughts about that if you share them here. So many pretty sweaters in your list. And, just like in years past, I look forward to seeing what you sew and any socks you make. I so look forward to being on another year’s YOP journey with you, Ruth.

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  8. Oh Ruth, you know how much I love Cumulus and now I also adore Polaris! You list of garments, both knitted and sewn, is fabulous. I will be enjoying watching the progress as each week comes around. I think starting a sock while waiting for a decision as to what garment to do next is almost as good as a dishcloth pallette cleanser.

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    1. Those two garments Marsah, the Cumulus and the Polaris are my favourite two of the entire list and the ones I’m looking forward to making. The sock has indeed turned into a palette cleanser and I’m glad I opted for it.

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