Knitting · Project Focus

Project Focus – Crocus Socks

Today’s project focus post takes a look at the recently completed Crocus socks that I knit.

 

These socks are a part of the Toe Up Socks for Everybody book by Wendy D. Johnson. As part of my box of socks challenge that I’ve set myself for the year I decided to knit 12 pairs of socks from this book. This is a book I’ve had for some time on my book shelves and I’d like to focus more this year also on working with all the wonderful patterns and books of patterns that I already own. The patterns are lovely, they have interest but yet are not overly complicated. There is a mixture of lace, cabled and colourwork patterns in the book. I’m concentrating on the lace and cabled patterns as those are what interest me the most.

Crocus Sock 1

 

The lace patterning on the Crocus sock was a simple lace pattern but throughout the entire sock it held my attention. The pattern was worked over 33 stitches and 16 rows and the socks seemed relatively quick to knit because of the desire to knit one more pattern repeat. I enjoyed working the pattern up the front of the sock and the interesting side patterns added to an overall pleasing look.

As is my usual and preferred sock format I cast on using the same cast on method used by Nathan aka Sockmatician, you can find his tutorial for that here. I work all my socks magic loop on 2.25mm ChiaoGoo needles. As the pattern is worked over 33 stitches I increased the toe until I had 33 stitches on the front of foot to work the pattern but I kept the sole stitches at 32 stitches as it was to be worked in stockinette until after the heel flap. I worked my own heel flap and gusset increases that I use for all my toe up socks. The heel flap and gusset is also my most preferred heel to use as I find the fit of it just perfect for my foot. Once the heel flap was worked I increased the back of the leg to 33 stitches so that I had enough stitches to work the pattern same as the front and giving me a total of 66 stitches. When the leg of the pattern was worked I decreased back down to 64 stitches, 32 stitches per needle and then worked a 1 x 1 twisted rib and cast off using an elastic bind off. The bind off I use can be seen here in this tutorial. This is again my favourite for my socks as I find it doesn’t flair out, a look I’m not overly fond of.

I used a single colour for these socks, as I’ve found I’ve just fallen out of love with contrasting parts, and there is something pleasing for me in just the one colour. The colour is Apricot Tulip and it is from Eden Cottage Yarns on their Tempo 4ply base. This is a 75% wool, 25% nylon base and is one I enjoy working with. I find socks knit in this yarn wear really well, it gives patterns a good stitch definition and comes in a range of colours I just love.

Crocus Sock

This is the third pattern from the book that I’ve knit this year and this pair now joins the first two, the Rosebud and Laurel socks, in my box of socks.

Crocus Sock 5

 

General

What am I doing!?

It’s been some time since I last checked in, since I’ve felt the need to put words to thoughts. But to words I find myself returning, I find them so much easier and are my comfort zone.

My last post on needing to put words to thoughts happened last August here. Since then I’ve been mostly happy to just be. To take things as they come. I’ve tried not to worry about how things are different now but I still worry about that worry. The ability to talk myself both in and out of things still remains.

For instance at the start of this year, I began a podcast. Why someone so introverted would put themselves through that is still a question I’ve not been able to answer. I’ve done a number of episodes and I’ve been relatively happy with them but the willingness to sit down and record an episode in the last month has vanished. I feel because I started it I should be recording and posting regularly, otherwise why start it. I dislike starting something and then not finishing it, that seems a little pointless to my mind. So that’s one internal argument. The other internal argument is I’m not feeling in a chatty interactive mood and I don’t wish to record when I’m feeling like that. In the last few months I’ve tried to make the commitment to myself to only do those things that where possible I want to and do more things I enjoy. I’m quite prone to guilting myself into doing things I think I should be doing and not because I actually want to. So perhaps now you can see the internal debates that go on.

My answer to the dilemma, at the moment, is to write.

So here I am, and like I said, I find it so much easier to return to words.

I also noticed that my blog has been neglected with only the weekly making posts happening here. So it seemed like the best and most natural solution. It certainly doesn’t mean that I’m any good at writing but over the last few months I’ve realised writing is something I really enjoy. It’s mentally challenging and yet enjoyably creative.

In recent months I’ve tried hard to make the conscious decision to stop guilting myself into doing things because I think I should, and instead do more things I want and that I enjoy. It seems pretty obvious that I should only be doing things I want and enjoy doesn’t it? Why I perhaps wasn’t is a question for another time.

So what else, other than writing, have I been doing and enjoying.

In my making life all you need do is read back through the months and months of weekly updates to see creatively what I’ve been doing. I think going forward I need to get back to giving those individual projects their time in the spotlight and put the projects to words and not just visual referencing in podcasts. Getting the details and process of a project across in only words and pictures is different to showing in vlog format but is something I want to challenge myself to do again. They are skills I want to remember. There was a time some years ago when blogs were all I used to show off and talk about projects and I enjoyed the process. Perhaps this maybe one reason why I wish to write about projects rather than talk about them.

Up until Christmas I spent a good chunk of my time updating some skills that although I still had, they were perhaps a little out of date. So I’ve gotten re-trained. I still have a couple of modules to complete but in the coming months those should be finished and I then have the option to return to the work force. It needs to be weighed up against family life and commitments which of course will and do come first, but I like knowing I have the option. The mental challenge that this brought reminded me not only how important it is to be mentally challenged but also how much I enjoy that aspect of things!

Last August I made the decision to join Slimming World. I’ve never been quite happy with my weight over the years of having children and I had convinced myself that I didn’t have the time to give to myself to do something about it. This of course is just rubbish. In the months previous to joining there were a couple of things I wanted to change about my diet. Firstly, I switched the tea I drank from regular black tea to herbal tea, predominately mint tea. I cut coffee out of my diet completely for months in order to break the addiction of it and now can enjoy one or two coffees a week without needing or wanting to have more. Secondly I also cut butter out of my diet. Both of these were relatively easy to accomplish but there were a couple of other changes I wanted to make. I wanted to cut down on the amount of carbs I was eating along with sugar. Before I began to make those changes I joined Slimming World and over the months since I joined both of these things I’ve managed to cut down to a level now where I’m happy with the changes to my diet. I discovered that too many carbs were part of the reason I was putting on weight so cutting down on the amount of them has led to loosing weight. To date I’ve now lost 2 stone (12kg/26lb approx) and have a little bit more to go. Now I have to say, it’s not that I enjoy dieting but I wanted to make the changes to my diet more than anything and I love the changes that doing this has brought, not only to my figure which is a plus, but how I feel about myself in general.

After Christmas with most of my course modules complete I found I had some free time and I thought about what else I could do that I might challenge and enjoy myself. About then I saw a local group advertise a couch to 5k challenge. I mentioned it to my cousin and we both decided we’d join and encourage each other. The aim of the group was to get those who joined going from a couch (non-active) position to walking or running (whichever they preferred) 5k by the end of the 8 week program. It’s not that my cousin and I had any great love for running  but we decided we’d work in the walking/running group within the challenge. I wanted to run the entire 5k by the end of the challenge. So we started out walking parts and running other parts and over the 8 week period we had built up to mostly running all of the 5k. On the last week of the challenge I did indeed run the entire 5k. In the weeks since the program ended we’ve both kept it up and I certainly have found a new enjoyment for it. Nobody is more surprised by that other than me. I would have always said there was no way I’d start running or enjoy it but here I am four months into the year and I’ve met the first challenge, to run 5k, and I’m now working on completing the next personal challenge, to run 10k. I’m not interested in running races or doing timed events, I run purely for myself and for my own enjoyment. Some of the time I run with others, some of the time I run alone. I love the thinking time as well as the time alone this gives me, not to mention the health benefits so it seems this has been a win win and it will be interesting to see where this goes in the coming months of this year.

Reading over all of that makes it seem like life has been quite hectic and that I’ve been doing quite a lot but it hasn’t been like that. Each thing I’ve taken on was taken on with intent and purpose. I’ve thought about what I’ve wanted to accomplish from each thing and some have turned out to be things I’ve enjoyed more than I would have originally said (running in particular), others I’ve found I need to think as to what purpose and intent continuing with them will bring (podcasting).

The purpose of this post has been to recap the last 8 months and bring a little clarity and focus to what I’m enjoying, to what I’m doing, and to what I want to keep doing.  Obviously with intent and purpose.

 

 

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 42

The Crocus sock from the Toe Up Socks for Everybody book by Wendy D Johnson have seen steady progress on them. Last week I was on the gusset of the first sock and it was off the needles by Monday evening. Tuesday saw the second sock cast straight on and in truth it should be off the needles yesterday but my get up and go got up and went yesterday and while I was knitting on it, I was more just sitting catching up on some podcasts, sewing podcasts mainly. But the socks, I have one pattern repeat to complete the leg then just some ribbing, so they will likely be off the needles later today.

Crocus Sock

I’m also hoping to knit the swatch knitted for my next garment, the Magnolia by Camilla Vad, because I didn’t get that done this week either. Nor did I actually get around to blocking the jumper that came off the needles last week. I didn’t podcast either and there are a number of other things to do that I just didn’t do because I had no enthusiasm to do them.

Can you see what happened here this week. I worked on things that were at hand, I watched podcasts but mainly I ran and I read with my free time neither of which fall under YOP activities.

I do have the material out on my table for another cuff top and I’m off now presently to cut that out. I have two other materials, a blue linen and a denim , that I want to wash and perhaps over the Easter break I’ll make some progress on those. Let’s see if my get up and go has come back???

So the list is looking 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 – started March 26th – finished April 5th
  • Coloring – started January 1st – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • 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 – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – finished March 18th
  • Elizabeths Socks – started March 18th – finished March 24th
  • Sock #9 – started April 5th – 

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 41

As you will know from last week I had the Gingerbread jumper by Truly Myrtle on the needles, or at least my version of it. My version seems a very loose term for it but the numbers were used from the pattern so I’m calling this done as I’m not likely to go back and knit this again, at least not in this YOP or calendar year.

I finished the sleeve you saw started last week along with the other and wove in all the ends early on Friday. All that remains is for it to be blocked. I’ll have a modelled shot here and possibly on the podcast once that’s done. For this I went down a size, 1 in the hope I’d continue to get to my target weight and that it would fit fine come the autumn and 2 I wanted to see perhaps what a garment with negative ease looked and felt like. This garment currently has 2″ of negative ease which might be a little more than I would have opted for but I decided to stick to the sizes within the pattern. The time no doubt will come when I will just make up the numbers and pattern myself. The garment does fit now and it not uncomfortable at all, in fact I rather like the negative ease feel in this jumper and that might be something else I’d consider in the future for garments. It certainly gives me the fitted look I like, which can be tricky to obtain in knitwear where there is a lot more give and forgiveness within the fabric. So not only was this a quick knit 10 days in a dk weight but I like the end result already and it’s warm and soft feeling too, I’d call that a win.

Gingerbread

So with the jumper off the needles on Friday night I decided I’d cast on a pair of socks. Although I know what garment I want to cast on next and with what yarn I decided I’d opt for a pair of socks first, plus I can swatch for the garment while I’m knitting these socks and be ready to begin it once the socks are complete. These will be the third pair this calendar year and are going towards my box of socks. Again, I’m working out of the Toe -Up Socks for Everybody by Wendy D. Johnson and I’m knitting the Crocus Socks pattern. I’m really enjoying this pattern already, there is something so soothing about it. I’m using Eden Cottage Yarns Tempo 4ply yarn in the Apricot Tulip colour and it’s doing a great job of showing off the pattern. I’m nearing the point of working the gusset increases on the first sock.

Crocus Sock

And that is pretty all the making that I’ve done this week. I need to get back to some sewing but again, it’s what project to start that seems to be the stumbling block.

I did spend some time this week looking through patterns and thinking about what I might like to add to next years list…I know 11 weeks remain, but you know those weeks slip in fast and I’m pleased with how this year went up to now and that is in part to how I prepared my list and really thought about the projects I put on the list and why they were there. I’m aiming to prepare in a similar way for the next YOP year so that means some preparation work.

So the list is updated and looking 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 – started March 26th – finished April 5th
  • Coloring – started January 1st – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • 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 – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – finished March 18th
  • Elizabeths Socks – started March 18th – finished March 24th
  • Sock #9 – started April 5th – 

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

 

 

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 40

This weeks productivity has been a lot more quiet and steady.

Elizabeth’s socks were finished up last Sunday. They were a nice quick pair of socks and she loves them and is already wearing them.

Elizabeth's Socks

On Monday I decided to swatch for the Gingerbread sweater by Libby Johnson. I made two swatches one with just the Shetland Heritage in “Moorit” which I purchased a cone of. The cone has enough meterage for two garments on it. I didn’t like the gauge of just the Shetland on its own after I blocked it, so I swatched with a strand of the Moorit and a strand of Isager Silk Mohair and blocked that. This gave me a better gauge and a marled looking fabric. On Tuesday I cast on and this project has just been a joy to work on and I’ve happily been knitting away on it for most of the week. The thing is it started off as the Gingerbread sweater but after I added in the waist shaping that I wanted it was already near the length I wanted and there was still the deep hem to go so that wouldn’t work. Instead I just switched to a smaller needle and worked some 2 x 2 rib for an inch and bound it off. It is now the Gingerbread sweater in just numbers only but that’s ok because I like the jumper I’m getting from it. I just don’t know whether to mark the Gingerbread sweater itself off as knit on my list.

I have worked on nothing else only this and that is why I am now on the first sleeve and working through the decreases. I expect I’ll get this first sleeve off the needles later today which isn’t bad going for a garment that was started on Tuesday. I hadn’t set out to knit this up quite so quickly it just happened that I was in the mood to knit with my free time this week.

Gingerbread

So the list it looks 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 – started March 26th 
  • Coloring – started January 1st – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • 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 – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – finished March 18th
  • Elizabeths Socks – started March 18th – finished March 24th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 39

This week has been a really productive week. I’ve worn the Aster cardigan and I love the addition of those added seams that I added. I think going forward I’ll be adding seams to seamless garments. I have spoken more about it HERE on the next episode of my podcast if you want to hear more about it and see it, here is a pic though as well.

Aster

I made two versions of the Cuff Top this week. I made the first one out of some left over grey linen that I made the Hollyburn skirt from and I made the second from the Atelier Brunette material you saw in last weeks picture. I love these tops and the fit of them and they were so quick and easy to make. Again I speak about it more on the podcast and model one off but here are some pics also.

The Laurel socks are also now finished. I loved how these turned out and they have gone into my box so I can have a completed box of socks by the end of the calendar year.

Laurel Socks

With the socks complete and the yarn for the Gingerbread sweater on it’s way I began a pair of socks for Elizabeth. She wanted a pair of shortie socks like what I made for Evelyn and she wanted them in that neon pink that I used to knit a pair for Caoimhe in so I was more than happy to use up the leftovers from that yarn. The first sock is complete and the second just cast on so it should be done today or tomorrow.

Elizabeth's Socks

The yarn has arrived for the Gingerbread but as I’d started Elizabeth’s socks I decided to carry on with those first. I’m may swatch for the sweater this week or cast on another pair of socks, at the moment I’m not sure what I want to do. I also have material for one more Cuff Top, the other material in last weeks post, hopefully I’ll get to making that too.

So the list now looks 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 – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • 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 – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – finished March 18th
  • Elizabeths Socks – started March 18th – 

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP- year 8 – week 38

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ort (translates as the blessings of St Patrick on you) or Happy St Patrick’s Day from the Emerald Isle.

I had begun this post yesterday but I ended up going out early for the day to enjoy the celebrations, so the wishes are a day late but meant all the same.

I can report that the Aster has been blocked. I have no photos or thoughts on it so far as I’d like to wear it and see what if any difference adding in the seams has made to it.

This week I’ve worked on my Laurel Socks and am nearly at the point of casting these off. This is the start of the ribbing on the second sock. Later today they will be off the needles.

Laurel Socks

Having thought about what project I wanted to start next, along with looking through the remaining garments on my YOP list, I have settled on the Gingerbread jumper by Libby Jonson. The weather will be getting warmer so now seems like the last chance to knit a DK weight sweater. I didn’t have any DK weight sweater quantities of yarn so I’ve ordered some and it should be here this week, so I shall begin to swatch for that when it arrives. In the meantime I shall cast on a pair of socks for Elizabeth who wants a pair in that rather bright neon pink yarn I knit some socks in before Christmas. It’s a good way to use up those leftovers!

I have cut out the pattern and intend to get started with cutting out the pieces for the Cuff Top by the Assembly Line. This seems like a simple straight forward top and something I could use in my wardrobe. I’m going to make the first version in some of the charcoal linen that is left over from my Hollyburn skirt and then I purchased both of these fabrics for two other versions. I have already washed both of these so once the grey version is complete I can carry on with both of these versions.

Cuff top

And that is the last of the making for this week, if you don’t count the writing I was working on. So the list looks something similar to last week;

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 – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • 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 – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – 

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 37

This week has been a making week of socks. The Aster cardigan has had it’s seams added as directed in this tutorial HERE (I’m sorry I realised I forgot to link it again last week!) but still sits waiting patiently to be blocked. This week has been busy and by the time I’ve reached my projects I’ve really just wanted to pick up my needles and knit and that’s on the evenings where I’ve not been too tired. On those too tired evenings I’ve picked up my book and I’ve been reading.

So as I said the making time has gone into socks. I had just turned the heel on Evelyn’s first shortie sock last week. They are now complete and here is a picture of her wearing them. I did speak more about them on my latest podcast which is HERE.

Evelyns Sock

I also finished my Hollyburn skirt and here is a modelled picture Becki for you. Again it was spoken about in greater detail on the podcast but I did enjoy the make and learned some new to me techniques. The only thing about this skirt is I’m not sure if this is a style of skirt that suits my shape, which says nothing about the pattern which was brilliant but says more about me and picking items that suit my style and shape.

Hollyburn

So will all these projects finished I cast on a pair of Laurel Socks from the Toe-Up Socks For Everybody that I’m knitting out of this year. I’m using an Eden Cottage Yarn Tempo 4ply Yarn in the Woodland Colourway. I’m enjoying this knit and nearly finished working the gusset increases and I’ve planned to spend the remainder of the weekend enjoying knitting on them and catching up on some podcasts.

Laurel Socks

What project I’ll work on next I’ve not decided. It may be another pair of socks or another garment. I am just undecided which garment I want to complete next. I am planning to make a Cuff Top off my make nine sewing list next so perhaps by the time the socks and it is done I’ll have decided on the next project.

My list is now looking 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 – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • 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 – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – 

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

 

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 36

This week has been a week of two halves. In the first part of the week I made great progress, then the second half of the week got busy with family life and comings and goings and so very little progress was made on anything.

The Aster cardigan was finished and cast off. But I haven’t had a moment in the last couple of days to get sitting down to put the seams in. Last week I realised I forgot to link to blog post on how to do that so HERE is the blog post for you to read. I’m hoping later today I get the chance to start putting in those seams as all that will remain after that is the blocking and it will be complete and ready to wear. I don’t have a picture to share as it really hasn’t changed much from last week.

I did spend a chunk of time last Sunday working on the Hollyburn skirt. I cut, sewed and added in the lining and put in an invisible zip all of which were new techniques to me so took some time, specially the zip part where I had to take the zip out twice before I got the waistband lined up correctly. The waistband has since been sewn down and topstitched and tabs have been added as I liked the look of these rather than belt loops. All that remains is the hem of both the skirt and lining but I wanted to try it on and measure so I had a midi length Hollyburn skirt. Oh! I also made a size smaller than normal so was a little nervous about whether it would fit right now or later on in my weight loss journey. I’m so pleased to say it fits now! This is going to be hemmed early this week, I can’t wait to wear it!

So with all those done I turned my attention back to some knitting and what project I might cast on. The children have been wanting some handknit socks so I cast on a pair for my youngest daughter Evelyn. She is not a girly girl and chose this stripped yarn for her socks. I’ve added in a German Short Row heel, which isn’t visible in this pic, in a turquoise blue to not disturb the stripes and she wants a shortie sock so this sock will be off the needles today with the next cast on immediately. This won’t take long!

Evelyns Sock

I haven’t gotten a pair of socks made in February for my box of socks so after Evelyns socks are done I think I might cast those on. I’m not really wanting a pair done each month, it’s more just about having 12 done by the end of the year so I think it will even itself out as I swap between garments and socks. Plus I haven’t quite decided what my next garment is going to be or with what yarn so socks it is.

So there you have the update for the week. Somewhat exciting. The list looks 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 – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • 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 – finished January 27th
  • Sock #8 – started

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 35

I’ve made steady progress this past week on my Aster cardigan. The ties I was working on last week have been attached and the first sleeve is now complete. The Aster cardigan is a design by Marie Amelie Designs. Later on today I’m going to pick up stitches for the second sleeve and make a start on it. All going well I do hope to have the cardigan off the needles by the end of the week. Whether it is blocked or not, is another story. When this does come off the needles I’m going to be adding seams to it. Seams add a little stability and structure to a garment and I came across a blog post HERE about how to add seams to a seamless garment. I’m going to give this a go with the sides and arms of the Aster cardigan and see how I like the technique and whether indeed it adds any structure to this cardigan.

Aster

I have made progress on my Hollyburn skirt. The skirt fronts and backs are now complete with the pockets added. As soon as this post is written I’m headed back to the machine to add the waistband and then I’m going to be adding some lining to it. After that all that remains is to insert the zip and finish off the hem.

As these projects are getting to the end it’s time to start thinking about what next to cast on and sew. I think some socks for knitting so I can keep on top of my box of socks challenge. For sewing I’m going to take a look at my make 9 and see what grabs my attention. There is also the Betty Dress from SewOverIt that I’d really love to have for my birthday in April. I had been thinking I’d like a version of this for my daughters communion in May but it might be best to try it out first as a birthday garment and see how I like it.

So all that remains this week is the list and the links to other YOPers who you should definitely check out!

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 – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – 
  • 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 – finished January 27th
  • Sock #8 – started

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.