Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 52

The weeks have flown by and here we are at the end. This year we have one extra week in how the weeks have fallen and so next week is the week I get to do a wrap up post. Which is good and works in my favour because the Mae cardigan is close…so close to being finished. There are a 4 more decreases on the second arm, then some rows and then the ribbing. With this extra week I’m hopeful of getting that done along with neck and button bands so it can be included in next weeks wrap up post. It may not be blocked…who am I kidding, it won’t be blocked (shhh but I’ve not blocked the Magnolia jumper I completed before the Mae yet either) but the blocking can be done at any point…it’ll be grand.

Mae Cardigan

And so for the last time this YOP year here is a the list and how it looks;

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 – started April 14th – finished May 4th
  • Mae Cardigan – started May 8th –

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 – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 51

This week I’ve made steady progress on the first sleeve of my Mae cardigan. It’s coming along nicely and relatively quickly considering the little time spent on it but it is extremely enjoyable. I love the pattern and the yarn in particular and I want to make some other projects out of this Mondim yarn. I am working the decreases as stated and will work to my preferred sleeve length, I did debate briefly making 3/4 length sleeves and may still yet but for now the only notable modification I’ve made is to add the extra purl stitch which will be made into a seam once the garment is complete. This I’ve done throughout the body as well, I’m not sure if I mentioned that, but I’ll speak about all the modifications once the garment is finished and blocked.

Mae Cardigan

And that is it for the week and this is the project I’m going to be working on throughout this week and into our wrap up post week.

There was a post HERE about my first walk along The Old Rail Trail for anyone interested.

This 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 – started April 14th – finished May 4th
  • Mae Cardigan – started May 8th –

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 – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 50

Good morning folks, just checking in today with some progress on my Mae Cardigan. It finally seems to be motoring along as I am now on the ribbing on the bottom of body. The body only had to get to 10″ so it’s a short, cropped size and why it took this long I can’t say but it did!

I might still have time to get this off the needles yet before this YOP year ends, that is the main aim for right now. Today I’m going to settle down and work on getting the ribbing done and a sleeve picked up and started.

Mae Cardigan

I may head out later for a walk but have pushed off an 18/23k walk to just rest, I’ve been pushing it a bit lately. My recent walking post can be read here and I should have another post going up this week about a 22k walk along the first stage of the Old Rail Trail.

I’ve gotten some writing done and quite a bit of reading after a visit to the library to stock up on some new reading material. Other than that it’s been a quiet week.              I’ve drafted up my end of year post as well as my first post for next year as I’ve been finalising my list. I’ve made a few graphics which I’ll share with the group later this week so if they wish to use them they can and that has been my making week.

So this year’s 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 – 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 – started April 14th – finished May 4th
  • Mae Cardigan – started May 8th –

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 – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

 

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 49

This week feels like I’ve finally made progress on my Mae cardigan. It’s just been plodding along for the last couple of weeks, but a shift happened somewhere in the middle of this week and I’ve suddenly been working on it at every opportunity. I have now split for the sleeves and I’m now progressing along nicely with the body.

I love the detail of the cables down the fronts and I’m close to deciding whether to add in some waist shaping into this item. It is a slightly cropped cardigan, somewhat similar in length to the Bentley I knit earlier in this YOP year and I wish I had waist shaping in that so going on that desire I will probably end up adding in the waist shaping.

Mae Cardigan

I haven’t worked too many rows on my blanket this week as I’ve been out walking quite a good bit and if you follow me on Instagram you will know this weekend has had lots of walks so far. There is going to be lots to write about next week on my walking blog. I’ve also settled down to a better writing routine during the day, so that too has limited the amount of making time but it feels like I’m finding a good routine between it all, perhaps the odd tweak here and there but otherwise it’s finding it’s way.

So the list, still looks pretty much the same; but here it is

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 – started April 14th – finished May 4th
  • Mae Cardigan – started May 8th –

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 – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 48

I’m afraid this week, a bit like last week has much the same content.

I’m just so distracted this past month or so with running and walking and hiking that finding the balance is going to be key, certainly this time of year. I am thoroughly enjoying the time I am spending walking and running and am planning a lot more trail walks this coming summer. I have started a dedicated blog, An Bóithrín Beag, which is Irish for a little boreen or a little little road. Here I talk about and show some pictures I take from those adventures. I am imagining that the late Autumn and Winter will be quieter on that front and so making and creating will take more prominence in my life.

For now though I have made some progress on my Mae Cardigan. I am really liking the pattern and the cables add a lovely interest knit wise as well as visually amongst the stockinette. I really do like working with the Mondim yarn also, the colour I’m using is 110 so really it’s just a matter of me getting some time with the project to work on it.

Mae Cardigan

I have been working some extra rows on the crochet blanket as well over the course of this past week but I’m not going to show a picture of it for a few more weeks because really it’s a blanket and apart from some extra rows doesn’t really change all that quickly.

I have completed picking one section of projects for next year’s YOP list, now I just need to sit down and take a look at what other sections I want as well as projects for them. 4 weeks to go, 3 really for updates with the last being reserved for the round up post.

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 – started April 14th – finished May 4th
  • Mae Cardigan – started May 8th –

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 – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Crochet · Knitting · Projects in Progress

YOP – year 8 – week 47

Today’s post has been written a few days ago and published early. There has not been a lot of making going on, for a couple of reasons. Today is my Mum’s first year anniversary mass, while this coming Wednesday is her actual anniversary and I just haven’t felt like doing much, much of anything really. I’ve spent most of this last week on my own either over a coffee or taking a run/walk. The head space has allowed for some quiet to all that’s going on around me. Getting outdoors and getting more active has reminded me of why I enjoyed it so much in my youth, when I used to compete nationally in orienteering. This is also something I want to continue and focus more on and is why I am in the process of setting up a separate blog where I can write about the walks, treks and trails I go on. I’ll keep you posted on that for anyone interested.

I have been making, it’s just been a lot slower and for an hour or two only late in the evenings. The concentration is not so good I’ve found at the moment and I seem to be only able to concentrate on a row or two of the Mae cardigan. It’s not that it’s complicated, it’s just more my concentration on it, but I am enjoying the bits I’m doing on it here and there and I know myself well enough now to not push it further than that. Here is where it is now. The only way to get a good colour representation was for me to put something lighter into the shot, ie my hand and arm but this is a better picture of the colour than last weeks shot.

Mae Cardigan

I have been picking up my crochet blanket that I blogged about a couple of weeks back and I’ve been putting a row in here and there. It seems to be a lot more mindless and my fingers are enjoying the change of pace the different craft is bringing. I’m going to show you the blanket now because this coming week I just don’t think I’m going to get an extra post written up.

Crochet Blanket

and that’s it, short and sweet with not much happening, but 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 – 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 – started April 14th – finished May 4th
  • Mae Cardigan – started May 8th –

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 – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 46

Just getting today’s YOP post written in the last few hours of the day. It’s been a hectic week with family events happening and today was spent as a family day out but there has been a little making time in amongst all the activity.

Firstly Magnolia has not been blocked…this is hardly a surprise…but honestly there just wasn’t a moment when I was at home to get it done. Perhaps this week, if not this week coming then it won’t get blocked for two weeks because that’s just how the next couple of weeks are going.

So that leads me onto last weeks dilemma and what to start. I started off this week by swatching first for the Vintage knit. I figured this was a good place to start because the yarn I was proposing to use is Holst Garn and this yarn contains a lot of spinning oil from listening to other knitters and when blocked it fluffs up quite a bit. I needed to factor this fluffing up into my gauge swatch because I need to redo the math on the Vintage knit a bit to make a size that will fit me as the pattern only comes in a size 36″ bust. So I knit and blocked the swatch, this is a picture of it before blocking. I am deciding if when the yarn is blocked if it’s a fabric I’m going to be happy with, if I decide it is I’ll work the math out and then begin the project.

swatch 1

As the Vintage knit requires some planning before the project begins I thought now was really the best time to get started with the Mae Cardigan, that last garment project on this years YOP list. I’ve got 6 weeks remaining to get it knit and blocked, which is cutting it a bit tight considering how the remaining weeks in May are going to be but I’ll give it a go. This is the small, meagre start I’ve made to it. The light is not great as I took it after getting home tonight in order to get this post done in time.

Mae Cardigan

I’ve decided to leave the next pair of socks to be knit until after the Mae cardigan is complete. I haven’t sewn any items yet, again right now it’s not having the time but I have been thinking about what I might want to have on my sewing list for next years YOP list and I do think there will be a sewing section…just a more realistic one!

I am currently thinking about how much I might like the Vintage pattern and if I might want more of those on next years list rather than some of the modern garment patterns I’ve been looking at. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Anyway, that does leave the list 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 – started April 14th – finished May 4th
  • Mae Cardigan – started May 8th –

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 – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 45

I looked about for what I had to talk about for this weeks Year of Projects post and all I have is the Magnolia jumper. Last week I was at the stage of having just began the pattern part on the first sleeve. As of last night the entire jumper is off the needles and even has the ends woven in. All that remains is for it to be blocked. Let’s hope though that part doesn’t take some time. I will once it’s blocked have a separate post

Magnolia

This morning has my knitting needles empty of any project, so today I can have a new cast on but what? I have a slight dilemma in that I have three different projects I want to do and I only want to work on one project at a time.

I need to swatch for the vintage jumper pattern and then work on the math for it as the sizing is smaller than what will fit me, even with negative ease. This might take some time and figuring out and it’s for that reason I’m debating about whether I should at this stage of the YOP year start the last garment on my YOP list, the Mae cardigan, work on it until complete and then use the remainder of any time in the YOP year to work on the vintage jumper and catch up on my box of socks.

I did put some rows in on my crochet blanket, I spoke about it during the week in a post here so I’m not going to show it again today as it has only grown by a couple of rows since that post.

So the 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 – 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 – started April 14th – finished May 4th
  • 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 – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 44

Year of project’s is really moving along with the weeks right now, only 8 weeks remain and I took some time this week to take a look through some possible new project ideas as well as projects I’m thinking about adding. I like the planning of projects, as much as working on them and then the wrapping up. In the 8 years I’ve been doing it I still can’t decide which part of the process I like more!

But I digress, lets get back to this week and let me speak a little about the Magnolia sweater by Camilla Vad that is the project currently on my needles. Last week I had just begun the design on the bottom of the body. That is now complete along with the ribbing on the bottom of the body. The design although difficult did take longer but it didn’t really matter, it was relaxing and there is no particular rush on this project. I have moved on and picked up the sleeves for the first sleeve and I’m working the design on the bottom of it.

Magnolia

I didn’t get round to cutting out that cuff top either, I got distracted by some other projects this week, I made some posts about them as I was going.

  1. Project Focus post on the finished Gingerbread jumper.
  2. Project in Progress post on a current crochet blanket.
  3. Vintage Knitting Adventures post.

The plan for this week is to work away on Magnolia, put a couple of rows in possibly on the blanket but definitely move forward with the Vintage Knitting pattern which by the time I do the planning for the Magnolia may very well be finished and this can be my monogamous knitting project.

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 – 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 – started April 14th –
  • 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 – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting

Vintage Knitting Adventures

The Beginning.

Recently I’ve been obsessed with vintage sewing and looking at sewing vlogs that aim at vintage sewers. It’s just so fascinating and I love a great many of the looks. Looks that may not necessarily fit with my everyday look and style but I’m learning so much about drafting and fitting and we all know how much I love fitted items regardless of era.        As I’m only a beginner sewer and I feel many of these pieces are beyond my abilities as a sewer at the moment, plus I’m still unsure what pieces are actually my favourite, it did turn my attention to vintage knitting.

Knitting is a medium I’m much more comfortable in and if anywhere is a good place to start it’s at least with a medium that is familiar. So a little happy research over several cups of coffee and a rabbit hole appeared of patterns, styles and looks. A shiny new Pinterest board and a lot of favourited links and I now find myself at the start of something new and intriguing.

Vintage Knitting

I found myself taken with this Bear Cub Twins Cardigan Pattern and I began to wonder how easy or difficult it might be to follow a vintage knitting pattern. This pattern is from the late 1930s and I fell in love with the cropped cabled look. So I looked it over and thought about it and then thought about it some more and looked it over again and this went on for several days and figured the only way to find out if I could do it was to…yes..actually just do it. I thought it might be nice to document the journey here so there is a record and notes of it, perhaps this might be something you’d be interested in reading also???

So first things first it’s going to be a matter of gathering supplies. I have the pattern and I definitely have the needles and yarn. I am debating whether I should forego the use of my circular needles and use my straight needles. I think the use of straight needles will be a little more in keeping with when the piece would have been originally knitted but I’ll let you know what I decide in the next update, but do let me know your thoughts. Secondly apart from just the directions and following those there is the issue of sizing. The pattern is for one size, which is not my size, not even the size I hope to be at the end of my weight loss journey. So before I start actually knitting this is going to require my notebook, a swatch, and whatever knitting experience I may have accumulated.

I’m kind of hoping that knitting experience is going to help with the whole process and for the first time in at least the last 12 months all of my creative self is intrigued and excited.