Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 24

Finally getting back to a YOP post. It’s been two weeks but with so much course work on for the two missing weeks I really hand’t done enough to blog about. A couple of modules have finished so I’m able to spend some more of my free time now knitting again, well when I can drag my head out of a book that is!

But there has been some progress on my knitting at least. I’ve still to get a start made on my Hollyburn skirt that I’m hoping to make as part of my Christmas outfit and time I am aware is getting short! Hopefully this week I’ll get to at least cutting it out!

The Bouquet socks that I began in November for the November Solid Sock Group challenge are now complete. I really loved this pattern and even though each row was a pattern row I found the whole process, from the yarn used to the pattern picked, to be relaxing and it was a project I couldn’t put down.

Sock 3 Bouquet Socks

After the first Bouquet sock was complete, I started the Triwizard Sock, a slip stitch colour pattern. As you can see I did complete the first sock. The colourwork did draw the sock in and although snug it did fit.

Triwizard sock 1

But here is that first sock now.

Triwizard sock 2

I frogged it, not because there was anything wrong with the pattern, but because I really dislike knitting colourwork socks and when it came to thinking about casting on the second, I just didn’t want to. So I frogged the sock and will reuse the yarn in a pattern and sock that I do want to knit and wear.

The theme for the December challenge for the Solid Sock Club is Neon. Neon definitely isn’t something I’m really into but I have this one skein in my stash. Why I bought it, I can’t say but I have it and I want to start using more of my gorgeous yarns in my stash next year. So I thought now was as good a time to start and a great opportunity to use this skein up. I’m thinking I’ll either cast on the Aussie Sunshine pattern by Claire Devine or the Couplet pattern by Bonnie Sennott of Blue Peninsula. I’m going to modify both patterns to knit them toe up as that’s my preferred method and I’m going to use as always, my preferred heel and toe. I like both patterns though, what about you?

Neon pink

The only other piece I’ve made progress on is my Bentley cardigan. I finished the first sleeve and while catching up on podcasts the last two evenings I’ve gotten the second sleeve knit and all that remains is the cuff, which will be done today. The button bands and neck bands are already complete so this will be cast off and blocked ready in time to wear as part of my Christmas outfit. Now to just get on with the skirt.

Bentley

Once the Bentley cardigan is off the needles though, I’m going straight back to working on my Cumulus Blouse, which I’d like off the needles for Christmas as well. I’ve the body complete so it only needs some sleeves and neckband.

So my list now looks like this;

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

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

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 21

This week has been a whirlwind of course classes, meeting and parent teacher meetings. This has meant that knitting time, as that was the only crafting I got to do this week, was limited. I started the first sleeve on The Bentley cardigan one evening but got so tired after half an hour into picking it up that I just had to put it aside and head to bed. So I haven’t really made enough progress on it to show you anything. Yesterday when I was free, I had course work and assignments to prepare so when it did come to knitting time I really only felt like working on socks, so the Cumulus blouse hasn’t seen any work on it this week either.

So really all I’ve picked up and worked on has been socks. 

I did complete the first Bouquet Sock. I really enjoyed this pattern and although each row was a pattern row to some extent it really became very potato chippy. 

Bouquet_Sock_1_small2

I have been dipping back in and out to the Sock Knitters Anonymous group and I know I originally said I didn’t want to participate this month with the featured theme of Mosaic or slipped stitch colourwork, but I came across the Triwizard Tournament Socks and really felt like joining in with this months challenge. So a bit of a stash dive happened and I came up with three Schoppel Wolle Admiral 4ply colours and with my free time yesterday I cast on and began the sock. I did decide to modify them to knit them toe up and the pattern tells you to work the pattern on the sole of the sock, which I don’t normally do but for these I am, so it remains to be seen if this is a feature I like. This is the progress from yesterday. 

Sock_Triwizard_small2

I’ve been thinking about the third pair of socks I’ve cast on and left to one side in favour of both of these new socks and I’m just not excited enough about them. I think for now ,I’ll leave them but if I still don’t feel like knitting on them once both these pairs of socks are done I’m going to frog them and use the yarn for something I do want to knit on.

So my list now looks like this;

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

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

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 20

This weeks project time has seen lots of progress at the start of the week but as the week went on and it got busier and busier the knitting petered out. What has happened is Bentley has gotten it’s button bands complete. That I’m afraid is all the work that got done on it this week, but I do get to start the sleeves this week, so it is nearing it’s end.

Bentley cardigan

The Cumulus Blouse has seen the body of it finished. I’m ready to work the i-cord bind off now and pick up for the sleeves. It looks like this week the majority of my knitting is going to involve sleeves.

Cumulus

I began the Bouquet Socks last Sunday as I needed a picture for my cast on post and I enjoyed working on them so much I worked them to the point of the gusset increases. After setting them aside for the remainder of the day I then picked them up again on Monday evening for an hour, worked the gusset increases and finished the heel. I didn’t pick them up again until Friday evening and made a nice start on the leg while I caught up on some of the podcasts I’m behind on.

Bouquet Sock

As I mentioned last week, I was going to the Knitting and Stitching show that was on in Dublin over this weekend. We opted to go the first day, Thursday. It definitely wasn’t as crowded as previous years, nor were there the same amount of vendors. I definitely think Brexit is playing it’s part in what vendors come from the UK to the event. Never the less we had a good day and I still managed to pick up some material, mainly for some skirts and a pinafore I want to make. The three materials on the right are wool, the blue on the left a denim and the blue on the front a linen.

Material

I also picked up some small items like buttons and a chalk pen and these really cute gnome kits which just caught my eye and fancy for no other reason other than they looked cute!

Crafts

And all that remains now is the list;

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

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

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 19

It’s been an enjoyably busy mid-term this past week. We’ve buried our heads in some books, hung out with friends at various points through the week, had apts, classes and trips to the cinema. We’ve celebrated Samhain, filled the house with the warm and delicious smells of baking and just generally relaxed from the normal hustle and bustle that goes with our daily school routine. I’ve made progress on some projects (knitting) and not on others (sewing) but the projects are meant for fitting in round family life not family life around the projects.

One of the projects that did get some work was the Bentley cardigan. I ended up working on this late last Sunday and I’ll explain why in a bit, but last week I was nearing the length of the short length and I was unsure of which length I wanted. Once I reached the short body length I tried on the cardigan, allowed the 3 inches that would be added with the ribbing and I decided that I wasn’t going to be comfortable with that length so opted for the longer body length. It was only 2″ more in body length so it didn’t take me that long but it made a big difference in how comfortable I felt when I tried it on. 3″ of ribbing and the body was complete. The neckband was picked up and I’ve just started the left hand button band. On other garments I’ve normally worked the sleeves after the body was complete leaving any necklines and button bands until the end. It’s not a big change but right now it feels more like I’m nearing completion, even though I still have two sleeves to go, we will see what the thought process is when I reach the sleeves.

Bentley

Last Sunday, I continued to work on the Cumulus Blouse. I joined the piece to work in the round and then reached the part for splitting for the sleeves. For splitting for the sleeves, I normally stick my stitches on some yarn or string, whichever is close by at the time, but that wasn’t going to work for this Mohair blend. The stitches would stick to the yarn or string pulling and distorting them so I ordered some stitch holders and put it aside. This is how the Bentley got some extra love last weekend. I picked up the Cumulus again though yesterday and the newly arrived stitch holders, split for the sleeves and carried on with the body of Cumulus last night as I watched some movies with the children.

Cumulus

Round 11 began on Nov 1st in the Solid Socks group on Ravelry. This months colour is blue, so I rooted about in my stash and sent a picture of this Mondim yarn I’d picked up to see if it were acceptable, it was, so later today I’m going to start that pair of socks, I’m thinking I’ll do this Bouquet Socks pattern as I have the Toe-Up Socks for Everybody by Wendy Johnson. I did look to see if perhaps I could meet the Nov theme for the Sock Knitters Anonymous group also with this pair of socks but their monthly technique was mosaic and slipped-stitch colourwork, something that wouldn’t work with just the blue and the featured designer had no patterns that really grabbed my attention.

Mondim

I’ve been members of these groups for years and always had great intentions of joining in but designing always kept me busy that I just didn’t have any time to spare, and while I may not join in every month with both, it’s nice to think that I can now if the themes in both grab my attention.

I had thought I might have gotten some sewing done this week, but the days were filled with other happenings and when I sat in the evenings it was only my knitting I wanted to pick up. I’m going to the knitting and stitching show later this week that’s happening in Dublin so perhaps I’ll come back from that excited to get at my machine and get creating even in the evenings when I’m a little more tired than during the day.

And so the list now looks like this;

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

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

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.