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YOP – year 8 – week 34

Back this week with an update. The last two weeks have been eventful with children sick with bugs and my Uncle passed away towards the end of last week. I spent some time with my cousins, they were the first ones with us after my Mum passed and then we had the wake and funeral over last weekend. It’s a life changing for them and I’m all too aware of what they are experiencing. With all that life stuff happening making time was time snatched here and there when needed.

I did get the buttons sewed onto my Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider. This is the first item off my make nine list for this year and has been waiting for these buttons for a couple of weeks…oh well, at least it has them now. I will model it on the next episode of my podcast, which I’ll be recording this week, for anyone who wants to see it worn.

Coloring

My Aster cardigan by Marie Amelie Designs is the only project on the needles and the one I’ve been picking up and down as time has allowed this week. Last time I spoke about this I had joined the whole piece under the arms and had begun to work some of the body. The body is now worked and I’m in the process of attaching the tie at the bottom of the body. All that remains after that is the sleeves so this garment is moving along nicely.

Aster

I’ve not started February’s socks for my box of socks yet. The plan is that once the Aster is done, I’ll cast those on, I think they may run into March with February being a short month and all it’s happenings but I’m still enjoying being a monogamous knitter and have no wish to cast on a second project until what I’m working on is complete.

I did find a little time to cut out my Hollyburn skirt and that’s as far as I got as my daughter came down with a mild dose of the flu and was miserable for most of this week with it and a spiking temperature. But the pieces have been cut, progress has been made and this week I’m hoping to get back to it.

The list lies pretty much unchanged from the last post, with the exception of starting the Hollyburn skirt.

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.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 32

This past week I picked up the extra buttons needed for my Coloring cardigan that I finished last week and that’s as far as I got with that. It seems that the faltering with this project lies in putting the buttons on. So it will be a surprise for you and me if I have it ready for next week or for a new episode of the podcast.

What I did work on this week was the Aster by Marie Amelie Designs. This has such an interesting construction with provisional cast on and stitches left on hold not just for the sides and back but for the neckline also. The Aster has now been joined altogether and I’m working on the body of it so for now it’s just a matter of knitting to pattern. I am planning on adding in waist shaping to this shortly. It’s not in the pattern but I like my garments with some shaping to them. I like how it helps the fit and look of them.

Aster

And that’s it, it’s been a monogamous kind of week again which doesn’t make for an exciting post but my knitting week has been relaxing and I’ve enjoyed it.

I have been checking out a few tutorials, on a couple of things I wasn’t clear on, for the Hollyburn Skirt and later, after dinner I’m going to cut that out. I’ve only made skirts before in a class, so the teacher has always been there on hand, but after reading through the instructions there were a couple of things I was wondering about so I looked up some tutorials, then there are a couple of things I want to do with the skirt that I wasn’t sure how to do, so I had to look those up to. You see where I’m going with this. In short I like to be prepared and know what I’m doing somewhat with it when I start.

Perhaps we shall have progress pictures of that next week? Who knows.

All that remains now is the list which lies unchanged from last week, but here it is none the less;

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.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 31

This past week I’ve finished off my Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider. It has been blocked! I know I can hardly believe I’ve gotten to that part already myself. It just needs the buttons sewing on. I’m a couple of buttons short, mainly because I added a couple more buttonholes when I was knitting the button band. Finished pictures should be ready next week.

When I was finished the colouring I did indeed switch my attention to the Rosebud Socks by Wendy D. Johnson. I cast on and then promptly lay aside to work exclusively on the Coloring. I worked from where I left the first sock, which was far as the gusset increases and this week I’ve worked on nothing else but these Rosebud socks and they are now complete. These are my first pair of socks towards my box of socks for this year.

rosebud socks

With no other projects on my needles I’m going to cast on the Aster cardigan by Marie Amelie Designs later today in some Eden Cottage Millburn 4 ply yarn. I have a sweaters worth in the Night Sky colourway and I think the Aster will look great in this colour. The colour is also going to be a great piece in my wardrobe, navy is a great neutral type of colour for me.

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
  • 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.

Knitting · Year of Projects

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.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 29

First things first this week. I finally got around to blocking my Bentley cardigan. I really can’t say why it took me so long to get to it. Even yesterday I had buttons picked out sat on the table beside me just to sew on and I read all day yesterday. I eventually got to it late last night. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the knitting of this cardigan, because I did. I love the design details in the sleeves and the wider button bands and ribbing and although the green is a lot brighter than what I wear at the moment, it will still work in my wardrobe. I’m glad I got to finishing it and now can enjoy wearing it. The Cumulus Blouse is heading for blocking today so that’s going to be ready soon.

bentley cardigan

The only other item I worked on this week was my Coloring cardigan. It’s been such an enjoyable knit and I’ve picked it up and down throughout the week as the desire to do so came. I now find myself on the bottom ribbing of the cardigan, which should be finished later today. That leaves some sleeves perhaps for during the week, we shall what I’m in the mood for this week.

coloring

I’ve made no further progress on my socks or on my sewing but I appreciated the responses in last weeks post about sewing and how loosing weight is affecting my desire to sew or not sew in this case.

My list looks like this currently;

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.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 28

It’s been a relaxing first week of the new year. I hope it continues that way because it was really enjoyable. I did take the first awkward step of recording a new podcast and that went live HERE, during the week.

I had all my projects finished on New Years Eve and I frogged 5 projects that I had lying around in project bags from early last year. They were all shawls and I had no interest in going back to them and finishing them so I thought it best if I reused the yarn and I’m really glad I did. It meant that I was starting the new year with no other projects on the go other than the Northeasterly blanket I’d started on Christmas Eve.

So on New Years Day I wanted to cast on my next garment. With the make nine set out it was easy to just pick one from it and have a little stash dive, as I have a few sweater quantities of yarn for these projects already. I chose the Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, the same designer who designed the Winterfell cardigan I knit late last year. The different colours used in the ribbing gives the chance to add some colour but I opted for a dark charcoal with a natural colour for some ribbing. I’m a little further on than this picture now but not by much.

coloring

I had intended to start a new pair of socks on New Years Day but I got sidetracked by the Coloring and it took me a few days to get those on the needles. But on Friday I was just in the mood for a little relaxing sock knitting so cast it on. I’m using a Mondim yarn again, I really love knitting with this yarn and I’m going to have to pick up some more of it I think. I’m knitting the Rosebud Sock pattern from my Toe-Up Socks for Everybody book, same book that the Bouquet Sock pattern came from last year. I’m already at the start of the increases for the gusset on this first sock.

rosebud socks

And that’s where I am today with my projects. I’ve put in one more colour on my Northeasterly, so not enough really to take a picture of it. Again that’s just a project that’s beside my chair that I pick up and put down as the mood strikes.

I’m back to Slimming World in earnest with the start of the New Year, I relaxed a little with it over Christmas week. I am joining a local beginners walking/jogging group this week so I’m hoping that will help and I have to get over this idea that there is no point in sewing up clothes when I’m loosing weight. I’ve not learnt to alter clothes properly so I think that’s not helping otherwise I could just make my favourite pieces smaller and I need to remember I can always make them again in smaller sizes. Perhaps with the children returning to school this week I will take over the dining table and get to some cutting out and sewing.

So the list has not been updated with my make nine pieces, but some of them are the same, I think only one the painting is not on the make nine list so I’ll change that when I get to it for something that is. But here it is updated to what 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
  • 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.