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YOP – year 8 – wrap up

It really doesn’t feel quite like a year since we started year 8 of the Year of Projects, a group on Ravelry here for crafters and makers to combine there hobbies along with a love of blogging. Year of Projects is something I’ve participated in from the beginning and I did debate whether I would or not join in for this the 8th year with all that was going on in my life this time last year. I was a couple of weeks late into starting but I’m really glad I did, it was one of the two best things I decided to do.

I began with two main focus points for the year in my list.

The first focus point was around my desire and personal challenge to create a me made wardrobe. This I was aiming to achieve through both knitted and sewn garments. On this front generally I’m pleased with what I accomplished. My knitted garments section on my list was a success. The sewn garments wasn’t as much of a success in that not as much got crossed off, but what I discovered along the way has helped form where I want to go with my sewn garments more, so in this respect I’ve learnt and grown and it’s hard to call that a failure.

On the knitted garment list I had a total of 9 garments and 8 were completed, you’ll see from the last picture that the 9th garment is on the button bands and within the next couple of days should be complete. Here’s a look through them all. I love the green Bentley garment for style (top row right) but love the fit of my Colouring (middle row centre) and Cumulus (middle row left) has to be my favourite garment make of the entire YOP year. The garment I’m least pleased with is the Fintry (top row left) and this you might remember is the one I reworked the neckline at the time, well a year on and I’m still not in love with that garment. The other garments I’ve just not had a chance to wear them as much to decide how much or little I like them. All the things I’ve learnt from each of these garments I hope to bring on into next years makes and most of the time I’m making my own modifications within the garments anyway, which is something you’ll see lots of next year.

 

On the sewn garments section of this list there were 18 different items. 6 of which were made, the Cuff Top I made two versions of, as well as the Margot Pyjamas. As I said my ideas on what I wanted to sew changed and are now more in line with what I like and want from my knitted garments, a more fitted style. This made some of the items on the sewn list unsuitable, so it’s likely a good thing that they didn’t get made. Here is a look at some of the items that were made. I love the Cuff Tops and of all the things I made these get worn the most, in part because I graded them to fit me just how I’ve discovered I like my garments fitting. The Margot Pyjamas no longer fit due to weight loss, which is a shame as they were really comfy and the Hollyburn skirt is my least favourite make but only because I don’t like that style and I should have thought about that aspect of garment making more in this past year but again is something that will hopefully be put into upcoming garments.

 

The only other section on my YOP list was a sock section and the aim here was to complete 6 pairs of socks over the year. These were not a main focus of the list but did provide an interesting break in the bigger projects. I completed 7 pairs of socks for myself and one each for Evelyn and Elizabeth. Along the way I also frogged 3 pairs of socks where the project just wasn’t enjoyable. Here is a look at the socks that were completed.

 

The second point of focus for my YOP list was to get back to enjoying each project fully from beginning to end. I started off the year working on one knitted and one sewn garment at a time and this was working but soon after the start of this YOP year I switched to working monogamously on one project solely at a time. This was the second best decision I made for me personally. This allowed me focus on just the project on hand and while working solely on it I found I was enjoying each project more, right from the planning to the finished item. I also found I was a lot more productive, not that I knit faster but more that I was just focusing fully on the project until complete. Going forward I’m going to continue this approach for as long as this works for me.

That brings this whole YOP year 8 post to a wrap. It was an enjoyable year as always participating with all the other YOPers and I look forward to Year 9, which will begin with the opening post and list next week.

If you would like to join in or read about other YOP participants, 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.