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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 · Project Focus

Project Focus – Gingerbread jumper

Today’s Project Focus post is on my recently completed Gingerbread jumper or at least my version of it.

I’m still calling this my Gingerbread jumper even though it looks nothing like the wonderful Gingerbread pattern by Libby of Truly Myrtle but because I used her numbers and directions in her pattern for all bar the plain bottom I used in my version, I can’t but link and give credit where it is due and I had originally set out to make the Gingerbread as directed the project just took a turn as what I wanted veered the project away from the original.

Gingerbread

I started out combining two yarns, a light fingering and a silk lace mohair, to get the recommended gauge of 20 sts x 26 rows = 10cm. The yarns I used were the Shetland Heritage in the Moorit colourway combined with an Isager Silk Mohair in the colourway 06. A true representation of the colour of these yarns combined is in the modelled shot above, I found capturing a true representation of the colour to be difficult.

I opted to knit the size 38″ which for my current size is with a -2″ of ease. I chose this size for a couple of reasons. 1. it is coming into summer so I’m not likely to be wearing a sweater of DK weight again until the end of Autumn and on my current weight loss journey I’m hoping to be smaller again and 2. I really dislike the oversized look to my knitted garments…I dislike it to my garments in general…looking like a sack of potatoes is not a flattering look on me! So I am experimenting with my garments to find what look is going to work for me and this is the garment I’ve chosen to try to a negative ease look coupled with some waist shaping.

So as I’ve said I followed the pattern as written for the neckline and increases, separation of sleeves etc. My modifications began 5″ after the sleeve separation point. It is at this point in my garments if I am adding waist shaping that I began that shaping. As you can see from the below picture I worked a series of spaced decreases and then at approx 9″ I begin to increase once more for the hips. I find this works in all my knitted garments for shaping.

Gingerbread 2

As the original Gingerbread sweater has a deep patterning and ribbing to the bottom of it which when added on to my shaping modification it would have left the garment much longer on me than what I desired so it was at this point that I veered away completely from the pattern. As you will see in the picture below I continued on with my hip increasing and knit in plain stockinette until I had an inch to go where at the point I worked that final inch in 2 x 2 ribbing. This gave me a total body length of 14″ which is the body length I opt for across all my garments.

Gingerbread 3

With the body complete I once more returned to the pattern for the sleeves and worked them to the numbers and directions again I merely omitted the patterning and knit my sleeves until they were 17″ in length from the underarm and then finished them off with an inch of 2 x 2 ribbing to mirror the bottom of the body, as you will see in the above picture. I have to say the sleeves on this Gingerbread sweater are the best fitting sleeves I have to knit to date. There is no bagging along the arm or the bottom ribbing and I love the fit of the sleeves with the negative ease. This is something I’m going to take note of for future garments. In general each garment I knit has something that I bring forward to future garments, be that shaping, certain numbers for necks, button bands, ribbing, sleeve decreases or sleeve lengths etc. It’s a process in building the components of a garment that I like and fit that I just apply to future garments.

All that remained then was the neckline, I followed the pattern for the rate of stitch pick up, but worked it in a 2 x 2 ribbing to again mirror the other ribbing in the garment. I like the wide square type of neckline, although how I have chosen to wear it in the modelled shot is how I’d normally wear this jumper and I’m not sure in the winter months how appropriate or practical that is, this we shall see.

Gingerbread 1

Overall I’m happy with the finished and completed sweater. I like the combination of yarns and fibres and it is a soft but warm garment and I like the marled look that has come from using both yarns together. The Silk Mohair yarn I had in stash so it was nice to use that up but I did purchase the Shetland Heritage. It did come on a cone with over 2000 meters for 28 pound, this is enough for two garments so I consider it good value.

I’m also pleased overall with the size, I do like the negative ease effect and with it I may not have to add waist shaping in future garments, this is something to consider in future. It has come out slightly more cropped in look at present than perhaps is the intended look but although this is not a look I normally go for, I can’t say that I dislike it also. I think if it is still so very cropped with less weight on me by the Autumn and I’m feeling self conscious the garment will work over a vest top that extends longer and this is a look I’d still be comfortable wearing, so I can see this garment working in my wardrobe perhaps a little better than some of the knitted garments at present which are getting a little baggy and oversized with the weight loss, which is a shame as some of those I liked when I knit and finished them. But c’est la vie!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on your garments, what works for you and what doesn’t?  If there are any other details on this garment you’d like to know just ask in the comments section below.

I hope you enjoyed this project focus post and I look forward to sharing my next project with you all.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 43

The first week of Easter break has been busier than expected but I’ve gotten some making time during the evenings.

I finished up and completed the Crocus socks last Sunday. I blogged about them here if you want further photos and to check out any of the details of them.

Crocus Sock

I then swatched for the Magnolia garment by Camillia Vad that I was wanting to cast on. I got gauge with this Rauma Finul PT2 and I’ve been working away on this during the evenings. I have just moved onto working the design on the bottom of the body before the ribbing. Most of this should be complete today with the sleeves ready to be worked on from tomorrow. I love working with the Rauma yarn. More on it and the sweater itself when it’s complete.

Magnolia

Speaking of complete sweaters I’ve blocked the Gingerbread sweater or at least my version of it. I am aiming to get a Project Focus post up this week about it with further details and shots including a modelled one.

Gingerbread 1

I didn’t actually get around to cutting out the next Cuff Top, I’d like to say perhaps this week but we shall see. I am aiming to write up a post on a crochet blanket project in progress that I have and what I’m thinking of doing with it.

So lots going on. Now, the list has been updated and 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 · 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 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.