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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.

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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 26

We are now half way through the Year of Projects for this year and I’m going to take a quick review of how things are going with regards to my year of projects list.

The first section is garments and out of the nine garments listed 4 are complete and the next garment will be cast on shortly once I decide what that garment will be. I’m taking part in the #2019makenine challenge. One or two of the remaining garments are going to change in line with what the projects I’ve listed for that challenge.

The second section in the Year of Projects list is the sewing section. I’ve not made as much progress in this section as I would have liked. I hadn’t factored in the course I took up and the amount of work involved and that was the biggest thing that ate into my sewing garments time. Most of the course is finished so with more time and the #2019makenine challenge of just sewing projects I’m hoping that this section is going to catch up to the others. Again the projects in this section are going to change to the planned projects for the challenge because my taste in items I sew has changed slightly.

The last section is the sock section. I am hoping to complete 6 pairs this year in the year of projects and I’m half way with three complete pairs and the Aussie Sunshine pairs going to be finished by the end of December. This section is moving along nicely and I expect it to have no problem in getting completed with some extra pairs added in, even allowing for the frogged pairs listed.

So now lets take a look at this week progress, which has been made on a couple of projects. First up is my Cumulus Blouse which is now finished and bound off. The ends need to be sewn in and then it just needs a blocking, so does the Bentley Cardigan so I guess I’ll be getting to those over the holidays. But the Cumulus is so soft and warm and it’s just delicious to wear. I tried it on pre-blocking and I really didn’t want to take it off! I had high hopes for this jumper and it has lived up to those hopes. I’ve plans to knit a second version of this jumper at least!

Cumulus Blouse 1

The other project worked on were my Aussie Sunshine socks. I finished the first sock and made a start on the second sock so these are going to well and I expect them to be finished before the end of the December.

Aussie Sunshine

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 December 10th – 

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 25

It’s been a week of good steady knitting progress. The Bentley Cardigan is finished and off the needles. It needs it’s ends finished and it still needs to be blocked and buttons added on and I’d love to say I’ll get that done this week but I’ve a few jobs that need doing this week so I’m going to see how much time I have to get it done. I love how this cardigan knit up, the pattern was so easy to follow and I’m a fan of the wider ribbing. I love the fit of this cardigan already and the 3/4 sleeves are just great!

Bentley 1

I started Sock #6 with the pattern for the Aussie Sunshine socks with the neon pink yarn I showed last week. This were by far the easiest project to pick up and down when I had limited time and were what I reached for when I got home late several evenings this week and wanted something easy and mindless to knit on. I’m still in two minds about this colour, I love the stitch definition of the pattern in this yarn but the colour I just shy away from and yes I know my hair was also this colour, but that feels like it was to a different me. I’m not going to give these socks away, perhaps they will be the pair to remind me a little of who I was not so long ago and that might not be a bad thing for the last pair of socks to be knitted this year. But I digress, the pattern is so quick and easy to memorise and they make for great TV knitting. I modified the pattern to knit them toe up and I’m using my preferred heel flap and gusset for toe up.

Aussie Sunshine

With the Bentley cardigan off the needles I turned my attention to the Cumulus Blouse. I had the body finished just to do the I-Cord bind off, so with that finished I picked up the stitches for the sleeve and I’m already half way through with the first one. I love everything about this project and hope when it comes to wearing it that I love it just as much! The Eden Cottage Yarn Eldwick Lace is so light and silky and soft, it really looks and is like a cumulus cloud. This I think I’m going to concentrate most on this week and see if perhaps I can get it finished in time for Christmas so that I can wear it over the holidays.

Cumulus Blouse

I didn’t get as far as cutting out my Hollyburn skirt and I’m afraid it doesn’t look too hopeful this week either. Which means I’m unlikely to have it made in time to wear for Christmas. I’m a little disappointed by this in one way but in another I need to retake some measurements as I’ve lost some weight with attending Slimming World this last couple of months and because I was loosing it I was reluctant to cut into the gorgeous grey linen material I have for this skirt. I’m planning on taking part in the make nine challenge for 2019 with some sewing projects so I think this shall be the first make of that.

I’ve updated my list now to reflect projects finishing and others started and it 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 December 10th – 

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 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.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 18

This week has been an enjoyable week project wise. During the week, the Bentley cardigan was my project of choice. I’ve made some nice progress on the body of the cardigan. Another inch or two will take me to the length for the shorter size. At that stage I’ll try it on and see if I’m happy to add the ribbing then or knit a little further to have the longer size.

Bentley 1

Yesterday I switched things up and worked on the Cumulus sweater late yesterday evening. I’m nearing the point of joining in the round and it’s only a few rows after that, that I move to splitting for the sleeves. This project is so soft and light and I’m really looking forward to being able to wear it.

Cumulus 1

Again the socks didn’t get worked on, not that I’m overly worried, I will work on them when the mood strikes.

This week is mid-term break for the children and I’ve plans to do some sewing. I’ve two tops that need finishing and then I can cut out and begin the Hollyburn skirt that I’m planning as part of my Christmas outfit and to accompany the Bentley cardigan.

I am also making a start on my Christmas puddings and cakes this week, so the house is going to be filled with wonderful smells.

So that leaves the list looking 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 – 

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 17

I’ve worked most of this week on the Bentley cardigan. I’ve completed the yoke increases and have split for the sleeves. Now I’m just working on the body of the cardigan. To this point, it’s been a really enjoyable knit, the pattern on the front is interesting and pretty and I like the texture it’s adding. With the plain stockinette sleeves and back, I think it will make a lovely cardigan when complete.

Bentley

I also couldn’t help myself yesterday and cast on the Cumulus sweater. I’m working away on the yoke increases on this and I’m probably going to work on this today. Perhaps I will continue to work on the Cumulus on weekends and the Bentley during the week, we shall see.

Cumulus

I made no progress on the pair of socks, so no update there. I’ve not started or finished any sewing projects this week, I’m a couple of weeks into a new course to retrain and update my skills. It is run in the mornings and I’ve found over the last few weeks that I’m not left with much extra free time, any free time I’ve filled with either reading or knitting when the mood strikes. As some modules end in a couple of weeks I think perhaps then I’ll have time to return to my sewing.

The list is now looking 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 – 

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.