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YOP – year 9 – week 4

It’s a bit later than normal as I was at work today, but I wanted to still get my update in. There wasn’t as much progress as I’d have liked this week but there’s been some.

Firstly the Victory socks by Wendy D Johnson are finished and off the needles. They only came off the needles last night and had the ends woven in just before I started to write this post. I will work up a finished object post for them perhaps this week. They’ve now gone into my box of socks which is a little behind as there is only 4 pairs, counting this pair in it….oh well, it wasn’t exactly meant to be done in a year.

Victory socks

I’ve caked up the yarn for the Etna jumper by Veronik Avery and when I’m finished writing this update I will make a start on the gauge swatch for it and hopefully begin work on it this week. The yarn I’m going to be using is Eden Cottage Yarns Titus Lace in the Copper Bucket colourway.

Etna

That’s all I have for you this week, and the list is updated and here;

Year of Projects 2019-2020 List

Knitted Garments

– Patterns

  • Etna by Veronik Avery started Jul 28th – 
  • Cumulus by Petite Knit
  • Seven Tees by Katrin Schneider
  • Myrtha by Katrin Schneider
  • Honey Bop by Amy Appel
  • Alaska Sweater by Camille Descoteaux
  • Spellman Sweater by Dragon Hoard Designs
  • Spellbound by Dragon Hoard Designs
  • Polaris by Hiroko Fukatsu

– Vintage Patterns

Sewn Garments

Socks

  • Victory Socks by Wendy D. Johnson started Jul 3rd – finished Jul 28th
  • Heart to Heart Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Tiptoe Through the Tulips Socks By Wendy D. Johnson
  • Wrought Iron Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Diamonds and Cables Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Bob and Weave Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Basket Case Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Manly Aran Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Belle Epoque Socks by Wendy D. Johnson

Blankets

  • Woodland Blanket

 

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Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

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 37

This week has been a making week of socks. The Aster cardigan has had it’s seams added as directed in this tutorial HERE (I’m sorry I realised I forgot to link it again last week!) but still sits waiting patiently to be blocked. This week has been busy and by the time I’ve reached my projects I’ve really just wanted to pick up my needles and knit and that’s on the evenings where I’ve not been too tired. On those too tired evenings I’ve picked up my book and I’ve been reading.

So as I said the making time has gone into socks. I had just turned the heel on Evelyn’s first shortie sock last week. They are now complete and here is a picture of her wearing them. I did speak more about them on my latest podcast which is HERE.

Evelyns Sock

I also finished my Hollyburn skirt and here is a modelled picture Becki for you. Again it was spoken about in greater detail on the podcast but I did enjoy the make and learned some new to me techniques. The only thing about this skirt is I’m not sure if this is a style of skirt that suits my shape, which says nothing about the pattern which was brilliant but says more about me and picking items that suit my style and shape.

Hollyburn

So will all these projects finished I cast on a pair of Laurel Socks from the Toe-Up Socks For Everybody that I’m knitting out of this year. I’m using an Eden Cottage Yarn Tempo 4ply Yarn in the Woodland Colourway. I’m enjoying this knit and nearly finished working the gusset increases and I’ve planned to spend the remainder of the weekend enjoying knitting on them and catching up on some podcasts.

Laurel Socks

What project I’ll work on next I’ve not decided. It may be another pair of socks or another garment. I am just undecided which garment I want to complete next. I am planning to make a Cuff Top off my make nine sewing list next so perhaps by the time the socks and it is done I’ll have decided on the next project.

My 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 – 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 36

This week has been a week of two halves. In the first part of the week I made great progress, then the second half of the week got busy with family life and comings and goings and so very little progress was made on anything.

The Aster cardigan was finished and cast off. But I haven’t had a moment in the last couple of days to get sitting down to put the seams in. Last week I realised I forgot to link to blog post on how to do that so HERE is the blog post for you to read. I’m hoping later today I get the chance to start putting in those seams as all that will remain after that is the blocking and it will be complete and ready to wear. I don’t have a picture to share as it really hasn’t changed much from last week.

I did spend a chunk of time last Sunday working on the Hollyburn skirt. I cut, sewed and added in the lining and put in an invisible zip all of which were new techniques to me so took some time, specially the zip part where I had to take the zip out twice before I got the waistband lined up correctly. The waistband has since been sewn down and topstitched and tabs have been added as I liked the look of these rather than belt loops. All that remains is the hem of both the skirt and lining but I wanted to try it on and measure so I had a midi length Hollyburn skirt. Oh! I also made a size smaller than normal so was a little nervous about whether it would fit right now or later on in my weight loss journey. I’m so pleased to say it fits now! This is going to be hemmed early this week, I can’t wait to wear it!

So with all those done I turned my attention back to some knitting and what project I might cast on. The children have been wanting some handknit socks so I cast on a pair for my youngest daughter Evelyn. She is not a girly girl and chose this stripped yarn for her socks. I’ve added in a German Short Row heel, which isn’t visible in this pic, in a turquoise blue to not disturb the stripes and she wants a shortie sock so this sock will be off the needles today with the next cast on immediately. This won’t take long!

Evelyns Sock

I haven’t gotten a pair of socks made in February for my box of socks so after Evelyns socks are done I think I might cast those on. I’m not really wanting a pair done each month, it’s more just about having 12 done by the end of the year so I think it will even itself out as I swap between garments and socks. Plus I haven’t quite decided what my next garment is going to be or with what yarn so socks it is.

So there you have the update for the week. Somewhat exciting. The list 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
  • Sock #8 – started

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 35

I’ve made steady progress this past week on my Aster cardigan. The ties I was working on last week have been attached and the first sleeve is now complete. The Aster cardigan is a design by Marie Amelie Designs. Later on today I’m going to pick up stitches for the second sleeve and make a start on it. All going well I do hope to have the cardigan off the needles by the end of the week. Whether it is blocked or not, is another story. When this does come off the needles I’m going to be adding seams to it. Seams add a little stability and structure to a garment and I came across a blog post HERE about how to add seams to a seamless garment. I’m going to give this a go with the sides and arms of the Aster cardigan and see how I like the technique and whether indeed it adds any structure to this cardigan.

Aster

I have made progress on my Hollyburn skirt. The skirt fronts and backs are now complete with the pockets added. As soon as this post is written I’m headed back to the machine to add the waistband and then I’m going to be adding some lining to it. After that all that remains is to insert the zip and finish off the hem.

As these projects are getting to the end it’s time to start thinking about what next to cast on and sew. I think some socks for knitting so I can keep on top of my box of socks challenge. For sewing I’m going to take a look at my make 9 and see what grabs my attention. There is also the Betty Dress from SewOverIt that I’d really love to have for my birthday in April. I had been thinking I’d like a version of this for my daughters communion in May but it might be best to try it out first as a birthday garment and see how I like it.

So all that remains this week is the list and the links to other YOPers who you should definitely check out!

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 · Sewing · Year of Projects

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.