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 16

This week has seen a flurry of activity earlier in the week. The sleeves on Lichen were finished on Wednesday night, it did take until yesterday to find time to weave in the ends but they are done now and the sweater is complete. I’ve not blocked it yet because at the start I knit the size smaller due to my gauge but with attending Slimming World this last month and a half, the sweater fits just right now. I think I’m going to just enjoy wearing it now as it is.

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On Thursday I looked through my sweater quantities of yarn in my stash. I looked at what sweaters I had wanted to make with them and considered whether they were still the garments that would work in my wardrobe but also there are things I now lean to having in my garments. For instance I prefer a body length of 14″, we already know how I feel about the necks of my cardigans and having them come up enough on my shoulders, this also applies to the necks of my sweaters. And while I know I can just make these pattern changes to any pattern I pick, I always feel bad about changing someone else’s design to have these X, Y or Z items.

So while I debated all this Thursday night I cast on a new pair of socks, Socks #3 with some Eden Cottage Yarns. I’m using the Woodland colour in the Tempo base, and I’m using my own basic sock pattern but adding in a little twisted stitch pattern to the outside edge of the foot. This same pattern will run up the edge of the front and back of the sock when I reach that point.

Sock 3

After much thought and deliberation on the garment front, I decided to remove the Sammal cardigan from my yop list, while I love it’s cable and texture look, it’s really too long and not fitted enough for the look I want and like I said I don’t want to make changes. I’ve replaced it with the Bentley cardigan by Olive Knits which has a much more delicate and feminine look. This cardigan is going to be part of my Christmas outfit. I’m using the yarn I was going to knit the Sammal with, it’s the Grass colourway on the Tempo base from Eden Cottage Yarns. It’s a very bright and vivid green but I think it will work with this charcoal grey linen which I plan to sew a Hollyburn skirt in to accompany it. I swatched yesterday for it and made a very small start on my Bentley, but it is the project I’m going to work on today, just as soon as I drop my son to get the train back to college.

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Lastly, while looking through the sweater quantities, I couldn’t resist caking up this Cromer Pier on the Eldwick lace base, again by Eden Cottage yarns and I’m going to cast on a Cumulus, this is the garment I’ve been wanting to begin from we started year 8. So I also swatched for this yesterday and I’m not sure when I’ll cast this on, but quite possibly this week. It looks like it’s a light grey blue but it’s got splashes of darker blue and gold through it, which should add a little interest to what is an otherwise stockinette garment. I’m really excited to cast this on!

Cumulus

My list has been updated and 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 #3started 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 · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 15

Since I last posted, two weeks ago, I’ve finished the body of my Lichen sweater and started on a sleeve. The sleeve is fairly mindless knitting, and I’m just enjoying the slow rhythm of this project now. My mind is starting to turn to what my next garment may be though.

Lichen

I have also completed the Sock #2 on my needles and now that they are complete I like them a lot more than I did. I again made these ankle length to fit inside my ankle boots when I wear them with skirts and the weather is turning chilly enough now that I need them. I haven’t cast on another pair of socks just yet, I can’t say why, I guess I’m just not feeling the need to. Perhaps this week.

Sock 2

I haven’t touched my sewing from my last class. I did learn how to put button holes in and sewing with Viscose is definitely different to any of the materials I’ve used so far, but I have enjoyed learning these new skills. Once my mornings free up a little more in a couple of weeks I’m hoping to return to sewing with a bang.

I’d really like to have a handmade outfit for Christmas, made of both sewing and knitting, and now as I’m nearing the end of the Lichen sweater, it’s the perfect time to begin the knitted item part of this outfit. Is this something that might interest you? Maybe we can make a Christmas outfit together, in a casual make-a-long kind of way.

My YOP list 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

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 13

It’s been a couple of weeks from I updated and that was down to purely having very little to post about. Instead of working steadily and constantly on projects, I was instead reading and in the missing two weeks read my way through the All Souls Trilogy, along with finishing a book from a separate trilogy I’d started, and I’ve now begun the next book that is in my reading stack. While I’m still reading constantly I am squeezing in more knitting time and the knitting and year of projects work is what you are here to read about, so lets get to that.

On my Lichen jumper, I’m now nearing the end of the body, approx another inch, so that should be finished shortly. Then all that remains are the sleeves and if I took my head out of my books long enough this jumper would be finished in no time at all really.

Lichen 1

I’ve worked a small amount more on my #2 socks. I’m as far as the gusset increases on these. I can’t say I’m overly excited about the yarns in this sock set, so I may gift these to my daughter. We shall see if I prefer them any more when they are complete.

Socks 1

I haven’t made any further progress with the red top, what I have done is start another local sewing workshop, in which we are making a short sleeve, button down the back top. I’m using this Viscose material, which is the first time I’ve used this material and I’ll be putting in some buttonholes so another new skill to learn.

Top

 

That is all the YOP projects that I’ve been happily working on and the progress to date. So although the updates are not overly exciting, I’m still enjoying working monogamously on projects at a slow and steady pace, enjoying the process as much as the product.

My YOP list 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

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 10

This week has gone by in a blur of activity. From school starting and new earlier routines and time tables, to sending off our oldest to college, it’s just been a whirlwind.

I made progress on my Lichen sweater and the more it grows the more I love the look of it. I’m looking forward to being able to wear this garment already!

Lichen

The weather has turned a little cooler and with more showers of rain, I’m starting to take out my knitted garments to wear. This it would seem was the spur on I needed to return to my Fintry cardigan. I unpicked the bind off edge and worked another short row and textured rows section. I had estimated it would add 2 inches to the front and I was right and it added a further 2.5 inches to the back of the neck. I am now so much more happy with this cardigan and now want to actively wear it. That in itself is a success. I picked up some buttons in town yesterday and sewed them on straight away. I’ve marked down my notes on the project page and these were extensive. In all my years designing and making things up as I go, I’ve never made that much notes on a project, but I figure it may be of help to someone.

Fintry

Sock #1 were completed last Sunday and I’m looking forward to wearing them in my ankle boots.

Sock 1

Sock #2 were cast on towards the end of this week. I had a 50g skein of yarn from Fine Fish Yarns with a 20g contrasting mini set. I caked it up and cast on another pair of ankle socks. This is the size of sock I’m short in my sock drawer, so now seems like a good time to add those in.

Socks

I didn’t as expected get anywhere near cutting out my top, although I should have some free mornings this week to begin that.

The list has been updated and 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 #2started August 30th

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 9

I have been enjoying knitting on my Lichen sweater a lot this week. The mindful stockinette mixed with the interest of the cables has made this such a pleasing project to date. I’m at the point of working the slight A-Line shape that happens to the body, so it’s relatively straight forward.

Lichen

Last Sunday I finished the leg of #1 sock while at the lake with the children. I cast on the second sock immediately after and I’m on the leg of it now, later today I’ll finish that off. Then I’ll decide what sock to cast on next, I will have lots of this Mondim left over for a second pair of the slightly shorter socks, so who knows.

Sock

 

I’ve unpicked the bind off of my Fintry cardigan ready for me to rework the math this week to add another section to it. The weather has turned a lot cooler here so the need to take the knitwear out is growing. I guess this is the spur to get it finally finished.

On my top I got as far as taking the fabric out and reading through the instructions. There are a couple of things I’m a little unsure of but hopefully once I begin I’ll be able to work them out. I’m hoping to make a version of the bottom pic (pink one). I’m hoping I’ll be able to cut out the pieces this week but with back to school kicking in, who knows.

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College offers came out last Monday morning and James got his first choice, English Studies. It’s been a manic week getting things set up and sorted for him and could be why time wasn’t found for cutting out my top, but it’s exciting for him so who minds! We will be dropping him to his accommodation this Friday morning, after the younger children head off back to school too, where he has a weekend of activities getting to know his room mates and all about his campus accommodation. Then he begins freshers week on the 3rd. The other older children head back on Wednesday so it looks like it’s going to be another busy week!

The list is 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 Aug 10th

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 8

Lichen

This past week any bulk of free time I’ve had, I’ve spent it working on my Lichen sweater. This was a photo I took during the week but I am further on even than this, having split for the sleeves and I’m now working on the body (the weather is dull and rainy and not so conducive to taking pictures). This is a project I’m really enjoying. The cables are easy to get into a rhythm of, and add enough interest in between sections of stockinette that means I can work on this while catching up on some films with the children. Because I’ve been enjoying working on this so much I’ve not touched the math on the finished Fintry, reluctant to put down something so enjoyable for something that at the moment is a bit bleh to me.

Sock 2

For those shorter moments of free time that have presented themselves this week, I’ve picked up my sock. Again I’m further on than this, having turned the heel and am several rows into the leg. This will just be a plain vanilla sock as I think any patterning will be lost on the yarn and I’m loving just picking these up and knitting round and round when I’ve some free time, no need to mess with something that is just working and is enjoyable.

It’s amazing how different I feel this week about both projects on the needles compared to last week, when the Fintry finished not as expected and the previous socks were just wrong. It’s just confirms even more, that thought and consideration in each project to what you want and need from it at the start, is a large contributing factor into the enjoyment of making the piece, and the use and enjoyment of it at the end.

I haven’t started any sewing projects this week because I was thinking about what I needed in my wardrobe and what I wanted to make next. I had two options that I was weighing up, the Hollyburn skirt and the New Look pattern K6513, which is a top. When I thought about the Hollyburn, I realised I didn’t want to start this as I have some really gorgeous dark grey linen that I purchased for it and this past week I signed up for Slimming World. Did I want to make a skirt out of some fabric that I really loved that in a couple of months may not fit me? I also wasn’t fully confident in my skills to alter it in a few months to fit, so I think I’m going to see how my slimming journey goes and then reward myself in a few months with the skirt. That leaves the top, this is something I need in my wardrobe and I have some red linen, left over from a summer skirt I made. This week I’ll set about cutting it out anyway.

This is our last full week of Summer holidays so any remaining jobs that need doing before the children head back to school need to be done. We also need to squeeze in any last adventures that we want to have in that time! First round college offers come out tomorrow morning for James, his results from his state exams came out last week and it’s based on those and the points earned from those that determines what offers he’ll be given and whether he gets his first choice. It’s been a nerve wracking few weeks, let me tell you.

The list, this week has no changes and remains 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 Aug 10th

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 7

This week I have a mixture of finishes, swatches, new starts as well as a few changes.

Firstly let’s look at the finishes.

Fintry 1

My Fintry cardigan is finished. Well it’s bound off and blocked but the neckline is far too wide for my liking and with some yarn left over I’m heavily leaning towards doing some math and adding two inches more to the neckline…yes 2 inches! This cardigan was already heavily modified to my gauge and it fits like a dream, everywhere else to the exact measurements of my size in the pattern. This is something I was really pleased with, and I did at the start, brush over the fact the neckline seemed a little low, thinking perhaps it would be ok, but it’s just not. Even for the few moments I was wearing it to see the fit after blocking, it constantly felt like it was going to fall off my shoulders, and this just won’t do in a garment I’m hoping to wear throughout most of the Winter. This garment is turning into far more work that what I’d originally wanted in just picking a garment and knitting, I may as well have designed and knit my own. The buttons for this have been dispatched and should arrive this week, I now just need to summon the desire to work the math out and make the changes I need to turn this into a more useable garment.

PJs 1PJs 3

Second and third finish for the week are my daughters and mine Margot pyjamas. These turned out wonderfully well and I’m really pleased with them, as is Caoimhe. I will be writing up a Project Focus post this week to speak in more detail about them, so stay tuned for that.

swatch

With the Fintry cardigan cast off, I finally got the opportunity to swatch for my next garment. After much thought I opted for the Lichen by NCL knits for a couple of reasons. One, while this yarn is speckled, I don’t think it will detract from the cabling details down the raglan increases and sides. What’s more likely to affect how those look is my gauge. Two, after finishing the Fintry, I really just wanted to knit a garment, and I wanted a garment that I knew was going to be a good fit and with good instructions. Having knit the Herbarium by NCL I knew that the Lichen over the No Frills Sweater was probably the best option. Just like with the Herbarium, my gauge is off, and I went up two needle sizes, but I was still off with my gauge and not wanting to go up another needle size I’ve worked a little math and if I knit the size down from my size with my gauge I should end up with the size and garment I want. I will see as I’m working the garment how the cables look at this gauge and needle size and then make the final decision. I started this last night but don’t have enough to warrant showing you a picture yet.

Socks 1

The pair of socks I had cast on were frogged and the yarn put away, you can read about why that happened HERE. I then cast on this sock on Friday night and what a difference! The colour of these just soothes, and with no patterning for the moment decided, they are a relaxing knit. I’m using the ball of Mondim yarn I got from Retrosaria. It’s 100% Portuguese Wool, so these will be my first pair of natural wool socks with no nylon, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they hold up. I may make these shorter in the leg than usual so I can wear them inside my ankle boots. In fact I need a few more pairs that size for that purpose so the next few pairs may just be that size. As for patterning, I have not decided and may not decide until the heel flap and gusset has been worked.

I have not made up my mind what my next sewing project will be. The weather is getting a little cooler, and I’m aware that while we might still get some warm sunny days, we are heading in towards Autumn and Winter, and my wardrobe needs some garments for the coming season. I have a couple of fabrics washed, and pressed so can pick something from those, so we shall see what happens there.

yarn stash 1

I got some yarn delivered this week for the Cumulus Blouse that I really want to knit. I have even debated casting on a second garment, but I’ve decided I still just want to work on one garment at a time, and with a pair of socks also on the needles, that is enough projects for me right now. But I’m pretty sure this will be my next cast on!

I’ve tweaked my list a little this week. I’ve removed the Braid Hills cardigan by Kate Davies. Having knit the Fintry and looked very closely at the neckline of the Braid Hills, I fear it may be similar to the Fintry, so for that reason, I have removed it and added in the Cumulus Blouse, which you all know I really want to knit. Other than that I’ve just done some admin work in crossing off completed items, which is very satisfying, and updated with dates. The list now looks like this.

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

  • My Dearest Loveliest Elizabethstarted July 16th – FROGGED
  • Sock #1started Aug 10th

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 4

It’s Sunday and that means it’s time to stop and take a look at what has been accomplished towards the YOP (year of projects) list.

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I’ve been working steadily most days on my Fintry cardigan by Kate Davies. I’m using some Rauma yarn to make this version and I’m working away to my own gauge and tweaking the numbers to it as I go along. As I’ve been watching the Tour de France most days I’ve found this to be a pleasing project to work on.

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On Monday I took the younger children to the cinema to see The Incredibles 2 movie, which they loved, but my garment is just too big to take along so I cast on a pair of socks. This is a toe up version of My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth so I just had the plain stockinette of the toe and foot. I cast on one toe and was ready to work on the foot when I hit the cinema. I will be casting on the second and will work them in my favourite concurrent magic loop fashion.

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I’ve made a start on two sewing projects by cutting out my A-Line Summer Skirt and both pairs of Margot Pyjamas that I want to make, one for my daughter and one for myself. I will work on only the summer skirt first, I just happened to be in a cutting out mood on Thursday evening.

This is how my list is looking now;

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

  • My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth – started July 16th

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.