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YOP – year 8 – week 6

Progress on YOP projects this week has been at a much slower pace. The week started out on Monday with a sewing day in which I finished both the Simple Summer Dress and the A-Line skirt.

I had a Project Focus post then during the week where I took a look at the Summer Dress in more detail, you can read that HERE.

Simple Summer Dress 1

A Project Focus post will happen this week for the A-Line skirt.

A-Line Skirt 1

I’ve only been working on and off on Fintry this week because a) I was painting the hallway after the new floor had been laid, and b) I was reading, and reading quite a lot. I am half way through working through the yoke decreases, then it is just a matter of working the neckline edge and I’m ready to bind off and sew in ends.

Fintry

I had a little stash enhancement this week with some Retrosaria yarn from Portugal, it’s the Mondim, 100% 4ply sock wool, and it feels a lot softer than I thought it would. The top two balls are definitely going to be socks, but those bottom three colours I can’t help thinking would be perfect for garments, and I may purchase some extra balls for that purpose.

Yarn Stash

This weekend is a long weekend with us so we have a few family things planned and my eldest turns 18 on Wednesday! I’m getting it quite hard to believe that from the talkative, curious boy, he’s now grown into a fine young man in what seems like only the blink of an eye. My Mum was ever so proud of James, and he had and has a lot of life changing events happen this year, and it seems wrong in so many ways that he doesn’t get to share those with her. But I’m sure she’s watching over him and is as proud of his as ever, just as we are. (now how did I get to having an 18 year old!!!)

James and Mammy

The list, this week, looks like this;

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.

Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 5

Progress this week has been steadily made on my Fintry cardigan. It’s been the one crafting piece that has held my attention all week, other than my book but that is a story for another day. I was nearing the end of the bust increases last week and needed to then cast on the sleeves. I did this and completed both sleeves and joined them into the body of the cardigan and I’m now working on the yoke.

Fintry

I must admit while this has kept me company all through the third and final week of the Tour de France my mind has wandered to my next project. I’d like to get the swatch done so that I’m ready to move straight into the next project. I’m in two minds as to whether I now want to make the Lichen. This is the yarn I have for it and it’s ready to cake up and swatch but during the week I decided I really wanted to knit a Cumulus Blouse, this I don’t have the yarn for yet, it is ordered, but then I liked the look of the No Frills Sweater and think it could also suit this yarn that I had originally intended for the Lichen. So now I’m in two minds about the Lichen and the No Frills Sweater. I will be knitting the Cumulus Blouse though for definite as I think it’s a piece that will slot in seamlessly into my me made wardrobe.

Yarn

My sewing projects went a little slower this week than expected. Home improvements were going on all week  in the hallway with the removal of tiles and putting down of a new floor. There was so much dust from the removal of the tiles I seemed to spend most of my time cleaning down surfaces and the dust is still there! This is the one thing I dislike about home improvements, the mess it makes. It meant though that my sewing had to take a back seat so I only got the seams on my A-Line skirt done. An hour or so this week should see the remainder of it finished and then I can move onto completing the Margot pyjamas.

A-Line Skirt

Yesterday I did have the opportunity to take a local sewing class to make a Simple Summer Dress. The class was in the same place where I learned to make the above A-Line Skirt and some other pieces and it was an all day class from 10am – 3pm. It was lovely having such a long spell of undisturbed sewing time. In my dress I inserted some facing all round the neck and armhole so I didn’t need to use binding like some of the other versions but this did take a little longer and was a new skill to me. It was great picking up this skill as some tops are the next thing to move onto making for my wardrobe after the pyjamas. With this extra step it did mean I didn’t quite finish my dress but all that remains is one seam and the hem something I can complete in my own time at home here. I’m going to spend half a day this week finishing off these projects before moving on.

Simple Summer Dress

There will be a project focus post for each of these finished items once they are complete and I will talk more then about what I did in the making of the items and any changes I made.

This leaves my list looking like this;

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.

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.

Knitting · Projects in Progress · Sewing

PIPs (Projects in Progress)

Projects in Progress is later this week than I intended but it’s a post you can see appearing earlier in the week. These projects are not just projects I’m working on but they have brought me joy. Included are, a Fintry cardigan, socks, a summer skirt and some Margot pyjamas.

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The Fintry cardigan is a design by Kate Davies and featured in her Yokes book. For my Fintry I’m using some Rauma 3tr Strikkegarn in the colour 147 which is a dark navy blue. My gauge was off on the stated 3.25mm needles so I went down to a 3mm needle and was nearer but still off. The fabric on the 3mm is dense and lovely so I decided to work with my gauge and the pattern to get a cardigan that will hopefully fit well.

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My socks are a toe up version of My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth and I cast them on for a trip to the cinema with the children. I’m using some Eden Cottage Yarns Tempo 4ply yarn in the colours Apricot Tulip and Geum.

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I’ve cut out my last version of this summer skirt in a cute navy spot fabric that my Aunt gifted me. She was out in a fabric shop and saw it and thought of me! I need to pick up some binding and a zip and it will be quick enough to make up then, having made the last one in a day.

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Last project that I’m working on this week happens to be another sewing project. I really only like to work on one project at a time but I cut out some Margot pyjamas that I’ve been wanting to make for both my daughter and I for quite a while. My daughters are cut out but the light had faded the other evening when I was cutting out so I’ll cut out my pair at some point this week and I can begin those once the summer skirt is finished.

Apart from cutting out the sewing projects which took up an evening and a bit, most days I’ve worked on only one of these projects and I’ve enjoyed the slow steady rhythm that this has brought my days. My Fintry cardigan having been the main project of the week and its been very enjoyable.

Ruth.

Project Focus · Sewing

Project Focus – A-Line Summer Skirt

 

Today’s Project Focus post is looking at my newly completed A-line summer skirt.

 

For this version I chose a lilac cotton with embroidered flowers on it. It feels a lot like a light to medium weight cotton and although will have movement and drape it does have a little more structure to it than other versions that I made of this skirt.

This was the first garment I made at a class I took earlier this summer and the pattern I have is from that class, so I have no reference or link to offer.

I picked up a white zip locally as no lilac ones were available and some cotton binding in a dark purple to match the embroidery on the fabric.

A wash and press of the fabric and I cut the fabric out, pinned and sewed the central back seam, then sewing both side seams. After pressing them open I zig zagged along the edges as at this moment I don’t have an overlocker and I’m hoping this will at least work somewhat on the edges. I’ve read that it will but that remains to be seen.

After that the zip got inserted and I made it an invisible zip. All that remained was the binding on the hem and waist with extra left to make some cute little ties and the skirt was complete. A perfect sew to accomplish in a day even for a beginner like me and it becomes a garment that’s easy to team with a t-shirt to wear and enjoy in the spell of hot sunny summer weather we are currently enjoying.

Ruth.