YOP9 – Week 16/52



I dropped off some new fairies for the shop this week, plus a ladybird elf!
Is it too early to mention Christmas?  I’ve been making up some Christmas stock for the shop.  Here’s what I’ve made so far, a couple of santas and 3 poinsettia fairies.  I’m going to make some pictures, some baubles and more fairies too, for delivery to the shop in mid- November.


Sorry for the next 2 photos, the colours aren’t right because they are snaps in electric light.  Anyhoo…I’ve made a start on my Christmas socks.  I’m not really following a pattern, I cast on 64 sts, 10 rows of 1×1 rib and doing plain stocking stitch and will do the heel from Hermione’s Everyday Sock pattern.  I’m calling the colourway Holly Bush, given some of the green and red has made some brown bits.  Dyers are very clever not getting brown in their Christmas colourways.


I cast on a hat too!  Despite all my project bags being full and me having a WIP policy that limits projects to the number of project bags!!  Doh!  This is the Perky Little Hat pattern that is quick and a nice effect.  

I’ve lost my jumper mojo still and need the quick win with the chunky yarn to get it back.

There were some Smitten mittens made too, I have made 13 or 14 out of 24!  (Photos when they’re all done.)


BritSpin is over for this year.  I came 8th in our team, but as I was learning to use my supported spindle that did seriously affect my output.  I’m hoping the Highland Guild will have their own team and have offered to coordinate, so we shall see next year if we have enough interest and can find 10 members.


It was Loch Ness Knit Fest this weekend.  I managed to get in free with a friend, who had crocheted a giant purple Nessie for them.  Working on the basis that I am not buying any yarn next year that seemed like a good excuse to buy lots!
I’ve got a purple gradient set for weaving from Ripples Crafts and bought a bargain gorgeous squishy soft skein in grey for a hat for my husband (maybe).
From Cookston Crafts I bought 2 skeins of sock yarn, which will be enough for 4 pairs of socks for my tiny feet.
From Mothy & The Squid I bought 2 skeins of chunky wool in her Hot Cocoa colour, I’d seen this colour at Perth but didn’t want it in fingering weight.  This is what I’m using for the hat above and maybe some wrist warmers or cowl.  
I bought enough skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft Aran weight yarn (Shetland wool) to make one of the patterns in my YOP list.  It’s a lovely green shade, almost teal.
As I’ve put on weight and hadn’t fully understood about positive ease when making jumpers I bought 2 x 1 skein of yarn to add to existing stock for 2 patterns in my YOP list.  Colours seem to match fine.
Finally, I bought some dyed Wensleydale locks for using as fairy hair!  
Other news – I went to see the Joker movie at the cinema.  Joaquin Phoenix is outstanding in this role, truly I came out and couldn’t think of a performance as worthy of an Oscar as he is for this movie.  Other than that, I made some pumpkin muffins this week…again not needed by my waistline but hey ho!  
I’ve had a notice about doing jury service in November, I’m hoping for hours sat around in waiting rooms knitting!  When my husband was selected he spent hours waiting around. 
This is a Year of Projects update.  If you would like to find out more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry, or you’d like to join in, please follow the link for details.  To read what the other members of the YOP Group have been getting up to please click on the latest weekly folder and follow the links to their blog posts.  This is a friendly group with a wide mix of skills and crafting interests.


  1. Wonderful acquisitions! I’m so impressed with your dyeing your own sock yarn. My waistline is suffering from vacation overload! Wasn’t Joker amazing? He made that role beautiful. So dark though.


  2. I always love seeing your fairies. And now, Santas too. So much talent there, Other than the FLK heels the Hermione sock heel’s are my fave. I was introduced to those heels on the first socks I ever did. It was the Car Socks pattern by Beverly Johnson. The sock you are making is pretty much that pattern. Your yarn acquisition is stunning. Hopefully your jumper mojo comes back soon. Looks like you have plenty of yarn to make quite a few jumpers now.

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  3. Oh my goodness… Those fairies and the lady bug elf are too cute! I can’t imagine they’ll hang around the shop for long. And the Santas and poinsettia fairies! Sigh. Not to early to be thinking of Christmas at all! Not when it means sharing that kind of eye candy with us. 🙂 I, too, am waiting to possibly be called for jury duty in November! I’m not sure it’s the right thing to hope for, but I’m hoping for something interesting, but maybe not too… I guess if it’s not too interesting, some time devoted to knitting doesn’t sound bad.

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  4. Those faeries are pure magic. I love the colour way Holly Bush. Oh my if I allowed wips for all my project bags I would be in toooooo much trouble. Your acquisitions are gorgeous. I agree with Cait – where is the envy button!

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  5. The yarn you dyed is gorgeous! Yes, Christmas will be here before we know it and I have started too. The hat looks darling and all your little fairies. Lucky you with all your new yarn. Have a great week!

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