YOP9 – Week 17/52




During the week I made 3 lampshades for the shop.  These were just quick snaps I took before delivering them.
At the felting group on Saturday I just made 3 fairy heads!!  I was very late arriving (more on that later) and spent most of my time there buying some different colours of fibre from our group’s supplies for making some Christmas things for the shop.


I am such a numpty, I posted earlier this week about how I’ve messed up on my Such a Winter’s Day jumper.  
As a recap on what’s happened so far…
  • Knit it with size 4mm needles, it was huge so I ripped it all out
  • Knit it with size 3.75mm needles, split for arms and did a few rows and put it on waste yarn to try it on…decided it needed some additional rows and extra stitches under the arm
  • Took it off waste yarn and back on needles, tinked back to arm split, added more rows, split for arms and added 2 extra stitches per arm
  • Knit knit knit knit lots of rows…looked down at my needles and read “4mm”. Eeeek!!!!  I’d put the wrong sized needles back on!!!!
So rather than ripping back AGAIN, I am making more frequent waist decreases, leaving it on the 4mm needles and just leaving it with a tighter upper yoke stitch!  This is going to be an at home jumper anyway, to keep me toasty when I’m home during the day and I have too many things in my YOP list I want to start to mess around trying to get it perfect.  If I can eventually get it on and it keeps me warm…that’ll do 😉
At the Guild AGM meeting I put a few rows on my Christmas socks, but as they are vanilla I’ll hold off photos until they are much further on.

Other News

On Saturday it was the AGM of the Highland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers which I went along to (thus me being late for felting group).  They needed a new Treasurer and after them asking everyone a few times and it looking like no-one was willing to do it I put my name forward.  I’m already the Treasurer of the felting group, although I think the Guild will have more to deal with as many more members and events.  
For those of you recall me mentioning my friend Billy, in Colorado, who needs a liver transplant from a live donor…well the prayers have been answered and a donor is confirmed after weeks of testing.  No date yet for the transplant and obviously still a challenging time ahead for Billy and his donor, but hopefully all will go well.  They’ve got volunteers to cook, shop and clean for the donor, people volunteering to drive him and they are getting accommodation sorted.  This is a guy from California who used to date one of Billy’s nieces over 10 years ago that spotted the appeal on Facebook!  The kindness of some people is incredible.
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. So pleased for Billy, and I hope surgery goes ahead and there is a positive outcome for both him and his donor.

    And a heart-felt (ha!) thank you for taking up the Treasurer’s reins of your local Guild of WSD branch. Without office bearers, no branch is allowed to operate. I did the same with mine — secretaryship in my case — and I’ve found that my predecessor was well organised, and there is always help at Guild HQ.

    And can I just say I absolutely LOVE your lampshades?

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  2. Congrats, Madame Treasurer! It’s great of you to step up to help. And good for you with the taking the challenge of the jumper issues in stride and making it work! LOVE your felted lampshades, especially the ones with the little sheep. Those would look especially amazing in someone’s craft room.

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  3. So glad to hear Billy’s good news. I, too, am amazed at the kindness and generosity of the donor. And it was good of you to volunteer for the treasurer’s job for the weaver’s guild (as well as being treasurer of the felting group). More beautiful lamp shades. I really love the sheep on the hillside. Don’t you just wish you could see these being used in the homes of those who buy them?

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  4. Great news about Billy. I can relate to your knitting needle error. I have done that soooo many times. I think they should invent needles that announce their size aloud as you start knitting the first time. 3.75 and 4 are too close together to just eyeball and it seems like all my needle gauges give me different answers depending on whether they are wood or metal. Now I rely on my calipers – but of course that means I have to remember to use them. Lovely lampshades, and your sweater will be warm and welcomed once it is finished.

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  5. How did I miss the liver transplant? So wonderful that he has a donor! PTL! I will pray that all goes well.
    Grabbing the same needles sounds just like something I would do! So sorry…..but you get used to being a ‘screw up’ after awhile! LOL! But look at your lampshades! They are true works of art!
    Have a great week!

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