YOP9 – Week 26/52


Well, I forgot what day it was so my post is later than normal!  I hope everyone had a great Christmas (to those who celebrate it).  I still have cold symptoms and seem to have taken very seriously the old wives’ tale of “feed a cold, starve a fever”…no fever so I have munch munch munched my way through a month’s worth of calories in a week!  


I finished my Christmas socks before Christmas, so I did manage to wear them on Christmas Day.  I took the photo after I’d worn them lol!

I made little progress on Allistar’s hat and I am now just freestyling rather than using a pattern.  I’m still on the brim doing 2×2 ribbing, perhaps I’ll just do that all over but have been wondering about doing some cables.  He wants a double brim that covers his ears.  I don’t think I worked on my bag, Christmas and having a cold has meant I haven’t been crafting much at all.

Other News

Happy New Year everyone!
This is a snapshot of my year of projects list as it is at the end of this week…half way through the year already!!!!!


  • Dye commercial sock yarn in:
  • Dye fibres in my ‘to dye’ box:
    • Rambouillet ✅ week 15
    • Perendale ✅ week 15
    • Cheviot ✅ week 15
    • Dye homespun sock weight yarn for Papillon shawl
    • Dye items from last year’s YOP list I didn’t get to.


  • Make sister’s 4 lampshades ✅ finished week 4
  • Make a scarf for my dad’s 80th. ✅ week 10
  • 2nd nuno felted Jacket!
  • 3rd Hat
  • Picture of Boo and Dice
  • Picture of Ylva
  • Finish making lampshades for all remaining pendant lights and lamps
    • downstairs loo ✅ week 24
    • spare room ✅ (an unsold sheep one from the shop)
    • study
    • large lamp
  • Autumn wreath (if shop one from week 11 doesn’t sell I’ll keep that one) ✅ week 11
  • Felt the knitted bag I will make with Lanark wool
  • Needle felted Ylva ✳️
  • Pictures and products to sell (Update – shop I was selling from closed Week 25)
    • Scarves ✅ multiple weeks
    • Lampshade(s) ✅ weeks 6 and 15
    • Autumn wreath ✅ finished week 11
    • 🆕 Fairies  ✅ week 12
    • Soaps 
    • Landscapes ✳️ None specific highland landscapes done, still to try an area like- Ben Wyvis, Glen Affric, Loch Morlich, Rosemarkie  
    • Christmas stocking
    • Wreaths – Christmas etc.



  • Such a Winter’s Day by Heidi Kirrmaier (yarn New Lanark Wool) ✅ (Started previous YOP year finished week 21)
  • Inside Story by Heidi Kirrmaier (yarn WYS The Croft) 
  • Tailfeather by Heidi Kirrmaier (yarn Third Vault Yarns Bamboo/Linen)
  • Fine Sand by Heidi Kirrmaier (yarn BaaRamEwe Goathland)
  • Jumper using North Ronaldsay (pattern TBC, possibly Traveller’s End)
  • Nordsee Jacket by Ailbíona Mclochlainn (yarn West Yorkshire Spinners Re:treat). Pattern not published yet


  • Easy Goes It by Finicky Creations (yarn hand-spun camel & silk) ✅ Started previous YOP year, finished week 1.
  • Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander (yarn Coastal Colours silk & yak 4ply) ✅ Started week 7, finished week 10 – detailed post
  • Cabriolet brioche scarf by Carolyn Bloom (yarn Cookston Crafts in Crathie (alpaca/merino/nylon) & Emerald (merino/silk/yak))
  • Butterfly / Papillon shawl (yarn homespun…which also means achieving fingering weight homespun yarn!)
  • All About That Brioche by Lucy Hannes (yarn Cookston Crafts yarn in Granite (merino/nylon) and Inverewe (merino/silk/yak) colours.


  • Hermione’s Everyday Socks (HES) by Erica Lueder (yarn Regia Design Myth) ✅ week 5 (then made longer week 8!)
  • 🆕 Shortie pairs of socks using left over sock yarns.  ✅ Started week 6/finished week 8.
  • Pair of socks with homespun yarn
  • 3 pairs of HES using my own hand dyed yarn ✳️ Christmas socks started week 16
  • 🆕 2 more pairs of socks.



Techniques to learn/master

  • Portuguese knitting (class booked Sept 7th) ✅
  • Learn Double Knitting
  • Learn Intarsia
  • Learn/Master Brioche
  • Master Fair Isle/Colourwork
  • Improve continental knitting
  • Learn Matrix knitting (hopefully easier than understanding the movie trilogy!)


  • Make a huge project bag for jumpers. ✅ week 13
  • Sew proper hanger to silk banner
  • Make a costume for Belladrum and Jocktoberfest festivals


  • Take part in Tour de Fleece, team ‘Corner of Knit & Tea’ ✅ (missed some days)
  • Take part in BritSpin, team ‘More enthusiasm than skill’ ✅ week 15
  • Spin some sock yarn (BFL & Sea Cell) ✳️ (Started previous YOP year)
  • Spin some Christmas themed yarns for smitten mittens. I went with the blue, purple and green spinning colours
  • Spin some chunky yarn for thrummed mittens
  • Spin some chunky yarn for Nordsee jacket
  • Spin sufficient homespun fingering weight yarn in various colours to make a papillon shawl!


  • 🆕 Make a scarf for Allistar’s birthday ✅ week 3
  • Make some dishcloths and wash cloths ✅ 1st attempt week 1, 2nd attempt week 7, 3rd attempt week 8, 4th attempt week 10, 5th attempt week 12
  • Make a scarf with homespun yarns
  • Make a set of placemats
  • Make a scarf with home-dyed yarn in interesting pattern (tbc)
  • 🆕 Make a gradient patterned scarf/shawl for myself


  • Make more bowls
  • Make a platter
✳️  Started
✅  Finished
🆕  Added during year


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. Sorry you’ve been a bit under the weather. Boy, do I understand that “feeding a cold” issue. I don’t know when I do it if it’s self-soothing, or what, but I often come off being sick feeling weighed down by what I’ve eaten. Beautiful Christmas socks! I look forward to seeing what 2020 holds!

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  2. Your Christmas socks look very cozy and warm. Live the color of Alistars hat. I think the idea of 2×2 rib all the way would be super cool.

    I love that old wives tale and live by it too. Eat your cold away!

    Happy New Year!

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  3. I hope you are feeling better soon! I cannot believe your list and how much you have gotten done in the past 6 months! Everyone gets so much done I really need to “up my game”! LOL! I love the Christmas socks and the hat yarn is really nice. I love how you organized the “keys” for your list and I don’t think blogger has anything like that but I am going to try as it is nice a clear and easy to see where you are. Great accomplishments….congratulations! Happy New Year!

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