2020 – 2021 Year of Projects (YOP10) Starting List week 1/52

This is the Group’s 10th Year, but my 3rd Year.

I’ve decided to change my naming convention on the YOP updates I do each Sunday, so they’ll have a name relevant to their content and then end with the week number.

A lot of this list is actually carried forward from last year, so I have tried not to add too many new things…but there are so many things I’d like to try. So what I’ve done is create a separate page of future creative ideas.

NB. The first hyperlinks are to the Ravelry pattern or project page, the second hyperlinks are to the relevant blog post for the finished item. 


  • Minion by Tremendu (Reminder to myself – bought direct and not through Ravelry!) ✳️ Started week 1
  • Have a go at an Octopal (octopus or jellyfish for premature babies)
  • Some Winnie the Pooh character(s)


  • Dye commercial sock yarn in:
    • Self Striping
    • Speckled
    • Colours for Sweet & Tartan socks
    • Another go at Christmas
  • Dye fibres in my ‘to dye’ drawer
  • Dye BFL/Tussah Silk yarn for 2nd Quick Sand
  • Try natural dyes


  • Needle felted Ylva ✳️ Started previous YOP year
  • Needle felted Highland Cow ✳️ Started previous YOP year
  • Pictures and products to sell
    • Lampshades
    • Landscapes  e.g. Loch Carron, Ben Wyvis, Glen Affric, Loch Morlich, Rosemarkie
    • Christmas stocking
    • Wreaths – Christmas etc.
  • 2nd nuno felted garment
  • 3rd Hat
  • Picture of Ylva
  • Plant pot covers
  • Finish making lampshades for
    • study
    • large lamp




  • Cabriolet brioche scarf by Carolyn Bloom (yarn Cookston Crafts in Crathie (alpaca/merino/nylon) & Emerald (merino/silk/yak)) ✳️ Started week 34 (previous YOP year)
  • Reyna by Noora Backlund (yarn handspun baby camel and silk) ✳️ Started week 1




  • Make a variety of dishcloths and wash cloths
  • Make some Christmas gifts!!
  • Start another Christmas stocking garland with homespun yarns, perhaps mini socks.

Techniques to learn/master

  • Learn Double Knitting
  • Learn Intarsia
  • Master Fair Isle/Colourwork
  • Improve continental knitting
  • Learn Mosaic knitting (that should happen when I knit Bricks and Mortar cowl


  • Sew proper hanger to silk banner, I painted this in 2011 and it is still waiting!
  • Make a selection of denim bags with old jeans
  • Make a lining for felted bag
  • Make a project bag with internal and external pockets
  • Start making kitchen items from kitchen pattern pack
  • Make some face masks


  • Spin some sock yarn (BFL & Sea Cell) ✳️ (Started previous YOP year)
  • Spin John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre to make a sweater ✳️ (Started previous YOP year)
  • Finish spinning baby camel and silk for Reyna ✅  (Started previous YOP year, finished Week 1 during TDF 2020!)
  • Spin Samoyed dog hair
  • Spin some yarn to make Christmas stocking garland.
  • Spin some purple baby camel and silk
  • Host a Guild Team for Tour de Fleece 2020 ✳️
  • Host a Guild Team for BritSpin 2020


  • Double width dish towels
  • Scarf with homespun yarns
  • Set of placements
  • Home-dyed yarn in interesting pattern (tbc)
  • Gradient patterned scarf/shawl for myself
  • Houndstooth scarf or shawl using Wensleydale Longwool
  • Borrow a pin loom from Guild to make some squares


  • New bowl
  • Platter

✳️ Indicates I have started it ✅ Finished!

Week 1 Progress – yes there is some already!!

So in case you missed it in the list above, I am off to a flying start this week! 

I have now spun enough of the baby camel and silk to go ahead and start knitting Reyna, which I did.

So rather than going to the next item on my TDF list to spin, I picked up a purple batch of the baby camel and silk and started to spin that!

I know I go on and on about this fibre, but the yarn it makes is so soft. Honestly, I’m thinking I need to start breeding some camels in my back garden, they’ll fit right?? The purple I’m going to use to make a hat, it’s Aran weight and should be cosy.

I finished Tailfeather and that has it’s own blog post in case you missed it. It took days to dry in the house, because we’ve had pretty cool temperatures and very rainy days all week. The photos ended up being taken inside because if I wait for a nice day it could be a while! Not great photos but they’ll do.

And most excitingly of all I have started crocheting my Minion! I have already learned quite a bit and my friend Jane helped me get started via video call. With these projects and Tour de Fleece that should keep me out of trouble the next couple of weeks.

Other News

Talking of Minions…Additional drawers for my yarn storage arrived this week and rather than the classic purple fronts I’ve gone for some cheery Minion pictures (from an old calendar). On the opposite side of the room are 4 shelves of Minion figures…so it already isn’t a classy elegant study/workroom…so the Minions will stay…at least during the continued lockdown.

Talking of lockdown, we reached day 100 of Scotland’s lockdown on Tuesday. It was my husband’s last day of his 7 days of holiday, so we went to the beach! For the first time since 14th March! That’s 108 days since we were last there!!! It was empty.

Ylva had been to the vets the day before for her annual booster shot and tablets and so wasn’t quite as excited to be at the beach as I’d hoped.

The corona virus cases in Scotland and specifically in the Highlands have shown a real decline and our First Minister’s plan of keeping us in lockdown longer than England really has helped keep our numbers on the decline. Self catering accommodation can start to open now, so we have booked a few days in the shepherd’s hut on the North Coast we stayed in last year.

If you normally only tune in on a Sunday, I have done a few additional blog posts this week, so if you are interested please click back through the previous blog posts – they include an update on my Personal Projects list for last year and a new one for this year; a catch up of photographic awards and of course my review of Tailfeather.  

That’s all folks!  We have quite a few new members joining our YOP Group this week so I’m excited to read their blogs and get to know them better.  If you are interested in joining it isn’t too late.  Click here for the Ravelry Group with the details.

To my American friends/readers, I hope you have had a good 4th July weekend celebrations whilst staying safe.


  1. Wow, what a list! And a minion for starters – that’s right down my line of wonderful. LOL. I love your spinning – I have tried and tried but I’m hopeless at it. Well, at least I can admire the beautiful yarn you make.

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  2. goodness me, your list is so long that makes my head spin – and I can say that as judging from the oustanding amount of finished objects in the previous YOP, these plans for you are entirely feasible!
    I am truly amazed at the range of your abilities, really looking forward to your progress – and I LOVE your YOP logo!

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  3. So much creativity to feast on! I love your sweaters and Tailfeather looks so good on you! The minion(s) are adorable and look at you go! I love the thrums and want to try those myself. Your photography is amazing and my favorite is the elephant! Gorgeous! I also really love your YOPP! I’m going to do that as I have so many “home” projects and things that need to be done and can easily slip through the cracks. Brilliant! You have lofty goals but knowing you, you will attain them if not all…..most! Which is way more than I have ever gotten done! You go girl! I hope Ylva feels better.

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  4. I’m going to start off with saying I can’t wait to see your finished needle felted Highland cow. I’m quite a fan of those and I’d love to have on of them in my back garden instead of a camel..lol
    Your list is spectacular and I’ve seen your past projects so I know you’ll make great headway. I’ve thought about some pooh characters myself, and I am in awe of your spinning.Such beautiful colors. I look forward tothe updates and to hear more about your travels too.

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  5. Reyna is going to be gorgeous. What a great shawl to use your homespun on. You have spun some mighty fine fiber too. Might want to check with you neighbors regarding a camel in your garden LOL. I do concur, camel fiber is almost as soft as a high grade alpaca and super warm too. Your list is good this year and I do believe you will accomplish quite a bit of it.

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  6. You woman of so many talents – I look forward to all your creations in the upcoming YOP year. I enjoying looking through all the links. The Cabriolet is beautiful! And your crocheted Minion is going to be adorable. How happy that storage unit is with all the minions adorning it! Okay… going now to check out your Tailfeather.

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  7. I am impressed by how organized you are with your projects. I have ideas of what I want to do, but never get to them🤦🏼‍♀️
    I did a Reyna and loved it so enjoy:)

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