YOP10 Week 9/52 – mini Havana and lampshades


Havana mini version – So I did some calculations for a lap sized Havana blanket. I think I’ve worked out how many repeats I can do across and down and decided a colour order.

If my maths is wrong, which it could well be (according to my maths teacher friend), then I may need more yarn. We shall see how it goes.

I like how soft and squishy the Cascade 220 wool is and although it is a little splitty it is a strong contender for my blanket. It comes in so many colours, the colours are very rich. One skein is the exact same shade as 2 of our living room walls! So it will go really well and so far my calculation in the width seems ok. I started it on Thursday evening.


After not doing any felting since February, I went to the opposite extreme and felted soooooo many lampshades. I have done a separate post to cover those and they are in the local gallery for sale. They’ve sold 2 seascapes and 1 sheep one so far.


I finished the 2nd Hat Vent but that’s all the knitting I did! I did cake up some skeins of the purple baby camel/silk handspun but I haven’t settled on a pattern for it but I’m thinking hat or cowl.


My tailors dummy arrived from Aldi and I’m quite impressed. It’s the small size and I’m pretty much at the max. it expands to, so I’ll just leave it like that. I mustn’t put on more weight though. I have trousers that need shortening and should be able to use it to help.

Other News

So obviously my week was predominantly spent felting and building lampshades, so not much time for anything else during the week.

I think my memory issues are down to vitamin B12 deficiency, as although its added to the oat milk I have it isn’t close to the daily recommended amount. Although I’m not vegan, I don’t eat meat, eggs and rarely have any dairy….basically only if it’s in a cake or biscuit! So I’ve started taking a supplement and will see how that goes.

As this post is short on pictures, I thought I’d share a photo of Ylva and me on the north coast. Yep, it’s August bank holiday weekend and I’m wearing a hat, my Reyna, I’m holding my gloves and wearing a thick jacket under my raincoat.

Then the next day all the layers on in the morning and then a sunny afternoon. It seems I inadvertently wear Scottish heather coloured clothing 😂 Reyna was perfect when it was cold and sunny.

This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 10th year, but this is my 3rd year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry* or you’d like to join in, please follow the link for details. The YOP year runs from July to June.


  1. Your Havana is looking lovely. I saw the lampshades on instagram, they look fab. And as for wearing knitwear whilst out and about – hurrah!! I love this time of year.

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  2. well, that Reyna fits you like a glove, and is stunning. I’ve run out of compliments for your lampshades, they are really something, and hopefully you’ll be out of stock in no time!

    On your blanket: which one is the cascade yarn?

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  3. Great job on the Havana. Do you find it as addictive as I do. The Cascade 220 is a lovely wool and will wear quite well too. I am happy to hear your lampshades are selling so well. It is good to know people appreciate had made specialty items like that and your fairies too. Looks like a lovely holiday you guys had. Seeing you in ‘winter’ wear in August was interesting. How cold is it on the north coast? Have a great week!

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    • Hi, it was 13⁰C yesterday and 14⁰C today, so think that’s mid 50s F. There’s a cool breeze which is good as it keeps the midges away. When it has a warm and calm air the midgies come out and they nip and are annoying. Much smaller than a mosquito. So it’s better for us it be cooler and windy.


    • I forgot to say, I’m not used to holding a hook yet so only do a few rows and then stop for the day as it does twinge my forearm a little. I notice Tinna holds her hook differently on her videos but I haven’t worked that out yet.


  4. The colors of your wool look beautiful, Liz. I look forward to watching your Havana grow! And just look all those beautiful lampshades wrapped up! Boy, I’d have a hard time choosing one from all of those if I saw them in the shop. Looking forward to hearing another about another successful round of selling felted lampshades. What a unique item. I can see why they’d be popular. Your hiking spot looks just lovely. Sigh-inducing, in fact. And yes! That sweater looks perfect in that field of heather. 🙂

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  5. I love seeing you in your knits and heather! This is a great time of year, isn’t it. I am dying of envy over your felted lampshades and have to dig up your post about them. I hadn’t picked up on your memory issues before, which means I should be paying more attention to my reader inbox, huh. I have horrible memory trouble when I’m in a flare and it tracks with inflammation. I’ve discovered that taking krill oil (or fish oil) helps. I wonder if there is B12 in that? Anyway, things like tart cherry for inflammation also help me, so I’m wondering if you would also see a positive result. I hate brain fog!!
    Seeing your Rayna makes me want to make another one…

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  6. Your lampshades are beautiful! You do such a nice job of packaging them too The Havanna is gorgeous and the colors of yarn are so pretty! I take B12 but I started taking it for added energy but if it helps with memory that’s a plus as I am getting up there in age! LOL! Have a great week. BTW, the heather and your outfit are lovely shades of purple.

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  7. I hope you don’t mind but after reading your comments about B12 I decided to try B12 and see if it helps my memory as well. I figure it can’t hurt me. I’m been using a biotin shampoo and that does seem to help my thinning hair. I certainly won’t try down any improvement in memory as well.

    Your pictures are pretty but not a big fan of cold weather. I’m looking forward to some cooler weather as fall settles in here but no coats yet please.

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