YOP10 Week 13/52 – 1st Quarter Review!


I finished my mini Havana earlier in the week and decided to weave in the ends, as some of the ends were very short after fixing some mistakes. There is at least one mistake, but I’ve decided to leave it as is. I did an FO post earlier this week with more details.


I finished 10 fairies, 3 are gifts and the other 7 are now in the shop.


I picked two handspun yarns to start the Bricks and Mortar Cowl, which uses mosaic knitting. There isn’t an enormous amount of contrast between the colours but they’ll go with my coats and are nice and soft, so hopefully it will look ok. Because the size of the handspun purple varied quite a bit it has ended up being wider on one side, but that is fine.


I did quite a bit of work on BritSpin this week, giving my Deputy a quick run through, setting up some Zoom meetings for our team, reviewing all the instructions and starting to make some notes. It is still a few weeks away but as it is my first time Captaining a team I want to be organised. Next job is to make sure all my bobbins are empty and give my wheel an oil.

Other News

On Monday, whilst I was at my friend’s discussing BritSpin, the Scottish Government changed the rules again and you now aren’t allowed in another’s house. There are exceptions where if you live on your own you are allowed one other family that you can form a bubble with and still visit them and stay over. So my MIL will be our bubble. Most of the increased rates are down in Glasgow and around the cities with University campuses, but the rules are across Scotland. We are definitely in the grip of a 2nd wave and reached record daily cases this week…of course there is more testing now too.

Well week 13 is the end of Q1, and at the end of each quarter I like to take a snapshot of my Year of Projects Page and show how many items I have finished ✅ and started ✳️.

End of Q1 Snapshot of YOP List Progress

NB. Under knitting and crochet, 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, finished week 2
  • 🆕 Dog hair gifts (rose, snowman & snowflake) ✅ week 6
  • Have a go at an Octopal (octopus or jellyfish for premature babies)
  • Some Winnie the Pooh character(s)
  • 🆕 Start a Havana Afghan ✳️ started testing colours and sections week 6 on a sample Book cover, finished ✅ week 7; made a mini version finished ✅ week 13;


  • 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/gift/keep:
    • Lampshades ✳️ started week 8
    • Landscapes e.g. Loch Carron, Ben Wyvis, Glen Affric, Loch Morlich, Rosemarkie
    • Christmas stocking
    • Wreaths – Christmas etc. ✳️
    • 🆕 Fairies ✳️ 17 made in Q1
  • 2nd nuno felted garment
  • 3rd Hat
  • Picture of Ylva
  • Plant pot covers
  • Finish making lampshades for
    • study
    • large lamp




  • Reyna by Noora Backlund (yarn handspun baby camel and silk) ✅ Started week 1, finished week 5. Detailed post.
  • Cabriolet brioche scarf by Carolyn Bloom (yarn Cookston Crafts in Crathie (alpaca/merino/nylon) & Emerald (merino/silk/yak)) ✳️ Started week 34 (previous YOP year)




  • 🆕 make items for my neighbour’s family with their dog hair I spun ✅ heart in Week 6 (other items were crocheted instead)
  • Make a variety of dishcloths and wash cloths
  • Make some Christmas gifts!!
  • Start another Christmas stocking garland with homespun yarns, perhaps mini socks. ✳️ Started Hat Vent 2019 pattern week 8.


  • Sew some face masks ✅ Week 2
  • Sew proper hanger to silk banner, I painted this in 2011 and it is still waiting!
  • Make a selection of denim bag 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


  • Finish spinning baby camel and silk for Reyna (Started previous YOP year, hoping to finish during TDF 2020) ✅ week 1 during TDF
  • Spin some purple baby camel and silk ✅ started week 1, finished week 3 during TDF
  • Spin Samoyed dog hair ✅ started week 2, finished week 4 during TDF
  • Host a Guild Team for Tour de Fleece 2020
  • 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)
  • Host a Guild Team for BritSpin 2020 ✳️ team assembled!
  • Spin some yarn to make Christmas stocking garland.

Technique Learning

  • 🆕 Learn Mosaic crochet ✅ week 5
  • Learn Double Knitting
  • Learn Intarsia Knitting
  • Master Fair Isle/Colourwork knitting
  • Improve continental knitting
  • Learn Mosaic knitting ✅ week 13.
  • 🆕 Master long draw spinning
  • 🆕 Get confident with supported spindle
  • 🆕 Complete Kelly Casanova’s weaving course before subscription ends.
  • 🆕 Braided join


  • 🆕 Wide handtowels ✅ 1st week 4
  • 🆕 Gift scarf ✅ week 7 but no image until…tbc
  • Wide 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

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.


  1. If only us Americans would take this seriously. We are not even over our 1st “wave” and look at the lives lost! It’s a national tragedy that they could not admit it was serious. So many have died it’s heartbreaking. Stay safe my Scottish friend.

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  2. You have had a great first quarter! I think that is a good idea to check progress quarterly. Somehow I missed your Samoyed projects. they are lovely and almost look like mohair. Your fairies are precious and your Havana and mosaic knitting are so awesome. You should give yourself a pat on the back for all your accomplishments!

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  3. I love your mosaic knitting. I have not tried that technique but now I’m inspired to try a pattern. I agree that I also like to do quarterly reviews of my plan to see how it’s going. My plan is not nearly as full as yours!!!

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  4. I love your fairies! Your cowl is lovely – isn’t it satisfying to knit with our handspun? I am currently making mitts with the coral I dyed. It seems like a never ending ball of handspun. I didn’t think I spun that much, but I will get a toque, mitts and a few hilights of the colour in my cowl too. Can’t wait for colder weater to wear it. Now I will go check out your post on your mini Havana – it is still in my queue too.

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