YOP10 Week 47/52 – FO Twig Beanie

On Friday we got back from our week holiday on the Isle of Mull, one of the Inner Hebrides islands off the west coast of Scotland. I have done a separate post about our holiday if you are interested.


I took a bunch of coloured merino and my needle felting box to the holiday cottage and it sat untouched and then came home with us. I will make some fairies this week though.


On Tuesday we decided to have a car free day and do a walk to the sea from our cottage. In the afternoon this gave me some knitting time and although it was pretty cold outside it was sunny so wrapped up in my alpaca Fine Sand cardigan I was able to finish my Twig Beanie hat. It is my own handspun yarn using baby camel and tussah silk (50/50) blend from Coastal Colours. I love spinning, knitting and wearing this fibre and already have 2 shawls in different colours I’ve made with homespun from it, so this time I thought I’d make something different and I love it. It’s very light, seems warm against the cold winds we have had here on Mull. The pattern is pretty straight forward and I stuck to it and was spot on with gauge and sizing so that was a relief considering it was handspun.

I still have about a third of the handspun left so I could maybe make some wrist warmers or mini cowl. I also have more of this fibre to spin that is slightly different colours.

Apart from that I just knit a few more scrap sock yarns onto my habitation throw.


I did a tiny bit of spinning yesterday but not much.

Other News

All my other news is on the Isle of Mull post really. Have a good week.

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. Your hat turned out very nice. I’m also loving the colorful Habitation Shawl. A friend is making a scrappy cardigan which I think would be so fun to wear. It’s hard to remember that Scotland is much further north than Ohio so hence the need for a hat and cowl. Here it’s 28C so a bit warm for even my sweater that I wore yesterday to show off.


    • Yep we are north of Juneau, Alaska here…but sometimes the gulf stream brings us warm weather in Spring. There’s just no guarantees on the weather here so you pack for all seasons. Even in June or July we’d pack a hat, scarf and gloves and have needed them many times. Its good though as more opportunity to wear our knits πŸ™‚

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  2. The hat turned out lovely! I thought when I saw it at the top that it was your handspun….so lovely!
    The habitation shawl is really wonderful. I started one but not sure where it is now. I lvoe her patterns as you can cross off as you go along.

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  3. Oh my, I love the hat and the colors of the yarn. I’ve seen pictures of Scotland in the Hebrides that have those exact same colors. I love the pattern too! Just a note: I have closed my blog. It just became a chore to write and I’m not knitting much at the moment. I have a huge garden that needs constant attention since we planted about 50 new trees and bushes. Lots of hydrangeas so watering is endless. Also I was so tired of the constant follows by Russian bots. The whole thing just scares me. I quit Facebook & Instagram years ago because of the phishing and tracking. But I very much enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you are doing in Scotland. xoxo

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  4. Your hat made with your own homespun is so pretty, Liz. And I’m struck (after reading your traveling post and even this one) what a a different world you live than I do. You just walk to the sea from your cottage – like it’s a perfectly normal thing to do. lol Of course it is for you. Anyway… it sounds so idyllic and I appreciate you sharing your world with us.

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    • My sister lives in the centre of the country and rarely gets to see the sea but we can see the Cromarty Firth, that eventually leads out to the north sea, from our bedroom window. Here we are 5 mins in the car to the east coast water and 90 mins from the west coast water and 2 hrs from the north coast, so I’m super lucky. When my premium bonds win I’d love a house with a beach and mountain view which on the west coast of Scotland (and some of its isles) is possible.


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