YOP10 Week 50/52 – spinning WIPs and habitation update

Week 50! Eek! Only 2 more weeks left and quite a few things will be dropped or carried over to YOP year 11.

Felting

I laid out the fibres for 6 x 20cm shades this week and managed to get them all felted, but need to needle felt some sheep and construct them. I will do a new stock post later in the week when they are finished.

Knitting

Only my habitation throw has been worked on, nothing else is grabbing me enough to cast it on. It’s been a while since I posted a pic of it, so here’s one.

Because I get 2 pairs of socks out of 100g/4oz skein, my scraps are pretty tiny, thus the thin stripes. This also has advent scraps from my ADVENTuresome shawl, and they weigh almost nothing! Its addictive and I am running out of tiny scraps. This may end up a shawl and not a throw.

Sewing

In 2011 I painted a silk banner (that represents 4 seasons) and for 10 years it had been waiting for me to sew a channel for some dowel to hang it. It’s been hanging from a trouser hanger all these years.

What happened when I finally got around to doing it?? I sewed it the wrong way round so the hem fold was on the front!!! I didn’t realise until it was finished.

As it is quite snug on the doweling so I have just rolled it on a bit to hide the hem. I just couldn’t bring myself to re-do it. I have cut dowel for the bottom too but not sure it needs it. So I can tick a long standing item off my list that was carried forward from YOP year 8! I will probably change the ribbon at some point but for now I’m happy.

Spinning

I finally finished, measured and set the Yak & Silk yarn. I have 385 metres of lace/light fingering weight yarn. It’s so pretty and squishy and soft.

I’m trying to clear down some spinning projects, so I am spinning the last bits of baby camel and silk (#2 that I spun and knit Reyna out of).

Other News

I signed up to Patreon so I can support Andrea Love, the felt artist/stop motion film maker. Her work brings me such joy. Initially I signed up for the £2 per month option but then wanted to see the behind the scenes so now giving £4 a month. If you haven’t seen her videos they are definitely worth a watch and this one is my favourite. Turn the sound up.

And this is her latest one.

I’m having a hearing test today, the number of times I have to say ‘pardon’, ‘what did you say’, ‘sorry say that again’ and eventually ‘what?’ had reached the point I’m finally doing something about it. I can’t help thinking the diagnosis is going to be that my husband just speaks too quietly or mumbles 😂🤣

I’ve been trying to get rid of anything that may cause anxiety so I’ve been getting some quotes for things around the house and dealing with some long outstanding issues. I suspect the lack of sleep and flares of anxiety are probably just perimenopause symptoms, but there is no harm getting long outstanding things done. This has meant less crafting time.


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.

18 comments

  1. Love everything you have made as usual. The habitation throw looks great. Pm me your address and I will send you some scraps.

    I really feel for you with your anxiety. I’m on permanent medication for mine. Some things that really help me is the 5,4,3,2,1 method when I can feel an attack coming on. Also I downloaded an app called Calm. It’s £30 per year so quite expensive. Last year at the start of lockdown I spiralled and out of desperation I purchased it. I can honestly say it has changed my life. I use the app daily.

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    • Oh that’s good to know, I will have a look. It’s better when you know someone who has been helped by these apps. Thank you very much re: scraps (just small bits of 4 ply too small for anything else). I’ll send you a direct message on Ravelry.

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  2. Your throw/shawl looks so pretty! I’m always impressed with your spinning,and your silk painting is stunning. Anxiety is the worst. Glad you are taking some steps to get things off your plate!

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  3. Your silk banner is so pretty hung up! Your spinning and knitting projects are just lovely, as always 🙂 Good for you getting some things taken care of – it always feels good when tasks aren’t hanging over you.

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  4. Just love the colors in you Habitation shawl/throw. It will be so fun to wear/use. Your felted lampshades are of course amazing. That silk season banner is terrific. I love leaves. Just FYI – I actually got hearing aids about 3 years ago not so much that I felt I really needed them but so I could say to my husband, I’ve done everything I can, now it’s your turn. Unfortunately that’s a rather expensive choice since health insurance doesn’t cover hearing aids.

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    • On our dog walk today when I couldn’t hear him he (as usual) said ‘you’re going deaf’ and I said ‘no…it’s proved now I’m not…you are mumbling!’. I am so glad I had the test done, he needs to do his part now as he can’t keep blaming my ears. 😀

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  5. The close-ups of your spun yarns are wonderful, Liz. I want to reach right through the computer and touch them. And the leaves on that beautiful banner look familiar. We’re in YOP year 10, right? It’s amazing how fast time goes by. I know I have lingering projects from further back than that. Andrea Love’s knitting and videos are amazing! WOW! What detail – both in her knitting and in her filming. Glad to read that your hearing isn’t the problem. And I’m going to take some notes from you and work on eliminating things/activities that make life stressful. I’m finally at a place where I can truly focus my attention in that direction. It’s time to get some control over the things that are in the way of my peace of mind.

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    • Andrea needle felts them rather than knits, I’ve maybe got a typo in my blog. But she is so clever. Its just silly little things I’m ticking off but it is making a difference for sure. My husband hasn’t had an eye test for about 10 years and he gets headaches so I booked him an eye test, they are free in Scotland. We are getting our smoke detectors updated and new ones fitted in line with changing legislation in Scotland and ours were expired years ago! Quotes for gutters to be fixed and moss removed from our roof. Each thing that gets booked is a weight off. Soon I will be floating I’m sure.

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      • I love the habitation throw and the silk banner. I certainly wouldn’t notice any hem as it is so beautiful.

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  6. Those little movies are adorable, how clever some people are. Your yarn is beautiful And I wish I could get my husband to complete some projects around here but I can’t as he’s a builder and he is busy completing about 16 projects for other people!

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  7. It always feels good to get a long-languishing project finally done! I’ve been in the mood for some simpler knits right now, like your Habitation Shawl/Throw. Maybe it’s becacuse the heat of summer has finally arrived?

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  8. Your habitation throw is gorgeous! I love the yarn you’ve spun too. Your Patreon friend is amazing . Such talent between the 2 of you! So glad it wasn’t your hearing! I’m sure mine is bad but I don’t care. I don’t think I’m missing anything! LOL! Your silk hanging is so pretty! What a great feeling to finally have it hanging where you can enjoy it.

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  9. Your silk banner is so beautiful. Glad to hear the hearing problem is your hubby’s and not yours. I have had hearing aids now for five years and they make a great difference. I thought my son and hubby were mumbling, but nope – it was my ears! Are you participating in Tour de Fleece? Your purple spin is gorgeous and you got a good amount. Plans for it yet?
    Yes, get rid of things that cause anxiety, or those things that do not bring you joy as Marie Kondo would say. De-cluttering is always a good thing.

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  10. Those little miniature items are so cute. It was fun to watch them too. The habitation throw is moving right along. I really like it. I have the pattern and someday I might even start on it LOL.

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