YOP10 Week 51/52 – Penultimate week of year 10


I saw on Loch Ness Knits’ Instagram she has been collecting lupin heads for use in solar dyeing yarn. They are a non-native invasive plant in the wild here and she’s working with a conservation group. I have lots of lupin flower heads that have fallen over and considered solar dyeing them but I just can’t get enthusiastic about giving it a go for some reason.

I did, however, get my acid dyes out and dyed:

  • 5 skeins of BFL/Silk Aran yarn to make my 2nd Quick Sand.  My pot is literally just big enough to dye 500g of yarn so I wasn’t aiming to get a consistent colour.  I put the bottom of the 5 skeins in with Opal and Hot pink mixed, then added more of the yarn and added Ice and hot pink mixed and then popped just some pink on the top and did some lifting and lowering the skeins. There’s a few bits that are a little more blue but I’m happy.  If I do another jumper quantity dyeing project I’m going to need a bigger pot!
  • Some pink 2 ply non-superwash yarn to use for decoration on a felted bag I’m planning…hopefully
  • Some multi-coloured Wensleydale locks for fairy hair
  • Some auburn Teeswater locks for fairy hair
  • A blend of llama, ramie, whitefaced woodland and bamboo in a russet colour…I was hoping for a warm red but never mind
  • A blue blend of merino, llama, yak and mulberry silk.
  • Sand coloured corriedale for my lampshades


The 6 finished lampshades were dropped off at the gallery this week. See separate post for photos.


It has been a weird week for knitting. I made a mistake on my habitation throw and tinked back 2 rows…then when I picked it back up a few days later I made the same mistake! So I have one extra thick section between islet rows…life is too short to unpick the same rows again.

As I was rummaging around for any more waste yarns I remembered I planned to knit a bracelet with leftover yak and silk yarn from Coastal Colours. So I made the Stash Bracelet. It uses just over 3g of yarn to make the medium sized double wrapped one. Its my first time doing a project where you intentionally twist it when joining in the round, so that it lays flat on your arm. I love it and will make more from other scraps too fancy for my throw. It would be a nice project to incorporate beads in maybe.


Definitely sewing my Town Bag this week!


I have now finished spinning all of the peach and blue coloured baby camel and tussah silk fibre.

I refer to this as #2 on Ravelry because this is the 2nd of 4 colours I bought of this fibre. All from Coastal Colours. (Eek, I just went on their website to get the link for this post and see such pretty colours available…resist Liz, resist! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

#1 I spun and knit Easy Goes It Shawl

#2 some I spun and knit Reyna out of it and now have finished some in lace weight and some in Aran weight

#3 was the purple Worsted weight I had fully spun and used some in my recent Twig beanie hat.

#4 I haven’t started on yet. It’s a gorgeous electric blue and purple colour! I’m wondering if there’s enough for a garment!


Must stop procrastinating and get it warped!


No word back from the wood turning guy yet. My fingers are still crossed I can get another lesson this year.

Other News

You can see I was running around doing lots of last minute things on my YOP list haha! I would have done more but we are planning some changes in the kitchen, dining room and sunroom so a visit to a kitchen shop, kitchen brochures and Pinterest took some of my attention this week.

I sat inside a Costa coffee shop this week and had a toasty and hot chocolate…it is soooooo long since I have done that. (US friends remember it’s not hot here in summer so hot chocolate is consumed year round ๐Ÿ˜.)

My order from World of Wool arrived and it included a 250g bag of lap waste they were giving away! (Lap waste being what they clear from the machines at the end of producing top and blended tops.) Sometimes this includes fibres that aren’t suitable for wet felting so I decided to do a burn test on them all. I took a candle and ipad to the greenhouse and filmed myself and my comments on what happened so I could identify what was what. The majority is wool, some with probably bamboo blended in but nothing that melted into the hard nugget you get from acrylic so that’s good.

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. Ooh pretty colours. I love the dying and acquisitions. As to the habitation throw, it is barely noticeable in a close up photo, so when finished no one will notice – yes, life is definitely too short to put that ‘right’!!

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  2. Itโ€™s hard to get excited about natural dyeing when itโ€™s so much work and the results arenโ€™t spectacular. Your Sand is going to be gorgeous in those colors!


  3. I just love your dye colors!! Every time I read one of these project posts I feel like I need to up my game and be more deliberate in planning and tracking my projects. Then I find a new book to read or just mentally wander off and forget my good intentions. I admire your organization and amazing number of projects.

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  4. Love your camel and silk yarn. The sheen is beautiful. I just love silk yarns. I suspect you could throw in a few more thicker garter sections so that it becomes a design element. I do love all the colors of the throw. Your dying turned out quite.well.

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    • Thank you. You couldn’t make it up but yesterday I made the next section too short. I’m not going to worry about it and I don’t think I will even weave in the ends if it’s a blanket. I’m just enjoying knitting it despite my messing up

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  5. I drink hot chocolate year round on Cape Cod, and oh those dyed yarns are just luscious! I would never call you a procrastinator, you do enough work for 10 people!


  6. You’ve been productive! Lots of beautiful colors in your dyed fibers to use – and I’m looking forward to seeing all of those projects too. (Mmmm…. hot chocolate…… It’s definitely hot here but really is it ever too hot for hot chocolate?)


  7. The colors are so pretty of the yarn you dyed. I love the Reyna shawl! I should move there as I do not like summer at all. I am a cold-weather gal! Your weather sounds perfect for me!


  8. You have such lovely colors on your dyed fiber. The ones for the fairy hair are perfect. I hope you hear back from the wood guy. You did such a great job last time. It would be fun to see what you would make this time. Your weather sounds glorious to me. To be able to have a hot beverage year round would be lovely.


  9. What a great and productive week! I’m always trying to hurry and finish my YOP tasks. Your fairy hair fibers are really pretty. I really love your hibernation throw, no one should notice that slightly too thick section. If they do… just smother them with it (wink).

    I wish it didn’t get hot here, I will have weather envy for the next 3 months!


  10. Those colours are gorgeous! You have really been on fire with all your projects. I can’t remember if you are joining in on Tour de Fleece this year but if you are you are sooooooo ready. I love that bracelet. Looks perfect!

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