YOP11 Week 7/52 – Started Quick Sand #2


Oooh my yummy DK yarns from Ripples Crafts arrived. Of course those of you who have followed me for a while will have guessed (and Marsha you were spot on) they are purple yarns! What can I say, I am a purple addict!

I am going to use the Crushed Blaeberries colour for a Lake Reed hat for myself and I may make a shawl with the Mulberry one. Or gloves…hmm not sure yet. (Blaeberries are a wild variety of blueberry that grow here in the Highlands). Her Oldany base is spun by John Arbon if you are familiar with their yarns. It is a 3 ply DK so should be good for cables.


This week I cast on my 2nd Quick Sand cardigan. A pattern by Heidi Kirrmaier. The pattern is for linen yarn (and my first was linen). This one is BFL/silk I dyed myself and oooooohhhhh I love how it is knitting up. I’m really thrilled with skein 1 anyway. I added some German short rows on the back of the neck to raise it slightly.

Other News

On Tuesday and Thursday I met up with friends at Loch Achilty and went out on my SUP. I have paddled more miles than I have walked this week. I have also done some gardening and pruning of trees, so no felting done for another week! And I am still a week behind on reading everyone’s blogs too.

Autumn is already on it’s way. Our heating is set to come on if it gets below 18⁰C and it came on yesterday morning. Also the trees have started turning. Before you know it I will be needing my woollies woo hoo!

First signs autumn is approaching

Schools are back on Monday so that should make the loch a bit quieter when I’m out on it this week. I now have a full length winter wetsuit so tested that on Thursday and it’s a bit long on the legs but it was nice and warm when I fell in trying to do yoga tree pose on my SUP 🧘🏻‍♀️ I was the only one in the group that managed to lift my leg up…it was putting it back down when I fell in. I just need more practice 😀. It feels great being out getting some exercise though. Walking Ylva these days is a very leisurely short stroll, so not much exercise.

This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 11th year, but this is my 4th year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry.


  1. I have noticed the purple theme over the past year. Looks great! Really like the crushed blaeberries. Can you eat the wild blueberries? I pick our wild black raspberries every June.

    Funny your heat came on while we were around 33C last week. It will be “cool” this week, only 30C. Still I can see the very slight tinge of yellow starting in the trees. I hate it since it means winter is coming. Fall is wonderful but much too short.

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  2. Ahhhh, the purple yarns are wonderful. We are kindred spirits when it comes to colors. Purple is my all time favorite too. Your Quicksand is moving along well. I like the idea of GSR to help add a bit of height to the back of it. Sounds like you and your SUP are becoming wonderful friends. Have a great week.

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  3. You’re going to turn me into a purple gal…those yarns are gorgeous! Loving the Quicksand and glad to know Autumn is starting to show up. We have some leaves turning but it will still be very hot until October probably. Your SUP sounds like so much fun! Enjoy your week!

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  4. I really love all your purples! The new skeins, the sweater start…. If you ever think you have too much of one color, just remind yourself that it makes for easier coordination and therefore a smaller (non-knit) wardrobe!

    Way to go on your SUP adventures! Getting new gear and just getting outside is such an awesome feeling.
    BTW, not going to lie, I’ve got autumn envy. It is still super hot here, and will remain hot/warm through mid-October.

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  5. From one purple lover to another – YAY for your yarn acquisition! So fun to read about your SUP adventures. Autumn is starting to appear here as well despite the heat. I heard crickets today – a sure sign, and the geese seem to be starting to head south in their long vees.

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  6. What a nice week you’ve had! I can’t believe leaves are already turning there! Summer flies by so fast in the Highlands, doesn’t it? Your yarns are luscious and remind me of juicy end of summer things to eat & drink. We took a 7 miles round trip walk with the corgis & daughter’s Heeler Aussie. They were all tired after that. Had a proper picnic with basket, plates, crackers, cheese, baguette tea & tiny cakes. It was my birthday so it had to be perfect and it was. But I always feel my birthday marks the close ending of summer. I’m impressed you can do yoga on your SUP! Have a lovely week.

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  7. I’m a big fan of purple too – what gorgeous ones you’ve added to your stash! I’m so ready for fall. August is always a tough month for me as I’m over the heat of summer but it’s not cool enough to feel like fall yet. It is taking longer to get light in the mornings, however, so we’ve had to postpone the morning walk a half-hour until it’s light enough, so I know fall is coming!

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  8. I love purple too and those are some gorgeous yarns. I am looking forward to the turn to autumn here, it’s my favourite season for cooking slow meals and resting up by the fire with knitting or a book and a hot chocolate.I don’t think we’re quite there yet but with all the rain in Wales the seasons can blur into one!

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  9. How can you go wrong with purple? I’ve turned into a grays girl and love dusty pinks, but it you want to make it special you need some purple. I am really impressed with your self-dyed yarn. Looks wonderful!!

    I really am struggling with the idea of autumn coming so soon. It is still really hot and smoky here and the summer seems to be just endless. The kids go back to school tomorrow so I guess summer really is coming to an end. I envy you your loch. We have wild strawberries in our mountains here that are just super flavorful and very tiny. Reading about your blaeberries made me think of them. 🙂

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