YOP11 Week 13/52 – 1st Quarter Review

It’s the end of Year 11’s first quarter! How fast these 13 weeks have flown! It doesn’t feel like I have been as productive as other quarters, perhaps because I have done almost no spinning, wet felting or weaving. Knitting is the slowest hobby for getting finished objects. Also my vegetable garden occupied more of my time plus getting out on my stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Before I get to my quarterly snapshot, here’s this week’s update.

Acquisitions

We were away for a week, so obviously I was on the lookout for some souvenir skeins! I bought 2 skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite lace weight (80% Falkland merino/20% mulberry silk). When I bought the first skein in Dunoon I hadn’t realised it was lace weight. I bought the contrast colour from another shop on our way home. My plan is to weave them together in a twill pattern.

I also bought some fabrics, I really would like to practice more sewing.

Knitting

I am making good progress on my Winding Down jumper. There were very odd short rows after the yoke that I struggled with and don’t fully understand their purpose but having had 3 attempts at doing them I have left them in, but it looks very baggy at the back, so will do some waist decreases. I already did a couple of decreases under each arm on the row after I’d cast on the underarm stitches. I am thinking of decreasing them on the cable cross rows, but will see how it goes. I may need to do them every 4 or 6 rows, not 8. Any tips?

(I cut an inch off my hair a couple of weeks ago…can you tell 🤣😂…hopefully its lying like that because I had just taken my ponytail out.)

Other News

Yesterday I published a separate post about our week away, staying in a holiday cottage on Loch Fyne (a sea loch on the west coast, in Argyll & Bute region of Scotland).

I have booked myself on a SUP skills weekend at the end of October!!! Because the winter wetsuit I had bought was too long and loose at the hips and thighs, I have bought a better fitting one. It is also a bit thicker on the torso area than my last one. I have neoprene gloves and boots so I just need to decide which of my woolly hats I’m going to wear…given if I accidentally fall in it will get wet! (I will sell my other wetsuit.)

We finished the audio of the Beastie Boys Book just as we were getting close to home after our holiday. I mentioned it last week and my recommendation still stands.


At the end of each quarter I like to take a snapshot of my main YOP 11 list page, showing the completed items or works in progress. So far my finished objects are:

  • 21 x fairies
  • 1 x cardigan
  • 1 x cowl
  • 2 x pairs of socks
  • 2 x hats
  • 1 x spinning project.

Link to YOP 10 Q1 Review.

Key:
↪ carried over from a previous YOP year
✳️ started
✅ finished
🆕 added to list after week 1.

NB. There are links to the Ravelry pattern, yarn or project page.

Acquisitions/Stash Management

  • No new superwash sock yarns (My stash has enough to make socks for many years.) I added the word ‘sock’, partly to make myself feel better about buying some superwash aran weight yarn, partly because that is a good proportion of my stash I don’t need more of.
  • Contain my stash! (Limit stash to only what will fit in existing containers (Kallax unit, fibre divider boxes and weaving shelves) and have no overflow containers or bags, only exception to be hand processed Shetland X fleece.). As yarn is being used up it is making some room, but I’m a long way from achieving this goal at the moment.
  • Buy yarn for a larger Havana only once I have made space for it! This is hopefully going to keep me motivated to use existing stash for everything else.

Crochet

  • Toy pattern (2nd Minion or Eeyore)
  • Reusable cotton face pads

Dyeing

  • Dye more of my existing fibre and fleece for lampshades.
  • Dye more locks for fairies’ hair
  • Dye another self striped sock yarn (I have one undyed skein left).

Felting

  • ↪ Needle felted Ylva ✳️ Started YOP9!
  • ↪ Needle felted Highland Cow ✳️ Started YOP9!
  • Pictures and products to sell/gift/keep. ✳️ 21 fairies in July,
  • Make a handbag using the felting ball
  • Make plant pot covers

Fibre Prep

  • Finish washing BFL/Shetland X (from Katharine) ✳️ started washing and using it YOP 9.
  • Finish washing Shetland X (from Serena) ✳️ started washing week 1
  • Practice combing and carding ✳️ started combing week 10 and carding week 11. I’m happy with the batts I have made but need more combing practice.

Knitting

Jumpers/cardigans

  • Knit 3 garments using:
    • hand dyed BFL/silk Aran – 2nd Quick Sand by Heidi Kirrmaier with added short rows at back of neck ✅ started swatching week 5, started knitting week 7, finished week 8. Hurry up sweater weather, I’m excited to wear this.
    • New Lanark Aran – still undecided, bought it for a 2nd Such a Winter’s Day
    • a DK or Aran yarn from stash.
    • 🆕 Winding Down jumper by Heidi Kirrmaier in new (superwash 🤦🏼‍♀️ Malabrigo Rios) ✳️ started week 11

Shawls

  • ↪ Finish or frog Cabriolet brioche scarf by Carolyn Bloom (yarn Cookston Crafts in Crathie (alpaca/merino/nylon) & Emerald (merino/silk/yak)) ✳️ Started YOP9 week 34! I got this out to frog it, but do love the squishiness of the scarf…so I will try to pick this up again when my brain has time to concentrate.

Socks

Accessories

Other/household

Painting & Drawing

  • Do a new pastel drawing
  • Do a new watercolour painting

Sewing

  • ↪️ Make a project using denim from old jeans
  • Make a project bag with internal and/or external pockets
  • Make a garment.

Spinning

  • Host a Guild Team for Tour de Fleece 2021 ✅ week 1. I dropped out of spinning but still led the team.
  • ↪ Finish spinning John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre (Started YOP9!) ✳ week 1
  • ↪ Finish spinning 25g breed project (Started YOP10)
  • ↪ Finish spinning BFL/seacell (YOP9) ✅ week 1
  • Baby camel and silk colour #4.

Weaving

  • Make fabric to sew at least one garment.
  • Make a selection of wide hand/dish towels (e.g. Fibonacci pattern ✳️ started week 4 and Diamond stripe towels)
  • Make a woven project using handspun yarns

Wood

Have a 2nd lesson in wood turning.


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.

22 comments

  1. I am always stunned to see all of the projects that you have listed out and find your steady progress really impressive. I make lots of lists myself, but of course I keep updating and changing things and half of what I think to do is never even started. I bow to you, oh productive one!

    I love, love, love that sweater and the color of the yarn. Those short rows do seem a little funky… you’ll have to keep trying it on to see what’s up with the shaping. I’ve done short rows several times up by the neck, but maybe this is different because of the neckline and the cables?

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    • Thank you 😊, the short rows are so weird, there was 8 rows of them so the back and arms have one more cable than the front one. I’m really not clear on their purpose. Last night I did another decrease when I did the next cable and need to try it on again today to see if it’s improving the back. I love the colour and the front view though.

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      • I searched everyone’s project pages and no one has done waist decreases, I read the designers pattern thread, and the test knit thread. There was one person who did the short rows wrong and left it wrong and says it lays well. I’m thinking of remeasuring the gauge I’m getting and possibly ripping it out and doing size M2 instead of large. I’m on the 3rd skein now so that would be painful. Maybe it’ll go in time out this week.

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      • Wow. It is better to rip than to continue along with a sweater that won’t fit right. The color is so perfect it is probably worth the extra work, but wow. I did see a sweater that had a colorwork yoke with the short row shaping below the yoke to make the back fit correctly. Maybe it is like that? Maybe you can contact the designer at this point?

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  2. I loved seeing your long list of things accomplished. I bet that feels great to have so much done already for the 1st quarter. Your sweater is really pretty. The short rows below the yoke are added to create a slightly boxier sweater fit and they will also give a subtle high/low hem (like a shirt tail hem) in the back but that’s like what’s making it seem even looser than it would normally. Depending on your row gauge, I usually budget for decreases about every inch, but honestly if it still feels too loose, you could do a few every 1/2 inch and then spread them out a bit more as you get down the body. It’s a really beautiful color!

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    • Thank you for explaining it to me. I’ve continued doing them on the cable cross row and about to do another reduction row, so will see how that looks and that may be the last one I need. I dont know why I swatch…my tension on swatches is always out but on the garment my stitch count is much nearer the pattern so I probably could have made the smaller size. Ah well. I do love the colour and the front so part of me thinks does it matter what the back looks like…who will see it? Lol

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  3. Your two new lace weight yarns are gorgeous and will lovely together. But, they are not purple LOL. I think your jumper looks great. I see what you mean by the back being loose fitting. I think Anne explained it quite well though. Sounds like you are all set up to use your SUP throughout the cold months. How fun.

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  4. I love your Winding Down sweater! The color is gorgeous and the cables are so pretty. I have no advice as I have only made one sweater, You got a lot done for 1 quarter! I don’t get that much done in an entire year! I adore your new yarn too!

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