YOP11 Week 25/52 – Hastings Mitts FO


Gosh I loved knitting the Hastings Mitts (designed by Tracie Millar). This New Lanark DK yarn is perfect for colourwork and I have dreams of a bigger project one day, but I need to whittle down my stash before buying new. (The pattern is for worsted yarn and I used DK.)

We were in a holiday cottage this week and I didn’t have scales to check how much of the main colour was left, so decided to make its buddy the reverse colours. Some others have done this and I thought it looked pretty cool. Plus it meant I had to focus on the 2nd mitt as now the colourwork chart was trickier, black boxes = lighter yarn doesn’t compute well. I got half way through the 2nd mitt before realising I had skipped doing any thumb stitches 🤣😂 so ripped back to cuff and restarted.

I also did some knitting on my husband’s socks too. Not much though as the Mitts were calling me.

Other News

As indicated above, we are just back from a week away at a holiday rental we also stayed in last December and March 2020. We don’t usual return to the same rental but this one keeps drawing us back. It is Down House, in the tiny hamlet of Lower Diabaig. If you’ve seen the movie Loch Ness with Ted Danson, that was filmed here! (Despite being miles from Loch Ness and it being a sea loch not a fresh water loch.)

There’s more information about where we stayed on last year’s week 25 update that I hijacked to talk about the holiday! https://highlandheffalump.com/2020/12/20/yop10-week-25-52-a-hijacked-yop-post/

It was a wet and stormy week, the winds one night flipped the wooden picnic table over and I was amazed we didn’t slide off the cliff the cottage is perched on.

I had my knitting and we’d taken a selection of romcoms, comedies and Christmas DVDs and games and had some shows previously downloaded on phones and tablets, so it was a relaxing week…albeit a bit tricky to sleep on the stormiest of the nights. We watched “Unforgiven” with Sandra Bullock (Netflix) which she is excellent in, straight after we watched her in one of my favourite movies “While You Were Sleeping” and the night before we had watched her in “The Proposal”.

The wood burner kept us warm and was very efficient and they had more silver birch trees fall when we were there, so no shortage of future firewood.

I will pop a couple of pics here, oops have I hijacked another YOP post!

Seasons greetings to everyone. I hope everyone stays safe and has a lovely week. To those who celebrate Christmas, have a Merry one. I’ll be back Boxing Day with my mid-year YOP update and New Year’s Eve with my 2021 (life) Summary.

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.  Year 11 list.


  1. Your mittens are terrific. Love the flipped colors. I watched Unforgiven this week too. Wasn’t Viola Davis expression great when she figures out what happened. Your cottage sounds wonderful. We tend to like to return to the same place as it’s more relaxing for us since we know what to expect.

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    • I had so many tears in my eyes, the acting was superb all round I thought. I’m now seeing the appeal of returning to the familiar. How different our holidays have changed in the last 5 years. Before we always wanted a different country, continent or US State roadtrip. Now a week with a nice view, a wood burner, a radio and some DVDs is enough.

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  2. Your holiday sounds perfect (well except for the flipped over picnic table!). I love the mitts, but I here you on how complicated it is to knit a chart when you have reversed the colours. Good for the brain gym though. Merry Christmas!

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