It’s a good job I had this already drafted, because I haven’t really done much this week other than add some rows to my husband’s socks and my jumper. I got one craft related present which is The Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon. I’m excited to try some of the Monk’s Belt patterns once I finish my current project.
I hope you had a nice Christmas Day if you celebrate it.
For those of us who are following the traditional YOP year timescale, we have now reached the mid-year point. Each quarter I like to take a snapshot of how things are going. So today’s post has my snapshot and a few comments in italics.
↪ carried over from a previous YOP year
🆕 added to list after week 1
⁉️ fell at a hurdle but back on track
NB. There are links to the Ravelry pattern, yarn or project page.
- No new superwash
sockyarns (My stash has enough to make socks for many years.) ⁉️ Originally this was no new superwash and I amended it to sock yarn after buying a jumper quantity of malabrigo yarn! But I realise superwash just isn’t as warm as non-superwash so I’m going back to it being no new superwash! I was (surprise) gifted some superwash 4 ply. I also accidentally bought a DK skein I thought wasn’t super-wash.
- 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.). ⁉️ This is not going well incoming fibre has exceeded outgoing the last 6 months. I need to get felting!
- 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. I’m thinking I should use handspun and not buy yarn but we shall see.
- Dye more of my existing fibre and fleece for lampshades. ✅ week 22
- Dye another self striped sock yarn. ✅ Christmas green & red; mauve & pink and an attempt at blue week 22
- 🆕 Dye silk scarves in stash ✳️ finished 1 in week 22,
- Dye more locks for fairies’ hair
- ↪ Needle felted Ylva ✳️ (Started YOP9!)
- ↪ Needle felted Highland Cow ✳️ (Started YOP9!)
- Pictures and products to sell/gift/keep. ✳️ Fairies – July x 19, October x 3, November x 12; Lampshades 20cm – September x 3, October x 2; Lampshades 25cm – 1 x October; Tomte – 4 x October, 2 x November, 5 x December; Baubles – October x 5, December x 3; Wreath – 1 x October autumn felt fabric then made an autumnal wreath (keep).
- Make a handbag using the felting ball ✳️ started week 24 fibres weighed and test felt
- Make plant pot covers
- 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.
- 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
- 🆕 Winding Down jumper by Heidi Kirrmaier in new (superwash 🤦🏼♀️ Malabrigo Rios) ✅ started week 11, finished week 18
- New Lanark Aran – Warriston by Kate Davies. ✳ started week 19
- a DK or Aran yarn from stash.
- ↪ 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!
- Knit a pair of DK socks, Deb’s Super Simple DK socks in Ryeland yarn ✅ #1 week 2
- Knit more pairs of these socks with stashed yarn (# indicates order they were started):
- ↪️ Knit at least one pair of socks with homespun BFL/seacell yarn.
- Try a new sock pattern
- Knit a variety of accessories, such as mittens, cowls, hats (using existing stashed yarn or handspun only):
Feather and Fan Short Scarf by Kelly Faller in tencel yarn from Flora Fibres✳️ started week 1 🐸 week 5. I don’t like knitting tencel on such large needles.
- Lake Reed hat by Asita Krebs #1 in Ripples Crafts Burras DK ✅ started week 1, finished week 6, #2 in Ripples Crafts Oldany DK ✅ started week 8, finished week 9 I enjoyed this pattern so much I made it twice!
- 🆕 Point Edward Mitts by Fairlight Fibers in Ripples Crafts Culkein DK ✅ finished week 11 These aren’t as warm as I’d hoped; turns out the yarn was super-wash, although not clearly labelled as such
- Mostly Warmness (fingerless mittens) by Martina Behm in merino/silk ✅ started week 12, finished week 19.
- 🆕 Versa Cowl by Aimee Pelletier ✅ using Malabrigo Rios scraps started week 20, finished week 21
- 🆕 Hastings Mitts by Tracie Millar in New Lanark DK ✳️ started week 24, finished week 25
- Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart using scrap 4 ply. ✳️ started YOP 10 week 45
- 🆕 use up scraps on project(s). ✅ week 21 made a cup cosy and a ribbed headband.
- Dish cloths as required.
Painting & Drawing
- Do a new pastel drawing
- Do a new watercolour painting
- ↪ Make a project using denim from old jeans
- Make a project bag with internal and/or external pockets
- Make a garment.
- Host a Guild Team for Tour de Fleece 2021 ✅ week 1. I dropped out of spinning but still led the team.
- ↪ Finish spinning BFL/seacell (Started YOP9) ✅ week 1
- ↪ Finish spinning John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre (✳ Started YOP9!)
- ↪ Finish spinning 25g breed project (✳️ Started YOP10)
- Baby camel and silk colour #4. ✳️ started week 14
- Make a selection of wide hand/dish towels:
- Fibonacci pattern ✅ started week 4, finished week 17
- Diamond stripe towels
- 🆕 Make Dorset Buttons ✅ week 21, 23 and 24. These are addictive to make and I’m sure I will make more!
- 🆕 Make a band on inkle loom ✅ started week 20, finished week 23. Who knew I’d buy an inklet loom!? Ideal for making bag straps though so I will be making more.
- Make a woven project using handspun yarns
- Make fabric to sew at least one garment.
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. Year 11 list.