YOP11 Week 36/52 – making social plans

We have had a few sunny days this week which has been lovely. There’s been frosty mornings and some icy winds but it is nice to finally see some sunshine after weeks of storm after storm. Our garden is still pretty boggy from the weeks of rain, but hopefully there’ll be some signs of spring soon.


I mentioned a while back that a friend at the Guild is a seller of New Lanark yarn, which I’ve used in a jumper, mittens and a bag I felted. It would have cost over £70 including postage buying it direct from the mill, but I got 7 skeins for £56. It is Aran yarn in the colour Bramble. I used this colour in the handbag I felted and love it. So a 2nd Such a Winter’s Day jumper in this colour is sure to be my favourite jumper ever.

It’s a deeper colour than showing on the photo


Our old microwave has been moved into the garage, so that’s where I’ll be doing any future dyeing. The garage is a mess right now so it’ll be a while before I’ll be doing that.


I’ve just been working a little on my Midtown Magic shawl. (Last week I called it midnight magic!). It is a very simple mindless knit, which is perfect for right now…uh oh now I look at the photo I realise I didn’t do the yarn overs on the latest light section so will need to tink back a few rows 🙈 maybe I should have just done some dish cloths lol.

Last minute edit showing fixed pale rows

I could do with casting on a project with fatter needles to give my hands a break from holding thin ones. Is that the same for everyone I wonder?

I have Ship Shape I should cast on, it uses DK yarn but the same 3.75mm needles 🤦‍♀️ but as it’s a summer weight jumper it’s probably the right time to cast it on. Maybe I will start my 2nd Such a Winter’s Day!

Other News

This week I’ve been feeling so grateful, that I live in the UK and not Ukraine. The Highlands has a large Polish population and it’s been very heartwarming to see the community collecting donations and doing regular trips to Poland with supplies for those managing to get across from Ukraine. And seeing people standing in Polish train stations and Berlin train stations with signs saying how many refugees they can provide shelter for.

I spent most of this week clearing all the random odds and ends that had been leftover, in the spare room, from when we stored all the kitchen, dining, utility and sunroom contents in there. By Thursday evening it looked like a guest bedroom again…except it still has a small fridge in.

I turn 50 this year and so I’m using the money I have made, from my fairies, baubles and lampshades, to visit (or travel with) friends. So making plans/bookings and chatting with friends online has taken any spare time I had this week, thus the lack of crafting.

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. I love the thought of a trip with friends to celebrate your 50th, and I am in love with your bramble yarn! It must feel heavenly to be getting things put away after the big remodel. 🥳

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  2. I like your plan to visit friends and family. This is something my husband and I started to do in 2018, but got interrupted by COVID. Hopefully this year we will pick up where we left off.

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  3. You kid!! 50, I barely remember you. My youngest was 6. I’ll be 66 in a few weeks and 2022 is turning into a year of travel for me too. Two destination weddings and redoing a Maine Windjammer sail from 40 years ago with an equally old and dear friend. Definitely a year of memories.

    I just adore that blue yarn. It will be such a beautiful shawl. I chuckled at the garage becoming your dye studio. Here in Florida where there are no basements/cellars, everyone turns their garage into something – storage, man cave, she shed, etc.

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  4. I do like the shawl you are knitting. The colors are so pretty. You really got a nice deal on the price of the yarn. Would love to see some photos of your completed remodel. (Hint Hint) Your idea of using your earnings for a travel sounds good to me.


  5. What a wonderful way to celebrate 50!! Perfect. Thank you for sharing the heartwarming story of people at the train stations holding signs willing to take in refugees. I do worry for my daughter and hope the war does not escalate enough to include Croatia.

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    • Two things to ease your mind. Croatia is in the European Union and is a NATO member. I think he would target Finland which is not a NATO member and used to be part of Russia before he would try to invade a country that is a member.

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