YOP11 Week 42/52 – a very crafty week

I did a lot of crafting this week and if you are wondering how I find the time…I just ignore all the housework that needs doing!

Acquisitions

I have bought a couple of things this week:

  • 6 skeins of Feeling Good (70% alpaca, 7% merino and 23% nylon) yarn from Wool and the Gang in Curaçao blue, as it was 25% off. That’s right blue…not purple!
  • A set of 25 tablet weaving cards to try on my Inkle loom. More on these when I come to use them.

Felting

On Thursday I felted 3 x seascape lampshade fabric pieces. I still need to needle-felt the sheep on the 2 landscape pieces I made last week. So this week I’ll be constructing and, all going well, dropping off 5 x 20cm lampshades at the Alchemist Gallery shop.

Knitting

On Tuesday I finished knitting my Nightshift Shawl by Andrea Mowry, I’m really thrilled with how it looks and very proud that it’s all made with my own handspun. I gave it a soak in the bath, tried to dry it with a towel and then laid it on my blocking mats and it took 4 days to dry! There’s a separate FO post about it.

I have a thought to try making a crescent shaped homespun DK version if I can work out how to. I love the shape of my Void shawl, but the slipped stitch pattern of Nightshift.

I will go back to knitting Ship Shape, it just needs a little more brain power than a pattern I’ve already knit in the same yarn…thus me casting on a 2nd Such a Winter’s Day, in the bramble coloured New Lanark wool yarn.

The new Feeling Good alpaca yarn I will be using to make the Sunday Sweater by Petite Knits. I won’t be doing balloon sleeves though, someone else has done a normal sleeve with cuff and it looks more practical. Petite Knits, I discovered, is Danish and I’m off to Denmark for a week in October, so it seemed serendipitous.

In my head I’m thinking it will be fine having 3 jumpers on the go at the same time haha! 🤦‍♀️. It’s not like I have any other crafting hobbies to distract me 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂

Spinning

I have finished spinning the Suri alpaca and merino fibre. I just need to chain ply the 2nd bobbin. This was lovely to spin. I have some Suri alpaca black fibre in my stash that I’m tempted to blend on my hackle with some silk and spin. I have quite a lot of sari silk waste and some dyed silk fibre so I will give this a go at some point.

The colours are a bit stronger than showing here

Weaving

I finally got back to weaving a few inches on my Diamond Stripe tea towels that I started in January. I’ll finish them next week so show a photo then.

I’ve been watching a lot of Kelly Casanova’s weaving videos as my membership to her online weaving school is due to renew in May. I want to watch all the videos and then make a decision about whether to renew, but there are quite a few projects from these videos I’d like to try so that’s motivating me to clear my current project.

Other News

Happy Easter to anyone who celebrates it. Much to my niece’s disappointment it isn’t a holiday I celebrate so haven’t ever bought her any chocolate Easter eggs. If someone buys me chocolate I’ll obviously eat it but that can be said 365 days a year 😂

It’s a long weekend here with my husband being off on Friday and Monday. On Friday we went into Inverness to drop our new painting, from the Isle of Harris, at the framers. Saturday we did some tidying up in the garden. I’m not sure what today and tomorrow will bring.

I reached out to the SUP (stand up paddleboarding) WhatsApp group to see if anyone fancies going out for the first paddle of the season with me this Wednesday and a few have replied they are free. So fingers crossed the forecast stays dry for then and I’ll be out on the water for the first time in months.

So I’m basically back to full speed after Covid last month, although I do still have a cough that comes and goes. Definitely more energy though so that’s great.


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.

8 comments

  1. So glad you are feeling better. The spinning looks great and you have accomplished so much as well! I always leave the housework until I can’t ignore it anymore!

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  2. Glad you’re feeling more like yourself and I hope you get the opportunity to get out on the water this week (although it still seems cold to me!). Loving all those pretty purples in your handspun, and will be anxious to see your progress on those garment knits!

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