YOP12 Week 7/52 – Starting new projects


I received an order, via the gallery, for a 40cm x 25cm lampshade. I have not made a lampshade this big before and it is pretty intimidating.

Obviously when you felt something it shrinks so it needs to start bigger. This shade is 172% bigger than the 20cm shades I mostly make!

I use a roll of laminate underlay to make my shape templates first and then use these to cut round on the British Shetland pre-felt. Whilst I had the huge roll of laminate underlay and the large roll of pre-felt out, I cut out some pieces for some brand new items I will try at some point.

For the 40cm shade, my plan is to lay the fibres out on Monday and make a start on the felting, but it’s so huge I think I will need to continue felting on Tuesday as well. Our breakfast bar is just big enough to work off! Fingers crossed I’ve made the template big enough, have enough fibre and have enough elbow grease to felt it. Some felters use an electric sander they wrap in bubble wrap to felt large pieces but I’m not keen on the idea of water and electricity, so it’s all done manually.

Fibre Prep

I have blended some more colours on my drum carder and hoping that the fibres I have prepped for it are going to be enough.


My knitting mojo is coming back so I cast on The Shift by Andrea Mowry. This is a similar pattern to the Nightshift shawl I made, but it uses lighter weight yarns and is a cowl (knit flat and sewn together). I am using a mix of sport and 4 ply yarns from my stash: Handspun BFL/Seacell, handspun Falkland merino, Doulton Flock Border Leicester 4 ply mini skeins and some leftover Ripplescrafts Cochrane yarn. These are all none superwash.

Whilst I had the swift and ball winder out I also caked up some handspun BFL/Seacell 4 ply to make a pair of socks.


I used my overlocker to sew and trim the fringe off some older handwoven hand towels. Then I made hanging loops for them all and sewed them on. When you cut a project off the loom you end up with quite a bit of yarn waste which I keep. I made the loops by plaiting/braiding some loom waste and attached with my sewing machine.


Rigid heddle loom

I caked up two skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite lace weight yarn for my next weaving project. I just need to decide how I’m going to use the 2 colours. I may just go with one colour warp and the other for weft, but I am having a think about it.

Other News

Foot update: I woke up on Monday and it was feeling a little better. I could make it downstairs without having to put both feet on each step and as the week has gone on it’s been improving.

Windy days have been back so no SUP trips again. Forecast for next week is more wind and rain but at least that will make it easier to stay in and make the lampshade.

This is a Year of Projects post.  Officially the Group is in its 12th year, but this is my 5th year participating.  If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry. 

Year 12 list.


  1. Glad to hear your foot is a little better. Those are lovely colours for the Shift, I have my eye on these patterns for a future project. Good luck with the lampshade, it sounds a complicated and… large… project!

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  2. Such pretty colors in you “the Shift”. Good luck on that lampshade. How much shrinkage happens when you needle felt? Glad you hear you foot is feeling better. Your handspun yarn for socks is pretty. Will be fun to see it become footwear.

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  3. Good to find the positive in bad weather. 🙂 Wow, that is a big lampshade. Gives you quite a lot to work with for scenery and colors. Sheep grazing the hillsides? I look forward to seeing the finished shade. Looks like a great cowl.

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  4. How universal are the Shift/Nightshift! At my LYS two people have done the Shift cowl, in preparation for a Nightshift knit-along. I’m enjoying seeing how all the different color choices come together with these designs.

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    • I would say that if you have The Shift pattern you could apply the pattern to a triangular shaped shawl without needing to buy that one again. The pattern for the Cowl is more complicated because of the shape it comes in.

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  5. Glad you’re feeling a bit better – recovery always takes longer than it seems like it should IMHO. Good luck with that HUGE lampshade project. I’m already in love with your Nightshift…


  6. I love the shift and I am queing that too. OMG on the size of that lamp shade. I love how the shades you made look. They are so unique and I am glad you are getting lots of orders and sales on them. You deserve it.

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