YOP12 Week 17/52 – fairies and gnomes

Acquisitions/Stash Management

Okay, it’s not arrived yet but, I may possibly have accidentally bought myself 6 skeins of New Lanark Aran yarn in blueberry colour! I usually buy 7 when making a jumper but as this is the 4th jumper quantity I’ve bought of this yarn I could always do contrasting cuff, hem and collar if needed. It had 25% off, what’s a girl to do?!


I made 8 fairies and 2 gnomes and dropped them (plus the fairy I made a few weeks ago) off at The Alchemist Gallery in Dingwall. They only have 1 lampshade left now so that will be my priority when I’m back from my holiday.

Almost a rainbow of fairies.

I asked the gallery owner if she would try to sell the last few remaining felted scarves I have but she wasn’t interested. She does already sell scarves made by others. I may try them one last time on Etsy at a reduced price and see if they go. Failing that I’ll donate them to charity.



This week I have been knitting on my Such a Winter’s Day jumper every spare moment. I was knitting the sleeves two at a time and then last night I realised 15 rows down that I’d dropped a stitch on one of the sleeves. Because of the pattern and decreases I couldn’t pull it up with a crochet hook, so put it on a separate needle and tinked it back.

As the qualifying for the F1 race in Austin, Texas was on very late (here) by 12.15am I had managed to re-knit those rows and do a few more so for speed now I’m sticking with them on a short circular and finishing them one at a time. That’s my plan for today as I really want this jumper to be finished to take to Copenhagen tomorrow! It won’t be blocked so will be a lot stiffer than it will be after washing but that’s okay.

Other News

“Another holiday” I hear you say, yep I’m really milking the whole I turned 50 this year. My husband is yet again staying home to look after the dog (and parrot) and I’m travelling with my friend Helen. We met when we were both au pairs in Michigan 31 years ago! We haven’t seen each other for a few years and we both hate speaking on the phone (to anyone) so it will be great to catch up, do some sightseeing, eat Danish pastries and hunt down a yarn shop or two.

This will be our 5th European city break together (previously Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Verona (Italy) and Lisbon (Portugal)). It’s a bit of a bummer that the GBP£ is practically worthless currently so the hotel and food is going to end up costing more than it would have done when we booked it months ago. What a mess UK politics is, it’s embarrassing and costly! Fingers crossed for a General Election soon 🤞🏻

Hopefully you’ll see a Finished Object post soon for my jumper! I’ll blog about Copenhagen on my travel blog.

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. Hope you have a wonderful trip. That is so wonderful that you have maintained your friendship for so many years. Yes, the pound is a mess at the moment but hopefully will recover some. Your fairies and gnomes are so cute. Bet they sell fast.

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  2. Do you know how long it takes me to get a foreign country? And you get to say, “oh yeah, we took a short trip to Copenhagen or Bratislava or Verona” because it takes so much less time! I mean, I can go to Verona, Wisconsin as it’s right up the road but it’s not Italy. I’d have to drive at least 8 hours to get to Canada (or spend that same amount of time by driving to Chicago to go to the airport that can take me to Canada)…..I would love to be able to hop on a plane or train and be in another country in a scant couple of hours. The US is HUGE. I hope you have all the fun!

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    • Yes I’m lucky to be so close to Europe. I was up before 3am this morning (2am UK time), at the Copenhagen airport by 4am and I won’t be home until about 12.30pm UK time so it’s actually taking me 10 hrs to get home so it’s not super quick. If we lived nearer Edinburgh or Glasgow or London it would be a lot quicker. I am lucky though…and lucky everyone speaks English so well in most European countries.


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