YOP12 Week 37/52 – a tiny bit of crafting whilst on holiday



Well I haven’t really had much time or energy to knit this last week, as we have been away (more on that later). But I did manage to add some rows to my shawl and it’s been quite a while since I showed a photo of it, so here’s where I’m up to. Not a huge amount added in the last 5 weeks! As a reminder this is Easy Goes It DK in some of my handspun baby camel and silk.


My fibre from Hilltop Cloud arrived just as we were heading out the door a week last Saturday, so I was able to take it away with me. It’s much darker shades than I’d expected but I think it will still be nice. So far I have spun 100g onto 3 of the small nano bobbins. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll do 2 or 3 ply.

Other News

So not much crafting done this week you’ll notice. We were staying in a cottage on the Isle of South Uist which is in the Outer Hebrides (aka the Western Isles). We also visited the isles of Eriskay, Barra, Vatersay, Grimsay, Benbecula, North Uist and Berneray and I’ll be doing a post on my travel blog when I get some time. It took us 10.5 hours yesterday to get home, 5.5 of those hours on the ferry, so as I draft this I’m pretty exhausted having got up at 4.10am!

We had a lovely time and packed in a lot of windy beach walks, my knitwear was worn every day, my latest Such a Winter’s Day jumper, my Void alpaca shawl, my Urth to Major Tom hat with a rib headband I’d made using left over yarns (including the alpaca used in my Void shawl. Plus a pair of hand-knit socks each day I was pretty snug as a bug. Most days I also wore an alpaca cowl I bought at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival last year. I am thinking I could do with some DK weight socks though for our late autumn trip we have planned to the Isle of Islay.

Snug as a bug

Here’s where we stayed.

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. Well, all I can say is I’m glad you enjoy your cold weather beach walking. I’m such a wimp. It would be fun to wear all those wonderful knits you have made. Scottish beach houses definitely look different from our Outer Banks beach houses. I think I prefer yours. I do think your new fibre is very pretty but agree it is dark. But I’m telling you, it would make a beautiful Sea Glass sweater paired with a cream yarn! 😉

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    • Haha I’m enjoying your sea glass projects in the meantime. The cottage is the traditional house style on these islands. Most are now derelict but we saw quite a few that have been done up as rentals and have stayed in a similar one on North Uist a few years ago. Many were split with livestock living at one end. We saw some guys re-thatching a couple whilst we travelled around.

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  2. Oh! Another lovely get away for the two of you. Looks like a lovely place to stay for a week. Your new fiber is so rich looking. I am sure it will be made into something wonderful. You shawl is moving along nicely. It will so nice on those cool evenings when you need a neck warmer.

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  3. Looks like a beautiful spot for a holiday. I do really like HTC fibre and that’s a lovely colourway, I look forward to seeing it finished. Do you ply and then decide what to do with it or do you find a project and ply with that in mind?

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    • I ply first and then measure how much I’ve got and see what I can find on Ravelry that matches yarn weight and length. Or I use up handspun in forgiving projects like Nightshift and The Shift where gauge seems less important

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  4. I absolutely love that rich, saturated moody color of the roving. I think it’s going to be beautiful! (It already is but even more so plied and finished.) What a great picture of your travel destination. Looks exactly like my kind of spot 😉

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