Year of Projects 2021 – 2022

This is the Group’s 11th Year (YOP11), but my 4th Year.

During the last 3 years I have deviated a lot from my original lists, so I thought for year 11 I would make a change to my starting list! I have some carried forward listed items to finish, but the new items are a little less specific and hopefully more achievable.

Key:
↪ carried over from a previous YOP year
✳️ started
✅ finished
🆕 added to list after week 1
⁉️ fell at a hurdle but back on track
🐸 frogged/abandoned

NB. There are links to the Ravelry pattern, yarn or project page.

Acquisitions/Stash Management

  • No new superwash sock yarns (My stash has enough to make socks for many years.) ⁉️ Originally this was no new superwash and I amended it to sock yarn after buying a jumper quantity of malabrigo yarn! But I realise superwash just isn’t as warm as non-superwash so I’m going back to it being no new superwash! I was (surprise) gifted some superwash 4 ply and bought some by mistake (not labelled as superwash) for gloves.
  • Contain my stash! (Limit stash to only what will fit in existing containers (Kallax unit, fibre divider boxes and weaving shelves) and have no overflow containers or bags, only exception to be hand processed Shetland X fleece.). ⁉️ This is not going well incoming fibre has exceeded outgoing the last 6 months. I need to get felting! Okay total failure really, I’ve bought a 2nd Kallax unit, this will be more achievable for me in YOP12, so I’ll concentrate on trimming down stash to fit in the two Kallax units (plus Shetland X)
  • Buy yarn for a larger Havana only once I have made space for it! This is hopefully going to keep me motivated to use existing stash for everything else. I’m thinking I should use handspun and not buy yarn but we shall see.

Crochet

Dyeing

  • Dye more of my existing fibre and fleece for lampshades. ✅ week 22
  • Dye another self striped sock yarn. ✅ Christmas green & red; mauve & pink and an attempt at blue week 22
  • 🆕 Dye silk scarves in stash ✅ finished 1 in week 22,
  • 🆕 Dye as much fibre as I can before new kitchen goes in. ✅ week 29
  • Dye more locks for fairies’ hair

Felting

  • ↪ Needle felted Ylva ✳️ (Started YOP9!)
  • ↪ Needle felted Highland Cow ✳️ (Started YOP9!)
  • Pictures and products to sell/gift/keep. ✳️
    • Fairies – July x 19, October x 3, November x 12, February x 5;
    • Lampshades 20cm – September x 3, October x 2, April x 5, May x 3
    • Lampshades 25cm – October x 1, May x 4
    • Lampshades 35cm – May x 1
    • Tomte – 4 x October, 2 x November, 5 x December
    • Baubles – October x 5, December x 3
    • Wreath – 1 x October autumn felt fabric then made an autumnal wreath (keep).
  • Make a handbag using the felting ball ✳️ started week 24 fibres weighed and test felt
  • Make plant pot covers

Fibre Prep

  • Finish washing BFL/Shetland X (from Katharine) ✳️ started washing and using it YOP 9.
  • Finish washing Shetland X (from Serena) ✳️ started washing week 1
  • Practice combing and carding ✳️ started combing week 10 and carding week 11.

Knitting

Jumpers/cardigans

  • Knit 3 garments using:
    • hand dyed BFL/silk Aran – 2nd Quick Sand by Heidi Kirrmaier with added short rows at back of neck ✅ started swatching week 5, started knitting week 7, finished week 8
    • 🆕 Winding Down jumper by Heidi Kirrmaier in new (superwash 🤦🏼‍♀️ Malabrigo Rios) ✅ started week 11, finished week 18
    • New Lanark Aran – Warriston by Kate Davies. 🐸 started week 19 frogged week 30. ✳ started 2nd Such a Winter’s Day jumper by Heidi Kirrmaier week 42
    • a DK or Aran yarn from stash. ✳ started Ship Shape by Heidi Kirrmaier in Drops Belle yarn week 40
    • 🆕 Sunday Sweater by Petite Knits ✳️ started week 43

Shawls

  • ↪ Finish or frog Cabriolet brioche scarf by Carolyn Bloom (yarn Cookston Crafts in Crathie (alpaca/merino/nylon) & Emerald (merino/silk/yak)) Started YOP9 week 34! 🐸 YOP11 week 34. I just kept making mistakes I didn’t know how to fix. I need to understand how to correct brioche before I attempt another pattern with it.
  • Midtown Magic shawl in yarn above. ✅ started week 35 finished week 40. This is lightweight and goes really well with my new lightweight blue coat and my handwoven town bag.
  • 🆕️ Nightshift by Andrea Mowry in handspun ✅ started week 40 finished week 42. I absolutely love this and it’s the proudest I’ve been to finish a project. It used up some of my earliest handspun and the pattern coped with the unevenness in the yarns really well.

Socks

Accessories

  • Knit a variety of accessories, such as mittens, cowls, hats (using existing stashed yarn or handspun only):
    • Feather and Fan Short Scarf by Kelly Faller in tencel yarn from Flora Fibres 🐸 started week 1 🐸 week 5. I don’t like knitting tencel on such large needles.
    • Lake Reed hat by Asita Krebs #1 in Ripples Crafts Burras DK ✅ started week 1, finished week 6, #2 in Ripples Crafts Oldany DK ✅ started week 8, finished week 9 I enjoyed this pattern so much I made it twice!
    • 🆕 Point Edward Mitts by Fairlight Fibers in Ripples Crafts Culkein DK ✅ finished week 11 These aren’t as warm as I’d hoped and discovered the yarn was superwash, although not labelled as such
    • Mostly Warmness (fingerless mittens) by Martina Behm in merino/silk ✅ started week 12, finished week 19.
    • 🆕 Versa Cowl by Aimee Pelletier ✅ using Malabrigo Rios scraps started week 20, finished week 21. This isn’t very warm but will be ok for spring or autumn cool days.
    • 🆕 Hastings Mitts by Tracie Millar in New Lanark DK ✅ started week 24, finished week 25. I love these, I’m going to definitely knit another pair but planning to change the colourwork design pattern myself!
    • 🆕️ Cowl based on Fisker Cowl in my handdyed chunky BFL ✅ started week 31, finished week 33. This is nice and warm and actually goes well over the Mostly Warmness Cowl I made (detailed above), wearing them together avoids gaps.

Other/household

  • Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart using scrap 4 ply. ✳️ started YOP 10 week 45. I ran out of scraps so need to knit more socks. I knit 2 pairs from every skein so this will likely take me a few years to finish.
  • 🆕 use up scraps on project(s). ✅ week 21 made a cup cosy and a ribbed headband.
  • Dish cloths as required.

Painting & Drawing

  • Do a new pastel drawing ✅ week 38. I did a pastel painting of our dog, as a thank you to my husband for looking after me when I had Covid. I also did a beach scape as we were supposed to be on the Isle of Lewis that week.
  • Do a new watercolour painting

Sewing

  • ↪ Make a project using denim from old jeans
  • Make a project bag with internal and/or external pockets
  • Make a garment.

Spinning

  • Host a Guild Team for Tour de Fleece 2021 ✅ week 1. I dropped out of spinning but still led the team.
  • ↪ Finish spinning BFL/seacell (Started YOP9) ✅ week 1. There ended up being some difference in thickness, so some of the Aran weight was used on the Nightshift Shawl and some is 4 ply that could make some socks.
  • ↪ Finish spinning John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre (✳ Started YOP9!)
  • ↪ Finish spinning 25g breed project (✳️ Started YOP10) This year I have spun Shetland, Wensleydale, Teeswater, Bluefaced Leicester
  • Baby camel and silk colour #4. ✳️ started week 14
  • 🆕 Suri alpaca and superfine merino ✅ started week 41, finished week 43. This was hand-dyed by me and was lovely to spin.
  • 🆕 Polwarth ✅ finished week 43. Hand-dyed by me, another lovely spin.

Weaving

  • Make a selection of wide hand/dish towels:
    • Fibonacci pattern ✅ started week 4, finished week 17
    • Diamond stripe towels ✅ started week 28, finished week 44
  • 🆕 Make Dorset Buttons ✅ week 21, 23 and 24. These are addictive to make and I’m sure I will make more!
  • 🆕 Make a band on inkle loom ✅ started week 20, finished week 23. Who knew I’d buy an inklet loom!? Ideal for making bag straps though so I will be making more.
  • Make a woven project using handspun yarns
  • Make fabric to sew at least one garment.

Wood

Have a 2nd lesson in wood turning. ✅ week 33 I made a fruit bowl, although we appear to be keeping charger cables in it!