… my spare moments

charly

This week’s progress is as follows;

The Flanders Poppies blanket is half way, joining in four more mores and the border is all that remains. I’m joining these squares as I go with the green, while all the time thinking of what I want for the border which is for the most part decided. I am hoping the end of this coming week will see me beginning the border.

Flanders Poppies

Flanders Poppies

On and off this week I’ve been making progress on Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater, many of the evenings have been busy this week with different things so it’s been hard to get a good amount done but progress is progress no matter how small right?

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater

Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

I have made a lot more progress on the cowl pattern I’ve been designing and I’m just deciding on the exact number of repeats it needs before being written up and sent to my testers, they are ready for it. So I’m going to show last weeks photo and will snap some finished ones when it’s all complete. It will most likely have a slight name change when done.

Water Path Cowl

Water Path Cowl

I had another small FO, post is here. Another cloth this time this one is part of a set. A Vintage Strawberry Ruffle set.

I’m using the same pattern as the Apple Ruffle Cloth of last week but this time I’m using a bamboo/cotton mix yarn, my favourite for cloths.

Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

The second cloth in the set has been started and this will be coming with me today when I head to Galway for my nephew’s birthday party.

The project page for this set is here.

Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set - cloth 2

Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set – cloth 2

That is really all the physical projects worked on this week and progress made.

Behind the scenes I’ve been setting up my name for Celtic Knits for the knitted designs I’m working on, you may have noticed my name change on Ravelry and I’ve added a page at the top of the blog as well for easy access. As you can guess all the designs have a Celtic feel around the stories and legends I heard growing up and still do living here in Ireland. Our history is long and full of legends of  how strong brave warriors and maidens of great beauty and grace loved, fought and lived.

This lately I’ve been referring amongst friends as my ‘grown up’ line as it’s a million miles away from A Land Close By, and speaking of A Land Close By I have started this week writing up the official patterns for the characters. They will need testing to iron out any little bugs but I’m hoping in the coming weeks those are going to start being released. Keep an eye on their blog here for further updates.

l-r Cassie Pillar, Rose Burrow, Sam Burrow, Billy McBunny

l-r Cassie Pillar, Rose Burrow, Sam Burrow, Billy McBunny

I’m expecting this week work to continue on all of the above projects with hopefully some of them nearing completion. Many of the projects on my list are in groups of 12, one a month, so I would like to see these finished by July 31st.

The list now looks a little like this -

YOP- Year 4- Jul 14/Jun 15- List

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14
  2. Miss Marple for Elizabeth
  3. Eole for girls for Evelyn
  4. Gathering Stripes for Ruairí
  5. Gathering Stripes for Benjamin
  6. Featherweight wrap to knit 
  7. Ravello
  8. Paulie
  9. Old Romance
  10. Idlewood
  11. Old Town
  12. Lawrence

Shawls :-

  1. Drops of Firelight – started 31st Oct 13
  2. Carradal
  3. Ishneich
  4. Sonetto Shawl
  5. Kir Royale
  6. Dark Champagne
  7. Malgven
  8. Morvarch
  9. Taliesin
  10. Nine Maidens
  11. Ocean Breeze
  12. Kyna

Crochet Blankets :-

  1. Rose Gingham Blanket - started 19th May 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th Apr 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th Jun 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th Apr 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. Corner to Corner Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Water Path Cowl – started 4th Jul 14

Gifts :- 

  1. Dishcloth sets x 6 – a. – Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set – started 14th July
  2. Rainbow Blankets x 3
  3. Baby Blanket
  4. Purple, Black and Cream Blanket
  5. Apple Ruffle Cloth - started 7th Jul 14 – finished 8th Jul 14

 To read more blogs taking part or to find out more information just check out the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

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I managed a small FO this week.

A Strawberry Ruffle Washcloth.

Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

This like last weeks one is done in a Tunisian Simple Stitch pattern.

Unlike last weeks cloth though this is done in a cotton and bamboo mix yarn and this is the first in this set. The Strawberry Ruffles Set.

My project page for this cloth and for the others in the set is here.

Checking in with Tami for today’s post, hit the  FO icon at the top to head over to her blog.

Ruth.

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Wip Yarn Along

Wip Yarn Along

 

For the most part this week I’ve been working on Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater, an easy knit in the evenings at the end of busy days. The body of it is being worked up quite quickly and I love this purple yarn. For buttons I’ve been thinking I wanting something eye popping.

During the day I’ve been snatching some time here and there connecting some squares on the Flanders Poppies blanket, this is going to be an xmas present for my youngest daughter Evelyn.

I’ve been working through books on my kindle of late. I’ve just finished the first two books in the Nora Roberts The Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. This series is set in Ireland, in Co.Mayo to be exact and being from Ireland and knowing the area the books are set in I was intrigued. Both books were quick light reads, perfect summer reading really.

I’ve since moved on Darcy’s Decision the first book in the Given Good Principles Set by Maria Grace, again very light mindless reading but whether I finish it or not remains to be seen, it’s a prelude to Pride and Prejudice and it feels all wrong but we shall see.

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Today’s post is connecting in with Ginny and Tami, hit their icons in this post to be taken to their blogs.

Ruth.

charly

This week was one of those weeks where things started off on the right foot and continued to do so project wise all week.

Lots of progress was made even when some areas had to be halted.

The border for the Rose Gingham Blanket was started and then half way through I ran out of the fondant pink I was using so I had to lay that aside while I ordered more. I’ll hold on for a picture of it until it is complete. Blanket wise I switched over to the Flanders Poppies Blanket and if your following me on instagram (link in the picture on the side) you’ll have spotted the progress.

I had a little over a dozen squares to complete before joining and an afternoon watching the Tour de France, which has completely captured my imagination this year, got those done.

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Flanders Poppies

That meant they were all ready to be joined together which I started yesterday and having pulled a muscle in the side of my neck it was about all I could do. I’m a little better today but will be taking things gingerly for the next day or so still. I’m joining these as I go and this is what the first row is like, I am further on than this but this was the last picture stage it was at.

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Flanders Poppies

My own design for a cowl has been moving along nicely also with the help of the Tour de France, this project makes quite a good tv project, it would perhaps be further on if I were not stopping the other day on stage 5 with each fall!

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Water Path Cowl

After my walks each evening I’ve been steadily working on Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater, the neck shaping and yoke are complete with the arms sectioned off and I’m now onto the body of the cardigan.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater

Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

I also managed a little FO this week which was talked about here on a FO post. I was having a go at the Tunisian Simple Stitch and it’s easier to work them into a cloth so I can have something useful at the end of the practice. This was a new to me yarn being 50/50 Cotton Acrylic so I’m trying it out before doing any more in this yarn.

Apple Ruffle Cloth

Apple Ruffle Cloth

So there you have the progress made on projects this week. Behind the scenes I’ve been keeping project pages up to date, added the links on the side bar for both bloglovin and instagram for anyone interested, I even remembered to get a FO post done up, now to aim for a WIP and a Yarn Along one :) Designing has been also making progress with one idea in particular coming to the fore front this week. I got part of the numbers worked out with the rough sketch on paper, next is the swatch before seeing what needs tweaking here and there. All in all a pretty good start to yop-year 4.

YOP- Year 4- Jul 14/Jun 15- List

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14
  2. Miss Marple for Elizabeth
  3. Eole for girls for Evelyn
  4. Gathering Stripes for Ruairí
  5. Gathering Stripes for Benjamin
  6. Featherweight wrap to knit 
  7. Ravello
  8. Paulie
  9. Old Romance
  10. Idlewood
  11. Old Town
  12. Lawrence

Shawls :-

  1. Drops of Firelight – started 31st Oct 13
  2. Carradal
  3. Ishneich
  4. Sonetto Shawl
  5. Kir Royale
  6. Dark Champagne
  7. Malgven
  8. Morvarch
  9. Taliesin
  10. Nine Maidens
  11. Ocean Breeze
  12. Kyna

Crochet Blankets :-

  1. Rose Gingham Blanket - started 19th May 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th Apr 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th Jun 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th Apr 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. Corner to Corner Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Water Path Cowl – started 4th Jul 14

Gifts :- 

  1. Dishcloth sets x 6
  2. Rainbow Blankets x 3
  3. Baby Blanket
  4. Purple, Black and Cream Blanket
  5. Apple Ruffle Cloth - started 7th Jul 14 – finished 8th Jul 14

To check out others participating or to join in the fun check out our Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

FOfridayI’ve one FO or Finished Object for show this week.

I’ve called this my Apple Ruffle cloth.

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This is a simple Tunisian Simple Stitch cloth with a starting ch of 36.

With wanting to learn Tunisian crochet I thought it best to start with a simple stitch and work up from there and I find washcloths the best to learn stitches. Quick and simple shapes that allow you practice the stitch and at the end you have a useful item.

For this cloth I was also trying out a new to me yarn, this is worked in a James C Brett Cotton On DK yarn in green and cream. It’s a 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic yarn so we shall see how it withstands the usage. I find the 100% Cotton yarns quite hard when making but also when using and I normally use a 50/50 Cotton/Bamboo blend but was gifted this and decided to try it out. If this yarn is suitable I’ll make some cloth sets up with it ready for gifting.

The edging was a regular crochet edge and really just sets off the green of the cloth.

My project page for it can be found here.

Connecting with Tami for today’s post.

Ruth.

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Posted on: July 7, 2014

charly

This is week one in year 4 of our group year of projects on Ravelry, you can read more about it all here and it’s never too late to join in.

Last week saw the wrap up of year 3, it’s always so exciting looking back and seeing all you did manage to achieve and it was really interesting visiting all the blogs taking part and seeing that.

This week though is all about Year 4 and the list of projects for this coming year.

This year for me I list see-sawed between working through a book of patterns or creating a list. In the end I opted for the created list.

The created list was formed from patterns in my favourites list at the end of yop3 or patterns I already had in my library on Ravelry.

I have so many that I think it’s a good idea to work through those first, some have been there quite awhile.

So before we look at what I was working on this past week, let’s first look at the list from which I will be working from.

The list is broken down into sections with the first three sections or main sections containing just 12 patterns each, links to the patterns are given in the list where there are some. I want to try and keep the top three sections formal with no veering off from. I’ve spent quite a bit of time choosing each of these patterns so I’m hoping having put in that time now it will prevent that dreaded chopping and changing of patterns and so leave time for the actual creating of the items. The other two sections are a little less formal, just to keep that side of me happy also. They are sections that I can add to throughout the year. They start off with a couple of ideas in each some I can say and some I can’t just yet.

That makes 5 sections to the list, that doesn’t sound ambitious at all, hmmmm that might just be a first.

YOP- Year 4- Jul 14/Jun 15- List

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14
  2. Miss Marple for Elizabeth
  3. Eole for girls for Evelyn
  4. Gathering Stripes for Ruairí
  5. Gathering Stripes for Benjamin
  6. Featherweight wrap to knit 
  7. Ravello
  8. Paulie
  9. Old Romance
  10. Idlewood
  11. Old Town
  12. Lawrence

Shawls :-

  1. Drops of Firelight – started 31st Oct 13
  2. Carradal
  3. Ishneich
  4. Sonetto Shawl
  5. Kir Royale
  6. Dark Champagne
  7. Malgven
  8. Morvarch
  9. Taliesin
  10. Nine Maidens
  11. Ocean Breeze
  12. Kyna

Crochet Blankets :-

  1. Rose Gingham Blanket - started 19th May 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th Apr 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th Jun 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th Apr 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. Corner to Corner Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Water Path Cowl – started 4th Jul 14

Gifts :- 

  1. Dishcloth sets x 6
  2. Rainbow Blankets x 3
  3. Baby Blanket
  4. Purple, Black and Cream Blanket

So there you have it the five sections set out for YOP-Year 4. As you can see some projects are wip’s and brought over some have been started this week. I’ve put in my links to my project page on ravelry for them where they are started and just to the pattern themselves where they are not started yet. In the case of the crochet blankets that have no link those are ideas and what the inspiration will be for the blanket.

Again the aim is to keep my YOP- Year 4 project page on Ravelry up to date and that can be found here. I’ve also updated the Year of Projects page at the top of the blog with the list and links which I’m hoping to keep up to date also.

With all that out of the way now lets take a look at what has been worked on this week with some pictures.

The start of this week saw me working on the Rose Gingham Blanket. With all the strips done it was time to attach them to each other. It took a little time having to change from white to pink for joining. It’s all done now and the border is left to do.

Here it is without it’s border.

Rose Gingham Blanket

Rose Gingham Blanket

I then cast on a cowl I was designing last yop year and although it turned out lovely and I still enjoy wearing it, it just wasn’t quite what I envisaged and so I never wrote up the pattern, this time I’m tweaking things in it and hoping it turns out to be the design I had originally in my head. It would be nice to write it up and get it tested this time.

Water Path Cowl

Water Path Cowl

I also cast on the Sunday sweater pattern for Caoimhe, just called Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater. I’m using a DK weight and I’m knitting it to a size 10 year old even though that’s what age she is she measures to  6/7 age size. The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn but does if certain instructions for using a dk weight so I’m hoping by doing the size 10 in the dk weight it will come out a tad smaller and not swamp poor Caoimhe. It’s in her favourite colour also of purple.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater

Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

This week work will continue on these projects and let’s hope for progress.

I also had a new pattern release to my A Land Close By range. Details of which can be found here.

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Looking forward to checking out lists and catching up with all the other yop’ers.

Ruth.

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