YOP Update

Happy New Year !

Morning Bloggers and welcome to a New Year, a year where anything is possible, its like looking out on a field of freshly fallen snow that no one has walked in yet, you make the marks and may they be big bright!

I hope you all had a good festive period and took time to celebrate with family and friends, we had a lovely time at home with the children and dare I say this Christmas was a lot more simple not just for our family but for lots and that’s not such a bad thing, everyone seemed happier and Christmas was not so much about the trappings but more about the meaning, so for next year the motto will be…”Keep it Simple”

Now you know I was on my last scarf the week before Christmas well I FINISHED them on time, I even had time to fringe and wrap and all were under the tree a couple of days before Xmas eve…and there they sat while I wondered whether they would like them or not….oh boy I should have more faith in my children (I’m a proud Momma) …they just didn’t like them they LOVED them and amid squeals of delight of I got Ravenclaw…I got Gryffindor ….etc etc they went on round their necks and didn’t come off till bedtime..I know we were indoors but I was just so glad they liked them I said what the heck go for it ! lol

Here are some pics of them finished up…

Slytherin Scarf

Gryffindor Scarf

Hufflepuff Scarf

Ravenclaw Scarf

The entire collection.

I’m so proud of these and they were a big undertaking but I’m so glad I had them done in time…now they just need hats to match !

I also finished the last dishcloth set I had to make, this one was for my Mum and I think this was my favourite pattern of all…..

Yellow

Green

Dishcloth set

I have been reviewing my yop list and I am making a couple of additions, not sure if I’m taking anything off the list yet, that remains to be seen..going onto the list are some scarves I want for presents for next Xmas…yes I did mention it but after this year I want to avoid such panic at the last moment and even if its only one item a month that will help…

Now I have a question on the socks for all you sock knitters out there…do you use dpns or one circular needle or two… what are the pros and cons of these methods as you see them and which is best for a novice sock knitter ? Any help here would be gratefully received.

For this week I’m going back to finishing my one row lace scarf and I have a personal yearly challenge of knitting a dishcloth a week, I knit that many for others before Xmas I need some more myself lol.. these will be in a separate blog post later in the week with a pattern link so check back for that !

Wishing you all a happy knitty year
Ruth

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14 Responses to YOP Update

  1. Good morning and Happy New Year Ruth! Beautiful scarves and dishcloths,the yellow cloth especially. Your plans to avoid panic at the last moment sound fabulous, I hope they work! πŸ˜‰ May God bless you, Ian, and all 7 of your precious children in this wonderful new year, dear friend.

  2. Happy New Year, you wonderful remarkable woman! I remain convinced that the midlands of Ireland must straddle some weird time fault that give you a few extra hours, how else could you possibly do so much?The scarves are wonderful, no wonder your children were thrilled. You weren't tempted to make seven scarves then? Beautiful cloths too.I agree about the new year too. On this grey and wet day it's lovely to think of all the potential ahead.

  3. Colleen says:

    A very Happy 2012 to you Ruth. Beautiful scarves, no wonder that your children were over the moon!!It was a nice theme of 'keep it simple.' Stress was less and more time spent with family & friends.Happy Stitching & Knitting!

  4. Tricia says:

    Oh ruth so happy to hear your children squealled with joy over their new scarves, I can Just imagine theor faces :0),Best of luck with the new projects for the coming year xx

  5. Christine says:

    Ooh! The branching out scarf! Word of warning, you are either going to love knitting it, or hate it. There appears to be no middle ground. I did it in a silk yarn, and it was heaven, fiddly but heaven. I am on the LOVE side of the pattern. Want to make it again actually, but possibly in a mohair… Have a great day!

  6. You must have the patience of a saint to knit all those scarves, but I'm sure they'll be well loved. I'm curious to see what you do with the matching hats; I've been considering a matching Gryffindor hat for next Christmas!

  7. Faith says:

    Look at your scarves all done you clever lady! I'm not surprised the kids liked them and didn't take them off. I think you're right on the getting ahead front, I certainly could do with factoring that in this year, as it was all a little bit panicky at the end! I'm so glad you had a goo Christmas we did too and you coconut mince pies wen down very well in more than one home, thank you!I hope 2012 is just perfect for you and your lovely family I look forward to seeing what you will make next….my advise on socks….well yo already know it….crochet! Come on stop putting it off!

  8. Kim says:

    Your scarves are brilliant and is it not the best feeling in the world when people (especially our kids) like their knitted gifts! Your children are lucky little souls to have you. πŸ™‚ On a similar note, I was planning on giving all 3 of my boys, (ages 26, 19 and 16) knitted hats. For the first time this fall, they each at different times asked when I was knitting them something. Well, like you, I plan to do my Christmas knitting in advance next year, because that last minute pressure is for the birds! I got 2 done in time and have been working on #3 all week and it should be done today or tomorrow. The fun thing, is that they all loved them, and my 16 year old wears his all the time, even in the house. πŸ™‚ Have you knit socks before? I tried a pair before Christmas and it was not the right time to add that pressure to my life, plus the yarn was not right for the pattern. I was doing a sock KAL, with KnitPurlHunter.com–she has amazing KAL's and lots of quality videos to show the different techniques. In January, starting on Thursday the clues for her KAL mittens/mitts will start, and then in February it will be socks again–she does them magic loop on circs, and gives directions for two at a time (which I am determined to do for my first pair) OR you can do 1 at a time. Truly, she is great, supportive and helpful. There is a group on Rav called Knit Purl Hunter.I look forward to seeing your washcloths and like your idea of doing 1 a week. I may join you in that endeavor! They make lovely little gifts and there are so many great patterns. My new favorite can be found here..http://homespunliving.blogspot.com/2007/11/waffle-knit-dishcloth-pattern.htmlWell-enough chatter from me! Have a great week–*smiles*

  9. Thoeria says:

    Oh Ruth I have no idea how you manage to do all you do in so little time πŸ™‚ You either have little leprechauns hiding in a closet and helping out at night or something! I can fully see why the kids loved the scarves! They look brilliant finished!Just loved the fresh snow metaphor – it's so true! Wishing you and the family a wonderful happy and prosperous year ahead!

  10. Happy New Year! Yes, you should have had more faith in yourself and your children – those are great scarves!

  11. Sandy says:

    Congrats on getting your team scarves finished on time. They all look great. LOVE the cloths. What a pretty pattern.

  12. Kepanie says:

    Ruth, you are such an angel. Loved reading about your Christmas and your profile blurb.The House scarves are fantastic!!! You did awesome jobs on them. I like how their fringes look thick and sturdy and so nicely wrapped. How'd you do them?As for socks, I knit on 3 DPNS just because I've very comfy on DPNs since when I had first learned knitting, I learned how to decrease on them for a hat. I've done Magic Loop for top-down raglan sleeves. I dunno what to say about pros and cons tho. You might like ML b/c you don't have to fumble around w/the DPNs like some do, but I don't know how to knit socks like that. Sorry to be of no help.

  13. Evelyn says:

    Happy new year to you! I love the way your scarves turned out … lovely to see them in all those different shades!

  14. Dorothy says:

    Happy new year Ruth. Your Harry Potter scarves are fabulous and I'm not surprised the recipients were thrilled. I'm impressed with how neat your sides are and am wondering your secret? Are they knitted in stocking stitch or is it tunisian knit stitch? Good luck with your personal challenge.

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