YOP Year 3

Welcome to the first post in what is now our 3rd year of Year of Projects.

Here we challenge ourselves to a list of projects that we set out at the start of a year, our year running from July to end of June but you can join in at any stage. Over the year we blog each Sunday about progress we’ve made and visit, encourage and congratulate on same. Over the years I’ve made some of the most wonderful people, many of whom I’d continue to stay in touch with even if I or we weren’t taking part but that’s a silly idea isn’t it, why wouldn’t we be taking part lol !

But before I can reveal this years upcoming list, lets take a look back at the last year and see what’s been accomplished. Now would be a really good time to go get a cup of tea and perhaps something to go with it, this post is kind of long !

The first part of lasy year was dedicated to mainly two parts. Knitting first for our wonderful addition, Lady Evelyn. Not knowing what gender of baby we were expecting meant I knit a lot of gender neutral baby items.

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We got such wonderful wear out of all of these items and indeed the blanket will be used for a long time to come yet.

The most loved item from the above pictures is the little bunny buddy blanket in white on the top right. Evelyn sleeps with this little bunny and cuddles it each time she goes to sleep. Now as a mamma of little ones some of you will know the dangers of having just one of these precious bedtime items that they get attached to so first item up this coming year is to knit another one or two so I can switch and wash and have spares !

Then after she was born Evelyn got some nice pink and purple garments.

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The other item that took up a lot of the first half of the year were knitted gifts for the children and this past year that was beanie hats. All of the children love wearing hats, my eldest in particular who is building up a collection and yes wants more !

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This completed two major sections of last years list. Baby Items with all in that section being done and on time and secondly the hat section which I wanted to knit 6 of and listed patterns but ended up completing the section but using different patterns. This was theme of last year !.

Another part to the list were socks. I love knitting socks, I just want more time to do so lol. The feature very heavily on next years list and you’ll see why in a moment. This years aim was one pair of socks which was done with half of another pair lol

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I had a section for fingerless gloves and got one pair out of the section knit which was the aim, again I had many patterns to choose from and eventually did Susies Reading Mitts. After Christmas I also got some beanie hats done for myself, a rare treat.

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Dishcloths always feature on my list, they have done for the last two years, whether they do this year or not I’m not sure at this point but here is a montage to this years cloths knit.

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The last two sections on my list that did get completed were Cowls again I had many patterns and then went with a different one and did it twice for two different presents. I also had the Advent Garland. I also had some gifts, remember those flowers for Mothers Day.

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This completed 7 out of the 8 categories on the list. Not bad going and very impressive I think considering I fell short in completion in the first year. We also need to take into account I fell out of love with the last section which was scarves, I just didn’t go back to them and then we had my new years resolution. Crochet. I’ve always loved the look of it and I come from a family of generations who can do it along with knitting so I just simply could NOT learn it. Well I knew the stitches but it was the practise I needed really. So this January I made the resolution that I was going to learn it better and do some projects in it. Up to this past week this is what I completed from January in crochet.

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I had such fun with it and love it all from the red and biscuit coloured bag I lined and use everyday to the cushion cover I designed myself to the little bag second from the left that I designed as a birthday gift for Princess Elizabeth. I found designing easy and fun to do in crochet and is an area of knitting I’ve not ventured into even though I’ve been knitting from I was Caoimhe’s age. Funny that. Needless to say my new found love also features heavily this coming year.

So I didn’t complete the scarves section but did swap it out for a crochet section which I think I completed the brief of learning and to crochet some items wouldn’t you say ?

You’ll remember last week I was working on my last project of the year and hoping desperately to get it finished. The Lucy bag I was mucking about with adding in thinner stripes. This was a birthday present for Caoimhe. Well in case you missed Friday’s FO post here is the last complete project for YOP.

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The flowers were always in my head for adding to it along with the thin stripe and although was frogged many times I’m glad I did until I got it just right as I love it and not only do I do but also so does Caoimhe.

I think all in all I can say that my YOP Year 2 list was 100% complete. Yes I switched out a section but filled it in and completed the new section.

It was an extremely successful year for me!

Before I go any further a big huge thank you to all who visited and left comments of encouragement, congratulations and answered questions when I asked them, without you all this would be a lonely post.Β  So THANKS.

Now this brings us to…

YEAR OF PROJECTS – YEAR 3 2013/2014

This year I’m again taking what I learned from previous years and applying it to the list I make.

First important lesson learned , stop picking out patterns Ruth at the start of the year ! I have yet to actually knit them and always always change my mind so this years list is going to feature sections which will be blank and will be filled in as I go along with links to the patterns.

Second lesson learnt is I always like the patterns you have on your list so expect to hear me telling you I love that I’m adding that to my favourites. I can’t tell you how many is in my favourites and all from others yop lists. Just don’t ask me when I’m going to get around to doing them.

Third lesson learnt is I’m ambitious. I never ever do a small list or something that I know is easily achievable. I will and most likely you will look at my list and wonder how am I or is she going to achieve that ! This I don’t mind. I’m totally ok with that as that’s part of what I enjoy. I firmly believe “You shoot for the moon and even if you fall short you land among the stars”

Fourth and last lesson learned I change my mind ! Always do and most likely always will. This I think is a good thing, this is how I improve and think of a better way to do something again I’m okay with this trait in me πŸ˜‰

Now that we’ve done the lessons and will apply those to the list, please note lesson four this is the disclaimer for the year πŸ˜‰ lol !

Here for this post I’m going to give some info on the sections which will then be posted under its own heading at the top of the blog but weekly I’ll just be posting the shortened version of the list which will be at the end of this post.

SOCKS

Socks are going to be heavy on the list. I like knitting them even though I’ve only actually been knitting them a really short length of time and have only actually completed three full pairs that doesn’t matter to me. The other note to point out here which is an important one is I’ve signed up to a group to knit 26 pairs of socks in a year, staring from July also ! Please re-read lesson 3 here, I know I am !

KNINTTED GARMENTS

This year I want to turn out some knitted garments, for the children anyway. Items from vests and sweaters to tops and cardigans etc. Again no patterns here as I won’t stick to them so I’ll reveal them as I start them. I do have a Milo Vest cast on for Elizabeth that I’ve been waiting for this yop year to start to continue on with.

SHAWLS

I want to complete a couple of shawls. I’d like to do a few but with socks being heavy on the list I think I’ll aim for a couple first and take it from there. First one will be starting this week or next weekend. It’s part of the Ravelry group with Crafts from the Cwtch. Pattern and yarn to be revealed next weekend.

GIFTS

This will contain anything that has been knit or crochet for birthdays and or christmas.

HATS AND COWLS

These are always popular in my house and with other family members.

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

This section is going to hold the many miscellaneous items I knit and crochet for around my home. I have many many ideas and notes written down on what I want to do but again will reveal as and when I’m doing them.

CROCHET AFGHANS

I want to carry on with my crochet and do some afghans, most likely smaller ones first and then work up.

THREAD CROCHET

While sorting through stash for this coming year I came across a pack of thread, cotton to be exact in a size 8 to crochet with. Please don’t ask me why I got it or what I was originally going to do with it as I have it much longer than this January when I actually started to crochet! I did get some hooks to use with it, have you seen them ! Oh Lordy my poor eyesΒ  but thread crochet is what I’m going to be trying out ! I haven’t a clue about it so this is one of the things this year to challenge me.

This is all the sections I have 8 again. It worked last year so why break that winning formula.

I have two other things I want to challenge myself on. The first is colour work. I want to get better at this, not just stripes so I may venture into some fairisle and hopefully one of the sections will indeed hold some fairisle.

The second item I need to challenge myself on is listing items on my projects page on Ravelry. I’m hopeless at remembering this. My projects page now holds two extra pages to help with this one is for this years YOP items and the other for the 26 pairs of socks.

So there you have it, the sections and a bit about them. The list will look like this weekly and will hopefully be growing longer as the year progresses,

SOCKS

KNITTED GARMENTS

SHAWLS

GIFTS

HATS AND COWLS

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

CROCHET AFGHANS

THREAD CROCHET

I do hope I still have you, this has been an extra long long post, okay it was epic but it was needed right ?

Looking forward to reading all of your lists and catching up from the last year.

Ruth.

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22 Responses to YOP Year 3

  1. babygreens says:

    You are quite, quite, remarkable! All that, plus a new baby, plus all your reading. Good luck for year 3, I am quite sure you will clear the list.

  2. Like you I learned to crochet at a young age and then mostly put it aside in favour of knitting but I’m definitely getting back into it! I’m with you on the thread crochet! I’m looking at two patterns right now: Christmas Pointsettia Table Sets: Runner and Apple Blossom Placemat (both free on Ravelry).

    And yes, SOCKS! Maybe by year 4 or 5, we’ll have the same list? LOL!

    • Ruth says:

      That would be fun having the same list. I’ve got a doily pattern I’m looking at , free to on Ravelry, will get the name yet for you. I keep looking at it and wonder do people still use doily’s ??? Other than that what do you crochet with thread and use it for ?

  3. kimmery4 says:

    Ambitious Ruth. Very ambitious! But we have been doing this together now for 2 year and I know you will be successful! Wow! Last years projects from you is epic… well done! I love the way you set up your “list” for this year–strangely mine is similar-(due to post after we return home from church)–I have a few direct patterns listed though, but I am ok with changing them…they act as place holders for me. I am excited to start a new year and seeing what you pull off! πŸ™‚
    *smiles*

    • Ruth says:

      I’m really looking forward to seeing your list and I feel the layout of this years list will suit me better but thats the point of learning from one year to the next.

  4. Renee Anne says:

    It looks and sounds fabulous all around πŸ™‚

  5. Lucy Bowen says:

    Totally agree with having more than one bunny blanket, it’s gorgeous and sounds like it is already a favourite. I love your beenie hats – hats feature quite heavily on my list so may look back through your posts for inspiration! The bag is lovely and the colour is beautiful – I only have boys here at home so it would have to be for me! Look forward to following your progress.

  6. Wow – what a list!! My list would mostly include things for my first craft stall (eek!!). Crochet doorstops, notebook covers, key rings, iCovers & lavender filled shapes. I love the idea of this list for the year!

  7. Kepanie says:

    Okay, where is that magic wand of yours? Where are the duplicate Ruth’s who got all that knitting and crochet done?! My gosh woman, you are astounding! The collages of your FOs are terrific. You accomplished so much and I bet you win most achieved. Evelyn’s projects made me smile so. I like your new goals, especially the color work one.
    I am debating on whether or not to join this year.

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, my littles very patiently gave me an hour or two a couple of weeks back over a few mornings to gather those collages and put them together. I need to better track my photos this year so it won’t take so long ! Would be lovely having you xx

  8. supertinks says:

    There are some gorgeous vintage filet crochet charts on about.com’s crochet pages, which might give you some inspiration for your thread! And yes, some people do still have a use for doilies! I have a beautiful antique round table I put a vase of flowers on, and it is crying out to have a pretty doily decorating it.

    • Ruth says:

      Oh thanks for that tip, I’ll check it out. Vintage of course is all back in so stands to reason that doilies would come back and still be used. This needs further exploration, πŸ™‚

  9. What can I say other than I admire you so much and you know I love all your projects as they’re all in my “favs”! LOL! I’m not done with my list but will be. I too am doing categories and also some books this year and thread crochet has been on my list too (mental list….different from written list…Ha! Ha! Longer too except I forget until someone like you brings it to mind again.) I started and of course haven’t finished the crocheted edge on the pillowcase…that was my foray into doily making…I love doilys!
    I will never be able to keep up with you and the Sock KAL sounded great until you said 26 pair! That’s 1 sock a week! But you go girl! It has been so great getting to know you and your fabulous family this year. You are truly an inspiration! I am looking forward to sharing another YOP with you.

    • Ruth says:

      Looking forward to seeing what you list holds and you know I’m going to be adding lots to my fav list. I’m not sure if I can do the 26 pairs of socks but I’m going to give it a darn good try. With socks for little ones to be knit some of them may be quick, or at least lets hope so lol !

  10. Faith says:

    By gosh young lady! I was looking at all your finishes, wow….nodding at all your lessons learnt, I’m with you, but I have to admit to thinking you made a typo….26 pairs of socks? Are you mad?!? Good for you, but rather you than me!

    I’m not there yet….so far behind, so much to blog about, could do with some of your organisational skills! Any tips!;-)

    • Ruth says:

      Yes 26 pairs is a bit mad, well not a bit a whole lot really but will give it a whirl, hopefully some of the childrens socks won’t take to long says she crossing her fingers lol. Ahhh tips on organisation, routine routine routine and sleeping on 4/5 hours nightly does it for me at the moment.

  11. I just dont understand how you do it! You must be superwoman with 8 little ones and a new baby to knit all that in a year. I only have a cat and I couldn’t do it! 26 pairs of socks on a year? Im gobsmacked at your ambition and I bet they’ll be beautiful as always. I look forward to seeing them

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, I’m not sure how it gets done but knitting is my sanity, minding the children is a walk in the park its staying home that can be mindless so knitting keeps me sane, stops the boredom and the children love having something for them come off the needles. The 26 pairs that is a tad ambitious isn’t it, not quite sure myself how those are going to get done but I’m going to have fun trying !

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