YOP Year 3


Work on projects this week has been moving along at a steady pace. Another few finishes on the board so we shall have a look at those first shall we ?


First we have the Ocean Blue socks for Benjamin. Here he is modelling them for me.

I then got the urge to start something new so fancied some crochet work and took out the Anchor No8 cotton thread I’ve been eyeing for months in my stash. What to do with it ? What to use with it ? All these questions required research some months ago. I didn’t have the right size hook so needed to pick up that and I’ve only ever seen doily’s crocheted with thread. I did wonder if people used them anymore, in fact I am still wondering that ? I remember my aunt crocheting them when I was young, many wonderful ones so thought I’d give that a go. Found a free pattern on Ravelry called Tea Time, chose my colours and off I went one evening. Do you know how hard it is to see a 1.25mm hook !! It is TINY, it took some getting used to but by the end of one evening I’d done 8 1/2 rows of the 12 row pattern. Left it a night and came back and finished it off. I gave it a light blocking yesterday and here is it photographed this am.

My doily Tea at Sundown…


I also worked on Stormy Night, the beanie intended for James birthday next month. I know next month ! Have I ever been this early lol I don’t think so. The pattern did drive me a bit scatty. I found it easier to just look at the picture and just follow what was on my needles. I did like how it turned out in the end and I don’t think I need to worry about it fitting him as it fits me and Dominic modelled it for me this am.


So that is all the finishes for the week. Not bad two wip’s started the previous week and one new start. I know this will slow down drastically once the children return to school but we’ll enjoy the productivity while it lasts.

Projects worked on this week include the Copper Pot Milo,


I also cast on yesterday the tea cosy commission I got. This one I’m calling Fresh Mint from the blend of turquoise and spring green I’m using to make it. The spring green just doesn’t want to photograph to well at the moment but here’s a peek at it.


Projects this week will be both of these. The tea cosy being easier to work on will be knit during the day with the Copper Pot becoming my evening project. I also have the Fruit Salad socks cast on and I may work on those some more.

Now I’m at the point of wondering what projects are next. I most likely will start on Christmas presents as I have as usual a long list of handmade ones I need to get done but I need to get some yarn for some so time will be spent this week nailing down exactly what I want, I keep changing my mind on the patterns for the children. I’m also most likely going to start working on some of the garments I want so sweaters and cardigans will most likely be on the go. I wonder how long it will take to complete some of those…mmm

Anyway, here is the list and how it is filling out already. There are links to my project page for each project with more photos and notes.


Birch Sands

Ocean Blue

Fruit Salad


Copper Pot Milo




Mrs Bunny


Stormy Night


Citrus Peel

Cool Mint Tic Toc

Fresh Mint



Tea at Sundown

Thank you all for your kind thoughts on Sam last week. It has been hard this week.


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26 Responses to YOP Year 3

  1. Hurray for finished socks and a perfect beanie! I don’t envy you that tea cosy project – I’m so happy mine’s off the needles and can’t imagine casting on another one of those right away. The minty green is very cute with the blue.

    Your doily is very cute but it looks incredibly finicky. I have a spool of crochet cotton so I’m going to try one too. Imagine hooking an entire tablecloth or counterpane that way!

    • Ruth says:

      Eeek I can’t quite imagine a tablecloth, I suspect it would be a real labour of love, especially if you saw the size of my table !

  2. Renee Anne says:

    I love the little doily. My grandma used to have them all over her house. I suspect she made most of them herself and, if she didn’t, her mother did. I can’t even begin to explain how many she had when I was cleaning out their house last summer. I had to get rid of some. It killed me to do it but we don’t use them and she had well over 100 of varying sizes and shapes. So, I got rid of some, kept quite a few, and I hope that someday, we can bring them out for things. I have no idea what to use them for, though.

    I also love how the hat turned out πŸ™‚

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you and apart from decorating a table top or putting a vase or ornament on I’m not sure what else to use them for as well. But they sure are pretty.

  3. Kim says:

    I love doilies and wish I had more of my Grandma’s. I have a few scattered around my house. Yours turned out great!
    That hat looks like the Bend Hat pattern and if it is, I know what you mean about the pattern–I have one on the needles for Sam and it has given me fits too.
    I will have my boring post up later after church–oh, and the Milo looks delightful~

  4. Linda S says:

    You still amaze me Ruth at what you can get done in a week. Congrats on all the projects and finishes.


  5. Marsha says:

    The hat is great. I love ‘cabely’ type items. I can imagine it was a beast with a chart though. I was able to see the green in the new tea cozy quite well. Lovely colors together and the name fits it perfectly.

    Copper Pot Milo is great too with that lovely cable going through it. Have I mentioned I am a lover of cables? HAHAHA

    I was so sorry to hear about Sam last week. I was unable to post on anyones blog but just know my thoughts and prayers were with your family last week.

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you so much, he was just so much part of the family.
      I to love cables, it is a toss up between them and lace as to which I prefer the most.

  6. Carolina22 says:

    Well done on all of your finishes! Your doily is beautiful but I don’t think I have the patience, although you did finish it fairly quickly πŸ™‚ Love the colors in your new tea cozy!

  7. Lucy Bowen says:

    The colours you choose are always gorgeous. I love the socks and the hat, and the Milo will be lovely. My grandmother had lots of doilies too, but I suspect I would just let them gather dust – yours is beautiful well done on persevering with it : )

  8. Kepanie says:

    Splendid progress, Ruth! The socks are a terrific ocean blue. They fit your son’s feet so well. The doily is pretty! You can starch it up and either hang or frame it as art. The Milo vest straps are cute. They’re like angel wings. The hat is great. I love the cables. They’re strong and masculine. I think James will need a gansey to match that!

    • Ruth says:

      I love how you used gansey and yes indeed he will need one. I will have to hunt one out. I came across a wonderful one for women with the most terrific cables and celtic knots !

  9. I am so sorry about the loss of your Sam. They are so much a part of the family and memories and their devotion is amazing. I wish I could do something to cheer you all up but grief is personal and everyone has to get through it in their own way. Just know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I would be lost without “my girls”.
    Will you look at you crocheting a doily! It’s gorgeous! In 2 nights? And the socks and the hat are really nice. Your shawl turned out beautiful and it is so delicate and feminine.
    Your clock is the cutest! And to think you are now a commissioned artist! Congratulations! And chickens? That’s the biggest coop I’ve seen! What a great project and your whole family will benefit as I imagine you go through a lot of chicken and eggs! Are you going to eat the chickens too or just use the eggs? You’re now Farmer Ruth!
    Oh, I love the picot on the Milo!

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you Sam, yes the doily really came off the hook far quicker than I thought it would ! The coop is probably bigger than it would have been if we hadn’t already got that area fenced off but yes we will eat the chickens also, after all they will be free range and we will know exactly what they are fed and it is very important to know where your food comes from. Farmer Ruth, what a hoot that is !

  10. Ylva says:

    That doily is sooooo cute! Must make one myself πŸ™‚ I don’t really know why I make them, they have no use really. Just fun to make πŸ™‚

    • Ruth says:

      That sounds like me earlier in the week, just making it for the fun of it. I am glad there are others that do that to. πŸ™‚

  11. Sarah says:

    Such lovely projects Ruth! Have a lovely week xx

  12. Love the socks and the hat, they look great! And 1.25mm, that is small! I’m not sure I’d have the patience to use that, although I do have some thread I got in a mixed lot from ebay. Maybe one day when I can actually crochet!

  13. Liz says:

    The hat and the socks are beautiful! They look so comfy πŸ™‚ Your doily is adorable! I have the pattern on my queue list on Ravelry.

  14. LOVE Dominic’s hat. That grey is such a lovely shade and the hat looks like it’s going to last for ages. Beautiful work!

  15. Sandy says:

    Don’t know how you get so much done, you truly amaze me. The dolly turned out great, though no way am I gonna try it, not with these older eyes. I remember my Great Aunts having some too, they often used them under lamps on the tables to protect the tables back in the day.

  16. Silverlotus says:

    Wow, great job! You are sure getting a lot done.

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