Work this week has been progressing quite good on projects but first some finishes.

If you saw the post earlier this week for the Copper Pot Milo you’ll know it was finished and off the needles at the start of the week and blocked by mid week. For more on it do check out Thursdays post here.


Next up was the commissioned tea cosy I was doing Fresh Mint. This I made a pompom for the top as I didn’t like the finish on the original pattern that is on my own tea cosy. I haven’t made pompoms from I was young and it was so much fun showing the children how to do it with two simple cardboard circles and yarn and scissors.


This is all the finishes for this week. Links for these projects are in the list below and link to my project page with patterns there.

With these being all that was on my needles I needed to think about what to start next. It wasn’t where I have nothing on the list quite the opposite I have a lot it was more which would be the best and most efficient way to tackle the projects so things would be done for gifts for christmas and birthdays and still do those projects that I’m a little more excited about.

While mulling this over, my best mulling goes on when I’m sat knitting. I decided on the final Xmas gift presents I wanted for the children and checked through yarn stash. I realised I needed yarn for them and have ordered it this weekend. So while I wait for that yarn to come I started some birthday gifts. Mainly my Mom’s which is this September and Lady Evelyn’s which as we know is December.

For my Mom I cast on this Botanical Cowl which I’m calling Fern. The yarn was a ball of Manos Silk Blend that I had for a scarf but fell out of love with the scarf so what better than to use it for a cowl. This yarn reminded me of the Ferns I saw in the forest when last out in it for a walk. This is knit on a 4mm needle.


For Lady Evelyn I chose a Spring Bunny crochet toy. I’ve never made a toy before let alone done it in crochet. This is the head so far. I need to get the safety eyes but can do the other body parts while I wait for those. I’m using Rico Creative Aran Cotton for this and a 3.5mm hook. This we are calling Flora.


I did also finish the first sock of the Fruit Salad pair of socks for Elizabeth. These were such a quick knit even with stopping and pausing each evening to get the foot measurements right. It had a lovely cuff and just for a total contrast Elizabeth and I chose this lime green button to go onto it. We loved the contrast and had spent a lovely half hour searching through the button box for matching and contrasting ones.


These are pretty much the projects I will be working on this week with the addition of the Milo vest for Caoimhe. Even though she’s 9 now she still measures chest measurement for the 5/6-year-old on the vests measurements. It will need extra length but I am hoping will fit. The measurements make sense and I guess if it doesn’t I’ll have one for Elizabeth and Evelyn to grow into.

The yarn order coming is for a mixture of cardigans for the girls and sweaters for the younger boys. I’m not sure if it is over ambitious to try to get four at least garments done in time for Christmas for them. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have an ambitious plan I’m just unsure if I’ve gone to ambitious !

This week I’ve also had an idea for my own design for a cloth, well two actually and have the main design on paper. I just need to fiddle around with no’s and borders and then it should be ready for a sample knit.

I also have to do the no’s up on paper for the design I have in my head for a hat for the bigger boys for Christmas. I have the colours in mind and can visualise it but as usual it is getting that visual picture in my head into something tangible in front of me.

We have been gathering up the last few items needed for the children going back to school. With 5 going to be in our National school system, Benjamin is starting this year. I needed to sort through uniforms and gather up books and make sure all were covered and ready. This was done mid July and are sat awaiting their return to school which happens 30th August. James starts in Secondary school this year and we have just gotten his uniform and his books will be picked up on his second induction day which happen the 22nd and 23rd of August and he then starts school on the 26th August. Eekk !!!

That is pretty much all that is happening in family world at the moment so lets take a look at the list.



Birch Sands


Ocean Blue


Fruit Salad




Copper Pot Milo








Mrs Bunny

Fern Cowl

Flora Bunny




Stormy Night




Citrus Peel


Cool Mint Tic Toc


Fresh Mint






Tea at Sundown

Ruth x


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24 Responses to YOP 3

  1. Renee Anne says:

    I still don’t know how you manage to get so much fibery goodness in a week’s span with all those kids running around! I feel like I’m so slow because I never have anything done…Little Man generally doesn’t allow me to knit (yet – he’s getting better about it, though).

    I love those little socks, by the way πŸ™‚

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, I’ve found when I find a way for them to “help” me I can get what I want done and they get to muck about with me lol.

  2. I’m loving your eye for color! I always have that same battle, too – do I work on the gifts first or the things that excite me first!

  3. Cris says:

    Wow…. you have some LOVELY projects here. Great color and work all around!

  4. Carolina22 says:

    I’m always so amazed by how much you get done! I love the colors in Fern πŸ™‚

  5. Those fruit salad socks are absolutely darling. Mom had a button jar and we used to love poring over all the mis-matched buttons. The cowl for your Mom already looks gorgeous and your second tea cozy is pretty cute too. I like the pompom better than the crocheted topper from the pattern. Crocheted toys are pretty fun … but the finishing can be fiddly.

  6. Liz says:

    I love the green colour on the cowl πŸ™‚ You have made some beautiful things!

  7. Kepanie says:

    The little button on the sock is cute. How much fun she must have had digging for the right one. The tea cozy is fun and looks like it’ll keep the heat in for hours.
    Love that beautiful green for your mum’s cowl. The bunny is adorable!

  8. laralorelei says:

    I’m in awe, you manage to work on so many projects each week. My favourite this week is that lovely little dress.

  9. Lucy Bowen says:

    I saw the copper pot Milo earlier in the week and loved it then – now love it all over again!! The colours in the tea cosy are gorgeous and I so love doing Pom-poms!! I hope you don’t mind but I have used you as inspiration for hats for my boys – will be knitting them strib hats πŸ™‚

    • Ruth says:

      Use away I’m very flattered, those Strib hats were a wonderful fit and make such a great hat. I expect we will get this winter from them again. They were also really easy to add in colour to so each child could have a hat their very own.

  10. Marsha says:

    Your fruit salad sock is great. I love the idea of a button on it. How fun for you and your daughter to get to look for buttons together. Fern is so pretty. Love the color and the pattern looks so pretty and a bit airy. Mint is so pretty with the pom pom on top. Love that extra touch. Will be looking forward to seeing Flora finished. You amaze me with how much crafting you get to each week.

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you Marsha, I expect once the children return to school it will grind to a halt as the crazy mad routine that follows with school and extra activites kicks in.

  11. Keri says:

    What a cute little top! I’m looking forward to the finish with the green yarn. It;s very pretty.

  12. Ylva says:

    All your projects look great but I especially like the tea cosy, such happy colours!

  13. Oh I love making pompoms like that, it’s so fun! But I also find after trimming it down so it’s smooth, it’s always much smaller than I plan it to be. Your Milo is very cute, and I love the cowl, the colour is gorgeous!

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