YOP – Year 4 week 5


This past week has all been about finishing items. My list lends itself to projects in the categories being finished monthly and with last week having finished the Flanders Poppies Blanket I had a few remaining projects to be completed. This month the only category not worked on was the shawl category but with two blankets this month done I can feel a swap around this month happening just to balance everything.

What I did finish this past week was the Rose Gingham Blanket. The last day of the Tour de France saw that accomplished. As it was a blanket based on Rose Burrow the finished post is located on A Land Close By’s blog here or you can view the project page here.

Rose Burrow Blanket

Rose Burrow Blanket

If you want to read more about the Flanders Poppies Blanket and how it came about and my inspiration I blogged about during the week here.

The last item I got in for July was a new pattern release for A Land Close By which I blogged about here and it’s got all the details mentioned there on how to get the pattern.

So for July my finishes for the month looked like this:

July Finishes

July Finishes

This does not cover other items on the list started in July and these other items that were completed on August 1st and 2nd.

The first item up finished and blocked was the cowl I was designing for my Celtic Knits. These patterns when released will have a story about a legend, or wonder that inspired the pattern. The Ireland I know and grew up in is full of these stories and they are as commonplace as the stone walls and green fields of the island. What I hope to bring to everyone with Celtic Knits is the magic of Ireland that I know and love.

With this in mind the cowl has been renamed Flowing Uphill, the reason why is on the pattern, and I’m hoping to get some dry days this week to take its official shots. It is currently with the testers and I’m hoping to release this one very soon.

If you want to follow Celtic Knits I’ve a page at the top of the blog dedicated to it alone along with a Facebook page which will have all things Celtic Knit related and you can find it here.

Flowing Uphill

Flowing Uphill

I also got Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater finished. It just needs a blocking now, I needed to wait for the cowl to come off the blocking mats, and buttons sewn on but I’m liking the fit and with some blocking I’ll get a little more room to cover any growth for the year.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater

Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

So with July finished and gone I think I can cross it off as a success, you will see from the list that lots of items are now being crossed off. This of course now means I can start new items….don’t you just love a bout of startitis and a legitimate reason to start i.e because you have everything else finished.

With half of yesterday free to do this I was in a quandary. It was akin to being put into a sweet shop and told you can have everything! What to start first?  I took a look at the list and thought about what needed doing for this coming month added to this what yarn I had in my stash and took note of what needed ordering and my mini August list looks like this :


  • Eole for Girls for Evelyn
  • Drops of Firelight shawl- wip
  • Kir Royale
  • Sam Entrelac Blanket- wip
  • Swatch and cast on for a new Celtic Knit design
  • Trio of Rainbow Blankets
  • Last cloth in the Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

That’s quite ambitious even by my standards and with only one smallish item, the cloth which will be my go to apts project the rest are fairly sizeable. The new design for Celtic Knits is the only item that doesn’t have an end of August deadline and I’m a little dubious about the Trio of Rainbow Blankets being done by then but it sort of needs to be. The Drops of Firelight is near finished, it’s got one larger section followed by one smaller with a cast off left to be done.

So with all this sorted out the remainder of my Saturday was spent working on the first Rainbow Blanket, this one is called Rainbow Squares and I started with the red squares and have all 8 complete. These will be edged with white and joined as I go along.

Rainbow Squares - Rainblow Trio Blankets #1

Rainbow Squares – Rainbow Trio Blankets #1

I also got a couple of rows knitted on Drops of Firelight, not enough to warrant a new picture but it was so lovely to be reminded of why I love lace, beads and shawls and why I have 12 shawl projects on my list, bliss!

Drops of Firelight

Drops of Firelight

That pretty much sums up my week so let’s take a look at the list. I’ve updated it with dates and in the crochet blankets category there has been one change. The corner to corner blanket has been replaced by an African flower blanket.

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

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14- finished 2nd August 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 October 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- finished 27th July 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th April 14 – finished 26th July 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th June 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th April 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. African Flower Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Flowing Uphill – started 4th July 14- finished 29th July 14

Gifts :- 

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

My Ravelry projects page is here and it has all wips and projects finished with details of each of them.

To see other blogs taking part in the YOP year or to join in, it’s never too late to join in, you can read all about it here. 


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19 Responses to YOP – Year 4 week 5

  1. dottyrobins says:

    Oh my…. You’ve been so busy. The rose gingham blanket looks glorious and a I love that fringed edging. I also love the flowing uphill cowl…it looks elegant. My progress is much slower x

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you 🙂 I’ve only about another month of this good progress, once we hit back to school time there won’t be so much crafting time for me, with school routines and music and everything else 8 children entails running around after. School holidays are way more relaxed for me.

  2. Kepanie says:

    I love seeing your blankets, especially the fringed one. I love how you go all out. You are getting much accomplished for this YOP. The cowl rocks. And I love the whole Celtic Knits idea. I was recently thinking how I want to check out a book on Celtic mythology and other cultures.

  3. Kepanie says:

    Oh, and those little stitch markers are cute. Are they a symbol of something?

  4. Kim sabel says:

    I’m in awe of your speedy crocheting, your blankets are lovely and Caoimhe’s Sunday sweater is pretty. Loving your design cowl too, such a mystical name for a beautiful design.

  5. Christine says:

    Oh Ruth! I am in love with that Sunday sweater, and the gingham blanket! Way to go you!

  6. Lucy Bowen says:

    I love all your blankets, but this is my favourite yet. However, I like the look of the rainbow one already!! The sweater looks great and I do love it when I can legitimately start projects, I can’t wait to see what is next!

  7. The rose gingham blanket looks lovely! Look at all those tassels. I hope some of the kids helped out with those! I’m almost half way through my blanket and can’t imagine casting on another. I guess you’re a ton more patient than me 🙂

  8. cleancup says:

    I love your new cowl! And your blanket(s) are really pretty too 🙂 I’m looking forward to the release of the pattern for the cowl… do plaster it all over the place, please!

  9. Marsha says:

    Where do I begin? It is all so lovely and I can not pick just one item that is better than any other. Great job. Good luck on the August list. But knowing you…………..It will be totally completed.

  10. kimmery4 says:

    Holy Moly Ruth! You are so organized with your list. The completed blankets are so pretty and cheerful-and your sweater? Perfect for you sweetie. I just put Miss Marple in my favorites queue as I think it will be a perfect project for a Grand. 🙂 I am looking forward to seeing more of you Celtic designs and getting to know the Ireland you know and love–the cowl is lovely! Have a super week-

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you and yes Miss Marple I think will be just perfect, thank you for pointing me in the direction of some of the Velvet Acorn knits I think those will be perfect also.

  11. Iris says:

    Wow, you are prolific! And so organised too!! Really like your FOs and I’ll look forward to seeing how your August list turns out.

  12. silkandwool says:

    I absolutely love your gingham rose blanket. And the cowl is just a amazing! Very unusual for my eye color work.

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