YOP – Year 5 Week 4

YOP 5a

These YOP weeks are already starting to mount up!

This week has been busy. The early part of the week has been spent in a pattern writing daze. Having a mental block half way through didn’t help things but it’s been worked through and sorted, and now the first draft of the pattern has been written and sent off to my tech editor. I’m hoping to have it ready for test knitting in a couple of weeks.

Cosán Cowl is now live for sale here.


I finished up the Hulst socks you can see them and read my notes on them here.


I started a pair of How I Make my Socks. I’m as far as the heel on the first sock. These make great unwind TV knitting being just a plain stockinette sock. I’m undecided on the yarn though, I wasn’t too mad about it before I started and although it’s making what seems to be nice stripes, I don’t know about it. That is though why I opted for these socks just so I’d use this yarn and get it out of my stash. It was likely to languish there forever more if I didn’t use it! My project page for that is here.


I’ve also been making a few cloths as they were requested, those I’m not adding to my list as I make those all the time and the place would be over run again with them. I’ll pop in a picture here and there of them if I get a picture and if they’ve not been whipped away for use!

This week I will be continuing to work on the How I Make my Socks and I have to get some photo-shoot shots of the newest design, let’s hope the weather plays ball as it has turned very cool, windy and rainy here. I will also be spending quite some time in the design den (a whole den area where I can work!) on some secret for now and some not so secret projects!

My Yop list is looking something like this now;


Year of Projects 5 List


  1. Hulst Socks KAL started Jun 21st – finished Jul 19th
  2. Paraphernalia
  3. Basic Ribbed Socks
  4. Time Traveler Socks
  5. Zigzagular Socks
  6. Hedgerow Socks 
  7. Vanilla Latte Socks
  8. Hermione’s Everyday Socks
  9. How I Make My Socks started Jul 22nd
  10. How I Make My Socks
  11. River Rapids Socks
  12. Saxifrage
  13. Willowherb
  14. Dawlish
  15. Milfoil


Over the next 12 months my aim is to publish 10-12 patterns

  1. Cosán Cowl


My Ravelry project page for this YOP -Year 5 can be found here.

To read other blogs taking part in YOP – Year 5 check out the Ravelry group here.


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18 Responses to YOP – Year 5 Week 4

  1. Ann says:

    Looks like you had a very productive week. Great cowl pattern – very snuggly looking. I’m envious of a whole den for your designing. It must be lovely. My knitting supplies are stashed all over our tiny house.

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you Ann, the design den is just great, not that it stops the children from just pouring into it once I go out there, dogs as well but most of the time I can work in relative peace and quiet. Like you mine were all over the place until I moved my supplies to the den.

  2. Hmmm I like that yarn better knit than unknit. If you still aren’t sure about it then you might want to stripe it between some wide white stripes. That’s something I learned from quilting – if you don’t like a fabric you just haven’t made it small enough!

    • Ruth says:

      Oh thanks for that tip, that’s good to know how to solve the problem. You know I don’t like it unknit either and I think the whole problem began looking at the ball unknit, I’ll keep knitting and see how I feel about it.

  3. Kepanie says:

    The cowl is terrific, Ruth. I love the possibility of color combinations. Your yellow socks have great lace panels on top. The new pair is patriotic looking. It’s so neat how a dyer can dye like that.

    • Ruth says:

      Oh thank you and yes that’s just what I love about this cowl. I’m itching to do a black and white version of this cowl, I think it would just totally rock! I like how dyers are able to that as well, it’s fascinating and if I ever get a few more hours free in my day, dying yarn is what I’m going to try doing!

  4. Lucy Bowen says:

    Your Hulst socks are lovely, so happy looking! Love Cosan, well done on getting it out. I like the yarn for the last socks, love the little flecks of red/ pink.

  5. Becki says:

    Ooooh…a secret yarn den. That sounds really lovely, Ruth. I really like that cowl – and the colors you knit it in. And I actually like how that red, white and blue yarn is working up in to a sock. :^) I agree, it looks better knitted than not. I’m curious what you’re not sure about – since you mentioned it.

    • Ruth says:

      Thanks Becki, I really just dislike it unknit and I think that’s where the problem is, I’m going to keep knitting it until I see if it grows on me any better.

  6. I have that zig zag yarn, I can’t believe it knits up like that, it’s so nice. Well actually now that I think of it, all the Zig Zag colourways are lovely, I’m just surprised with that one because I thought it would pool for some reason!

  7. simmingrome says:

    The cowl and the Hultz socks looks lovely.

  8. mmmyc6 says:

    Hmmm. I blogged about the cowl too!!! Wonder why ;).
    I love it… From beginning to end it is worth the purchase!!!

    Nice looking yellow socks too!

    • Ruth says:

      Hmmm I wonder why too 😀 Thank you I’m so glad you liked it, it’s one of my favourite designs and one I can happily reknit and the colour possibilities, oh the colour possibilities are endless! People are going to see me coming in those socks 🙂

  9. Marsha says:

    Your cowl is so lovely. Wish it would get cold enough here for me to wear one. Love the new socks and the way the yarn makes it own pattern as you go along. The Hulst socks turned out mighty fine too. I just love seeing your designs. You are quite clever.

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