YOP – Year 5 week 9

YOP 5a

Knitting this week was sporadic and yet those moments were much needed. Projects were frogged when nearly finished, it was delightful to have in my bag at meetings and it was a necessary unwinding tool in the evenings.

First the frogging!


This had been the sample knit of a new design and something about it was just always slightly off kilter and by chance a mistake in modelling the near finished sample showed up the exact change I wanted but needed to make. Yes I could very well have finished it off and had it edited and tested it was fine but I would never have been happy with it and it would have been short changing all my customers who bought the design and me as well. So I frogged it and did some re-charting and some re-designing and started again. I’m now nearly back to where I was and should be casting it off later today and I’m much much much happier with it (did I mention much happier).


The remainder of the week was spent getting ready for back to school which started for the older children on Thursday and Friday and everyone will be back on Monday. I can’t quite believe the summer is over, it went so quickly! We also had an event last weekend to celebrate Heritage week, our theme this year was Curses and Cures of which I was in charge of those. Lots of medieval illnesses and the cures of the day for them. We had Vikings, Normans and lots of other attractions and local crafts people which you could meet and hear more about their fascinating crafts as well as seeing them making. Our wrap up meeting was during the week and the above project was the perfect size to take along to that.

This week I’ll be starting The Forest Moon of Endor socks as part of the Sock Knitters Anonymous Sept challenge.

My YOP list is looking something like this;


Year of Projects 5 List


  1. Hulst Socks KAL started Jun 21st – finished Jul 19th
  2. Paraphernalia
  3. Basic Ribbed Socks
  4. The Forest Moon of Endor
  5. Zigzagular Socks
  6. Hedgerow Socks 
  7. Vanilla Latte Socks
  8. Hermione’s Everyday Socks
  9. How I Make My Socks started Jul 22nd – finished Aug 16th
  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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10 Responses to YOP – Year 5 week 9

  1. mmmyc6 says:

    The pics in your blog post today made my heart heavy… But was happy to read that you are much much happier with the now result. I am so much in love with your designs… That even if there were things on the that scared me a little (a-hem… Beads) I would probably take it on anyway and learn a new skill in the process!

  2. The great thing about frogging is that usually everyone IS much happier after doing it. Just getting to the point of considering frogging is a sign that you SHOULD frog. Gorgeous yarn colour and now I can’t wait to see what it turns out to be!

  3. Ann says:

    When I have left a mistake that irked me and didn’t frog back I always regret it. It’s so tough to do it especially when you are almost finished. I applaud you working through and making it to the other side of happiness. My interest is definitely peaked as to what the finished object will be when completed. The yarn is simply scrumptious!

  4. Good for you…that’s why your designs are so gorgeous! It’s called integrity. Oh, wouldn’t that be a great name for a line of your designs? I adore the yarn you are using and the sock pattern is truly lovely. I wish all of you a great school year!

  5. Lucy Bowen says:

    I agree with all the above! When I knit something for me, a small mistake is fine, but if it is for others or you aren’t happy with something, it has to be frogged. Glad you are nearly done, can’t wait to see what it is to be!

  6. Becki says:

    I know that feeling – not from the design angle, but when making something and hitting that point where it’s really painful to rip out, but as soon as I’ve done it I’m relieved to know it’s going to be right. Though, I’m also with Lucy above, depending on an item’s purpose and the mistake a complete frogging may or may not be necessary, but I so appreciate the integrity of a designer who does what s/he can to make a pattern right from the outset. I look forward to seeing what you’re designing this time, Ruth. The yarn is beautiful.

  7. Iris says:

    I can’t help being curious about the sample knit, because that yarn is gorgeous! Such a beautiful colour!

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