YOP – Year 5 week 11

YOP 5a

Things that have happened this week are:

The release of my Alban Eilir Cowl pattern is now live. This pattern was inspired by a solar symbol carving I saw inside a Cairn built 3500BC near to my house. This Cairn is aligned with the Spring and Autumn Equinox and the symbol is lit up by the suns rays on those mornings. I regularly take a trip up to the Cain on the Equinoxes to see this happen.

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I worked last Sunday on my Forest Moon of Endor socks and didn’t get back to them any more this week. They have one repeat of the leg pattern only. I haven’t even managed to get a photo of them, I will perhaps later today as I’m hoping to work on either those or the shawl today.

Ah yes my shawl, well I made a yarn cake with the yarn and that’s it. I had printer trouble during the week and didn’t get the pattern printed out until this weekend so I’m now only ready to get started on that. So today it’s going to be a toss-up for which of these two projects I work on. Again no photos of that.

Any knitting work that I managed to squeeze in this week and it was fairly minimal I worked on a sample of a new design I’m playing around with. That lovely Kettle yarn you all saw last week. It is working up lovely and it is a wonderful yarn to knit with. So yes again I can’t show you any pictures of that yet. I see a recurring theme here re-pictures.

I did manage to get a photo shoot done last Sunday of a design going for testing. It has been edited already so in a couple of weeks this one should be out but as of yet I can’t show you any pictures of that.

So what can I show you??

Ahh yes,

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  started Sept 1st
  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
  2. Alban Eilir Cowl


  1. Streusel started Sept 13th


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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9 Responses to YOP – Year 5 week 11

  1. Lucy Bowen says:

    The cowl is gorgeous, I have been watching the testing thread with interest. I love the colourwork.

  2. Very cool story about the Cairn. Over here in the New World, there’s nothing that old to see except rocks and mountains. The colours you’ve chosen strike me as evocative of that moment when the symbols are illuminated. Fun!

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you and yes we have a very rich filled and very very old history. Most of the names of my patterns so far come from a time in out history that is thousands of years earlier than the birth of Christ. 🙂

  3. Becki says:

    It’s a beautiful cowl, Ruth. Perfect colors, and the design (and inspiration behind the design) is fascinating! And you get to visit the Cairn regularly. How cool is that?!?

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you Becki and yes it’s very cool, most days now I up around there on a school run and if I stand on the hill behind my house I can see the top of the Cairn in the distance.

  4. Iris says:

    Really loving this design, thank you for giving me the chance to testknit. I’ll hopefully get my FO post out tomorrow. 🙂

  5. Ann says:

    It boggles my mind that something that old can be near your house. Here in the United States we have no such thing except the earth we live on. The cowl is lovely, especially the delicate colorwork.

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you and yes it is quite mind boggling, here in Ireland we have one of the oldest histories in the world, many of the designs names so far are from an era of our history that is earlier than the birth of Christ by thousands and thousands of years.

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