YOP – Year 5 week 17

YOP 5a

This seems to be a week where I have not a lot to show for my work. I started off the week working on swatches for a new design. Most of which was already decided but those last few niggly parts are always the ones to trip it up and they need ironing out now. I find the remainder of the project goes more smoothly if I can indeed get those worked out now at the start, of course that’s in an ideal world and it doesn’t always work out that way but you can but hope. This picture was taken just before I started the third swatch which is now done and most of those niggles are ironed out. This week I’ll draw out charts and perhaps maybe even get to start the sample. It is mid-term break this week so it will depend on what other happenings are going on.


Yesterday I had arranged to visit Caroline who is one half of the very talented yarn dyers who produce my favourite yarn Life in the Long Grass. The fact that they are based here in Ireland just adds the bow to the package that is their yarn for me. The vast majority of yarn in my designs, is their yarn. I love using their yarn it knits up wonderfully is so soft and wears so well. Can you tell I love their yarn? After a nice long natter about colour and yarn and projects, of which I can’t tell you yet, I did pick these beauties up to come home with me, well it would have been a waste of  a trip and it was a 7 hour round trip drive. These beauties along with the above green are all part of a collection I’m putting together over the next couple of months.


Now those Forest Moon of Endor socks are still on needles but I am up into the foot part and with nothing else planned for today only to work on these I really do hope to have these off the needles in the next 24hrs. They need to be with this being the last week that they be submitted and still qualify for September’s socks. Then I will be casting on Fledermaus as again this is the last it must be cast on and still qualify for October’s socks.


I did get another cloth done this week while on school runs and another one started, these really are the perfect project for in the car when I’m waiting.


Streusel didn’t make it as far as the blocking mats yet but hopefully this week it will, it is mid-term break and I reckon I should get the time to block it out.

So the list, let’s see how that is looking now;


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
  3. Dagda


  1. Streusel started Sept 13th – finished Oct 11th


  1. 2 Cloths finished Sept 25th
  2. 1 Cloth finished Oct 2nd
  3. 1 Cloth finished Oct 21st


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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8 Responses to YOP – Year 5 week 17

  1. Stefanie says:

    7 hours round trip? What a journey for favorite yarn. The colors of yarn in this post is lovely.

  2. Marsha says:

    You amaze me each with as how much you get done with your crafting. Love your sock and the new yarn is sure to be gorgeous when you complete it.

  3. Wow that’s gorgeous yarn! I didn’t think you could drive anywhere in Ireland for seven hours without driving into the ocean 🙂 LOL!

    It’s always a big joke here in Canada when Europeans plan vacations that involve a couple of days here and a couple of days there without realizing how far apart everything is here. My cousins from the Netherlands planned a visit to Toronto and thought we could drive out to Calgary AB for a weekend visit!?! I live in Toronto and work in Toronto and my daily commute is 3 hours round trip!

    • Ruth says:

      Haha your right because I live in the middle if I drove 7 hours in any direction I’d be in the see but Cork is about 3 1/2 hours one way so there and back and everywhere is what we consider “just down the road” so I can’t grasp the size of it taking several days driving to get to a destination, everywhere here even in the further corners of the island is reachable well within a day and that’s stopping!

  4. Lucy Bowen says:

    Your socks are looking fabulous and the colour of your cloth is gorgeous, I love pink. 7 hours sounds reasonable for yarn!!

  5. Becki says:

    The blue and green yarns look great together. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to with them, Ruth. And can I confess…One of my favorite things to do is crochet a simple dishcloth.

  6. Ann says:

    I love the colors of your yarn! What type of wool is it? I’m always curious about yarn that is soft AND wears well. I kinda stick to more itchy yarn that I know will be durable, but softer would be nice sometimes. Looking forward to seeing what you design you come up with for them.

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