YOP – year 5 week 37

YOP 5a

This week has all been about releasing Fodhla!

Fodhla is the second shawl in The Éire Collection.

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Fodhla is the romantic, lyrical sister who sings “Ireland” to you in her melodic voice and shows you her carefree, light and airy personality. Fodhla has an innate dreamy and ethereal quality to her that gives her such a romantic feel.

Fodhla 1

Fodhla 2

Each shawl in this collection when I see them on their own I think is my favourite one and Fodhla is no exception, I just love her light and airy feel. She can be knit with one skein of 4ply yarn and when blocked becomes a vision. My problem always arises when I see all three together and then I can’t pick a favourite!

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Fodhla is now available on Ravelry!

In another couple of weeks Ériu will be released, she is the last shawl in the collection and I’m very excited to have all three of them out there. This collection was both a lot of work and a lot of fun!! It’s also just the tip of the collection work plans for this year!

You know that cream piece I was working on last week, still working on it. I really did mean to start the blue one but the cream one is just so gosh darn lovely! I mean beads are littered throughout it on both right and wrong sides, lace on right and wrong sides. I’m in just a wee bit of lace and bead heaven and it’s very hard to pull myself out of it. The added bonus to the whole thing, it’s one of my new designs! Even more excited about that!

To counteract all that excitement though has been the kitchen re-vamp. The walls needed sanding back to the plaster and need to be sealed. This is a huge job as our kitchen is pretty darn big not to mention the most used room in the house and where everyone gathers so to put it out of commission is no small job. Add into that the dust from sanding all of the walls back, that has just been horrendous. I’m glad to say that the sanding is finished and the sealer can go on the walls, that will stop the dust and when dry means some paint can go on! I’ve spent most of this weekend scrubbing the dust from everything! No matter how you try to contain it, it just seems to go everywhere! YUCK!

So with just the addition of Fodhla to the the list, it looks 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 – finished Oct 25th
  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. Fledermaus started Oct 25th
  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
  4. Fíorghrá
  5. Banbha
  6. Fodhla


  1. Streusel started Sept 13th – finished Oct 11


  1. The Ghost Hunters Cloche started Nov 22nd – finished Nov 24th 
  2. The Ghost Hunters Cloche started Dec 13th – finished Dec 18th


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


  1. Crochet Blanket started Jan 6th – finished Feb 9th


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 37

  1. Gracey says:

    Congratulations! It’s beautiful…I was telling my friend about your shawls…she’s Irish American…her grandparents came from Ireland and she has visited many times…and she wondered if one was called Deirdre, her name…so I’ll have to let her know…..

  2. Lucy Bowen says:

    Another beauty, well done.
    Hope this week sees the end to the dust!

  3. So pretty! I had a look at some of the other projects on Ravelry; there’s one done in a cranberry red that’s absolutely stunning too!

    I can’t even imagine coping with a kitchen reno with a family the size of yours. We were five kids plus Mom growing up and we were always hanging out in the kitchen. Hopefully the finished result is so great that the memories of the pain that went into it fade quickly 🙂

    • Ruth says:

      Isn’t that red one stunning, that tester has done the most amazing job, I can’t wait to do some project love options. Really hate the dust, it’s the worst!

  4. Becki says:

    Oh Ruth, this shawl is just beautiful. The drape is wonderful. Everything about this is perfect. On the kitchen remodel – Dust is just the worst, isn’t it? Getting everywhere and so hard to completely clean up. Are you taking progress pictures, by chance?

  5. Marsha says:

    OH my, this one actually took my breath away. I love it! Question is…….how would it be with out the beads? I am not one to add beads to shawls as most of them go to the prayer shawl ministry and I think it is too fussy for people on chemo to take care of. I can hardly wait for the next shawl to be released.

  6. Stefanie says:

    Lovely photo shoot.

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