YOP – Year 5 week 52

YOP 5a

Today’s post marks the end of another YOP year. These last posts are some of my favourite ones throughout the YOP year. We all get to look back through our lists and the year’s accomplishments get laid out in one post. But the thing I like most about these posts is the surprise factor. Everyone is always so surprised at how much they have done/created in the year. When the lists are made and revealed on the first week of every YOP year, no matter when you start, (tune in next week for those!) it can all seem so daunting, more so if you’re just joining in for the first time, we love new members btw!. You see the list or the aims and wonder how you are going to get through it all, but week by week, as you blog through what you’ve been working on, or learning you don’t seem to notice until right here in these last posts, when it all gets shown together! It’s a mini wow I did that kind of thing!

Soooo….. now to move onto my list and look and see at exactly what has been accomplished.

When I made my list last July I had two main aims on my list. Socks and Designs.

The socks were laid out patterns to sock yarn stash and these were to be knit for down time. They were my own personal knitting projects, for me, not to be gifted or given away. The patterns finished were Hulst Socks, Forest Moon of Endor Socks, How I Make My Socks and Hermione’s Everyday Socks (not pictured!don’t know why??)

In this part I managed to accomplish 4 pairs of socks (this doesn’t include one pair currently on the needles). Not as much as I had hoped (I had 15 stash sock yarns to be used), but I’m not disappointed either, because it was at the expense of creating some other wonderful, not on the list items. So I don’t feel like I lost this one either.

Sock Collage

But my main, major aim was to concentrate on my designing and let it grow further. I wanted to design somewhere between 10-12 patterns in this past year. So far to date I’ve published 8 new patterns in this past 12 months. One more is currently being tested and a further one being sample knit at this moment. This area I am most proud of the accomplishments. I’ve learnt and grown so much in this area alone this past year!

The finished published patterns in this area include; Cosán, Alban Eilir, Dagda, Fíorghrá, Banbha, Fodhla, Ériu and Farraige.

Design Collage

Then of course there are the inevitable items that sneak in onto the list over the year. You all know them! The things not planned but items you just have to make for whatever reason. Everybody’s list needs this area I think, it’s fun and can turn up surprising items.

This year my add-on’s include; Two versions of the Ghost Hunters Cloche (one green and one blue (not pictured)), The Cosy Stripe Blanket (still love this one!) Streusel. I also made 4 cloths which are not pictured and this list doesn’t include Simone’s Wedding Shawl which is currently still on the needles.

YOP Collage


In short this past year, I’ve knit;

  • 5 shawls
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 2 cowls
  • 2 hats
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 pair of fingerless gloves
  • 1 blanket

Still on the needles;

  • 1 new design
  • 1 shawl
  • 1 pair of socks

It has been a successful YOP year with more items off the needles than still on. I’ve enjoyed each and every one of the individual projects created or designed and I’m really looking forward to unveiling next years projects.

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 52

  1. Dianna Mattscheck says:

    Love the socks!! Now that I’m learning to knit, socks are a goal. Your designs are stunning!!!

  2. Marsha says:

    Ruth, Where ever do you find the time for all you do craft wise. I know you have a house full of lovely children and they have activities that you need to help with. However you do it, I am glad you do. You have inspired me in many ways the past 5 years and I look forward to watching you again next year.

    • Ruth says:

      Marsha, thank you for such sweet words! I’m looking forward to seeing all you have produced this past year and indeed to see what will come over the next year 🙂

  3. Lucy Bowen says:

    Such a wonderful list of accomplishments! Your designs are gorgeous, so much I wish I was more of a shawl girl! That said I love my Farraige. I can only echo Marsha’s sentiments above, to say you have inspired me each week and I look forward to another year.

    • Ruth says:

      Oh thank you Lucy, to make someone who’s not a shawl girl want to be one is compliment enough for me. I love your Farraige, it’s just so wonderful! I only wish I could sew like you, so the inspiration here works both ways! 🙂

  4. Becki says:

    Ruth, your designs really are beautiful. Seeing those pictured above and having seen pictures of the ones still on the needles, I am amazed at what all you accomplish. Looking forward to next year – and seeing what lovely new things you create!

  5. I’m not sure I should even be a part of this group as I can’t even begin to accomplish all you do! You are amazing and so talented and I am so glad your designing is working out so well. Last year I had company right during the start of YOP but they’ll be coming later this year so hopefully I can get a decent and realistic list going. Your socks are amazing and so gorgeous and your designs…what can I say but simply beautiful! Congratulations on a year well done! Hip HIp Hurray!

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