It’s that time of year when we gather our to do lists and mix them up with our crafty wish lists and come up with our planned list for another, Year of Projects list, more affectionately known as YOP.
I may have fallen off the blogging wagon for YOP but I didn’t fall off the knitting wagon and I found last years set up for a list worked for me. It concentrated on those main areas that I wanted to work on, garments, shawls, and socks. I added in design work because lets face it that’s going to be going on anyway and is my working week. If you missed my wrap up post and are wondering how I did with last years list, then check that out HERE.
While I want to keep a similar layout to last years list, this year I want to concentrate more on garments. This is the one area that suffered with last years list and I want to concentrate on it more this year. I’m carrying forward my Herbarium jumper as a WIP and adding into it the three other garment items I’ve purchased yarn and patterns to make. As the Herbarium is so close to being finished I don’t think it should count towards this years minimum list, so I am leaving the garments section at wanting to knit a minimum of three but those are three new garments started and finished this year. These are the main focus of what I want to complete this year.
This is my Herbarium today.
Yarn for Grace.
Yarn for From Way Back.
Yarn for Sammal.
I’m keeping the Sock Box section, to mix it up with a few things and keep it interesting, and who just doesn’t need more socks. I tried to knit some of the various sock challenges last year and I may attempt to try and co-ordinate with one of those challenges again because let’s face it, I’m going to be knitting them anyway. I just need to pick a sock challenge that is going to work for me, if you have any ideas or recommendations, please do let me know in the comments section. I have no patterns or yarns picked but I am hoping to knit a minimum of 10 pairs of socks. If I am attempting a sock challenge and need particular patterns or colours used I will pick those when I decide and add them to the list.
For now I am carrying forward one sock WIP from last year and that is My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth socks.
The Shawl Drawer is staying for this year where I have committed to the shawl KALs I’m knitting in my Knitterarium Ravelry group. This commitment is up until Christmas then it will be easing off and I can see the amount of shawls I knit also easing off as I concentrate more on the garments I’m knitting. For this reason I am aiming to reduce the minimum knit in this area from 4 to 3, this 3 will include a shawl WIP that I have.
The shawl WIP that I am bringing forward is Twilight Dying of the Light, this is where it is at the moment and I’m unlikely to get working on this until after Christmas.
I am casting on Gráinne this weekend. This is part of the Go Your Own Way Shawl KAL that I am running in my Knitterarium Ravelry group. I am choosing to knit a two colour version of Gráinne and I’m using beads.
I am removing the Design Corner from my list. While I am a designer and this is my bread and butter and it makes up the majority of my working week. Mostly I can’t show what I’m working on fully and I don’t think it should count towards my YOP year. I will show you releases as I have them but I just won’t be counting them towards the YOP year. There are also a number of ways to already keep up with what I am working on, such as Instagram, my Ravelry Group, my podcast and my website, either on the words tab or the newsletter ( Never Miss a Story, at the bottom of the main page) and I feel I would just be repeating the same information again.
So there you have the ideas and plans behind the sections. What I want to accomplish and what I aim to do. I have set up a folder on my projects page for YOP 7 so all projects this year will be visible in it. Links to it will, as usual, be after the list which will appear at the end of every post as well as the links to the group if you are interested in joining in the fun at any stage, it’s never too late. In the sections of my list I’ve provided links as usual to each of my project pages and these are all linked to patterns available.
So that just leaves me with showing you the official YOP year 7, 2017 – 2018 list.
A Year of Projects, The List, 2017 – 2018
Garment Rail – min 3
- Herbarium – started Jul 24th
- From Way Back
Sock Box – min 10
- My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth – started Jun 25th
Shawl Drawer – min 3
My page of current projects for this YOP year can be found here.
To read other blogs taking part in YOP – Year 7 or indeed to take part yourself, check out the Ravelry group here.