YOP – year 7, week 7

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Small amounts of progress have been made this week on personal projects mainly in part because I was very single minded about two work projects this week, so I didn’t play hooky from work this week.

I did though make progress on Grace and I’m still loving every moment of working on her. She is so relaxing and that’s on the pattern part. Once this part is done it is plain stockinette for the rest of the cardigan. I did forget to put a progress marker on the project so I could see what progress was made in the past week but this is where Grace is at this week.

Grace 3 (1)

I made a small amount of progress on the last toe up sock of my Wildflower Honey sock pattern. As I said with work ended knitting with deadlines I moved this to my sock knitting rota so I could complete it. I’m ready to move on into the foot of the sock now.

Wildflower Honey 1

Gráinne has seen progress also on the second lace section and is a little bit further on than this photo also as I worked on it late last night. I love how this merino and silk yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns feels and I can’t wait to be able to wear it.

Gráinne 6

So that leaves my list looking like this;

A Year of Projects, The List, 2017 – 2018 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  • Herbarium started Jul 24th/finished July 19th
  • Gracestarted Jul 30th
  • From Way Back
  • Sammal

Sock Box  – min 10

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.

Ruth.

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YOP – year 7 week 6

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This past week has been a relaxing knit filled week. With the majority of my work being knitting on new design samples and the weekends filled with my own personal knitting projects it has been very enjoyable.

I started my Grace garment last weekend and it was so relaxing! I was sad to put it down on Monday when I needed to start my working week. I’m hoping later today to make even further progress on it.

Grace 2

During the week when visiting friends I also completed my pair of My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth. I love how these turned out and the subtle colours are just so soothing.

My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth

I’ve one toe up sock of a design sample that needs to be done which I will cast on this week but I won’t be counting it towards my socks YOP total. It just needs to be done and I have two new design samples already on the go that I thought it best to just fill my sock knitting time with this before picking a new sock project to work on.

My Gráinne shawl has made no further progress this past week, last Sunday I was too preoccupied working on my Grace to pick this up again. Today is when I had set out to work on it, so you won’t see any visual progress on it until next week.

Gráinne 5

This weekend here in Ireland is a bank holiday weekend so I get an extra day to work on the above projects.

A Year of Projects, The List, 2017 – 2018 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  • Herbarium started Jul 24th/finished July 19th
  • Gracestarted Jul 30th
  • From Way Back
  • Sammal

Sock Box  – min 10

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.

Ruth.

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Book Report – week 3

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I feared this would happen when I returned to my books. You see, I end up getting lost in the books that I’m reading that I quite simply forget to come out. Everything around me could fall down at my feet and I wouldn’t notice and I love it!.

I have been trying hard to remember that there is a real world out there, that has work and commitments and so I’ve been limiting my reading to my spare moments but the books are whispering and calling and it’s getting stronger…isn’t it wonderful!

The above is also why it’s been three weeks from my last book report. It’s not that I wasn’t reading, it’s just that I was lost and falling in love again with my books.

Anyway, before I fill this post with how much I’m in love with my books again, lets actually see what is on my reading table.

Pride and Prejudice

I finished Pride and Prejudice a couple of weeks back. I savoured each and every word of those last few chapters, they are my favourite!

It’s pretty hard to pick a favourite from a book that is one of your favourites but I do believe I love where they go walking, those chapters make me smile. Second to this is when Elizabeth sees Pemberley and it’s grounds and Darcy appears as if by magic!. Lastly I love when Elizabeth and Darcy are at Rosings, you can’t help but feel for Darcy…sigh.

So as you may have gathered I really enjoyed my re-read of Pride and Prejudice and it still remains in my top 5 favourite books.

The Emperors Tomb

So with Pride and Prejudice finished this meant moving onto finishing one of the many other books I seemed to have started and not gotten round to finishing. I picked back up The Emperors Tomb by Steve Berry. I’ve slowly been working my way through the Cotton Malone series of books and enjoyed the titles before this and it’s not that I wasn’t enjoying The Emperors Tomb but I found it to be dragging on and not really making much progress and so it was easy to lay aside. This I think in part was also due to one of my favourite characters in the series being killed off in the previous book and you know how it is when one of your favourite characters are killed off, you do don’t you?

You need time to see how the dynamics of a series is going to be now that they are gone, so it took me some time. The pace has begun to pick up now though as I enter the last few chapters, story lines are being wrapped up and it’s building to the final conclusions. I will no doubt finish this and move onto the next in the series, whether I read it next or read a different book first, remains to be seen.

That is what is on my reading table.

Ruth x

 

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YOP – year 7 week 5

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I always like a week where I can see the progress that has been made. This past week has been one of those weeks.

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my finished Herbarium jumper last week. I am delighted with the finished garment and as soon as it’s cool enough for wearing I’ll take some modelled shots.

With Herbarium being cast off I mentioned that I would be getting ready to cast on Grace by Jane Richmond. I swatched earlier in the week with the stated 3.5mm needles and was out a little on both stitch and row gauge. I did debate re-working the numbers to the gauge I had but decided on Friday that this really wasn’t something I wanted to do. I spend my working week taking a lot of notes and working to numbers in my knitwear designs that what I really wanted my personal projects to be was relaxing and as mindless as I could make them, so I re-swatched on 4mm needles and hit both stitch and row gauge spot on. Today I will be casting on Grace and I’m really looking forward to having the next garment on the needles.

Grace 1

My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth socks have seen both heel flaps and heel turns put in, in the contrasting yarn and I’m 3/4 of the way down the foot on one sock. This really is the result of one evenings knitting on Monday after a visit to the dentist and I really wasn’t up to much more than just knitting round and round and round.

My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth 5

My Gráinne shawl is working up just wonderfully, even if I’m saying that myself. But it is just what I envisaged when I picked these colours. The last minute decision to only add the beads to the lace at the start and end of the lace sections is working perfectly adding just another line of colour into the palette. This second section of garter stitch is nearly complete.

Gráinne 5

So that just leaves me with showing you how the list is looking at the moment.

A Year of Projects, The List, 2017 – 2018 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  • Herbarium started Jul 24th/finished July 19th
  • Gracestarted Jul 30th
  • From Way Back
  • Sammal

Sock Box  – min 10

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.

Ruth.

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YOP – year 7 week 4

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I have missed a few other blog posts this past week between one thing and another but I was determined not to miss an update at least for YOP. Progress has been made on projects and the size of progress well, that’s always relative I think to what is going on around us.

First project up is indeed my Herbarium jumper. It was finished during the week, ends woven in and it got blocked. It just made it off the blocking mats yesterday evening in time for today’s post. I love how it turned out. The size was exactly to what I’d gotten gauge to and I love the fit, the pattern and the colour. Definitely a winning project to my mind.

Herbarium

I’ve gotten the yarn and pattern together for my Grace cardigan by Jane Richmond. I decided to knit this next as it was what I had originally planned to knit next, way back when. I am hoping to swatch for this later today and hopefully at some stage this week to get a start made on it. The yarn I’m going to be using is Eden Cottage Yarns, Millburn 4ply in the Autumn Fields colour.

Grace

I’ve completed both legs of My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth socks and have moved onto adding in the contrasting heel on one of them.

My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth 4

My Gráinne shawl has two more rows of the first lace section left to be completed before I switch back to the next garter section. As I was working the lace section I made a last minute decision to add beads to the first and last row of the lace sections only. This I’m hoping will give a line of colour between the sections, we shall see though as I progress through the shawl.

Gráinne 4

I did purchase this gorgeous skein of yarny goodness and it arrived on Friday morning. It is called Yellow Submarine and this is most definitely going to be socks! I think I may have a yellow sock addiction, hmmm.

Yellow Submarine

And there you have it, short and quick and to the point. Work knitting took over with test knits beginning and other designs needing to be finished and started which ate a little into my personal knitting time but it goes like that at times. I’ve also been reading away, but I just didn’t get time to get a book report blog post done, on Wednesday, and as for stitching, well I’m hoping to get a second post of that up this coming Friday.

So that leaves us with just having to take a look at the list.

A Year of Projects, The List, 2017 – 2018 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  • Herbarium started Jul 24th/finished July 19th
  • Grace
  • From Way Back
  • Sammal

Sock Box  – min 10

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.

Ruth.

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YOP – year 7 week 3

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I did wonder if I would have anything to report on this week. It’s been a busy week with lots of non-project, non-knitting, reading stitching kind of things being accomplished. It’s also the last week of holidays and the two weeks off work has been wonderful. I know being a designer is a pretty awesome job but it was lovely to kick back and not think about deadlines and notes and all the other many things that need thinking about. I’m behind on a few things work related that I know this coming week will have to be dealt with but the break was worth it. It’s re-charged my batteries and let’s just hope that next week I can get back into the swing of work mode.

But you are all here for a Year of Projects post so let’s get to that before I keep rambling on.

My Herbarium sweater made progress. I love this sweater even more, if that’s possible. The rib band is all that remains to be done on the second sleeve and then it just needs a neck band. Those will be completed this week and then comes the decision on what garment, on the list, to start next. At the moment I haven’t decided but hopefully by next weeks post I will have.

Herbarium 3

I’ve made some progress on the second leg of my My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth socks. I didn’t make as much progress on these as I had wanted to this week, but after the busy week I’m just glad I made some. I love the colours for these and I really can’t wait to have these off the needles and able to wear them.

My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth 3

The last project I made progress on was my Gráinne shawl for the Go Your Own Way Shawl KAL that I’m running in my Knitterarium Ravelry group. I’m finished the first garter stitch part which I’m working in the Rambling Rose colourway and I’m about to introduce the second colour, Briar Rose, for the lace section. This is my weekend relaxing project for definite and I’m going to be kicking back later this evening and working on it.

Gráinne 3

So there you have it and now that just leaves me with showing you what my YOP list looks like.

A Year of Projects, The List, 2017 – 2018 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  • Herbarium – started Jul 24th
  • Grace
  • From Way Back
  • Sammal

Sock Box  – min 10

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.

Ruth.

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Book Report – week 2

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“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever”

This week I’ve made progress on Pride and Prejudice, really it should be finished but I’m in those last few chapters, you know the ones. Bingley has just proposed to Jane, Lady Catherine has called on Elizabeth and Darcy and Elizabeth have gone for that walk. You know the one…surely you must know the walk. You do…oh great.

Pride and Prejudice

With sentences like what you read at the start of this report, I think you will forgive me for dawdling my way through these few chapters in order to savour them. The words and phrases so memorable and enough, even now, to make a girl swoon.

I will be back next week with hopefully Pride and Prejudice finished because really I’m so near the end that I cannot live any longer amongst those pages and so onto the next book needing finishing I will go.

Ruth.

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