YOP – year 7 week 12

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I’ve had a couple of working weekends which means I didn’t get to work any more on my Grace cardigan or on my Sadhbh shawl so I’ve no updates on those from the last time I blogged as they are at the same point. What I do have to show you is socks!

First up is the toe-up version of the Wildflower Honey socks. I finished the second sock so the pair is now complete. This reminds me of why I enjoy knitting my socks concurrently.

Wildflower Honey

 

Next up is the pair of Wildflower Honey socks I’m knitting for the KAL on instagram for these socks, #wildflowerKAL I’ve worked the first sock to the point of needing to do the heel turn and flap on it and I’m currently working through the gusset increases on the second one. These have been my go to project for waiting at appointments and while waiting on school pick ups, that is why so much progress got made on socks.

Wildflower Honey 4a

I’m finished now with working weekends for awhile as my deadlines have all been met so later today I’m going to be knitting on both my Grace cardigan and on my Sadhbh shawl.

My list has been added to and is looking like this


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 10

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Checking in for another week of YOP projects, the weeks sure are ticking by getting what seems to be faster and faster and if this past week is anything to go by then it will continue like that. I’m going to aim to get round to everyones blogs today as they post because if I don’t it will be like last week and I wont catch up with anyone because time and the week just got away from me. Schools are back with all the children returning and there is always a bit of settling in on the first week back as we get used to the school routines once more and the toing and froing that’s involved. Even my baby has started school this year so the house is now quite different during the week days and that needs getting used to. From I had my eldest, who is 17 now I’ve not had an empty house during the school week until now!

Enough about my week it’s really about the YOP projects and what got done isn’t it.

First up is my Grace cardigan which I have separated out for the sleeves and I’m now knitting the body of the cardigan. The body is just plain stockinette, with some waist and hip shaping, right down to the ribbing. This I think might become a great TV knitting project. It has been such an enjoyable and addictive knit so far, I’m hoping that continues and it would be soon off the needles. Which is just what I want as I may have been checking out some other garments that I’d like to knit.

Grace 5

I’ve worked on my Wildflower Honey socks. This is the second toe up sock that I needed to complete and I am now as far as the honey patterning on the top of the leg, after that it is just ribbing that is required. This I’m working through while I’m doing school runs so it’s getting some progress everyday.

Wildflower Honey 3

The Wildflower Honey socks I’m knitting as part of my Wildflower Honey KAL on instagram have seen progress. I am knitting these concurrently so the other toe is done but for the moment I’m on the foot part of this sock. I decided with this pair to try magic loop. I’ve been lazy in not trying new techniques and ways to do things, sticking mainly to what I know I like so with this pair I decide to shake it up a bit. I got the new ChiaGoo mini sock set and thought now was a good a time as any to give it a try. I opted to try toe up with the magic loop first, (you can knit toe up or cuff down on this pattern), and it’s not too bad, I’m enjoying it so far, lets see by the end of this pair if I’m a convert!

Wildflower Honey 3a

On Sept 1st the penultimate shawl KAL, You Are Amazing Shawl KAL, started in my Knitterarium Ravelry group so that means I needed a new shawl to start for that KAL. I picked out two Titus 4ply yarns from Eden Cottage Yarns, (who incidentally are the yarns in the majority of the projects here because I love the colours and yarns and they suit my tastes so well!), to knit a Sadhbh shawl. The Titus is a Merino and Silk mix so it’s wonderfully soft and I’m using a Wild Orchid as the main colour and Rose Bed as the contrast colour. I started this yesterday and this is the progress on my Sadhbh so far.

Sadhbh 1

My list has been added to and is looking like this


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 9

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Back this week with an update for the YOP year. I missed last week as I just didn’t have any progress on any of the projects to show you. I had been working straight through the weekend on work projects that had deadlines. I’ve met those deadlines and was able to get back to my personal projects in my down time this last couple of days, so here is this weeks progress.

Grace has moved on and I am now at the point of knitting straight on the patterning part until I need to split for the arms. This was just as delightful to pick up again and knit and is still my favourite project at the moment to knit on.

Grace 4

I’ve made progress on the toe-up Wildflower Honey sock that I was finishing off. I’ve now just started the heel flap so half way there and really an evening brought me from the toe to this point.

Wildflower Honey 2

I want to get this one finished and off the needles as I released the Wildflower Honey sock pattern and today I’m starting an Instagram KAL for it #wildflowerKAL and I want to join in. My yarns are picked and I’ll be caking those and starting them today for that. These will be counted towards my sock total for the year as these are just for me!

Wildflower Honey 1a

 

My Gráinne shawl has been worked on, the second lace section is now complete and I’ve started the third garter stitch section, so right now I’m just knitting on every row making this a great TV project.

Gráinne 7

So now the list looks something 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 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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