YOP – year 6 week 52

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It’s been some time from I updated with a YOP post, really it’s been some time from any post!

The last post I made was for YOP – year 6 week 19 , you can click over and read where I was at and what I was doing then. But really in a year long weekly blog event that is a pretty poor performance considering I’ve been participating from the beginning.

The YOP year runs from July 1st to June 30th every year, some participants, like me, run on this schedule some run on a Jan 1st to Dec 31st schedule. Either is fine but what we all do is post weekly blog updates in the Ravelry group HERE, so if you wish to participate you can check out all the details of how to there in the many threads. It is a wonderful welcoming group, who loves new members and I’ve made many great friends from the group over the years.

So it’s been sometime from week 19 and although I may have fallen completely off the YOP blogging wagon I’ve not fallen off the knitting wagon. Quite the opposite, things just got so busy designing wise that by each Sunday I was just wanting to relax, spend time with the family and do as little as possible. BUT as someone who has been blogging for years I’ve missed the routine of sitting down and gathering my thoughts from the week on projects and writing about them. This is what has prompted my return to the YOP year and I thought it fitting to at least wrap up Year 6 before starting Year 7.

Let us begin so with the wrap up of YOP Year 6.

As I have said I’ve still been knitting away on projects and this is now my list looks.

I’ve added completion dates where necessary and in each category I’ve added a dividing line and everything below the line in each category is new from the last time I’ve posted so you can see exactly what projects are new since then. I’ve included links to each individual project page and at the end there is the usual link to my YOP 6 folder for projects on Ravelry. You see even though I’ve not been blogging I have kept up with everything else. I’ve also gathered up the many finished object pics and you can see them all after the list and chat.

A Year of Projects, The List, 2016 – 2017 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  1. Herbarium – started Jul 24th

Shawl Drawer  – min 4

Sock Box  – min 6

Design Corner  – min 6


 

First category is the Garment Rail. I’m still on my Herbarium jumper. The garments section of my list was the major casualty in the YOP list due to the busyness that happened in the other areas. I am back at it and am on the sleeves. This I am hoping to have finished in the next couple of weeks.

I wanted to knit a minimum of 3 and I’m still on 1. I think we can say this category is a; Loss.

Second category was that of Shawl Drawer. I wanted to knit a minimum of 4 and I’ve completed 6 and I’ve one current shawl wip. I think we can say this category is a; Win.

Third category was that of Sock Box. I wanted to knit a minimum of 6 and I’ve completed 12 and have one current sock wip. I think we can say this category is a; Win.

Last category was that of Design Corner. I wanted a minimum of 6 new designs this year and I managed to release 12 new designs over this YOP year. I think we can say this category is also a; Win.

Over all I’m pleased with the work that was put out and what was achieved. I fell off the wagon on the blogging front and the garment rail section didn’t quite get to it’s goal but for the amount of work put out those are small enough things to fall down on I think.

Overall I wanted to complete a minimum of 19 projects and I ended YOP year 6 having completed 30 projects and I’m taking 3 projects forward as WIP’s.

Now for some visuals.

Herbarium

Garment Rail

Shawl Drawer

Shawl Drawer

Sock Box

Sock Box

Design Corner

Design Corner

So there you have the wrap up post. If you have made it this far, thank you for getting here. I am now currently making up a list for YOP Year 7 which I will be posting about on Sunday July 2nd when year 7 kicks off.

You can find my page of projects for YOP year 6 here.

To read other blogs taking part in YOP – Year 6 or indeed to take part yourself, check out the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

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YOP – year 6 week 19

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It has been awhile from my last yop update, in part due to not having much to show, in part due to starting a podcast and in part due to life just happening on a personal front.

I have made progress on my Vanilla Toe Up socks that I was knitting. I am loving how these are knitting up and I am really enjoying knitting the pattern, which is the sockmaticians toe up pattern.

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I’ve also cast on a pair of Cobblestone Socks, the pattern is by Mina Philipps. These are back to being cuff down and I’m using this denim colour by Schoppel as a contrast for the cuffs, heels and toes.

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My Herbarium has moved on a bit as well. I’m now nearly at the end of my increases. I am still really enjoying knitting this pattern and I’m planning lots more garments already.

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I’ve not cast on any new shawls for myself. Mainly because that is what I am designing at the moment so when I’m not working I find both the socks and my jumper far more relaxing of a knit.

Speaking of designing, I’ve had a new release from I last blogged. Fionnuala was released on Ravelry and can be found HERE.

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As I mentioned I’ve also been pod-casting! I know can you believe it! I’ve got two episodes and they can be found on You Tube on my Knitterarium Channel if you are interested. I’m glad I did them and I am enjoying doing it, even if I don’t look like it so much.

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So that leaves my list looking like this;

A Year of Projects, The List, 2016 – 2017 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  1. Herbarium – started Jul 24th

Shawl Drawer  – min 4

Sock Box  – min 6

Design Corner  – min 6


My page of current projects for this YOP year can be found here.

To read other blogs taking part in YOP – Year 6 or indeed to take part yourself, check out the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

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YOP – year 6 week 15

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This week has been one of those weeks that flew by without me even realising. I had so much to do and I don’t think I accomplished the half of it. Knitting has been sparse as I eeekked out the last available time with my sister, who returned home to Australia. They arrived safe and sound and we shall continue to stay updated with each other via skype.

What little knitting I did accomplish this week seems to have been on my socks. I cast these on last Sunday and worked on them on and off on the school runs, when I actually remembered to take the project bag along with me! For these socks I’m using the Sockmaticians recipe for toe ups. Toe ups are not my normal go to, I can knit them I just seem to always opt for cuff down. These I’m just knitting a plain vanilla sock with the Jack Skellington colourway from Norah George Yarns. These I’ve given them the incredibly original name of Vanilla Toe Ups and I don’t think I’m going to lose my toes in these socks!

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All other work was spent this week on my new website and my new design rebranding and name change was announced. For anyone who missed it;

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Today I’m spending time on my Herbarium jumper, it has been too long and I’m wanting to make progress on it. This is where I left it some weeks ago.

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I’ve no idea yet what my aim is to work on this week, that planning will be done a little later today at some stage as it is my second eldest sons 15th birthday. I do know this week if my website comes online I will have a new pattern release, I can’t say when as I’ve to just finalise the last few website bits.

So that just leaves us now with the list which looks like this;

A Year of Projects, The List, 2016 – 2017 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  1. Herbarium – started Jul 24th

Shawl Drawer  – min 4

Sock Box  – min 6

Design Corner  – min 6


My page of current projects for this YOP year can be found here.

To read other blogs taking part in YOP – Year 6 or indeed to take part yourself, check out the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

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YOP – Year 6 week 14

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Progress this past two weeks has been spotty. I got busy spending time with family and celebrating family events this last two weeks. I’ve been enjoying catching up with my sister and her family and little to no time has been spent on my YOP projects. I do have some small amounts of progress and with her returning to Perth this week 😦  I will no doubt have more time to get back to YOP projects.

I have finished off my Pebble Socks

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I’ve caked up yarn for another two socks but as of yet haven’t decided just what pattern so neither one has been cast on yet. One or both will be cast on this week I’m pretty sure as I need a new sock project for knitting in the car. The yarn on the left is the Jack Skellington colourway from NorahGeorge and the yarn on the right is the Glass Case of Emotion colourway from GreenElephantYarn

Design wise these two designs are both moving along nicely and I’ve been sneaking in  rows here or there on them as time has allowed.

I’ve not gotten to touch my Herbarium sweater in a couple of weeks and I’m quite eager to free things up so I can work on it. This is also the reason why I’ve not cast on a new personal shawl just yet, but as things settle down once again I’m sure I will be able to get back to both.

So that leaves the list looking something like this,

A Year of Projects, The List, 2016 – 2017 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  1. Herbarium – started Jul 24th

Shawl Drawer  – min 4

Sock Box  – min 6

Design Corner  – min 6


My page of current projects for this YOP year can be found here.

To read other blogs taking part in YOP – Year 6 or indeed to take part yourself, check out the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

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YOP – Year 6 week 12

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Just a quick update this week on progress made on projects.

On my Pebble Socks the heels have been turned and now it’s just a straight on knit to the foot decreases. On these socks I’ve tried the German Short Row Heel so we shall see how the fit of that goes. I normally do a heel flap and gusset but the pattern gave directions for this so I’ve tried it out to compare.

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I have caked up some other yarns to work on some other pairs of socks over the coming weeks as I’m enjoying family time with my sister. Socks are quick, easy and a perfect portable project to take along.

The secret secret project has finished up so now I can get back to working on the previous two new designs I was working on before. I’m sorry I can’t share any more but just as soon as I get the go ahead to I will shout it all out. Secret projects make for boring posts though don’t they!

Anyway back to this design and this here is one part of the inspiration I had for it. The rest I shall be sharing as we move closer to its release, including its name.

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I had a small amount of stash enhancement this week. This yarn is called Carrot Cake. I had ordered it some weeks back when I saw this colourway dyed up in a lace weight yarn and I asked the dyer to dye some on some 4ply sock weight yarn. This just says Autumn to me. I am now sorry I didn’t request a cardigan quantity of it as I think it would work up wonderfully in a lovely light Fall cardigan.I might just hold onto this and use it as part of a cardigan or sweater.

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Speaking of sweaters I’ve not gotten to make any progress on my Herbarium, and I’m hoping with the exit of the secret project that I can now get back to working on it. Other than that work this week will continue on the Blue design and on socks and hopefully my Herbarium. Thank you all for your favourite shawls of the moment. It was wonderful to read them all. I’ve not decided just yet what my next personal shawl will be but I think there is enough on the needles at the moment that I don’t quite need to decide just yet.

Now I am off to enjoy some time with sister who landed with us late last night. I do hope to catch up with you all over the course of the week.

So that leaves the list looking something like this,

A Year of Projects, The List, 2016 – 2017 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  1. Herbarium – started Jul 24th

Shawl Drawer  – min 4

Sock Box  – min 6

Design Corner  – min 6


My page of current projects for this YOP year can be found here.

To read other blogs taking part in YOP – Year 6 or indeed to take part yourself, check out the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

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YOP – Year 6 week 11

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This week the only project I can show you any progress on is my Pebble Socks. Both socks are now ready for heels. I love this simple texture pattern, it is enough to not be boring yet enough to keep interest.

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Other than the socks I’ve been working on a secret secret project. So secret I can’t photograph it even in a squished up pile. Hence the reason for an incredibly short post today.

Some fellow designers and I are running a Back to School Round Robin on Instagram, so if any of you are interested check out the post on my Instagram feed with this picture for the details. The grand prize is to WIN ALL the patterns featured during the Round Robin.

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I had one small acquisition this week of some more Eden Cottage Yarns. These are for a future design and I’m just itching to get started on it but I really must finish what is on the needles already. So for now these will sit and taunt me.

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This week I hope to get the secret secret project done and off the needles so normal service can resume. My sister and her family are coming home from Perth for a holiday this week. They arrive on Saturday and I hope to do an update as normal for the next three Sundays but if I don’t you will know where I am. The last time my sister was home was four years ago so we are all very excited to get this time together.

So that leaves the list looking something like this,

A Year of Projects, The List, 2016 – 2017 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  1. Herbarium – started Jul 24th

Shawl Drawer  – min 4

Sock Box  – min 6

Design Corner  – min 6


My page of current projects for this YOP year can be found here.

To read other blogs taking part in YOP – Year 6 or indeed to take part yourself, check out the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

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YOP – Year 6 week 10

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This week has been the week of steady progress on projects. Nothing new has been cast on, a few new designs have been sketched out and it has just been about steadily working away on what is on the needles. So let’s take a look at the progress.

The leg of my first Pebble Sock is done with the second started. This was done mainly last Sunday evening when I wanted a break from my Herbarium. This also made it into the car for school pick up knitting. Our schools were back at various points this past week and socks are just the perfect project to have when waiting in the school car parks.

Pebble Socks 2

My Herbarium has made progress as well. I am really enjoying this knit, the pattern is great but the yarn is really wonderful to work with, I really love it!. At the moment this is a weekend only knit project as the work week is full of projects and I would really want to work on this all the time.

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Work wise this week, it has all been about making good steady progress on this blue project. I’ve not touched the brown one as much this week, possibly because it just needs knitting, the pattern has been drafted but there were options with the blue that I wanted to work through first before drafting. This week is likely to be more a balanced week on both projects.

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One acquisition this week has been this gorgeous project bag I’ve had my eye on for a while. I got it from Craft House Magic on Etsy, Ellie is based in the UK and she makes the most wonderful bags, they have this gorgeous quilted feel and have free form stitch on them. The bag pictured with the blue project above is also one from Ellie. I think these ones are my favourite of all my project bags and I have quite the collection going on!

Project Bag

Look at those gorgeous DPN cosys as well. I think they need a new pair of socks cast on in them! I might have to get on that this week. I’ve not cast on a new personal shawl just yet as I’m still in two minds as to what one to cast on. I have two new shawl designs of my own on the needles and I’m not sure what I want to knit shawl wise for my personal stash just yet. Any recommendations? What are your favourite shawls?

So that now leaves the list looking something like this,

A Year of Projects, The List, 2016 – 2017 


Garment Rail  – min 3

  1. Herbarium – started Jul 24th

Shawl Drawer  – min 4

Sock Box  – min 6

Design Corner  – min 6


My page of current projects for this YOP year can be found here.

To read other blogs taking part in YOP – Year 6 or indeed to take part yourself, check out the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

 

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