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YOP – year 8 – week 8


This past week any bulk of free time I’ve had, I’ve spent it working on my Lichen sweater. This was a photo I took during the week but I am further on even than this, having split for the sleeves and I’m now working on the body (the weather is dull and rainy and not so conducive to taking pictures). This is a project I’m really enjoying. The cables are easy to get into a rhythm of, and add enough interest in between sections of stockinette that means I can work on this while catching up on some films with the children. Because I’ve been enjoying working on this so much I’ve not touched the math on the finished Fintry, reluctant to put down something so enjoyable for something that at the moment is a bit bleh to me.

Sock 2

For those shorter moments of free time that have presented themselves this week, I’ve picked up my sock. Again I’m further on than this, having turned the heel and am several rows into the leg. This will just be a plain vanilla sock as I think any patterning will be lost on the yarn and I’m loving just picking these up and knitting round and round when I’ve some free time, no need to mess with something that is just working and is enjoyable.

It’s amazing how different I feel this week about both projects on the needles compared to last week, when the Fintry finished not as expected and the previous socks were just wrong. It’s just confirms even more, that thought and consideration in each project to what you want and need from it at the start, is a large contributing factor into the enjoyment of making the piece, and the use and enjoyment of it at the end.

I haven’t started any sewing projects this week because I was thinking about what I needed in my wardrobe and what I wanted to make next. I had two options that I was weighing up, the Hollyburn skirt and the New Look pattern K6513, which is a top. When I thought about the Hollyburn, I realised I didn’t want to start this as I have some really gorgeous dark grey linen that I purchased for it and this past week I signed up for Slimming World. Did I want to make a skirt out of some fabric that I really loved that in a couple of months may not fit me? I also wasn’t fully confident in my skills to alter it in a few months to fit, so I think I’m going to see how my slimming journey goes and then reward myself in a few months with the skirt. That leaves the top, this is something I need in my wardrobe and I have some red linen, left over from a summer skirt I made. This week I’ll set about cutting it out anyway.

This is our last full week of Summer holidays so any remaining jobs that need doing before the children head back to school need to be done. We also need to squeeze in any last adventures that we want to have in that time! First round college offers come out tomorrow morning for James, his results from his state exams came out last week and it’s based on those and the points earned from those that determines what offers he’ll be given and whether he gets his first choice. It’s been a nerve wracking few weeks, let me tell you.

The list, this week has no changes and remains looking like this,

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

Sewn Garments


6 pairs

  • My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth – started July 16th – FROGGED
  • Sock #1 – started Aug 10th

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE


14 thoughts on “YOP – year 8 – week 8

    1. I’m glad I opted for the Lichen also Lucy, the yarn isn’t too speckled to take away from the cables and I’ve a different sweaters worth of yarn here that will suit the No Fuss sweater better.


  1. It just makes me so happy that you are knitting and creating again and obviously enjoying it. My mum died Aug 24, 2004 and there are still days I wish I could have a chat with her. I am going to go to her graveside this year and take a cuppa tea along to talk to her for a bit.

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    1. Thank you Mary-Anne, I don’t think the desire for having a chat ever goes away but just because it’s not physical doesn’t mean it can’t happen.


  2. I just love both of the speckled yarns you’re knitting with right now, Ruth. You’ve got me wanting to find some pretty neutral colored yarns to work with. I don’t have anything near that pretty in my stash, though. So I’ll just enjoy watching your progress on your beautiful things.

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  3. In times of stresssimple socks are the best! Nothing like a vanilla sock to make me feel like i’m In control, LOL!

    Looking forward to seeing the top… a red linen top sounds very smart. I hope the slimming goes well; a grey linen skirt will be your reward!

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  4. Sending best wishes for James, i remember those days when my daughter was heading off to college.
    I like the idea of using a neutral yarn so that the pattern is the star, it sounds like it is coming along great! And everyone needs a simple project that doesn’t require much thought is just for enjoyment. However I don’t know if socks would be my pick, they seem so difficult, so I am so glad to be able to enjoy seeing your progress.

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    1. Thank you Allison! Socks are funny little things. I thought the same as you about socks and then I knit one and that was it, I love them for a project on the go.


  5. Can I just buy yarn from you? LOL! I love every yarn you use and the sweater is divine! Especially since you are getting such joy from it. The sock yarn is so pretty for a brown…who knew…I love that yarn! You are inspirational in all you do and accomplish. Good luck to your son on the colleges….I hope he gets the one he wants.

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