Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 19

It’s been an enjoyably busy mid-term this past week. We’ve buried our heads in some books, hung out with friends at various points through the week, had apts, classes and trips to the cinema. We’ve celebrated Samhain, filled the house with the warm and delicious smells of baking and just generally relaxed from the normal hustle and bustle that goes with our daily school routine. I’ve made progress on some projects (knitting) and not on others (sewing) but the projects are meant for fitting in round family life not family life around the projects.

One of the projects that did get some work was the Bentley cardigan. I ended up working on this late last Sunday and I’ll explain why in a bit, but last week I was nearing the length of the short length and I was unsure of which length I wanted. Once I reached the short body length I tried on the cardigan, allowed the 3 inches that would be added with the ribbing and I decided that I wasn’t going to be comfortable with that length so opted for the longer body length. It was only 2″ more in body length so it didn’t take me that long but it made a big difference in how comfortable I felt when I tried it on. 3″ of ribbing and the body was complete. The neckband was picked up and I’ve just started the left hand button band. On other garments I’ve normally worked the sleeves after the body was complete leaving any necklines and button bands until the end. It’s not a big change but right now it feels more like I’m nearing completion, even though I still have two sleeves to go, we will see what the thought process is when I reach the sleeves.


Last Sunday, I continued to work on the Cumulus Blouse. I joined the piece to work in the round and then reached the part for splitting for the sleeves. For splitting for the sleeves, I normally stick my stitches on some yarn or string, whichever is close by at the time, but that wasn’t going to work for this Mohair blend. The stitches would stick to the yarn or string pulling and distorting them so I ordered some stitch holders and put it aside. This is how the Bentley got some extra love last weekend. I picked up the Cumulus again though yesterday and the newly arrived stitch holders, split for the sleeves and carried on with the body of Cumulus last night as I watched some movies with the children.


Round 11 began on Nov 1st in the Solid Socks group on Ravelry. This months colour is blue, so I rooted about in my stash and sent a picture of this Mondim yarn I’d picked up to see if it were acceptable, it was, so later today I’m going to start that pair of socks, I’m thinking I’ll do this Bouquet Socks pattern as I have the Toe-Up Socks for Everybody by Wendy Johnson. I did look to see if perhaps I could meet the Nov theme for the Sock Knitters Anonymous group also with this pair of socks but their monthly technique was mosaic and slipped-stitch colourwork, something that wouldn’t work with just the blue and the featured designer had no patterns that really grabbed my attention.


I’ve been members of these groups for years and always had great intentions of joining in but designing always kept me busy that I just didn’t have any time to spare, and while I may not join in every month with both, it’s nice to think that I can now if the themes in both grab my attention.

I had thought I might have gotten some sewing done this week, but the days were filled with other happenings and when I sat in the evenings it was only my knitting I wanted to pick up. I’m going to the knitting and stitching show later this week that’s happening in Dublin so perhaps I’ll come back from that excited to get at my machine and get creating even in the evenings when I’m a little more tired than during the day.

And so the list now looks 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 August 10th – finished 26th August
  • Sock #2 – started August 30th – finished 30th September
  • Sock #3 – started October 11th – 
  • Sock #4started November 4th – 

You can follow along with my knitted YOP 8 projects HERE

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE


15 thoughts on “YOP – year 8 – week 19

  1. Wow, Bentley is moving quickly. Cumulus is lucious. You were smart to order the stitch holders. The blue for socks is pretty and the pattern is perfect for it. I am excited to hear about the knitting and sewing show you are going to. Take lots of pictures please.

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    1. Finishing the bands on Bentley is making it feel like it’s moving quickly, lets hope it feels like that when I hit the sleeves Marsha! Oh can you imagine those fluffy sticky stitches on anything other than stitch holders! eeek I don’t want to.
      I will do my best to take some photos for you, but as shows go, it’s nothing compared to UK or US shows!


  2. Great blue colour for that sock! The pattern is just beautiful, but would be way too challenging for me – if I knit socks, I like them to be all plain sailing. I also love the fluffy cloud that your blouse is.

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    1. Thank you Domic, fluffy cloud is the Cumulus to a T alright. The sock is going great, it’s a bit slower than a plain vanilla but it sure is knitting up beautifully.


  3. Every time I see a picture of your Cumulus, I just want to squish it. sigh

    And the two extra inches on the Bentley I imagine did make a difference. That is just gorgeous, too.

    And the sock yarn… that has to be the cutest label I’ve seen for sock yarn. 🙂 I confess I sometimes choose a book based on it’s cover. I have a feeling I would have chosen this yarn for the label!

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    1. I wish you could squish Cumulus Becki, it’s gorgeous and I really can’t wait to wear it.

      I too at times choose books based on their covers and get very disappointed when they don’t live up to it but buying yarn because of their labels is far safer I reckon and I just love this 100% Portuguese wool. I can’t wait to get some more!


  4. I just love to hear that you are slowing things down and allowing yourself the time to pursue new projects that pique your interest. I’m a member of the Solid Socks Group too but I haven’t much suitable in stash so i’ve Been cheering from the sidelines.

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    1. Slowing down has been the best outcome of the last few months. I’m just loving being able to choose projects because I’m interested and they take my fancy Lynne, it’s brought even more interest and love back to knitting for me.


  5. Rightly so, family comes before everything! But when you have time, you have some wonderful projects there. Cumulus is beautiful and living up to it’s name. And Bentley is coming along a treat, now it’s just sleeves it will breeze by.

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    1. It’s been far easier to knit on both garments that I thought it would be, that could be a dangerous thing! Both are turning out just as I anticipated.


  6. Love the Bentley and glad you are happy with the length. I would want to leave the sleeves to last also as they are easy and quick in my opinion and the rest would all be behind you. I’ve yet to do a button band and buttons but I prefer cardigans so I’d best learn it as some point.
    The Cumulus is aptly named! Gorgeous and who knew the yarn would do that? I’ve never used stitch holders either…always yarn. I’d love to join the sock group but I would never be able to keep up. Love your color blue you’re going to use. Wendy’s book looks good. I need to get back to my toe-up….procrastinating because of the short rows….another learning curve for me.
    I’m like you…too tired at night to sit at the machine or do cutting….I want to recline! I have to sew during the day and Saturday I was planning on it and then I was so tired for some reason I knew I oculdn’t sew…I wanted to go back to bed! Have a great week and enjoy the show in Dublin! Glad you enjoyed the recess with your family.

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    1. Button bands and buttonholes are far easier in knit than in sewing and knowing how well you sew Sam, I think once you learn them you’ll have lots of cardigans. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who is too tired to sew in the evenings!


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