Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 28

It’s been a relaxing first week of the new year. I hope it continues that way because it was really enjoyable. I did take the first awkward step of recording a new podcast and that went live HERE, during the week.

I had all my projects finished on New Years Eve and I frogged 5 projects that I had lying around in project bags from early last year. They were all shawls and I had no interest in going back to them and finishing them so I thought it best if I reused the yarn and I’m really glad I did. It meant that I was starting the new year with no other projects on the go other than the Northeasterly blanket I’d started on Christmas Eve.

So on New Years Day I wanted to cast on my next garment. With the make nine set out it was easy to just pick one from it and have a little stash dive, as I have a few sweater quantities of yarn for these projects already. I chose the Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, the same designer who designed the Winterfell cardigan I knit late last year. The different colours used in the ribbing gives the chance to add some colour but I opted for a dark charcoal with a natural colour for some ribbing. I’m a little further on than this picture now but not by much.


I had intended to start a new pair of socks on New Years Day but I got sidetracked by the Coloring and it took me a few days to get those on the needles. But on Friday I was just in the mood for a little relaxing sock knitting so cast it on. I’m using a Mondim yarn again, I really love knitting with this yarn and I’m going to have to pick up some more of it I think. I’m knitting the Rosebud Sock pattern from my Toe-Up Socks for Everybody book, same book that the Bouquet Sock pattern came from last year. I’m already at the start of the increases for the gusset on this first sock.

rosebud socks

And that’s where I am today with my projects. I’ve put in one more colour on my Northeasterly, so not enough really to take a picture of it. Again that’s just a project that’s beside my chair that I pick up and put down as the mood strikes.

I’m back to Slimming World in earnest with the start of the New Year, I relaxed a little with it over Christmas week. I am joining a local beginners walking/jogging group this week so I’m hoping that will help and I have to get over this idea that there is no point in sewing up clothes when I’m loosing weight. I’ve not learnt to alter clothes properly so I think that’s not helping otherwise I could just make my favourite pieces smaller and I need to remember I can always make them again in smaller sizes. Perhaps with the children returning to school this week I will take over the dining table and get to some cutting out and sewing.

So the list has not been updated with my make nine pieces, but some of them are the same, I think only one the painting is not on the make nine list so I’ll change that when I get to it for something that is. But here it is updated to what it is.

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

  • Fintry – started July 7th – finished August 9th
  • Lichen – started August 11th – finished October 10th
  • Bentley – started October 13th – finished December 9th
  • Gingerbread
  • Coloring – started January 1st
  • Painting
  • Cumulus Blouse – started October 20th – finished December 20th
  • Magnolia
  • Mae Cardigan

Sewn Garments


6 pairs

  • My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth – started July 16th – FROGGED
  • Sock #1– started August 10th – finished August 26th 
  • Sock #2 – started August 30th – finished September 30th 
  • Sock #3 – started October 11th – FROGGED
  • Sock #4 – started November 4th – finished December 6th 
  • Sock #5 – started November 17th – FROGGED
  • Sock #6 – started December 10th – finished December 30th
  • Sock #7 – started January 4th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE