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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


16 thoughts on “YOP – year 8 – week 28

  1. I’m so glad you have had a relaxing week. Your projects are lovely, I love the new Cardigan. Love the new podcast, you seemed very relaxed even if it was the first time for a while

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    1. The coloring is really relaxing and enjoyable. Thanks for watching Lucy and it could have been worse was all I kept thinking while editing lol


  2. I know what you mean about not wanting to sew clothes when you’re in the process of losing weight. I keep my favourite fabrics for when I’ve lost weight but honestly, by the time I’ve lost so much weight that I need smaller sizes, there will be other lovely fabrics to sew with, and I will enjoy sewing new clothes even more. I love the socks!

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  3. Great cardi you are making. I like the dark charcoal as it goes with everything! I am thinking about the Northeasterly blanket. There are 2 of you YOPPER’s doing it and I love the look of it. I have so much leftover sock yarn and hate to throw any little bit away. Your rosebud sock………just gorgeous. Wendi has such great designs too. I think you should go ahead and sew those clothes. When you drop the weight you are right, you can just sew new ones!

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    1. I think you’d enjoy the northeasterly Marsha and it’s great for using up those ends of yarns because you can make the stripes as big or as small as the yarn allows.


    1. Thank you, I think they look more complicated than they really are, they really only have ssk’s k2togs with some yarn overs. It can be daunting though looking at them but if you take it a stitch at a time most of the time patterns are a lot easier than you’ve thought…at least that’s how I’ve always found it.

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  4. I’m looking forward to watching your podcast, Ruth. I see it’s nearly an hour, so I’m going to get me something to drink, grab a crochet project and settle in to watch it later. 🙂

    Your post reminds me that at the end of 2018 I was either going to frog a shawl project I had begun last year and ended up stalling on, or I was going to finish it. I will make that decision this week! Thank you for the inspiration to actually see that through.

    The Coloring Cardigan is pretty. I’m looking forward to watching that grow. 🙂

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    1. Looking forward to seeing what you decide on for the shawl Becki, it’s very freeing to frog something that you’re just not enjoying or have no interest in completing. Either way I think you will be happy.


  5. I didn’t know you had a podcast…I need to catch up! Love your new cardigan and stunning yarn choices. I need to get back to my toe-up socks (first pair of those) since I put them down for Christmas knitting etc. Those socks are lovely and what a great color of yarn. Excited to see your plans as I always love your projects and yarns.

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