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YOP – year 8 – week 40

This weeks productivity has been a lot more quiet and steady.

Elizabeth’s socks were finished up last Sunday. They were a nice quick pair of socks and she loves them and is already wearing them.

Elizabeth's Socks

On Monday I decided to swatch for the Gingerbread sweater by Libby Johnson. I made two swatches one with just the Shetland Heritage in “Moorit” which I purchased a cone of. The cone has enough meterage for two garments on it. I didn’t like the gauge of just the Shetland on its own after I blocked it, so I swatched with a strand of the Moorit and a strand of Isager Silk Mohair and blocked that. This gave me a better gauge and a marled looking fabric. On Tuesday I cast on and this project has just been a joy to work on and I’ve happily been knitting away on it for most of the week. The thing is it started off as the Gingerbread sweater but after I added in the waist shaping that I wanted it was already near the length I wanted and there was still the deep hem to go so that wouldn’t work. Instead I just switched to a smaller needle and worked some 2 x 2 rib for an inch and bound it off. It is now the Gingerbread sweater in just numbers only but that’s ok because I like the jumper I’m getting from it. I just don’t know whether to mark the Gingerbread sweater itself off as knit on my list.

I have worked on nothing else only this and that is why I am now on the first sleeve and working through the decreases. I expect I’ll get this first sleeve off the needles later today which isn’t bad going for a garment that was started on Tuesday. I hadn’t set out to knit this up quite so quickly it just happened that I was in the mood to knit with my free time this week.


So the list it looks like this;

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 – started March 26th 
  • Coloring – started January 1st – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • 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 – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – finished March 18th
  • Elizabeths Socks – started March 18th – finished March 24th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE


14 thoughts on “YOP – year 8 – week 40

  1. Shetland silk mohair, sounds like a lovely mix of fibres. This monogamous knitting is working well for you. I would count it that you can tick gingerbread off your YOP list, because it’s the pattern you started and have just added some modifications to. You obviously made those mods for a reason.

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    1. The Shetland on it’s own is gorgeous and with enough of it left on the cone for another garment I’m going to get a garment of it on it’s own but mixed with the silk mohair has turned it into something warm, soft and with a halo that is going to make this a great Autumn/Winter jumper.

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  2. If you regoing to follow the sleeve cuff of the gingerbread pattern, then I would mark it off as finished. Do you do waist shape all your jumpers? I noticed this one is a straight down pattern. Was just wondering. You have really knocked the socks out this year. Your list is looking well loved.

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    1. I’ve not decided just yet what I’m going to do with the cuffs for the sweater, I need to because I’m as far as that decision now Marsha. I’ve added waist shaping to all my garments this year. I have discovered I really do prefer that in my knitwear. I’ve reached my goal on the sock section for my YOP list which is pleasing as another few will get added to it before July. I fear the only part that is not getting loved on the list is the sewing section.


  3. Wow, you really went to town on that sweater, Ruth. It looks lovely, and I can imagine what a pleasure that fiber combination is to knit with. It makes a gorgeous fabric.

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    1. It is times like now with that fabric that I wish people could reach out and feel it, it’s so soft and is going to be a warm addition to my Autumn/Winter wardrobe.


    1. Thank you Mary-Anne I don’t feel like I do anything inspiring, normally I just plod along doing what I like and what brings me joy at the time so it’s lovely of you to say x


  4. The socks are gorgeous, I bet Elizabeth loves them. The sweater is splendid, I would cross gingerbread off if you would not knit it again with another yarn – keep it if you fancy another go! You inspire me too.

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