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YOP – year 8 – week 46

Just getting today’s YOP post written in the last few hours of the day. It’s been a hectic week with family events happening and today was spent as a family day out but there has been a little making time in amongst all the activity.

Firstly Magnolia has not been blocked…this is hardly a surprise…but honestly there just wasn’t a moment when I was at home to get it done. Perhaps this week, if not this week coming then it won’t get blocked for two weeks because that’s just how the next couple of weeks are going.

So that leads me onto last weeks dilemma and what to start. I started off this week by swatching first for the Vintage knit. I figured this was a good place to start because the yarn I was proposing to use is Holst Garn and this yarn contains a lot of spinning oil from listening to other knitters and when blocked it fluffs up quite a bit. I needed to factor this fluffing up into my gauge swatch because I need to redo the math on the Vintage knit a bit to make a size that will fit me as the pattern only comes in a size 36″ bust. So I knit and blocked the swatch, this is a picture of it before blocking. I am deciding if when the yarn is blocked if it’s a fabric I’m going to be happy with, if I decide it is I’ll work the math out and then begin the project.

swatch 1

As the Vintage knit requires some planning before the project begins I thought now was really the best time to get started with the Mae Cardigan, that last garment project on this years YOP list. I’ve got 6 weeks remaining to get it knit and blocked, which is cutting it a bit tight considering how the remaining weeks in May are going to be but I’ll give it a go. This is the small, meagre start I’ve made to it. The light is not great as I took it after getting home tonight in order to get this post done in time.

Mae Cardigan

I’ve decided to leave the next pair of socks to be knit until after the Mae cardigan is complete. I haven’t sewn any items yet, again right now it’s not having the time but I have been thinking about what I might want to have on my sewing list for next years YOP list and I do think there will be a sewing section…just a more realistic one!

I am currently thinking about how much I might like the Vintage pattern and if I might want more of those on next years list rather than some of the modern garment patterns I’ve been looking at. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Anyway, that does leave the list looking 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 – finished April 5th
  • Coloring – started January 1st – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • Cumulus Blouse – started October 20th – finished December 20th
  • Magnolia – started April 14th – finished May 4th
  • Mae Cardigan – started May 8th –

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
  • Sock #9 – started April 5th – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE


15 thoughts on “YOP – year 8 – week 46

  1. Oh boy! Another beautiful sweater! The Mae Cardigan is gorgeous with that pretty cabling on the front. And that pinkish or orchid-ish yarn is just lovely. Can’t wait to see it grow, Ruth!

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  2. Wow, another sweater! You seem to whip them up like it’s no big deal, and they all look so lovely. And doing math to fit a pattern to your size? I tried that once and voilá – a handknitted tent to fit four persons. 😉 I’m ever so curious about your vintage knit.

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    1. Thank you Ella, I’ll write up another post soon to talk more about the Vintage Knit, there is one on the blog already if you can’t wait till then lol, just check out the post called Vintage Knit and I talk about the pattern there.


  3. My goodness when you set you mind to a list you certainly get to it. I am so impressed with all you planned and then have accomplished on your Year of Projects. I don’t thnk you are cutting that final sweater too fine – not with the speed you knit.

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  4. The Mae Cardigan is such a pretty one. The color you have chosen for it is gorgeous and will be perfect for it too. Your Vintage Swatch is great and I am looking forward to seeing if it fluffs more after blocking. That color is also very pretty. Life does get hectic this time of year with spring, schools and lots of outdoor activities happening. You have also done quite well with your daily outings. Congratulations on finding that ‘me’ time each day.

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    1. Thank you Marsha, looking forward to seeing more of the Mae also and I’m really enjoying the yarn I’m using for it. I’m in two minds still about the yarn for the vintage knit so for now I’m thinking on it. Finding that “Me” time in the last few weeks has been important, this is a difficult time of year with my Mum’s anniversary next week so it’s been nice to get out and enjoy some head space.


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