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YOP – year 8 – week 47

Today’s post has been written a few days ago and published early. There has not been a lot of making going on, for a couple of reasons. Today is my Mum’s first year anniversary mass, while this coming Wednesday is her actual anniversary and I just haven’t felt like doing much, much of anything really. I’ve spent most of this last week on my own either over a coffee or taking a run/walk. The head space has allowed for some quiet to all that’s going on around me. Getting outdoors and getting more active has reminded me of why I enjoyed it so much in my youth, when I used to compete nationally in orienteering. This is also something I want to continue and focus more on and is why I am in the process of setting up a separate blog where I can write about the walks, treks and trails I go on. I’ll keep you posted on that for anyone interested.

I have been making, it’s just been a lot slower and for an hour or two only late in the evenings. The concentration is not so good I’ve found at the moment and I seem to be only able to concentrate on a row or two of the Mae cardigan. It’s not that it’s complicated, it’s just more my concentration on it, but I am enjoying the bits I’m doing on it here and there and I know myself well enough now to not push it further than that. Here is where it is now. The only way to get a good colour representation was for me to put something lighter into the shot, ie my hand and arm but this is a better picture of the colour than last weeks shot.

Mae Cardigan

I have been picking up my crochet blanket that I blogged about a couple of weeks back and I’ve been putting a row in here and there. It seems to be a lot more mindless and my fingers are enjoying the change of pace the different craft is bringing. I’m going to show you the blanket now because this coming week I just don’t think I’m going to get an extra post written up.

Crochet Blanket

and that’s it, short and sweet with not much happening, but 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 – 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 47

  1. Ah these anniversaries are hard, missing our mothers is hard, my heart goes out to you.
    I am interested in hearing about your walking / running. After my dad passed in 2017 I started walking every day and ,like you found myself remembering the outside child I was. It helped enormously and still does. I started running last year and discovered quickly that I wasn’t interested in competing but just loved running. I hope the beauty of nature brings you some solace this week.

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    1. Thank you Nicola and I’m loving the solace and beauty walking is bringing. Like you I have zero interest in running for times or competitions, I run purely for the enjoyment of it.


  2. Ruth, grief never goes away completely. Loosing our mother is one of the hardest things to ever happen to us. Being out in nature helps. I think that is why it is called “Mother Nature”. It helps to nurture us again. I would love to read and see more of your walking journeys. Your country is so beautiful and you seem to live in an area full of life. Prayers for you this week on the anniversary!

    Your Mae is such a pretty color and the cable in it is exquisite! Switching between crochet and knitting is perfect. I think it keeps the hands happy and the mind calm.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more Marsha, the grief just never goes away, it just evolves but the yearning for that person remains daily. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my walking journeys with everyone, it feels like a exciting and fitting new adventure.

      The cable in the Mae is as you say exquisite and is so lovely to work amongst the plain stockinette.


  3. Thinking of you and your mum on this anniversary – I am glad you are taking care of yourself. I have a friend that is really into Orienteering – travels Europe entering events – it sounds like a great way to be out in nature and challenging yourself.

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    1. Thank you Mary-Anne. Orienteering is such an interesting sport and the events can be great fun, there is always something interesting to see and do during it, it’s one of the only sports I have ever competed in, badminton being the other.


  4. That is a beautiful color you’re making your Mae cardigan in. One of my favorites, in fact. And your blanket is coming along great. You really did make a good choice in switching to this pattern. So pretty!

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    1. I agree Becki, this pattern seems to suit the blanket just perfectly. Funny how that can happen, not that the other stitch previously was wrong but this one is just so much more perfect for it.


  5. I can certainly understand why this is a time of low concentration on your ‘making’. I think Marsha said it best. Nature is very healing and restorative. I definitely want to see your blog about your walks as that is probably the only way I am ever going to see Ireland. I need to look up orienteering as I have never heard that term before.
    Your sweater is lovely and the blanket too. I need to go back and check your past posts as I have fallen behind per usual! I hope your week brings good memories of your Mum and that they eventually bring smiles instead of tears.

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  6. I hope that the last two weeks have been bearable. I can only imagine how hard it must be.
    I see your progress on Instagram and can see this must bring you some solace.
    Your two projects are gorgeous, initially I couldn’t really see the problem with the original blanket, but I should know to trust your judgement as this new incarnation is fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Lucy, it was hard but we got through it. It’s funny isn’t it because the blanket looked ok but compared to this new version it was just that ok whereas now it’s great and I’m excited about working on it.


  7. Sending you a big hug my friend. I had to Google “orienting.” What a neat competition. I personally have no sense of direction and always try to look for landmarks to orient myself.

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