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YOP – year 8 – wrap up

It really doesn’t feel quite like a year since we started year 8 of the Year of Projects, a group on Ravelry here for crafters and makers to combine there hobbies along with a love of blogging. Year of Projects is something I’ve participated in from the beginning and I did debate whether I would or not join in for this the 8th year with all that was going on in my life this time last year. I was a couple of weeks late into starting but I’m really glad I did, it was one of the two best things I decided to do.

I began with two main focus points for the year in my list.

The first focus point was around my desire and personal challenge to create a me made wardrobe. This I was aiming to achieve through both knitted and sewn garments. On this front generally I’m pleased with what I accomplished. My knitted garments section on my list was a success. The sewn garments wasn’t as much of a success in that not as much got crossed off, but what I discovered along the way has helped form where I want to go with my sewn garments more, so in this respect I’ve learnt and grown and it’s hard to call that a failure.

On the knitted garment list I had a total of 9 garments and 8 were completed, you’ll see from the last picture that the 9th garment is on the button bands and within the next couple of days should be complete. Here’s a look through them all. I love the green Bentley garment for style (top row right) but love the fit of my Colouring (middle row centre) and Cumulus (middle row left) has to be my favourite garment make of the entire YOP year. The garment I’m least pleased with is the Fintry (top row left) and this you might remember is the one I reworked the neckline at the time, well a year on and I’m still not in love with that garment. The other garments I’ve just not had a chance to wear them as much to decide how much or little I like them. All the things I’ve learnt from each of these garments I hope to bring on into next years makes and most of the time I’m making my own modifications within the garments anyway, which is something you’ll see lots of next year.


On the sewn garments section of this list there were 18 different items. 6 of which were made, the Cuff Top I made two versions of, as well as the Margot Pyjamas. As I said my ideas on what I wanted to sew changed and are now more in line with what I like and want from my knitted garments, a more fitted style. This made some of the items on the sewn list unsuitable, so it’s likely a good thing that they didn’t get made. Here is a look at some of the items that were made. I love the Cuff Tops and of all the things I made these get worn the most, in part because I graded them to fit me just how I’ve discovered I like my garments fitting. The Margot Pyjamas no longer fit due to weight loss, which is a shame as they were really comfy and the Hollyburn skirt is my least favourite make but only because I don’t like that style and I should have thought about that aspect of garment making more in this past year but again is something that will hopefully be put into upcoming garments.


The only other section on my YOP list was a sock section and the aim here was to complete 6 pairs of socks over the year. These were not a main focus of the list but did provide an interesting break in the bigger projects. I completed 7 pairs of socks for myself and one each for Evelyn and Elizabeth. Along the way I also frogged 3 pairs of socks where the project just wasn’t enjoyable. Here is a look at the socks that were completed.


The second point of focus for my YOP list was to get back to enjoying each project fully from beginning to end. I started off the year working on one knitted and one sewn garment at a time and this was working but soon after the start of this YOP year I switched to working monogamously on one project solely at a time. This was the second best decision I made for me personally. This allowed me focus on just the project on hand and while working solely on it I found I was enjoying each project more, right from the planning to the finished item. I also found I was a lot more productive, not that I knit faster but more that I was just focusing fully on the project until complete. Going forward I’m going to continue this approach for as long as this works for me.

That brings this whole YOP year 8 post to a wrap. It was an enjoyable year as always participating with all the other YOPers and I look forward to Year 9, which will begin with the opening post and list next week.

If you would like to join in or read about other YOP participants, you can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE



16 thoughts on “YOP – year 8 – wrap up

  1. I love all your projects and it has been a pleasure to see each project progress and your comprehensive project posts are really useful. I notice your favourite 3 items are the 2 v-neck items and the straight across neck cuff tops. The other items have round necks, do you think neckline plays a part in why you prefer them or purely coincidence? I am very tempted to have a go at sewing when I see those cuff tops.

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    1. Thank you Liz, I’ve been trying to ensure I’ve put all the details I can in the project posts so they can act as a reference point for others and myself. I don’t make Ravelry project pages but have those notes made on my laptop so it’s nice to know others are finding them useful too.
      It’s definitely not a coincidence on the v-neck versus round neck. I prefer wearing v-neck items in general and one modification plan for sweaters for next year is to change them to being v-neck…plus I find it a more flattering style to wear.
      The cuff top is a really excellent sewing pattern, I love it and the next ones I make I plan to make the front just a wee bit lower so that when I wear it it’s less sitting against the next, if that makes sense but I like the style of this neck also and even though it’s not v-neck I still find it more flattering than a round neck…not sure what my hang up is on round necks lol.

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      1. I’ve a superfine merino cardigan I bought in a sale and it has a round neck and I’ve never worn it, it is such fine yarn I couldn’t knit it if I unravelled it, so it sits in my wardrobe, wish I could unpick the neck and make it v-neck. Hey ho! I’ll watch this space for some pattern modifications coming up! 🙂

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      2. I’ve had one or two purchased cardigans like that, they’ve been knit I reckon on knitting machines because they are so super fine and I wouldn’t unravel them either, not even to reknit on my machines. Do you prefer v-necks also?

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      3. I love the look of cowl jumpers but have the exact same issue with when I wear them, which is a shame because as I said I do like the look of them.

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  2. I am so glad you came back to the group especially since you are one of the charter members. I love your sweaters and the garments you’ve sewn. Congrats on the weight loss but sad for the garments that no longer fit. I’m sure you can use the material though. I always appreciate the detailed notes and information you provide about the items you create. It gives a heads up when it comes to the patterns you’ve used and that is invaluable. I have learned so much from this group and I am continually amazed at the talent that I am surrounded by. Now, if some of it would just rub off on me! LOL! Looking so forward to another year with you and the entire tribe whoever that ends up to be. I can’t wait to see your list next week!

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    1. Thank you Sam and I’m so glad I didn’t allow life’s happenings to put me off joining in the group again for what was needed on a personal level.
      I am definitely going to find a way to repurpose those garments that no longer fit as it just doesn’t seem right for them to be wasted, plus there is the whole factor of waste and landfill that I’m not overly happy with.
      I’m glad you are enjoying the project notes, I did hope that others would find them useful so thanks Sam for letting me know.
      Now Sam, you are extremely talented in all you do and make and the amount you get done leaves my mind boggling and I’m always excited visiting your blog, looking forward to another year together.


  3. I to am so glad you came back. I have loved watching how your hand made wardrobe has developed and indeed with the addition of the weight loss – congratulations again. I am so looking forward to your decisions and list for next year.

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    1. Thank you Lucy, I’m pleased with how the me made wardrobe has developed and come along and there is lots of scope for it to develop further over the next yop year.


  4. Ah Ruth, What a joy it is to have you in the group. You are so meticulous with your notes on your projects. It is something that helps those of us plugging our way along in our own projects. You have inspired me in many ways. One of which is getting more active in my daily life. It has been so much fun to do some form of exercise each day. While our temps are too warm for outdoor activities, I have found several ways to put movement into my life indoors. Makes my mood much better and now I enjoy my knitting time even more.

    Your projects completed this year are fabulous. I love your cumulus for your knitted garment and your Cuff Top for your sewn garment. All of your garments as lovely but those two are the ones that ‘speak’ to me. Not to mention how nice they look on you too.

    Here’s to year 9 and all the exciting projects to come!

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    1. Thank you Marsha!
      Isn’t it amazing how being more active and moving more even just indoors which I tend to do also only when it’s raining with me, definitely not the heat here lol but how it makes our knitting time so much more enjoyable. I have to say the mind and body benefits of being more active, even by just a little is amazing.
      Those are my two favourite items also from both categories and I just love how the look and wear also!
      Like you I’m very excited for next year already!


  5. I am so glad you joined this year so that I can keep up with you and your projects. And your walks on your other blog. Your sweaters are all beautiful and I am envious of your sewing. I hear you about making things and then losing weight and they don’t fit anymore. I had a few sweaters I had to give away that I LOVED once I lost weight but pajamas shouldn’t be too hard to whip up another, smaller pair, right?

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    1. I think maybe the joy of garments no longer fitting is we can make them Mary-Anne in our new smaller size and make any changes we want to them…I know that’s what I’m looking forward to. Pj’s are absolutely easy peasy to whip up another smaller pair….least I hope so lol


  6. I am resubmitting my comment with my grammar errors corrected!

    Ahhh…. Ruth! What a gem you are. All of your projects are so beautiful and your goals are so thoughtful. I think of you immersed in your projects while the chaos and noise of a family full of children goes on around you! I am so looking forward to joining the group again–and have been busy thinking about my dreams/goals/wishes for this coming year.

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    1. I never even noticed any before Kim and I’m delighted to see you back, it didn’t feel quite the same not having you participate but I understand how much life can crop up. I’m looking forward to reading all about your dreams, goals and wishes for the coming year and I hope you find joy once more in your blogging and journaling.
      That definitely sounds quite like my crafting time with most of the time counting and calculating being interrupted to answer what is considered an immensely important and necessary question, which of course in the eyes of little ones it is but the teens I’ve discovered are happy to let me craft away while they do there own. thing, I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to that!


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