Knitting · Sewing · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 36

This week has been a week of two halves. In the first part of the week I made great progress, then the second half of the week got busy with family life and comings and goings and so very little progress was made on anything.

The Aster cardigan was finished and cast off. But I haven’t had a moment in the last couple of days to get sitting down to put the seams in. Last week I realised I forgot to link to blog post on how to do that so HERE is the blog post for you to read. I’m hoping later today I get the chance to start putting in those seams as all that will remain after that is the blocking and it will be complete and ready to wear. I don’t have a picture to share as it really hasn’t changed much from last week.

I did spend a chunk of time last Sunday working on the Hollyburn skirt. I cut, sewed and added in the lining and put in an invisible zip all of which were new techniques to me so took some time, specially the zip part where I had to take the zip out twice before I got the waistband lined up correctly. The waistband has since been sewn down and topstitched and tabs have been added as I liked the look of these rather than belt loops. All that remains is the hem of both the skirt and lining but I wanted to try it on and measure so I had a midi length Hollyburn skirt. Oh! I also made a size smaller than normal so was a little nervous about whether it would fit right now or later on in my weight loss journey. I’m so pleased to say it fits now! This is going to be hemmed early this week, I can’t wait to wear it!

So with all those done I turned my attention back to some knitting and what project I might cast on. The children have been wanting some handknit socks so I cast on a pair for my youngest daughter Evelyn. She is not a girly girl and chose this stripped yarn for her socks. I’ve added in a German Short Row heel, which isn’t visible in this pic, in a turquoise blue to not disturb the stripes and she wants a shortie sock so this sock will be off the needles today with the next cast on immediately. This won’t take long!

Evelyns Sock

I haven’t gotten a pair of socks made in February for my box of socks so after Evelyns socks are done I think I might cast those on. I’m not really wanting a pair done each month, it’s more just about having 12 done by the end of the year so I think it will even itself out as I swap between garments and socks. Plus I haven’t quite decided what my next garment is going to be or with what yarn so socks it is.

So there you have the update for the week. Somewhat exciting. The list 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
  • 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
  • Sock #8 – started

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE


Projects in Progress · Sewing

PIP (Project in Progress)

With my ever growing interest in sewing, I wanted to try my hand at some quilting. Knowing nothing about the how to and mechanics of it, I naturally turned to some books to learn something about quilts and making them. A browse through Amazon and a Quilt-As-You-Go series caught my attention. I liked the idea of a large quilt being broken down to more manageable pieces. This seemed like something I could do while learning about quilting and yet not feeling overwhelmed by the whole process. I ordered both books, Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern and Quilt-As-You-Go Made Vintage.

I browsed through the books and the options for quilts and chose the High Tea Sampler Quilt in the Quilt-As-You-Go Made Vintage book. This sampler quilt uses 48 out of the 51 blocks shown in the book and it is a reversible quilt all of which were things that appealed to me to learn.


I’ve bought a selection of fabrics both for the squares and as background and binding, I’ve gotten the batting ready and I’ve cut out the pieces for the first square on the front. The squares on the back will just be plain squares. I’ve now just got to make up the square and proceed with quilting it where it will be joined with the others as I go.

I have one question with regards to quilting and I’ve not learned or come across the answer yet. I know I need my walking foot for the quilting of the squares as this is the part with the layers of fabric and I will need it fed through evenly top and bottom. But my question is, do I need the walking foot to piece the initial squares together? Or is my regular foot sufficient?

If anybody knows the answer, I’d love to hear otherwise I will keep looking and once I have the answer, get started with this project, which for the moment has not time frame for completion.