Sunday, July 27, 2014

YOP Week #4

I am really enjoying this YOP year so far and I feel like I am on track, better organized and totally enjoying all my projects...even my WIPs! LOL!  Maybe it's because I have more knowledge, skills and equipment than I've ever had plus a LYS (local yarn shop) doesn't hurt either.
Another WIP (work in progress) bites the dust!  My leaf garland....... ready to hang on the fireplace this Fall. 
I have 2 more skeins of Noro left .  I was thinking maybe the top one could be some Spring leaves and maybe some Winter leaves could be made out of the blue and purple on the bottom.  A yellow one would be great for Summer.  I love those leaves and I enjoyed doing them too.  But that would have to be for next year's YOP as I am "full up" for this year! LOL!

I finished (yes, another FO!) the doily from the class last week but not thrilled with it.  There were no clear directions for sewing it together and it is rather obvious where the "seam" is.  I like the pattern but I will have to experiment with yarns and needle sizes.  On this one I used 10.5 needles and cotton worsted.  I may try some other worsted that isn't quite so limp.  I need a yarn with more body for a doily....washcloth cotton just didn't do it for me.
I also realized I was not doing enough charity work so I decided that for this year I would do a preemie hat per week so at the end of the year I would have 52 hats to give to my daughter to take back to Iowa with her as she usually visits in July.  I also decided that since there are 4 sizes that one of each would be a "set".  There are also different finishes for the boys hat and for the girls (hard to imagine that the babies would care but evidently their parents or caretakers do) so I am making a set for the girls and then a set for the boys and that is how I will work on them all year.
Here's a girl's set..........
The girl's hats have little scallops on the bottom

The boy's hats have a simple crocheted edging (girl's on the left and boy's on the right below
So...I have 5 hats done for July!
I would have finished my sock but I dropped some stitches and had to get help yesterday to correct it.  One of these days I will remember how to do it.  Meanwhile, I have 7 inches done of an 8 1/2 inch foot before starting on the toe. I measured my foot to be 10 1/2 inches and Susan Anderson said she starts her toe 2 inches less than what her foot measurement is.  I hope that works for me and I pray I have enough yarn for the 2nd sock!  I've also worked on the sweater a bit but not enough to really notice.
I started my stars for my star blanket and I have 12 of 48 done.  Of course, the stars are only the beginning but these are an easy t.v. watching project as is the sock right now.
I took inventory of my projects for YOP this year and got the equipment I needed which was mostly DPN's and one more crochet hook and I have a big yarn order coming in the mail from Knitpicks

They are having a big sale right now with 10% off all yarns and more on some plus 40% off all books.  I have been very happy with their yarns and their price point can't be beat.  Of course, I give my business to my LYS first but if she doesn't have it then I go to Knitpicks.  Webs is also a great online yarn source with clearance and sale yarns that are top quality and they have a great variety. 
I do have another project I'll be casting on today on my "breaks" using this yarn......
I'll save that for another time.  I have company coming this week through the weekend so if I don't get anything published next week I will return the week after.  If  I'm "quiet" next week it's because my daughter and her 2 sons will be here.  I've been busy this week getting ready.  I hope you have a great week ahead!
Happy Trails!


  1. You are so neat about your needle storage. I always forget how small preemies are. I was one. I really like the leaves and stars. What neat WIPs.

  2. Wow they so beautiful..
    Big hugs x

  3. Wow all your projects are looking so good...the leaf garland (gorgeous yarn) and the little preemie cute. Also I love the heart quilted blanket underneath the doily. So pretty! X

  4. Have a wonderful week with your daughter and grandsons. I know you will be busy having fun! Love those leaves. I may try to make one. Sweet hugs, Diane

  5. The leaves are gorgeous and doing them in Noro is inspired! Might be the best Noro project yet!

    A word of caution about the socks. I usually aim for 10% negative ease for a well-fitted sock. For you 10-1/2 foot, you may want your sock to finish at 9.45" and should therefore start the toe section at about 7-1/2" inches. If in doubt, thread a lifeline soon so you can rip back if they end up too big.

    Also, weigh your first sock on a kitchen scale and then weigh your remaining yarn. You'll know right away if you're going to run out!

  6. Wow lots of projects on the the leaves....and great idea with the hats....luckily I live about 45 minutes away from WEBS, I also have about 4-5 LYS within an hour of me..

  7. I love your leaves and those preemie hats are just wonderful! Have a wonderful week with your company! :)

  8. Awesome garlands! I love them!

  9. So many projects - well done. I love the garland, it has come out so well and the finishes on the hats are a great idea.

  10. Wow look at you go! Love the garland and can just imagine it hanging up over the autumn and those hats are just so precious add into that a cloth as well and there was no stopping you this week. Your also really organised with needles and yarn for the year, I'm still getting as I come to the project so I need to check a month in advance and order. I've been thinking on the Blackberry Salad and I'm thinking it could be about November when I'm ready to start this, let me know how this suits you? Enjoy your visitors, hope you have fun catching up.

  11. I love those pretty colourful leaves for your garland. You have some lovely wips, the preemie hats are so sweet.

  12. Hope you have a wonderful visit with your family!

    All your projects are beautiful, and I especially love the little preemie hats.

    Smiles :)


  13. Your leaf garland is adorable! I would love to see more in the different colours! Nicely done with your projects this week!

  14. Goodness! You're organized and working up a storm! I'm so jealous of those leaves, they look wonderful! Happy to hear you're enjoying yourself so much!!

  15. You are so organised, and have got a lot done! I love the leaves and the stars and those sweet little preemie hats. Have a wonderful time with your family and enjoy every moment.
    Helen xox

  16. it's very good,
    wonderful project
    i like this

  17. luv the leaf garland... wish I was as talented... oh sigh, I will have to vicariously talented through you!


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