Sunday 28 January 2024

A Year of Projects Update - week 30

 It has been a busy week here, what with moderators and parents evening.   However, I have managed to get a bit done on my skirt and made good inroads to another project!

Firstly, we have had some lovely weather this weekend which makes a change from the wind of late!  Therefore,  I spent sometime in the garden yesterday.  I carried out the big garden birdwatch and dug over the rest of the veg plot.

It was a bit chilly first thing though!

Having done that I got stuck into a new project which is a Vogue pattern jacket.

It's coming together quite nicely although I want to pull in the side seams a bit and finish it inside with bias binding.

I have also made progress on my Delovely skirt and am nearly at the end of the first skein of yarn. 

And that is it for this last week  - hopefully,  this next week should be a little calmer!

Hope you all have a great week 😊 

Sunday 21 January 2024

A Year of Projects Update - week 29

 This week has flown by and little was done during the week.  Next week is due to be a bit stressful, with the moderator coming to school for A level biology on Monday, the same day as my older sons birthday,  and then later in the week it is his parents evening!  So I don't foresee much being done this coming week either!  At least it gets it all done!

Anyway, I do have a finish this week.  The first pair of socks for the year.  Knit in a skein from Eden Cottage that I got in their secret stash box a few years ago.

I need to weave in the ends, but I consider them done.

I have also made some progress on Delovely.

I have completed the waistband (that was knit in part back and forth) and have now joined in the round to start the hip increases.  I am using Yarnadelic by John Arbon Textiles. 

Other than those, I have done some baking today in preparation for the week ahead.  I made a chicken pie and a quiche, so that is two dinners sorted!

And so, that is that, I am not looking forward to the week ahead, the weather is supposed to be horrible with high winds (at least we no longer have the tree!) but by next weekend I will have done it all so that's what I'm aiming for!!  Hope everyone has a great week.  😊

Sunday 14 January 2024

A Year of Projects Update - week 28

 Here we are in the longest month of the year!

I think I have been reasonably productive this week!

Firstly I made a list!  I like a list (one of the reasons I am part of the YOP group) - but despite having the list I made on here as part of that group, I really like a hard copy, hand produced list - I'm a bit of a technophobe at heart.  So I made this list

Anyway, of these projects, I have made progress on my socks.

I have turned the heel and now making my way up the leg - so going well!  This is a yarn from Eden Cottage yarn and I'm using the blueberry waffle pattern.

I have also cast on the Delovely skirt in Yarnadelic by John Arbon Textiles - I haven't got too far yet!

Otherwise, I did a bit more in the garden and made some bread and butternut squash soup for the week.  I used to be into making bread but stopped for quite a while.  It didn't help, that I was using up old yeast that I had bought in bulk, which wasn't working.  Now I have new yeast and hope to get the bug back again!

I  also cut the fabric for a little jacket, so hope to get that started this week.

I think that is it - now to put the dinner on!  I hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday 7 January 2024

A Year of Projects Update - week 27

 First week back at school and, of course, my productivity has taken a hit!

That said, I do have a finished object and plans are afoot for the next. 

My Tolsta tee is done.

Forgive the hair and leggings!  I had just come in from the garden.  This is knit in a set from Lay Family Yarn and I really like it - I see more in my future - perhaps a lacy one next time?

So what next?  I still have my Hitchenbrook on the needles, but I  think that is a project to get finished by next winter.  I also still have a pair of socks on the needles which I will pick up again later.

I  recently joined the Squid school of vintage knitting on Patreon and she has a skirt pattern from just over a year ago, called the Delovely skirt.  So that is my next project.  I have the yarn - Yarnadelic by John Arbon Textiles.   And... I am currently doing ....a guage swatch!!  I never do these! But to get the stitch counts I really have to.   So, for the first time ever, I am!  Anyway, by next week, I hope to have it on the needles and will show you how I am doing then.

I have also been in the garden today.  I dug over one strip of the veg patch and dug up the brambles in another (very small) area - there is still lots more to go.  But I have knit cardboard over it to try to suppress the weeds for a moment.

And that is that.  The weather's supposed to be improving for a couple of weeks - less rain and colder - which is how I like it!  I hope everyone has a lovely week. 😍