Sunday, 29 July 2012

Year of Projects Update #4 - the best week yet

Well it's been a good week for YoP projects - not only were there two little stashbusting crochet FOs on Friday (both from scraps), but I've also started on two of the listed items (apologies to regular readers for some repetition but I know there are a lot of people who visit once a week as part of YoP and won't have seen these projects mentioned before):
CROCHET: Bow Tie & Peter Pan Collar blogged here
TOP RIGHT: Saffron by Elena Nodel made with Wendy Sorrento DK
BOTTOM LEFT: Purl Beret by Purl Soho made with Nimu Yarns sock/4ply yarn

I actually finished the beret a few nights ago but realised there was a considerable difference in the knitting when I switched to DPNs so I need to reknit the last few inches using magic loop - it'll be finished once I bother to sit down with it for an hour, but really, who wants to knit a dark hat in Summer!?! Last night, with the kids in bed and D away at a wedding, I didn't finish it off but I did tick three things on my list when I cast on a short cardigan for Little Miss (check) and chose Saffron, which is a pattern from my library (check) using stash yarn (check). I also managed to watch 'The Help' and some of the Olympics! 

This is a clear and easy-to-use pattern which can be made from 12 months to age 14 either as a "shrug" - I'd call it a bolero - or a full length cardigan. With options for long or 3/4 length sleeves and with some variations for the middle section I think this is excellent value for money at just over £3 alone, or less as part of an ebook.  It looks much nicer in a colourful variegated yarn, but as I wanted to use what I already had, and this is quite neutral for wearing with different outfits, it'll do - although I suspect there will be more of these to come. It should be finished in the next day or so as the ribbed ruffle *yawn* is almost done.  
There are some wonderful things happening as part of the Year of Projects - last week I managed to read many more posts than I could comment on and suspect it will be the same for the next few weeks of summer holidays (it's knit OR comment at the moment), so I wanted to acknowledge all the people who have joined in and have taken the time to visit and leave comments here. To anyone who hasn't joined in but would like to, it's not too late - click here to visit the group (Ravelry membership is required, which is free and absolutely recommended if you knit or crochet). 
Hope you all have a great week xxxxx


  1. Good job! I especially like the sound of Saffron, just away to look that up :-)

  2. Lovely little bolero, such a pretty pattern.....the collar is gorgeous and the bow tie a perfect compromise for a little gentleman!

    Have a good week.

  3. Great work this week and that bow tie is just to cute for words, love it.

  4. I need some littlies to knit for! These projects are so cute and clearly work up quickly. Nice one :D

  5. Saffron is cute. I like the way you used 2 colors on it.

  6. fabulous progress! way to go! i can echo your end comments, everyone is doing so well and i am happy to be a tad better at commenting this time around! ;)

  7. The Saffron is going to look lovely but I don't envy you all that ribbing!

  8. I'm with Annie..I have no little one's to knit for and I love Safron..I agree that the YOP group is wonderful...especially for me as I have never been involved in anything like it..

  9. Wow, good job on all your completed projects. Love the bow tie and the crochet collar.

  10. You are so productive! Great FOs you've achieved.

  11. All of those things are fab - I love the little bow tie - so cute :)

  12. I love the saffron, the colours look great and it's very classic looking.


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