YOP LIST 2023-2024

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Week 9


Once again, I sit staring at my computer screen, trying to think of a clever way to begin my weekly blog.  Nothing comes to mind so, I will just dive into what I did this past week.

The Dying in the Light shawl was completed and all the ends woven in.  I did not block it as it is HUGE!

This shawl ended up being over 8 feet long and over 2 feet deep.  That is without blocking.  I tied the ends in knots to help shorten it a bit.  My daughter is only 5'1" tall.

Here it is wrapped around me.

This is the front.............yes I blacked out everything but the shawl...........I was still in my pajamas when I modeled this LOL.

And, here it is from the back.

Once that was completed, I wanted a small project to complete.

This is Chinese Waves dishcloth pattern.  This is all the progress I made on it before I decided to go ahead and start my next long term project.  It will be something to go to when I want a quick project fix.

Say hello to my Roe Cardigan.  It is a bottom up pattern and this is the first time I have done a bottom up sweater.  I am enjoying working on this and hope that continues.  It is done in sections and then sewn together in the end.  It will also be the first time I have sewn a sweater together.  I got the pattern from Knit Picks but it is also available through Ravelry.  The link above takes you to the Knit Picks pattern.

Hubby's socks are still languishing in their project bag as are my cross stitch samplers.  Someday I will get back to finishing all of those WIP's.  But, new projects are so much more fun, right?

I ordered a new bread machine last week.  Mine was making the worse grinding noise.  We figured one of the bearings was going out on it.  Got the new machine in and discovered it only made 2, 2.5 and 3 pound loaves.  Those are way too large for hubby and I to eat before they become dry and stale.  Sent it back and am now waiting for the other one to arrive tomorrow.  I used my current bread machine on Friday to make my bread dough and it did not make any weird noises at all.  Go figure!  I seldom bake the bread in the machine anymore but, love it for mixing, kneading and doing the first rise of my dough.  Then I take the dough out, do a light kneading, shape it and put it in the pan for the second rise and then bake it.  We love our homemade bread.

I did not get any decluttering done last week like I had planned.  The room I had planned to work on does not have anything in it to declutter!  Seriously.  Most of my 'stuff' now is what I have on the walls and sitting on shelves.  Since I am not ready to live with bare walls I think I am pretty well done.  As for the knick knacks I have, they are items that still are dear to me and I am not ready to let them go either.  So, for the foreseeable future, my massive decluttering days are pretty much behind me.  Oh, there will still be items leaving the house, either to charity or trash bin, but not like in the past.  

Time to get some breakfast going here.  So.............................

Until Next Time......................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Your daughter's shawl turned out great. At 5'2" I completely understand not wanting to wrap a big shawl. Hence, again my use of only fingering weight yarns. Love the pattern of your new sweater. You are brave. I am still not willing to do a seamed sweater. I just don't trust myself to accurately count rows nor maintain gauge from piece to piece.

  2. I love the stitch patterning on your new jumper. I haven’t seamed a jumper yet, only the sides of my tail feather cardigan but not braved a full sewing in arms etc pattern so I will watch with interest to see how you find it and any tips you may have once you’ve done it. The wrap looks a good size as is and I’m sure not blocking it is the right decision.

  3. Ooh I would love a big giant shawl like that! I am not that tall but love wrapping up in "Shalkets." I'll have to check out that pattern.
    Good luck with your Roe cardigan! The stitch patterns looks like it will make a really cozy sweater. One of my first sweaters was seamed and I liked it but I find seamless just more satisfying to make haha!

  4. I love that shawl! The colors are so pretty :)

  5. Seaming a garment isn't awful. Just be patient. I find the "zipper" effect to be completely satisfying.

    The shawl come out beautifully!! Congrats on the finish!!

    Sometimes when I make a bread recipe that makes multiple pounds of dough, I just portion it out and freeze for the future.

  6. Congratulations on getting to a point where you can pause the decluttering. Our neighborhood has a yard sale on Friday & Saturday, so we are busy decluttering and pricing.
    Long shawls are the best! That one is going to be very cozy come winter!

  7. Yay for you on the decluttering front. That must feel very good. The shawl is really pretty - I love how large it is. And that's some fancy editing of the pictures. I have no idea how to do that. If I did, I might model more things I make. lol

  8. haha. Your bread machine knew you were thinking of replacing it so now it starts to behave! I love the stitch of that sweater. My dying of the light is huge too, but I do love it so much.

  9. I wanna see your pj's!!! :) That shawl certain is huge, but what a nice homemade hug on a cold morning! Homemade bread is the best! I tried to make a skillet bread last week- huge fail, but I won't give up! I just need a cast iron skillet I think!

  10. I love that shawl but it does sound big. I adore that sweater and I think I will make one for myself. I love the style of it! I have been looking for a cardigan but I don't like the ones with no buttons. I hope your bread machine arrives! I need to order a paddle for mine...somehow it got lost. Good for you on being pretty much "done" with your de-cluttering. I wish I could say that! LOL!

  11. Your shawl reminds me of sherbet ice cream.


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