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Sunday, July 3, 2022

YOP 12/WEEK 1 The Beginning

 


Hooray!  It is finally here.  The twelfth year that Year of Projects (YOP) has been in existence.  It also happens to be my 12th year participating in it.  I have met some of the greatest people in the past 12 years and learned so much from others.  It has helped me improve on my skills as a crafter and for that I am very grateful.  It has also been educational as I read blogs from people who live in countries and areas I only dream about visiting.  

So, today, I will give you my ideas of what I would like to accomplish in the next 51 weeks.  Take a look.

 WIPs

Sock Scraps Granny Stripe (fingering weight) - 7/8/20
Madonna & Child - 8/7/20
Giant Granny Square blanket to use up stash DK yarn - 9/9/21
Happy Camper - 2/24/22

PRAYER SHAWLS
To The Point
    6/26/22 - 7/2/22

SOCKS
Rose City Roller
    6/26/22 -

SWEATERS


PONCHO/CAPE/CLOAK


GNOMES


DISHCLOTHS


SCRUBBIES

MISC

As you can see, the list is pretty vague.  This list is more of an outline of what I would like to see done yet gives me plenty of wiggle room to play around with different patterns.  Let's talk about it for a minute, ok?

The WIP's are carried over each year.  I am hoping to complete at least 3 of those this year.  The Sock Scraps is still in limbo until I decide if I want to make it a lapghan or a shawl or even frog it.

Then there is the Prayer Shawl catagory.  Yes, I did complete one this week.


It is my go to "To the Point" shawl pattern.  These shawls help me use up a lot of my worsted weight acrylic yarn. 

Then there is the sock category.  Hubby loves the socks I make and I enjoy making them.  He requests the Rose City Roller socks most often.  With the heat here in Arizona, I can understand this.  I did start a new pair for him this week.


I have not done a Fish Lip Kiss heel in quite a while.  I prefer it when doing contrasting heel and toes.  This time I am also only doing one at a time.  Since the yarn I bought for this is made for shorty socks, I was a bit concerned about trying to divide it equally into two sock quantities.  

Sweaters is one of the catagories I am trying hard to decide what pattern I would like to use.  I have a sweater quanity of yarn already purchased.  There are 2 patterns I am debating between using.  Maybe by the time I decide to cast on, a decision will have been made.  Or, maybe I will find another pattern that speaks to me.

Then we come to Poncho/cape/cloak.  I made a cardigan last year and hated the way it fit so I ripped the whole thing out.  Now I have this lovely yarn just begging to be made into an outer 'winter' garment.  I though I would make a poncho, but realized I do not like the fact it goes on and off over my head.  (messy hair)  Maybe a cape would be better and then I saw cloaks that were so awesome.  Needless to say, there is no concrete pattern yet.

Gnomes!!  Oh my, how I love gnomes.  Mary-Anne has made some of the best gnomes and they make me smile each time I see one of them.  This will be my 'new to me' challenge for this year.  Since I had no clue where to start, I bought a pattern book to help me get going.


I figure once I get the basic construction down, I can go with the flow and have some fun with it.

I doubt I need to explain the last three categories.  I always have dishcloths on my list as they are my palette cleanser after working on a long term project.  The scrubbies fit into that category too.  And of course, MISC, covers all those other things that pop up during the year that were not planned on.

If you are still with me, I need to show a couple more things I did this week.


I finally made old fashion cinnamon raisin bread in my bread machine.  It is so yummy.  Hubby and I toast some each morning, slather it with butter and enjoy it for breakfast.  Oh my, so good.

On Monday, we will be going to our BFF's house for a little 4th of July get together.  I offered to make bread for the BBQ brisket and ribs.


This is loaf #1.  Loaf #2 is also done and loaf #3 is baking as I type this.  Loaf #4 will be completed later today.  WHAT????  Four loaves of bread?  From what I heard there will be about 35 - 40 people coming in and out for the day.  I know we will not be staying long as we need to be home before the fireworks start going off in the neighborhood.  Enrique is terrified of them.  Not to mention, most of the 'party' will be outside and it is dang hot out there.

That's all for today.  If you would like to join in on the YOP, here is a link where you can read all about it.

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

12 comments:

www.self-sufficientsam.blogspot.com said...

I think most of us are leaving a lot of "wiggle room" in our plans since there are always "rabbit holes" to go down. I always love you To the Point shawls. I really don't wear them other than as scarves so you won't see me make many. I think the gnomes are cute but I won't be making any. I'm so glad I'm not falling down too many rabbit holes....yet! LOL! I have enough old ones to deal with. Your raisin bread looks delicious. Have fun at your party but outside? I'd be staying in the AC! LOL! Oh, I love the new socks too.

MaureenHD said...

Well.... that is definitely an open ended plan. Best wishes as you craft through the year. I can see that gnomes would be additive. Socks are always a fun knit. Living where it's so hot would make it hard for me to knit sweaters. I've switched to almost 100% tees and fingering weight. I do have some previously purchased thicker weight yarn that will likely get turned into a sweater for my more northernly living kids.

Lucy Bowen said...

Yep I think that is a brilliant idea - keep it open ended! Your new socks for hubby look great already. I look forward to sharing the year with you!

ceulanfibres said...

I think vague plans work really well for a lot of us! I love the look of you bread, that’s one of my favourites. I may have to dig out the bread maker… Enjoy your party!

HighlandHeffalump said...

I tried to be vague and kept firming things up, but it sounds like you are still making your mind up on some patterns or ideas so it makes sense. It also makes it achievable which mine isn’t 😂. Oh my your bread looks tasty. Have a good celebration this weekend and I look forward to following your 12th year in the group.

Alissa said...

Wow, it’s amazing you have been doing this for 12 years!

Rain said...

The bread looks scrumptious!!! Gnomes!!! Yes, I want to see knitted gnomes! ☺☺ 12 years, that's great Marsha! ♥

Becki said...

Alissa took the words right off of my keyboard. It must be really satisfying to have participated in all the YOP years to date. Looking forward to seeing what you create over the next 12 months!

karen said...

I have yet to knit a gnome and yet I want to do one some day!! they are adorable. Looking forward to your year of productivity!!

Cinna Knits said...

What a fun mix of projects! Living in a hot climate surely has its knitting challenges. Like your husband, I also prefer low socks!
Making bread for your BBQ was so nice! I'm sure it was gone before the brisket!

Jen said...

Wow! It’s awesome that you have been doing this for 12 years. I participated some in the early years, but then fell off blogging for a long while. You have some great projects/categories. I look forward to seeing what you make this year! I need to check out the fish lips kiss heel, I keep hearing about it! -Jen @Carolina Tales

Laura said...

The prayer shawl is lovely. The colour for your husbands socks are great and I love the contrast heel. Wow your bread maker has been busy. I’ve just popped a raisin and cinnamon loaf in mine after reading your post. Hope you had a lovely 4th.