Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Year of Projects 2015 - 2016!


This is the start of my "A Year of Projects" for July 2015 - June 2016.  What is this all about?  It's a group on Ravelry of bloggers getting together to share progress on their knitting/crocheting/spinning and all around crafting goals throughout the year.  I enjoyed reading others blog posts from last year so this year I decided to get off the bench and join in.  Yay!

Without further adieu here is my proposed list of knitting for this year:

Cowls and Scarves:
Classic Cowl by Purl Soho knit in handspun 
Field of Stars by Amy van de Laar knit in handspun alpaca
Dudester Scarf by Jana Pihota 
Dryad by Jared Flood

For the Home:
Sock Yarn Braided Trivets by Martha Lazar 8 of them
Sock Yarn Braided Rug by Martha Lazar

Slip Stitch Heel Basic Sock by Wendy D. Johnson
Simply Elegant Cable Socks by Judy Alexander
Broken Seed Stitch Socks by handepandehttps
Taylor's Orange Toe Up Socks by Jasmyn Cunningham

Sweaters and Vests:
Glen Moir Vest by Luise O'Neill 
White Russian by Thea Colman
Three in One Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Glenfiddich by Annamária Ötvös

Astonish Top by Katy Banks 
Jordan by Wendy Bernard

Mittens and Gloves:
Connnectivity Gloves by Mari Chiba
Nordic Mittens by Beth Brown-Reinsel
Double Knit Mittens by Sue Hedgecock

A Family Tam by Beth Brown-Reinsel

Ok, now that I write it all out it looks like an awful lot to accomplish, but some are already WIPS which will help (or at least I'll tell myself that.)  It was really fun to figure out what I wanted to knit over the course of a year and surprisingly easy when things like Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries dictate so much of what "needs" to get done as opposed to all my wishful thinking and wants.

What's on the needles currently is the Basic Cowl by Purl Soho using my own rainbow handspun yarnThe colored wool is plant dyed by this lovely lady and the white is an angora/wool blend I purchased from here.  It's a very simple pattern, but my yarn makes it a bit tricky to keep track of where I am in the 4 row pattern.  In a solid color this would be a snap I think.  I have only a few rows of yellow and the white angora twisted ribbing left to go, which I hope means I'll finish by tonight.  Cross your fingers for me.  

Next up will be some bobbin clearing as I finish spinning some aplaca/angora three ply yarn.  Then I plan on casting on the Field of Stars cowl.  If I have way too much yardage for it I may have to pick another pattern though.

All these projects (listed in no particular order) will be knit with yarn I already have in my stash as I am trying to cut back on my fiber spending.  Oh course when we go to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival I will be making a few purchases, but then I am holding out until Minnesota's Shepard's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival in the Spring of 2016.  Well, hopefully I will be too busy finishing knitted objects to mind.

See ya next week!


  1. What a beautiful and fun look your handspun yarn is working up to be in that cowl. You have a lot of terrific projects listed. I think my favorite of all is the Dudester Scarf. Seriously. That looks so sleek and yet warm. Any dude would surely love to have it. :^)

    1. Thanks Becki! I'm making the Dudester scarf for a friend of a friend of mine for Christmas.

  2. Wow! Big list. I like the cowl you're working on. The colours are beautiful.

  3. It is a great list... My lists tend to look similar... You will be shocked how it all works out.
    Love love love that yarn for the purl soho cowl!

  4. Welcome to the group. We are always happy to have new people join us. Your yarn is so pretty and the cowl really showcases it. Looking forward to seeing your progress

  5. Welcome, and what a wonderful list. I shall look forward to seeing your progress. Gorgeous photos of gorgeous yarn by the way!

  6. Welcome to the group! We always love new members and what a great list. I know it may seem like a lot now but you will be surprised at just how much of that you will get done. I love the yarn your using for the basic cowl, it's really gorgeous. Ruth.

  7. What a great list! I look forward to following along this year. Your yarn is gorgeous, I can't wait to see the finished cowl.

  8. Beautiful rainbow yarn, I love it!

  9. Welcome! I love your project list and "faved" several of them! Your yarn you made is gorgeous and I love that cowl.

  10. What a great list. I had a lot of fun looking through all the patterns. Some of those may even make it onto my own list when I finally get round to looking at the one from last year and updating it.

    Love the handspun too - gorgeous colours!