’21 YOP Week 11

This will be a quick update. I have started my Sailormoon sweater for me. I do love the Madelinetosh yarns I chose, Medieval and Found Pottery. I know I’m going to love wearing it. I need to pay a bit more attention to patterns I pick as this one has lots of picking up stitches and I hate picking up stitches. Oh well. Good practice and maybe I’ll change my mind. Glad this sweater is for me so that when I make it again for my daughter, fit issues should be figured out. Since it’s mostly stockinette, it should be a fairly quick knit even though it’s fingering weight (of course).


This did result in my purchase of a second yarn butler. I found I really like using one with a large cake of yarn when pulling yarn from the outside. With this sweater, I’m switching between the two colors of yarn every 4 rows which made it a pain to constantly take the cakes off and on the one yarn butler I had. So I bought a second one so the cake can just stay on its butler. This is going quite well and leads to smooth unwinding of the yarn.

I did cast-on a pair of anklets with the leftover yarn from my AGirlAndHerWool sample sock knit and knit the toes. These anklets were not on my 2021 plan. We are down to our last week in Florida. Three months seem to have zoomed by. I can’t believe it’s already time to head back north. On the off chance I get to do any knitting on our drive back home I wanted a simple vanilla sock on needles. Juggling the two balls of yarn on yarn butlers for the Sailormoon sweater would not work in the car. I am usually the driver due to my husband’s health issues. Occasionally I get an hour or so break on our 10 hr/day drives. I am looking forward to spending the weekend with our daughter and her fiancé as a break in our 20 hr drive back to Ohio.

Toes of A Girl And Her Wool Anklets

I was excited to learn that our “local” wool gathering will indeed be held this year in September. My knitting friends and I have a day of shopping for yarns and gadgets to look forward to this fall. We are all trying to adhere to a “yarn fast” until September. But I did order some more Fixation yarn this week for anklets to use up leftover yarn and will be picking up yarn I bought from my Cincinnati LYS for hubby’s sweater once we return to Ohio. Funny how leftover yarn leads to more yarn purchased which leads to more leftover yarn, etc. How do you stop this endless cycle of leftover yarn leading to buying more yarn to use up the leftover which leads to more leftover yarn, and on and on?

This is a Year Of Projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog every week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 10th year although I’m in my first in the group.

10 thoughts on “’21 YOP Week 11

  1. Some people have scrap blanket projects to deal with leftovers, I prefer to search Ravelry for patterns with that yarn length left and try those. So I have made business card holders, dog poop bag holders, mini sweater and hat ornaments. Your new project is looking good. I haven’t seen or heard of a yarn butler before. Next time I do a wood turning course I may give this a try.

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  2. I have always wondered if the yarn butlers worked well. I always pull from the outside of my caked yarn. That way they don’t collapse later on. Where did you get your butlers?

    My stash scraps get turned into all sorts of things. The items end up being multi colored. It makes it fun playing with the colors so it doesn’t look like scraps being used. My favorites are shawls, lapghans, socks, and ornaments.

    Have a safe trip back homem

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  3. You are so right about the endless cycle of yarn buying! LOL! Spring has sprung so fast…it just seemed like it was New Years’ not too long ago and you’re going back to Ohio already. I may have to get a yarn butler now that I have my ball winder. I love the sweater and your colors are so pretty. I like those socks too. Enjoy your visit with your daughter and future SIL. Have a safe trip!

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    1. I have found so far the the yarn bowl is nice for small balls of yarn like I use for my 2 at a time socks. The yarn butler is better for my large cakes of yarn that I use for my sweaters.


    1. I’m so glad I was able to share a useful tool with you. I even put them in my project bag for knitting at the coffee shop with friends – well I did when I was only using one yarn butler. Two might be a little too many. 🙂


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