YOP: Wk of 8/1-7 Knitting Updates and Mimosa Tree

This year I have been using my digital knitting plan as my blog’s featured image. This is to keep my plan front and center in my mind. I will also makes it easy to compare what I planned versus what I’m doing. I update my plan as I change it over the year. So this week I decided my featured image would be where I’m at versus what my plan was back in Jan. Plus it’s more colorful due to noting changes. 🙂

Heldig Tank

Caitlyn’s tank top is coming along. It’s a pretty boring knit since it’s a stockinette body with very basic K1P1 ribbing as the side “seam” detail. But that makes it great for TV or social knitting. I’m happy with the waist shaping but now it’s time to put the stitches back on for bust shaping. Couple more inches and I start the “yoke”. Almost to 3rd ball of yarn.

Heldig Tank

James’ Christmas Socks

James’ Christmas socks got a little love this week. I realized that 72 stitches was probably too many even with a size 0 needle so I reduced the stitches to 68 over the foot. Since I want the socks to match I decided to start the second sock and knit the foot to the same decreases as the first sock. I know myself that leaving a note in the project bag would get lost. Hence, again my preference for 2 at a time socks but the 9″ circular single sock is indeed nice for grocery shopping/soccer matches (hometown team tied Saturday night).

Gingerbread House Socks

Resistance is Futile

Arg. I know better. Knowing that I hope to buy Christmas sock yarn at the Wool Festival in September but being afraid there wouldn’t be any (that happened in 2019), I made the mistake of looking on Etsy for Christmas Sock yarn. While not really what I was looking for, I found this cute “holiday lights” yarn that is really just a rainbow speckle on white yarn from AlwaysBeKindYarn. This is a fun yarn that I could wear all year, not just at Christmas. So I bought it. My yarn “diet” only lasted 3 months!! Plus I know I’ll be buying yarn at the festival!!

Holiday Lights Sock Yarn

Speaking of Etsy, this week arrived some cute reusable project bag tags that I ordered from Katrinkles. This way I don’t have to remember what project is inside the bag. The marker can be removed with rubbing alcohol and then the tag reused. We will see if I’m sorry that I only ordered 3.

Project Bag Tags

Mimosa Tree

On a final note. I am so tickled with myself for planting a mimosa tree near our deck. After 3 failed attempts at getting a tree to grow so close to our woods but along our decking, I finally went with a “weed” tree. Personally I love the mimosa tree but I’ve seen it sprout up along the highway exits in the Carolinas. Hence I figured it had a better chance of surviving in my desired location. It has turned out even better than I expected. I adore the fuzzy pink blooms. And seeing the blooming tree through our deck door and windows is stunning. We have already enjoyed blooms for the past month and they seem to still be going strong!

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 each 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 11th year. It’s my second in the group.

16 thoughts on “YOP: Wk of 8/1-7 Knitting Updates and Mimosa Tree

  1. The color of the tank is so pretty. Seems like it is going to be completed quickly. James socks are moving along. You were smart to start the second one since you made the adjustments. Those pesky notes in the project bags always seem to disappear just when you need them. Your speckled sock is gorgeous. I would wear that year round also. Also, I like your header you are using for your blog. It is colorful and it is kind of fun to see what you are working on, adding and finishing.

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  2. Good idea casting on the second sock straight away, I’ve lost track of so many notes to myself about on track hoof pattern changes. I’m pleased you found a tree that works for you, I’m really struggling to keep things alive in one part of my garden so I appreciate it can be difficult to find the right fit.

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    1. I am not a talented gardener with many of my plants dying. Course if I paid better attention to if the plant needs shade or sun it might help! I’m more of an “that looks pretty” when I buy plants.

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  3. You are so good at sticking to a project and seeing it through to the end. The Caitlyn is almost done! I just cut down (rather my daughter did) several mimosa trees/weeds in my yard. They are lovely but hard to get rid of! the sock yarn is precious. I can see why you bought it!

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  4. It’s always a great feeling to be able to look back on progress and see how much you’ve accomplished. (And also why I love tracking spreadsheets.) Your new sock yarn is super fun and definitely good for year-round wear!

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    1. While I think paper journals can be beautiful, I feel trapped by predicting the format or information that I’ll want. Digital lets me add and delete as my needs change. Already the idea of tracking yarn purchased and yarn turned into FOs is something I added well after the year began.

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  5. I’m doing my yarn “diet” non-consecutively, that way I don’t feel like I’m missing out!
    The pink tank is lovely! I’m sure it will be a well received gift. Your current socks are also great- never too soon to start working on holiday gifts (even holiday gifts for yourself!).

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    1. Thanks. You are welcome to use the ideas. It makes my knitting area pretty plus it reminds me of all the beautiful yarn that I have on hand that needs to be knit up. It makes me feel in control – hahahahaha.

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