Year of Projects ’21 – Wk of Aug 8-14

Heldig Tank

Being a fairly monogamous knitter means this is going to be a fairly boring post this week. Lots of “progress” on Caitlyn’s Heldig Tank. Unfortunately I’m not sure I did the waist and bust shaping right. I’ve never done it before and I’m not sure it’s hanging right. I’ll be able to have her try it on today, Sunday. I may be ripping it out back down to the hem to eliminate my attempt at shaping. Oh well. Fingers crossed.

Heldig Tank

Yarn Winding

I did spend Friday morning winding the yarn for my daughter’s Sailormoon sweater which is the next project on the list. I think the blue is absolutely gorgeous and the speckles will add some fun. The yarn is spun by a local young lady I know who is running a yarn business Coates & Co Fiber. I also wound the yarn for my next sock, Redbird Yarn Studio an Ohio yarn dyer. I used my friend’s very nice ball winder. The Grocery Girls have talked about it (they have the electric one) and Andrea Mowry just mentioned it in her episode 22 of “I’ll knit if I want to” video. It’s quite expensive but after wasting over an hour trying to wind a skein of yarn on my cheap ball winder, I think I’ll be buying one for myself. The Harvest themed self striping sock yarn is gorgeous so I can’t wait to start on these socks for me.


No soccer game this week but I made some progress on James’ Christmas socks while waiting on hubby’s biopsy (no cancer – yea!!) Not enough progress for a photo.

Only other news this week is that the babies are starting to pop in the family. In addition to my step-daughter’s baby arriving in late October, my niece just let everyone know she is due in March. So my 2022 knitting plan will definitely have a baby item on it. Probably another rainbow striped blanket.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group β€“ 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.

24 thoughts on “Year of Projects ’21 – Wk of Aug 8-14

  1. The yarns for the sailor moon and your socks are so pretty. I agree, that the speckles in the sailor moon yarn will add an element of interest to the sweater. Fingers crossed for you that the tank will fit perfectly. Babies are the most fun to knit for. Sounds like you will have lots of wee ones to make keepsakes blankets for.

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  2. All those yarns are gorgeous! You’re almost done with the tank and congrats on the negative biopsy! Now, baby items are something I love to make! The fall socks are going to be awesome in that yarn. I may need to get some Fall yarn and fabric.

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    1. I’m sure it’s really for commercial yarn sellers if they want to offer wound yarn. I know AGirlAndHerWool will wind hers if you request it. So it’s a business expense. I don’t go through that much yarn a year to really justify buying one and my friend is always happy to let me come over and use hers.


  3. I’ve missed some YOP weeks, and I’m realizing I’ve missed some stuff. I’m so glad to hear that your husband’s biopsy was good news! If I was a serious winder of yarn balls, I’d consider the price for that winder you linked to worthwhile. Oh, wait a minute… are you talking about getting an electric winder. That sounds really awesome. Now you’ve made me curious what those are like, and what they cost. I know what rabbit hole I’m headed down after posting this. πŸ™‚

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    1. I suspect the electric one while wonderful is mainly for commercial use where you can claim it as a business expense. Hmmm, maybe I need to make an LLC?? The non-electric one is pretty amazing but again hard to justify based on how many skeins of yarn I go through in a year. Plus my friend is always willing to let me come over and use hers. But…. she and hubby will be retiring soon so I won’t be able to use hers as easily. Hmm sliding down that slippery slope. πŸ™‚


  4. I hope you don’t have to rip the tank – it looks beautiful. I have rediscovered winding by hand of late – it takes a bit longer but I don’t have to get everything ready and it winds me up a little less!

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    1. Excellent points. I could just use my swift and wind by hand which generally I don’t mind if I’m just doing 1 skein such as for socks. Sweaters on the other hand I tend to want to use the ball winder.


    1. It’s going to be so fun to wear them this fall. I just spent the day modifying my excel knitting calendar to calc and display total stitches per month and then added an Analysis page with a graph of stitches by month and by day per month. πŸ™‚ You have such great ideas!!

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  5. I’m glad you’re working the Heldig tank deliberately and fashioning it the way you want it to be no matter how long it takes.

    Your other projects are moving along swimmingly and best of all, YAY for a negative biopsy result for your love!!!! I’m celebrating with you!

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  6. Lovely yarns! I like the harvest themed yarn best, I think. So here’s hoping the top will fit, I must admit I’m a coward when it comes to waist shaping. Then again, I don’t really have a waist right now, so loose fits work best for me anyway. Baby knits are fun, they’re so quick and tiny and cute.

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