Year of Projects: Week 20

New Year, same list.
Say Yes to Pie

The big YOP check off: my Say Yes to Pie socks are now available on Ravelry! Being my first released sock pattern, the download is FREE.

As of today, I have 15/20 goal items checked off my YOP list, which has a total of 39 items on it. Once I hit 20 completed items from my checklist, I will revise the list to include new goals and make the whole thing look “neat and orderly” again.

Here’s this week’s cast-on. My daughter needed a replacement for a sweater I knit her a couple years ago. She picked out the yarn when Love Crafts was having a sale. Cascade 220 Superwash Sport Multi in the colorway Punk. I’m using stash, Cascade Superwash 220 Sport in colorway Royal Purple for the trim. She said she wants a sweater dress (knee length) with a ruffle at the bottom. I have almost 1000 yards total. Since she is 6, and completely average in size (according to the WHO charts my pediatrician uses to measure growth), I without a doubt have enough yarn to make this happen. I split off the sleeves onto a long circular for 2-at-a-time sleeves. Never done it before, it would be prudent for me to use a lifeline… However, I like to LIVE DANGEROUSLY. When I finish up the ball I’m using for the body, I will do the sleeves. What could possibly go wrong?

Notes about the yarn: This is a commercially dyed yarn. The color spacing is at a constant interval. There is some color pooling, but not that much. I had started the yoke with 2 balls and was alternating but the pooling was awful. I had considered doing a helical color change, but I don’t think it’s necessary. The yarn is really soft, no random knots two balls in. Machine wash for the win. It can be popped into the dryer if the drape gets too relaxed. Thumbs up so far on the yarn.
I am reminded that I do not particularly enjoy using heavily variegated yarns on large projects- this is not the yarn’s fault! I *SHOULD* have purchased multiple colors and just striped it. Maybe the solids weren’t on sale?? I can’t remember: it was over a month ago. But these factors are irrelevant, because my daughter LOVES how it looks so far.

Not a YOP challenge, but on Instagram I’ve decided to do a pic a day for January with my handmades. My goal/idea is to wear at least one handmade item each day. I have DOZENS available: why not?? I’ve tagged it #YarniaPix2021

Happy New Year!!


16 responses to “Year of Projects: Week 20”

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE your daughter’s yarn selection. I would so love a sweater or tee in that!!! So fun.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for the sock pattern. Already put it in my library and have now initiated change 1 on my 2021 knitting plan!! My Quirky socks are going to be this pattern!! Can’t wait to start it. AGAIN THANKS SO MUCH.

    I’m going to post the link to your pattern in my knitting group. I know they will love it too!!

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    • You are so incredibly sweet and kind! I loved developing the socks this year, and an so excited to finally have them released. It really brings me a tremendous amount of joy to see people make my designs their own.

      This is the first time I’m working with Cascade Superwash 220 Sport, I’ve worked worsted original and superwash in the past. Its been so long that I had forgotten how pleasurable this yarn is to work with. There are flashier, more expensive yarns out there, but this really makes a great, reliable fabric without any surprises.

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  2. Thank you so much for the socks pattern. I already have the perfect yarns for it. Your daughters dress is going to be a knock out. Love the color she picked. The purple for the contrast will be perfect.

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    • There is minimal shaping to the dress, so it will be a LOT of great mindless knitting! I hope it’ll fit her for 2-3 years like her last sweaters did! The long length will not be the deciding factor to it being too small at least! Her last couple sweaters got retired because they became crop tops!!

      You’re welcome for the sock pattern!


  3. I think that is so cute that your daughter is so discriminating at age 6. It is a beautiful rainbow of colors! I would love your sock pattern and so nice of you to share it but I tried toe-up once and it was a disaster! LOL!

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    • I’m sorry toe-up didn’t work for you in the past! I don’t mind the octopus-full-of-cats wrestling required for toe-up cast-ons! It took a number of years before felt successful at toe-up sock knitting!

      OH my goodness, my kid has OPINIONS on “Fashion”. It amuses me some of the outfits she creates. I’m happy for virtual learning, some of them clash so bad I couldn’t let her into public like that!


  4. Love the socks – I have already downloaded and I think I have the perfect yarn! Congrats on getting your pattern published. Can’t wait to see your daughter’s finished sweater dress!

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  5. What fun your daughters jumper dress looks in that yarn, I’d have loved that as a kid and had quite a few jumper dresses. I’d still wear jumper dresses now if I didn’t have so many lumpy bits and a Pooh Bear tummy 😂

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  6. Your daughter is going to so love her new dress. The color of yarn she picked out is fun. Can’t wait to see the finished item. And congrats on your first published sock pattern. I admire pattern writers. 🙂


    • This is the only project that has a time limit right now, I will be able to finish it within the month! I want to finish it while she still likes it- little kids can be so fickle.


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