I finished my Ranunculus Sweater! Pattern is Ranunculus by Midori Hirose. Yarn is The Fibre Co Arranmore in color Ruari. (I believe this yarn is discontinued.) Mods: I used Aran weight yarn and knit the original size, which turned out perfect. I opted for a twisted rib cuff instead of an icord bind off. I knit until the sweater covered my derrière. It’s lovely and I don’t want to take it off. I think the only improvement would have been to include bust darts. But who am I kidding. That’s way too fussy.

I’ve started the Unbearable Hat (Ravelry link) for Henry, but there’s nothing yet to see other than some black ribbing.

I’ve mended the heels on Bob’s socks. I’ve learned that garter stitch doesn’t wear any better than any other stitch. I wonder if leather heel patches would help?


I haven’t sewn anything this week.


I signed up for a spinning class at the Newark Cultural Arts Center for January 2nd! It’s a spinning wheel class that is one on one to go over all the basics. I hate that I am starting over but I am pretty much starting over. I hope this sets me off on the right foot. (See what I did there?)

I started a thing! I created a meetup called the Granville Stitchers and we had our first meeting yesterday. We drank cider at Seek No Further Cidery, worked on our projects and got to know each other a little bit. It was wonderful! We are meeting again in a couple of weeks!

This has been a Year of Projects update. You can find out more about the group here (Rav link) or here: Backstage Kath’s YOP bloggers list. You can read my updated list of projects here.

24 thoughts on “O’YOPpenbaum

  1. I love your sweater and the fact you knit it much longer than the original pattern calls for. Is your yarn a fingering weight or did you use a different weight yarn? I really like the looks of this pattern and am contemplating making it next year. Looks like you had a good time with your group of ladies. As for socks………….I have been very lucky and none of the socks I have made have ever worn through. Could be because we don’t wear socks year round. It’s too darn hot in the summer so it is sandals only for 6-7 months of the year.

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  2. It is so cool that you created a meet-up group. I would really like to do that in my town, but so far there don’t seem to be enough knitters among the people I know. How did you find your group members?

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    1. I started the meetup group. (They will share with people in your location.) I also started an Instagram and followed local businesses and people to make them aware of the group. And then I shared the event with our local weaving and fiber arts guild mailing list. Two or three people came from that. I was really pleased we had so many people!

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  3. Congratulations on getting a group started!!! I know I’m thankful for the group that recently started down here in Bonita Springs, FL. Good reminder that Meetup might be able to expand the group. Your sweater looks great and I see from the picture you were able to wear it to the first meeting of your new group.

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  4. First of all, thank you for the delightful post title. Second of all, your sweater is amazing. I’m glad you had knitters show up, it looks like you are going to have a great group. Knitting friends are the best friends.

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  5. Your sweater is gorgeous! It’s wonderful that you had so many people show up for your knitting group – that is going to be fun 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about your class – that will really set you off on the right foot (I see what you did there)!

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  6. I’m so pleased that people responded and came along. It takes so much courage to put yourself out there and I’m glad it has paid off and you’ve found some local yarnies to share some laughs and knit with. Your jumper is fabulous. The neckline is much better than I’ve seen on a lot of others’ versions. That yarn is yummy, please let us know how it wears and it’s bobble-factor 😂. We maybe need to create a bobble-scale from 1-5 hehe.

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