It Ain’t What You YOP it’s the Way that You YOP It

And that’s what gets results. I’m getting cornier and cornier with my post titles.


I started some shorty socks to wear with clogs and white sneakers. Yarn is Cascade Heritage. It’s my first time using it, and it’s really soft.

I’m ready to start the armhole steeks on the Arrowhead Cardigan. Yarn is Lopi.

I’m the cow’s tail on the Vertices knitalong, still plugging away on my first section. This yarn is super soft, but the blue indigo dye is rubbing off on my hands. It’s naturally dyed merino from two different dyers. I do love the colors.

I’ve made minuscule progress on my Taxus Mittens. I doubt I’ll finish for the knitalong, but they were on my list anyway, so I’m happy to take my time. Yarn is Tukuwool Fingering. I’m not sure about the brown berries. I might tink those back. I think I’d prefer the first round of berries to be orange, like the cast on, what do you think?


I finished my Clare Coat! Now I’m ready to start on some spring wardrobe sewing.


Move along. Nothing to see here.

In other news, I put in my notice at work. I’ve been struggling with GERD for over a year — nocturnal vomiting at least two or three times per week. I kept trying to pin the cause down to food, but there were no consistent triggers. Turns out it was stress, which I suspected, but now I know for certain. I haven’t thrown up since I put in my notice a week ago. I knew the job was a bit of a stretch for me, but I didn’t know we would be entering into two years of a global pandemic when I took it. I love it, which makes it even harder, and love the people I work with. But I have to prioritize my health. I had a scare with inflammation and swelling in my throat, and then I knew I had to do something. I’ve tried medications, but they’ve never made any difference. I’m going to take some time off to heal, and work on my side hustle for a bit, to see if it grows. By the way, today is the last day to order the Spring Thaw box! And I’m working on a new box that should be suitable for Mother’s Day, as well as a summer box that will include an original pattern design (I hope).

This has been a Year Of Projects (YOP) 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.

17 thoughts on “It Ain’t What You YOP it’s the Way that You YOP It

  1. Good for you Alissa, health is your first priority. Best wishes with your side hustle. When you mentioned it, I remembered that I am getting one of those boxes! I had completely forgotten, so it is like a second happy surprise!

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  2. You are singing my song! I retired in June because the job was causing sleepless nights, chest pains, and frighteningly high heart rates. It is so worth it to live a more peaceful life! And your side gig looks very promising. If I wasn’t in a year of NO NEW YARN, I’d have ordered instantly!
    I agree with you on the orange berries. And that sweater is going to be amazing.

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  3. Best wishes as you transition to your side hustle. Hope all goes well. I retired 10 years ago and haven’t missed it one single day!! I agree on the orange berries instead of brown but I don’t know what the rest of the pattern is so take that with a grain of salt. GERD is nothing to mess with.

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  4. Even though it is sad to leave the people you enjoy working with, it is still better to take care of you first. I think making the berries on your sock orange would really be a better choice. The short sock is so cute. The yarn even looks soft. You did a great job on your coat. You will get quite a bit of wear out of that.


  5. Hope your health stabilizes now that you’ve removed the stress inducer. Meanwhile, enjoy your time with yarn. I think the first row of berries would look good in orange. Maybe they could graduate to brown then black as you move towards the fingertips? (There seem to be four rows of berries, though…)


  6. Obviously the right move to put in your notice if you have already noticed improvements in your health. That Clara coat is amazing – do we get to see pics of you modelling it? I hope so.

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