Year of Projects Update

The Elderberry plant survived the winter.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a rough week. We lost a beloved family member, Bob’s Stepfather “Poppy.” I got some tough news at work. Poor Dan Bill has a UTI and had to go to the vet. I still got some crafting done. Making things brings me joy, and helps me deal with stress.


I’m loving the way Vertices Unite is coming out. I’m about 1/3 of the way through section two. It’s all naturally dyed merino and super soft.


I’ve been working on a knitting design for my summer yarn mystery box. I told my therapist that trying to sketch ideas for designs was not working for me. She told me to try picking up the needles and yarn and start making something, so that’s what I did. And it worked! It won’t win any design awards, but it will be a nice, practical use for the yarn.


I sewed two more pair of joggers — in speckled gray French terry and navy organic cotton fleece. Very comfy, and I should be good on joggers for a while.

This is my next sewing project, a Melba dress in this knitting print. I can’t wait to rock this.

Other than that, I’ve joined our local fiber arts guild and signed up to help, and I’m rediscovering the joys of our library system. I’m hoping to start baking and cooking again, and I needed some inspiration. And it will be time to start seeds and dig up the garden soon. I’ve planted peas and greens already!

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 “Year of Projects Update

  1. I am sorry for you loss and difficult situations. Your sewing always amazes me. They always look terrific. Cute fabric for your next dress. Indeed will be so fun to wear. Looks like you have LOTS of recipes to try out.

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  2. Hey Alissa, Sorry to hear of the passing of Bob’s stepfather. I hope with time, you and Bob are able to share some happy memories of this man. Also hope Dan Bill is back to his old/young self soon. The mischief of a cat always makes a house a home! Love each of your current projects. Your joggers remind me that I want to make a durable but comfy pair of pants for gardening with padded front legs from the knees to the ankles. Put the idea in your designer pipe and smoke it!! 😍 I will be first in line for such a design! On a more serious note, you might make a list of some of the most favorite garments that you have ever owned/worn. The list might provide a jumping off point to flesh out a new design.

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  3. So sorry for your loss. Also sorry to hear your cat has a UTI. Your joggers look so comfy. The dress you are going to make will be great. Like the material you have selected too.

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  4. Sorry to hear of ur poppa’s passing. May peace be with you all and hope the vet clears up the uti damn quick. Sounds like you have lots on the go and joining to help with the fibre guild sounds cool and I would like to hear more about the crafters you help.

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  5. I’m sorry for your loss and hope Dan Bill is feeling a bit better now. Work will soon be a thing of the past and on to your bright new future. Getting involved in the Guild I’m sure will bring lots of new friends and experiences so that sounds really positive.

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  6. So sorry for all you and your family’s losses and difficulties – thinking good thoughts for you all! You are creating such beautiful projects. Love the way your VU is coming together, and your joggers look so comfortable and flattering! Glad you are able to get started on planting and your boxes are all coming together 🙂

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  7. Sorry about your loss and the tough week, Alissa. Hope Dan Bill is feeling better now. The joggers are looking good, and I hope your other hobbies and activities are helping you.

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  8. So sorry that it was a tough week and my sincerest condolences. Your projects are awesome and the joggers look comfy. I can’t wait to see your Melba dress in that print, how fun!


  9. Sorry for the stress and loss of last week. Maybe spring will bring new beginnings and some joy.
    Your joggers look SO comfortable! I love the pink sweatshirt too. And I can’t wait to see you rocking that new dress! The fabric is awesome!

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  10. Your Vertices Unite is looking great! I love the yarn colors you picked. And I also love your Sasquatch stitch marker! (I’m assuming that’s a Sasquatch, at any rate. That what it looks like to me.) Always fun to have knitting tools that amuse you. 🙂


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