Sunday, May 9, 2021

Yopping Update #45 - Gansey progress


This week was pretty much all about The Gansey.  

I finished the swatch, and washed and blocked it. 

I went on to follow the instructions and made a sampler gansey, which fit my son's doll perfectly. 

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours taking my measurements, and the measurements off of a sweater that I have that fits me the way I want my Gansey to fit.  

happy to have these calculations all done

I also chose a pattern to follow, Eriskay, but I will tweak the placement of the motifs (I want the Tree of Life in the centre), and will incorporate two different fish motifs where the pattern has crosses. 

motif for body

motif for sleeve

In addition to my Gansey I have been working on a pair of birthday socks for my dh.  I am using the Syncopation pattern but did a FishlipsKiss heel instead of a gusset. I also cast on 80 stitches instead of 72.  He really does have hobbit feet (not hairy, but wide and flat).

one more to go and I have another week

I have been walking quite a bit this week, and the blossoms continue to be gorgeous:

Bleeding Hearts - my daughter's favourite

I also love finding these little gems along my path:


And of course all the creeks nearby cheer my heart:

As does this little one:

Wish I was there to sing her Swing me Higher, Obidiah

Happy Mother's Day to all who mother in whatever form wherever you are.  I have been thinking about my mother often on my walks as I pass the wild roses that I once brought home to her hoping they could be transplanted.  I thought of her too this week as I made myself some 'squashed egg' sandwiches for lunch.  She made the best 'squashed egg' sandwiches!  


  1. Glad you had a nice Mother's Day. I love the Syncopation sock pattern and knit it several times. Your doll Gansey is so cute and I'm sure it will be a wonderful sweater for you.

  2. Oh, what a sweet picture of your grand daughter. :) And your gansey practice pieces are terrific!

  3. You are so talented! All the gauging and swatching and calculating and then making a sample sweater? You have the patience of a saint! the doll with the sweater on is so cute. Great socks! Lovely scenery on your walks and your grand daughter is getting big!

  4. Your Gansey practicing looks great. It will be fun to watch as you do the actual sweater. Wow, 80 stitches for a foot. What size needle do you use? You are a great wife to make him socks. You have such beautiful things to see on your walks. So many pretty blossoms. Even the rock bug. Your grand baby is getting so big. They never stay little long enough.

  5. Your granddaughter is looking very grown up. I'm always impressed with your knitting skills.

  6. How cute is that doll in its homemade Gansey!? Oh you are clever making your mini sample. Eriskay is a beautiful tiny island in the Outer Hebrides/Western Isles, there’s a photo of one of the beaches on my blog. It has wild ponies that live there and white sandy beaches. I’m sure your jumper will be beautiful too.

  7. Your swatch looks great, it looks like you are very much on the right track. I'm loving watching this progress.


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