Daily Archives: August 1, 2011

July 2011 Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2011

January: 1071 yds
February: 762 yds
March: 1189 yds
April: 1083 yds
May: 849 yds
June: 487 yds
July: 222 yds

Year to date: 5,663 yds or 3.22 miles

Oh, kittens. July ended up being not-so-good for knitting after all, but you already knew that with the lack of blog posts, didn’t you?

It turns out that knitting a worsted weight garter stitch blanket large enough to cover a queen sized bed just hasn’t been my thing lately. My goal (for the second month in a row) was to finish the bottom chocolate brown stripe: ~2.5 skeins of yarn. I knit up the half a skein and just enough of the next to finish my row. At this rate, I will definitely not finish the blanket before our next move. I might get it done in time for Giftmas 2012.
However. The last few days I’ve been getting back into my cardigan, which I haven’t touched in two months. I still need to see if I’m going to make it with the amount of yarn I have: fear of not having enough has definitely held me back. I’ve been in a place where I just didn’t want to know or deal with it, so it was easier just to shelf the project and distract myself with other things.
My goal for the year was to knit up 4 sweater quantities of yarn. This is still the first. Heading into August. I’ve destashed quite a bit of yarn the last couple of months, so room will not be an issue. It’s just been…demoralizing as a sweater knitter to have no desire to knit sweaters. I think the bad start to the year with the green tweed one set the tone, unfortunately.
At this point, I’m not sure I want to bother making any goals for August. While the list is a nice visual reminder, it does not give me the drive needed to create anything.

Farmer’s Wife QAL: Week 5

Well, I managed to eek out one more week’s worth of blocks, kittens. So while I did not catch up a bit with the QAL, I didn’t fall too much farther behind, either. I’d call that a mostly win.

Block 9: Box
This one was pretty nice to me, except one HST that just would not line up properly. I went to fix it and realized today that my fix actually didn’t do what it was supposed to…and I trimmed it up so I sort of have to live with it this way. OH WELL. I’m calling this one done, and I’ll worry about the new problem I created for myself when it’s time to piece the top.

Have I mentioned how much I love fussy cutting? Or this pony fabric? I love them both, and I’m hoping to feature ponies in future blocks. If perfectly honest, I love all of the fabrics in this block.

Block 10: Bowtie
Easiest. Block. Ever. I love it for this quality and how striking the result is. I spent quite a bit of time deciding what fabrics I would use when this block came up.
I ended up picking out 3 completely different ones the day of.
It’s funny how that works sometimes.