It’s that time again, kittens….
Yardage Totals 2011
Another month has come and gone and I managed to knit more then 1,000yds this month; my average is still intact! So that’s pretty cool. I’m also sad that 600yds of this year’s work will be ripped out, but I’m not worried about that with my tallies. When I’m tracking with the Snob Group that sort of thing counts, but not in my own little kangaroo court. And really, isn’t that the one that matters?
Oh, kittens. Before I get down to my knitting update and what is annoying me, I’ll start with my quilting which is behaving just fine.
First is my Birdie Stitches block for this month.
And I even have the first three months sewn together. I’m keeping up with piecing-as-I-go!
My Star-y Log Cabin quilt. I didn’t work on it much this month, but it’s coming along nicely. I didn’t cut any points off of my sawtooth stars. I’m super proud of myself for that! I’m still debating what size this will be, since a few of my seams are very thin and I’m unsure this can take the wear and tear of being a normal blanket. I’m not sold on the idea of it as a wall hanging though, either. I’ve never been big on decorative quilts in my own home. I’ll figure it out at some point, I’m sure.
Is it obvious here yet? As you can see from that little bit of my mouth, I’m not pleased. Can you see how the shoulder seams are outside of where my shoulders are? That it wants to hang off because it’s wide in the neck? Maybe you notice that I’m wearing a long sleeve shirt under this and it’s still doing that….
How about now? (And please pardon my hair. The humidity is making it curl and look dirty. My skin can not take these constant humidity and temperature changes. Makes it CRAZAY.)
Kittens! Knitting! Sweater! Working at a decent pace! How many exclamation points are needed to show just how excited I am about this?
In the past week, I’ve managed to knit double the yardage I already finished on this sweater. It’s coming along quickly now that I’m able to try it on and confirm that it’s OK. Knitters who swatch and then knit without ever trying something on confuse me a lot. I don’t know if I’ll ever “get” that mentality. Maybe I take for granted the fact that my body requires so many different pattern sizes to make something fit that I have to try all of my sweaters on and make sure they’re working. I can never just Trust The Swatch.
This is how I spent last night: sandwiching our bed quilt.
It took about twice as long as I thought it would, and I had forgotten how hard on the body it is to work with such a large piece. My knees and back where really unhappy with me last night by the time this was finished.
Slow going and hard-earned progress on this knitting WIP. When I originally calculated the size, I believe I said this is ~95″ across. It’s a lot of knitting per row, kittens. A lot of knitting. So far I’ve used 1 skein of the bright green, 2 of the bright blue, and now I’m starting a section that is 7 skeins of the chocolate brown. Once that is complete, I’ve finished the bottom of the blanket, and I can unravel the provisional cast-on and work my way up the top. I’ll be about 1/3 of the way done at that point.
Kittens, we have gone almost 1/3 of the way through March, and I haven’t blogged once. Not once. I suppose I could explain myself but eh, that’s not all that much fun to read about, is it? You do not come here to read about what’s going on and why I haven’t been doing anything; you come here to read about what I have been working on.
The first items up are technically FOs, but I just finished them today, so I’m including them as WIPS. (What? Have you seen me blog an FO this year?!)
Angry Birds love has hit this house and hard. Even though he’s not allowed to play it on our phones, The Boy is obsessed with the game and has taken to setting up his own scenarios to play out.
I decided that maybe it was time to make him some plush characters to toss around instead. Now that I’ve finished these two, he’s been bombarding me with requests for every other bird. The designer of this pattern has already made patterns for the others, minus one bird. The cardinal happens to be a free Ravelry download. I’m the world’s slowest crocheter, and I still managed to pop both of these out in under 2 days.
I’ve been making slow but sure progress on my bed quilt. Minor things keep going wrong and slowing me down. When this happens, I stop and work on something else for awhile instead. I’m hoping to get moving on this again tonight and at the least, fix a mistake that has kept me from sandwiching this.