June 2011 Wrap-up

Another month, another yardage tally.


Yardage Totals 2011

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

Year to date: 5,441 yds or 3.09 miles

As you can see, kittens, productivity was way down this month. On the evening of my last real blog post (16 June), I fell ill with a nasty GI virus that has been making its rounds on the base here. Until last evening, I was still sick with it. 14 days of horrible, persistent sick. This means that I effectively lost half of my work days this month and accomplished very little in the time. That considered, I think I did OK. I’m finally on the mend for real and am hoping to play some catch up with my crafts in July.

2011 Stash Down: Q2

Bet you thought I dropped off the planet, didn’t you, kittens? I live, but that’s for another post. Today is about the end of Q2 Stash Down.

2011 Stashdown Q1:
Yardage In: 15,254
Yardage Out: 1,737
Net Stash Change: +13,517
Ratio (yds out/in): .114

2011 Stashdown Q2:

Yardage In: 880
Yardage Out: 4,286
Net Stash Change: -3,406
Ratio (yds out/in): 4.87
2011 totals so far:
Yardage In: 16,134
Yardage Out: 6,023
Net Stash Change: +10,111
Ratio (yds out/in): .373

I had a much better quarter and am very pleased with the result. I didn’t finish any large projects–just toys again. Most of my yardage out came from detachment from my stash and allowing myself to sell some that I’m honestly not going to use anytime soon. It’s quite freeing to not feel so emotionally beholden to all of it. This has been an on-going process in my life: learning to let go of things and not buy more than I need or can use.

I am hoping to have at least a sweater project out for Q3 and maybe a couple other things. If I can keep up this momentum in Q3 and Q4, I’m hoping to end up, at the very least, stash neutral. To me, that’s a pretty big deal.
To any of you out there also stashing down, how is it going?

Farmer’s Wife QAL: Week 2

A couple more blocks have been finished for the Farmer’s Wife QAL, just in time for the week 3 posts to start going up. (I’m already half done with week 3, but slicing my finger while cleaning my food processor has slowed me down a bit today.)

Block 4: Basket Weave
I skipped Block 3 for the time being, due to indecision about what fabric to use. I’m sure my intention to flip it from an on-point block to a straight on one isn’t helping either. I plan to get to it shortly. Instead, I got started on Block 4.
For this block, I did the math and skipped the templates. I used a little Flea Market Fancy, and some Heather Ross for Spoonflower. I think the clothespin people are darling.

Block 5: Bat Wing
This block caused me some trouble. Apparently I couldn’t figure out how to piece the side triangle blocks and kept insisting on trying to make them taller. Once I found some forum posts about this block online and noticed something that was different from my piecing, I accidentally stumbled upon my solution. I just couldn’t see it, otherwise. Once I had the correct side of the triangles on the center one, it was easy peasy. I used some Amy Butler fabric and the dot is from Sherbert Pips.

So far, this is looking pretty scrappy, but I’m trying to go with it. Each block definitely looks like it belongs to a different quilt than what I’m working on. I find it really interesting that as a knitter I do not collect single skeins and have issues using them up because I can’t find a project. As a quilter, however, I purchase a lot of random stuff and it can be difficult to pull them all together. I’m sure by the time I get to 50/100/whatever blocks, it will have a more cohesive look to it due to color repetitions.

Farmer’s Wife QAL: Week 1

Due to having to wait for my book, I joined the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long a bit late in the game. Week 3 is about to begin, so I’m working on catching up this week. My book arrived yesterday. Last night I set to work, and I completed week 1’s blocks. I’m trying to work in order and not skip any; we’ll see how I do. I’m also not sure if I’ll be a Farmer’s Wife or maybe a Farmer’s Girlfriend and make a smaller quilt.

I didn’t originally intend to join this QAL; when Amanda announced the project, I went to check it out and wrinkled my nose in distaste. I can ignore the superficial dressing of many things: quilts are not one of them. One look at the fabric in the quilt blocks and I couldn’t envision them any other way. I saw a kind of drab, old looking quilt. Really not my thing. I’m a bad person; I know. *wink*
But then she and Angela posted their blocks and BAM! I was smitten and wanted to play. BAD. The blocks were so fresh and fun in bold,modern prints…some of which I have in stash too. I ordered the book immediately and then waited for almost 2 weeks for it to make its way here. Now it is and I’m slowly reading the letters that inspired the blocks chosen…and calming myself down about working with templates. Things have gone very wrong in the past thanks to them and it’s hard not to think about that when working.

Block 1: Attic Windows
My first attempt at this block didn’t end quite how I wanted. The colors were more demure than I had intended, and I wasn’t digging the block as it looked in the layout. A bit of a bummer after taking the time to fussy cut that lil’ pony to be on point like the quilt is laid out. It was good practice, and I’m going to try and use this block in something else…maybe a project bag?
So I tried again.

I like this one quite a bit better, though I was nervous making my fabric selections. I was afraid they might be a bit much, but they’re growing on me. On this one, I not only fussy cut the ponies, but also the cherry blossoms from the Amy Butler print.

Block 2: Autumn Tints.

Block 2 was much easier for me to execute, even if it isn’t at all autumnal. I’ve been learning that I really enjoy fussy cutting, but I’m afraid I may be overdoing it a bit. I plan to keep doing it, regardless. Template cutting for the block seemed unnecessary, so I did the math and rotary cut it instead. I rather like those crazy colored, grumpy owls.

Now, onto Week 2’s blocks!

Birdie Stitches: April 2011-June 2011

Yeeeeaaaah. I got a little behind on stitching and documenting this one, kittens. 2 of the 3 blocks had to be heavily altered…a.k.a: drawn from scratch. I finally played catch up last night and today.

April’s block is one of the two that I drew up on my own. I even stuck a little Totoro in there for The Girl. As soon as I saw the next month’s block, I knew my theme would work out just fine.

Yes. May Flowers. I changed very little in this block and was super happy with the composition and concept. The Girl absolutely LOVES this block.

And then June happened. While I like the idea of the text somewhere on the quilt, it felt really out of place with the other blocks to date. Thanks to Katie‘s suggestion, I had a theme for the block and worked on it today. It turned out OK. It’s not my favorite block, but it works.

But yay! I’m caught up on Birdie Stitches until July.

Something New to Try…

I have so many projects going on these days that it’s becoming difficult to keep track of them all…and I’m looking to add a new Quilt-a-long as soon as the pattern book arrives! I realized that it is time to start making a crafting To Do list.

This is what I came up with last night for June. Most of the goals are pretty unambitious, but I like to set myself up to feel good and motivated rather than demoralized when I realize I can’t gain 5 extra hours a day to do it all.

I’m not sure if I’ll post up the initial list at the beginning of the month and update at the end or what I’ll do. I plan to add to it as a month goes on and items get checked off.

May 2011 Wrap-Up

It’s hard to believe, kittens, but May is already gone. (Well, it will be in ~ 20 minutes Chez Knitpicky.) Time to see how I did with using up some yarn.


Yardage Totals 2011

January: 1071 yds
February: 762yds
March: 1189yds
April: 1083yds
May: 849yds

Year to date: 4,954 yds or 2.81 miles

I wasn’t really focused on knitting or crocheting this month. I actually did a bit better than I feared. The “lack” of yardage is mostly due to the fact that I knit very little on The Boy’s blanket: with The Mister in basic flight, he’s unavailable every night of the week and sometimes on weekends if the load is heavier. This means we’ve spent very little time watching movies or shows together, and that in turn means I’ve had very little time to work on the blanket. And thus is life. I’m really not a big TV watcher unless he’s around to spend time with me. Hopefully, June will be a little kinder to me…even if the weather is already disgusting.