Monthly Archives: July 2012

2012 Stashdown: Q2

Kittens, a few entries back I video logged about how I had been stashing.  It shows, it really does. I had quite a few random skeins for planned projects come in as well as some sweater quantities. I regret none of it, but the number still stings.  Dear Pride, I’m sorry to have hurt you.   I can only hope to do better the rest of the year.

July 2012: Wrap-up

Kittens, I liiiiiiiive! And I’ll catch up on blogging soon.  For reals this time.  We’re finally in our house and trying to get it all set up but at least things are moving in the right direction.

Yardage Totals 2012:

January: 817 yds
February: 782 yds
March: 1350 yds
April: 421 yds
May: 789 yds
June: 485 yds
July: 511yds
Year to date: 5155 yds or 2.93 miles

All-in-all, not a bad month if I may say so. This month’s 500 yards were hard-earned in a hotel and in the middle of a move in. (And they were all light fingering weight to boot. Dude.)  I’ve also finally caught up with June’s proper total–I have never been so happy to see my kitchen scale–and from here on out, I should be able to keep up with my neurotic need to track my yardage.  Yay!

5 Most-Worn Knits

EDIT: In the day since starting to type out this post, the first statement is no longer true; we’ve now accepted our housing and will have our household goods on the 23rd.  There is an end in sight finally.   WOOT. No, seriously.  WOOT.

We’re still in limbo here…at the hotel, no address, no end in sight for the time being and to add to the chaos, we did something crazy:

Meet Tala.  Puppyface! ♥♥♥  Now we have someone else who will steal my time and try to destroy my knitting…but she sure is cute, and she’s pretty well behaved for being just under 3 months old.  I’m already concocting evil plans to dress her in sweaters and crochet her a blankie.


I suppose it’s time to actually start writing some of the Birthday blogs I meant to do this month.  This first one I thought would be the easiest, but it turns out I was mistaken about that.  Living in the south with a short sweater season made for difficulty determining which five knits I truly wear the most often.  For about 2 months of the year, I would wear all of them.  One might think that I would wear my socks more often, but when it’s too warm for light weight sweaters it’s usually too warm for wool socks.

After a bit of hemming and hawing and debating with myself what criteria to use, this is what I came up with:

Now, you may want to point out the obvious that this is a Top 5 list and there are only 4 pictures, but one of them is doing double duty.  Apparently 2010 was a good knitting year for me; every single one of these was knit that year.  You can follow the links to my Ravelry pattern page for each project.  Most of what has to be said about them is there.  One of these days I’d like to write some blog posts about which knits I still have in my possession and how they’ve worn over time.

O1. Goblin Gauntlets – These were perfect for Southern winters.  Fingering weight and went up the arm just enough to keep out the chilly breezes.  Neutral, but definitely not boring.  These are definitely my most-worn knit, hands down.
O2. Fit for a Goblin King – Made to match the mitts.  Of course I love it and wear it often.
O3. Olympian Cardi – Someone once told me that the yarn’s colorway looked like raw ground beef to her. I’m not sure how that was meant, but I’m a huge fan of ground beef so I chose to view it as a compliment.  This cardigan has been quite wearable, even though my weight has gone down a bit since I originally knit it.  It’s slightly big, but not to the point that it looks sloppy.  It makes for a nice layering piece on chilly days and the color is just so cheerful.
O4. Dreamy Basic Cardi – This is my go-to movie theater cardigan.  The only way it would be more perfect is with bracelet-length sleeves.
O5. Lacewing – Anytime I wear a dress and want a cover-up, this is the cardigan I grab.  It makes such a lovely silhouette with full skirts.

And now it’s here!

Back in January I blogged that July is a big month for myself and this blog: we’re both having significant birthdays this year.  My original plan had been to fill every day in July with blog posts, both serious and silly. HOWEVER.  This move is throwing a serious wrench in the works and at the pace things are moving it’s going to be August before I’ll be able to post photos or even have my household goods.  (Not sure this is the correct time and place to wank about how stupidly complicated this move has been… but trust me, Not. Fun. At. All. and not going to get any better in the near future. UGH.)  I’m currently blogging from a Microtel and trying not to dispose of my children.  Living in a single room together for more than a couple of days without a car during the day and no where to walk to is surely a recipe for disaster.  I may be institutionalized before it’s over.  Add to it that I have some serious food issues, and we were unable to book a room with a kitchen, has a teenytinywhocallsthisthingafridge, and I’m unable to eat out at most places…?  YEAH.  Tons of fun here right now.  We finally gave in and bought a George Foreman grill last night so that we can at least make some sandwiches and grill some meat.


I’m hoping to make with some of the posts I had planned to do to celebrate my birthday and the blog’s.  Hopefully, you’ll be reading more of me in the coming days that will not be complaining and unhappiness.