Dear Connie,
The illicit shawl from May was completed this month, so no harm – no foul.

2017-06-17 13.13.31

The Laminaria shawl turned out beautifully once it was blocked, and I’m really happy with the project.  It has already made its way to a friend of mine, and she loves it.

2017-06-17 13.17.01

It definitely put the love of lace back in me.

2017-07-08 13.39.58

There was a vacation at the end of June, so I needed another trip project. My daughter had bought some self-striping yarn for me as a Christmas present, so I decided to make something out of it for her.  (I’d link the yarn, but it’s a mysterious Japanese product…)

The pattern is “Started From The Heel,” but I couldn’t resist calling these the “Started From The Bottom Now We Heel” socks!  The construction, true to the name, is a cast-on at the heel, increase into a square, two of the corners meet over your ankle, then you work it in two separate directions in the round towards toe and leg.  It’s fun to try something a little different, and Leah really loves them.

2017-07-11 17.02.54

Apart from all these unauthorized projects, I did actually make some progress on the Project Cha Cha front. For the two large blankets I have in progress, I’d set up a series of mini-achievements – steps along the way that would mark a sort of completion and count towards a new project if I wanted.

2017-07-11 18.01.15

The Mosaic Blanket has been in progress since the beginning of 2012. (I guess you could call it a slow cloth?) The funny part of this is, after I finished the 2nd row and laid it out next to the first for a picture, I was able to see how much my gauge has changed. (That’ll block right out…right?)

So at our mid-way point, I can say I’m not doing as well with Project Cha Cha as I would like, but maybe doing about as well as I expected.  But the first half of the year has been full of trips and as you well know, you need a proper project for the trip!  After the trip in July, I should be done for a few months and I can buckle down on some of the more intense UFOs haunting my stash.

2017 Stats as of 5/31/17:

  • 15 projects on the needles
    • 12 from before 2017 (One Step Forward)
    • 3 after (One Step Back)
  • 14 projects off the needles
    • 9 from before 2017
    • 5 after
  • Pre-2017 project completion, as of 1/1/17: 46%
  • Pre-2017 project completion, as of 6/30/17: 70%

~ Lindsay