Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August KAL: Finish Up Summer!

Knitters (and crocheters), we are about to embark on THE best crafting season of the year.

Yes, fall is right around the corner!

(New readers should know that I adamantly define the seasons as follows: Winter--December, January February; Spring--March, April, May; Summer--June, July, August; Fall--September, October, November.)

Why is fall the best crafting time? For starters, it precedes the holiday season, so it's the perfect time to start gift knitting/crocheting. Secondly, the weather is finally starting to cool, so you actually feel like playing with wool again. And third, unlike, say, spring, when you make something lovely and have to wait half a year to wear it, when you knit/crochet something during the fall, you know you'll be wearing it sooner rather than later; however, it's not SO cold that you need to finish whatever is is immediately or risk freezing to death.

The only thing that can make the fall crafting season better is starting with a clean slate.

So, let's use August to Finish Up Summer.

Dig out your WIPs and send them packing; finish them up and get them off your to-do list. Empty out that WIP basket so you can fill it with fresh autumn projects. Weave in those ends, sew on those buttons and get those languishing projects DONE.

What do I have to finish up? Far, far too much to actually finish in August, probably, but here's what's on my plate:

Coolbreeze Cardigan

Coolbreeze Cardigan

Still have half the body and the sleeves to finish. (And then JJ's version to cast on!)

Hourglass Throw


JJ's baby blanket. Yes, he's almost 6 months old. Why do you ask?

Shur'tugal socks

Supposedly for mom's birthday on the 17th. No photo of this one, all I've done is the ribbing on the 1st sock!

Dahlia Cardigan

(Yes, still not done!)

And a design sample--a super secret baby sweater knit in sportweight yarn.(That I, uh, incidentally need test knitters for, if anyone's interested.)

Want to Finish Up Summer with me? Come chat in the NEW MediaPeruana Designs Ravelry group, and tell us what you're finishing up! Or flash some photos of what you plan to knit/crochet this fall. We'll offer support and encouragement, and/or commiseration.

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