Knitting at a Snail’s Pace

It’s summer time and my knitting has slowed to a snail’s pace.  It’s either to hot to knit, or there are too many mosquitoes, or it is raining.  I’m tired.  I’m busy.  I’m bored.  I’m really not sure what the problem is but I just can’t seem to pick up the needles as often these days!  Well, I do know one problem that has affected my knitting since the week-end.  Our lovely rescue dog, Olive, loves to lean against me on the couch or lie across my feet while I knit.  But, around midnight on Saturday, she had an up close and personal encounter with a skunk!  I’m sure she deserved to be sprayed – she does love to chase small animals.  But, my word, what a smell.  I have never in my life smelled anything that bad.  Despite many baths, she still has a slight skunk odour and I’m afraid of the smell getting into my knitting!  Another bath or two may set this straight (I hope!).I thought I’d share my WIPs with you and give myself a little reminder of what I have on the go, where the projects stand and maybe get some inspiration.  Accountability works wonders sometimes!  And, who knows, maybe I am making more progress than I think I am (maybe).

WIP #1:  Guild summer challenge Pi shawlStatus:  ❤️  I love this shawl and this challenge and the colours of the yarn.  The hurdle with this is that I am using a book of stitch patterns that is heavy, sticky in hot weather, and awkward to handle.  Maybe you should just photocopy it, you say?  I really should!  

WIP #2:  Find Your Fade ShawlStatus:  ❤️  I am plugging slowly away at this stash buster shawl.  I had a slow down to due an inability (lack of desire) to wind a skein of yarn but I overcame that and have started to do the colour melting into the blue based half of the shawl. I feel like this is one of those projects that will feel like it takes forever and then, suddenly, is finished.  At least, I will remain eternally hopeful.  

WIP #3:  Envelope Status:  ❤️. This project has stalled.  Seriously stalled.  I think partially because of the warm weather, which doesn’t lend itself to holding a large wool project in my lap.  And partly through boredom.  But, that does make this a great social knitting project.  Note to self:  Need to plan a few evening get togethers with knitting friends to make some progress!  I think I am about 2/3 done with the first of two pieces.  And, it is good news, I think, that it is too big to photograph properly!

WIP #4:  Callum TeeStatus:  🤔 I recently got some traction on this project and I think once I do the front and join in the round it will make for some great car, social knitting.  This is my Dr. Who binge watching knitting – I may have to rename my project the TARDIS tee.  The cotton linen blend is perfect for summer knitting!

WIP #5:  Plarn BagStatus:  ❤️  Working with plastic bags does not go well with hot and sticky weather.  I am completely okay with saving this project for cool evenings and air conditioning – or even fall, if need be.  It will no longer inspire guilt when I catch it peering at me out of the  WIP basket.

So there you have it!  My WIP roll call is complete and I am newly inspired and off to knit!

Does anyone else find that their knitting slows down in the summer?