I'm really looking forward to it all, and then the excitement and much needed routine of starting school at the end of August will be a great ending/beginning that we will all welcome.
Meanwhile, I want to share some more good summer knitting.
I started these squares (Barn Raising Quilt from the book Knitalong) last year during our August vacation. I turn to them now and then, when I want a quick yet satisfying project. I've made 20.
I especially love knitting these in the summer months, because I can't help but be reminded of our family vacation when I started them. Getting up early in the morning, sitting on the tiny porch of our rented cottage, and starting a square while drinking coffee and looking at the lake. The kids would get up one by one and start a game of solitare at my feet, and together, we'd watch the lake wake up. I could have a square almost done by the time we needed to get our day started, and I'd finish it up that evening. I tried to do a square a day: a fun little vacation goal.
Last week my friend Jodee (Jods on Ravelry) asked her friends to make squares for a blanket she will give her friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer. I was happy to do it. I don't think there is anything more comforting than something that was made by many hands. All wishing you well as they stitch away.
For my own on-going blanket, I have used shades of blue and green. There is a little purple in there, but I'm not sure if that will stay or go.
I haven't decided if I'm going to keep to the blue green family like this quilt (our sofa quilt, circa 1999):Or add warm colors, and make it more scrappy like this one (Dave's birthday quilt, 1998):
I'm planning to make it approx 70" square, which will take 81 squares (9 squares by 9 squares) so with 20 done, I have a ways to go. I have a lot of good summer knitting ahead of me.