I started this blankie about 18 months ago (if you can remember back that far) in the height of summer (as you do), and knitted until I was well & truly sick of it. I was up to the final border & thought after a little break from it, I'd be able to finish it reasonably quickly. Wrong!
After realising that the knitting fairies weren't going to finish it for me (bugger), I've pulled it back out of it's "naughty bag" where it's been thinking about what it did for the last year or so. After a week of fairly solid knitting, this is where I'm up to:
I'm still on the first side of the final border. I swear the stitch marker that marks the first corner is teasing me, because it never seems to get any closer, no matter how many pattern repeats I do.
See that? That's the stitch marker. I know it looks close in the photo, but in reality I'm only half way. (Sob!) I don't know if you can make out the squillions of safety pins in the top picture or not, but they're spaced 2 pattern repeats apart to help keep me on track. (The last thing I want/need is to finally arrive at a corner, only to find my stitch count is off.) Maybe it's the fact that I've already done a border on this blankie in this braid that makes me feel so over it, but just looking at all the knitting that's left to go ... sigh.
I have a feeling it's going to be just me & this blankie, for ever & ever. It's kinda hard to tell now, with it all scrunched up on it's circular needle, but I estimate it's going to be about 72" square - maybe more after I block it. (Assuming it will ever be finished, of course!)