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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

It is so hot here in Chicago, as I am sitting in my fully air-conditioned house, the place where my back meets the chair is screaming for MERCY!

We are the Land of the BIG Shoulders here and not built to be citizens of the Land of Hella…

Yesterday, while shooting pictures of the twin demons ASPHALT/CONCRETE (oh yeah, talk about yer basic Heat Sponges), my face turned beet red. OVERLOAD! Red Alert! I have drank (grammar?) so much water in the last 24 hours it is insane (but necessary).

And what ya gonna knit when the Devil Himself is standing over you with a Blow Torch?



Here is my little Ribby Pulli, made from ggh Bali (I love this stuff) in the color Kahki. I am almost up to the armscye bind offs. It is light and lovely – but if ever, oh ever, I’ve been glared at on the bus for knitting, now is the time. Fascinated glares, however.

I will KNIT – damn ye, Heat Demons!

What’s everybody knitting in this delirious weather?

50 responses to “Tuesday, August 1, 2006”

  1. Rosemary says:

    Oooh a Ribby pullover version?! Niiiice.

    Knitting doesn’t appear to stop for me in the Summer. I just keep right on. At the moment I’m knitting some socks, a fair isle sweater for my daughter, a lace shawl, a Harry Potter scarf, and a lace scarf for my Grandmother.

    Thank goodness for airconditioning.

  2. leslie says:

    Hey Bonne, I’ve been employing the knitting machines in this weather, hot here in California too! And no AC to boot! I’ve been designing and knitting up some summer cardi’s out of some SilkCity Cotton, called softball. They have come out pretty sweet. I have been finishing them with a little crochet. I’m teaching myself how to use the hook, swore I would never wear anything made out of crochet, but I have changed that tune. Love cotton yarn, and even more some of the blends with acrylic to lighten them up some.

    Keep on knitting, I can’t wait to see what your this lastest one will turn out like…. a dream no doubt.

  3. Teresa says:

    Just cast on a baby sweater in Sonata and the Rectangular Cover Shawl from Knitpicks in their Shadow.

    I don’t let the heat dictate what I knit – just happens that these two projects are on the light side BUT! I am totally grateful for our air conditioning. Totally.

  4. Wanett says:

    Believe it not I knit with wool yesterday and in heat that suggests the devil is multitasking and holding torch in the other hand over Brooklyn. I got the fever to make the felted bowl from One skein and I whipped it out before I could give myself friction burns on my fingers.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Shawl. Lacy cotton seems to be cool enough for this weather…

  6. Danielle says:

    I’m knitting a cotton baby blanket, and some wool socks — small enough not to have a pile of wool in my lap. I’ve also been doing some sewing. We too have air conditioning, but we try not to use it unless it is brutally hot (you know, save energy, save the planet, etc.). Tonight, we will definitely be using it!!

  7. Ava says:

    I’m knitting a tank top in a cashmere blend – will probably be too heavy for the height of summer. About the GGH Bali – won’t the acrylic content make it too hot for summer too?

  8. Bets says:

    Bonne, just finished a Ribby Shell in green/turq. Tweedy Cotton Classic! It’s being shipped to my daughter in AZ – loved the pattern :)

  9. Kirsten says:

    I’m working on Pirate Mittens for my very obsessed 5 year old’s birthday this fall. They’re small, so they don’t increase my heat factor. I’ve put my cashmere blend Hoodie on hold until the heat wave is over.

  10. Jen says:

    Hey Bonne — I finally started swatching for MY ribby pulli this morning too! In Calmer, sage green.

    Also plodding away on a wool/cotton log cabin baby blanket, and a cotton sweater for hubby.

  11. Coco says:

    Socks! and small items! My trick is to wet all my clothes and hair and sit in front of my floor fan with my ceiling fans going. Not perfect, but don’t feel like shelling out big bucks for 4 weeks of hot hot da&*M: hot!

  12. Lolly says:

    Knitting definitely does not stop in the summer – and silly me, I am knitting with wool right now – socks and sweaters!

    Your Pulli is perfect for the new round of Project Spectrum – August is Neutrals month ;)

  13. marta says:

    “I’m melting….” here, too, in Colorado! I’ve been wondering if it’s just age but feel all washed out even basking in the glorious, decadent bliss of A/C turned all the way down to 75. I hope it’s better where you are soon – it’s a lovely 83 forecast today after 100’s or near for several days. Knitting with any GGH yarns seems like therapy for an OD on hot weather – My fav, too!

  14. Beth S. says:

    Socks, socks, and more socks. I’ve been cranking them out all summer… it seems that’s about all I can handle at the moment.

  15. I am knitting a nonibag. Finished one(still needs lining) and onto the second. small enough not to be too hot which it is in NY as well as the rest of the continent….no ac in my living room.. arg that was a bad plan.

  16. martha Bilski says:

    I am knitting a nonibag. Finished one(still needs lining) and onto the second. small enough not to be too hot which it is in NY as well as the rest of the continent….no ac in my living room.. arg that was a bad plan.

  17. Robin says:

    I haven’t tried GGH Bali yet – I’ll have to check it out! I’m always looking for a good cotton. Thanks for the suggestion!

  18. Delica says:

    I’m actually not knitting but crocheting the Sweet Pea Shawl, until I realized I made a huge mistake (forgot one entire shell pattern), and frogged back three rows, and then hid it under a pile of magazines by my bed, using the heat as an excuse not to touch it.

  19. Seanna Lea says:

    I’m knitting the Sassy Ruffled Skirt from Creative Knitting out of Karabella Breeze (completely drool worthy) in a dark teal color.

  20. Imbrium says:

    Lace and socks…the former being light enough not to be a sweltering lump on my lap, and the latter being small enough that none of the knitting need touch me and make me melt. Too damn hot.

  21. My first Faroese shawl. Using, yes, wool. But it’s lightweight, fluffy, and still small enough to not sit on my lap.

    And I’m incredibly grateful for A/C.

    Even more so now that I found out why the laboratory was so hot at work yesterday: the baseboard heat was on!!! In the heatwave. Loverly.

  22. elisabeth says:

    knitting socks, in Koigu, not too painful to hold and a bolero for my girl in cotton angora.

    heat, heat go away, come again another day.

  23. Colleen says:

    I have been knitting with wool. In fact, I just finished a shawl in bulky wool/cotton (I don’t know if everyone has a project like this, but it was the first project I saw that made me want to learn to knit, and years later, I made it in a couple of weeks). I need to work on some socks, those are tolerable in all kinds of weather. The pulli looks great–will have to put the Bali on my list of yarns to check out.

  24. LaurieM says:

    Silk/alpaca laceweight, fish mittens, and some cabled mittens in a wool/hemp blend. Mittens of my own design.

    I have scads of lovely wool that I don’t even want to pet because it is so damn hot!

  25. misslunablu says:

    Why socks of course, anticipating the weather change, change dammit!!! I’ve been enjoying my days in nice ac so much that I bought cashmere to keep warm..

  26. AnnP says:

    I am outside,in the 90 deg. shade,knitting on a leaf lace shawl from the Lavish Lace book. I’m using some vintage English sock wool (10! skein thrift shop score) the likes of which they don’t make anymore. The color is grass green, drop it on the lawn and it’s lost. But the thing I like most is the name of the yarn–Fernie.

  27. Michelle says:

    I too am working on a ribbi-but in wool, just the sleeves and collar left. I want to make one in cotton too-will have to check out this yarn!! also working on a couple of purses-felted, and a tank top or two. Plus just lots of thinking about the projects I want to do! It’s sooo hard to be motivated in this heat!

  28. Tania A says:

    I am actually knitting wool for a second booga mini .. but only in the comfort of air conditioning.

  29. Gina says:

    Believe it or not, Tubey! It’s so cold in my office and at various places in the building, that I am able to work on Tubey and give myself a bit of relief from the frosty (AC) air.

  30. Jennifer says:

    Well, I’ve got socks on the needles. I have plans to knit cotton too. Just need to dig out the yarn!

  31. Susan says:

    I’m really working on my son’s raglan pullover in Plymouth Encore Chunky. He’s joining the Navy soon and wants the sweater to remind him of home. Of course, the central air is on and the lights are all off, so it’s pretty pleasant.

  32. Toby Wollin says:

    There must be some serious Knitting-Zen going on out there for people to be knitting with wool. I’m working on a cardi out of Mississippi to go with a sleeveless top I made and even that is tough because my hands seem to sweat so much. I’m going to have to wash this when it’s all over for sure. I went outside at lunch and thought the aliens had gotten my brains – the heat made me actually start tearing up. Accuweather says the “real feel” thing is 110F – I certainly believe it.

  33. meg says:

    I’m knitting “Eliza”
    in Aunt Lydia’s quick crochet. Pink. I might try over-dyeing it, I don’t know. Looks like a cool, comfy top, that might even look cute with a t-shirt underneath later.
    They say the heat will break in the next couple of days. Come on, cool breezes!

  34. Karen B. says:

    More Cascade Fixation anklets. 99% Cotton, baybee!

  35. sogalitno says:

    Flower Basket Shawl in Baby Cashmere (Elann Peruvian).

    and it hit 100 in my garden at 4 pm today.
    yikes… off to water the plants again.

  36. sogalitno says:

    Flower Basket Shawl in Baby Cashmere (Elann Peruvian).

    and it hit 100 in my garden at 4 pm today.
    yikes… off to water the plants again.

  37. Chris says:

    I’m barely knitting. I do have a sock I’m lugging around. At least it’s small, if woolly.

  38. Amy says:

    It is definitely “wrong” when going to my work project in Chattanooga is cooler than Chicago! Hang in there!

  39. janna says:

    Sock, and a ‘warshrag’ — cotton of course. I’ve got some bamboo for a tank top,but knitting anything big seems too hot. And that’s with a/c!

  40. Cathy says:

    Socks! Somehow the very thin wool doesn’t bug me. And swatching for CeCe in Provence!

  41. Laurie says:

    Cotton socks and cotton dishrags. And during the cool mornings and evenings I work on a sleeve in cotton. The needlepoint looks pretty appealing right now…

  42. Illanna says:

    Your sweater is just beautiful. I am working on a tote bag using Cotton Glace. It’s the first time I’ve used this yarn, and I really like the stitch definition. I’m not a huge cotton fan, but this cotton is making me see the light!

  43. Karen says:

    Hot…yep it surely is that. I only have a/c in a few select rooms in my house. The rest of the house is an oven. I have not been knitting much at all but when I do it is socks and swatches for the TGKA course. Mostly I have just been sweating.

  44. Denise says:

    I’m up to the armhole bindoffs on my Cece in cream merino dk, after finishing up the Cutaway last week in a lovely dark blue. Great patterns! And when it’s tolerable in the shade on my deck (not so the last coupla days) I’m doing the sock thing, toe up, since I’ve become totally addicted to Wendy Johnson’s pattern. I will be one stylish teacher in my new sweaters and socks come fall and winter. Please, come, fall and winter!

  45. Marcia says:

    Since you asked…I just finished your ribby shell (loved pattern, made bad yarn choice) and am on my second cast-on for CeCe in Cascade Sierra (cotton/wool), after frogging five inches because I wasn’t crazy about the resulting fabric. I think I stuck my landing this time after going up a needle size. It will be my last summerish thang before I start thinking of winter stitches. Although I’m hoping a Brown Cece will get me well into autumn.

  46. Judy says:

    Socks. Red Socks. Ha !
    Actually red ribbing for Argyle socks. Yes gonna do it. Also a Jaywalker sock and a baby hat for charity.

  47. Nora says:

    Since you asked… I’m knitting a cashmere scarf ‘cos it’s 16C (60F) here (Sydney, Australia)!

  48. Jess says:

    Bonne, 96 degrees here – the heavy wool cardigan on deck was scuttled in favor of an airy stole, “Lily of the Valley” from some Zephyr in “Cassis” (mid-pink). Just finished the provisional cast-on. Whoooop! Here we go!

  49. Becky says:

    Oh, Bali, How I love thy wonderful cotton-ness! I’m now considering getting some for the stash, if anything to just cool down for ya.

    “ASPHALT/CONCRETE”…twin demons. I love it!

  50. Ruth says:

    I’m finishing up the roundabout leaf tank from Knitting Nature, in a nice cool Tussah silk. Though our temperatures are finally cooling off a bit – year after year I’m inevitably surprised by how early in August the evenings start to get cool, even as the days stay hot.

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