Tuesday, July 13, 2010

After the heat

It's finally cooled down a tiny bit after last week's blistering heat . To think that I was looking forward to reading, knitting and enjoying the pool . We did enjoy the pool for the first couple of days till it got so hot that even going for a swim to stay cool was an exercise in futility. The pool temps last week were in the 90s . With no air conditioning the inside of the house was decidedly like an oven . Th main floor wasn't too bad but the upstairs was unbearable . After a week of this we bought an air conditioner for our bedroom which will help to keep the upstairs cool enough to at least get some sleep . The upside of the heat last week , I sweat off a few pounds .

I did more reading than knitting last week but I did pick up the sticks to work on the baby blanket for the Max's expected little one . But I gotta say that having a blanket on your lap doesn't help you to stay cool , so I picked up Mike's socks in progress . I cast on for these after seeing Manda's June socks in the sock a month KAL . The pattern is available as a free download on ravelry .

An interesting aside . As some of you might know my method of knitting has always been to hold the yarn in my left hand and also to throw it with the same hand to knit . This weird method comes from me being a self taught knitter , reading the instructions and feeling more comfortable doing it my way . It works . After always having to explain why I knit that way I decided to try and change it up . After a lot of practice and perseverance I now knit continental . I'm hoping to keep at it so that it becomes second nature . So far so good . I like the way my knitting looks , the tension is more even and it seems to me the stitch definition is nicer .

Off to search the Internet for some good zucchini recipes , dessert or otherwise . I used to have a really great recipe for chocolate chip zucchini cake but can't find it for love or money . Any you'd like to share ?


lexa said...

It's definitely a lot cooler here today than it was last week. It's always so darned muggy, I can't stand it. Our house gets so hot that once it starts to cool off evenings it's hotter inside than it is outside. We have an air conditioner in our bedroom, but we definitely need one for the kitchen/living room, the very worst parts of the house.

Not ready for handspun said...

Last year we put a ceiling fan up in our bedroom - it's been a lifesaver over the last couple of weeks. I'd recommend one for you!

Our house has central air, but we almost never use it. We prefer having all the doors and windows open.

The humidity is supposed to come back in the next couple of days; definitely not blanket knitting weather!

Donna M said...

Congrats on learning to knit continental style, I have tried and am ok with the knits, but totally loss it on the purl stitches. So I am still a thrower! :((

Susanne said...

Lovely sock pattern and the color of the yarn is great.

Louise said...

Love the colours of your new sock. I am working on an afghan as well but it is still small and most of it is knit in pieces so it has still been knitable in the heat but I am still so glad it has cooled off!