Monday, August 31, 2009

Where Has All The Summer Gone?

Gosh, it seems like summer came slowly and left quickly. We had about three weeks where it was hot enough to use the window AC unit for a few hours each day, and now it feels like fall is unpacking before summer is up. Not that I mind, as I really don't care for the heat anyway.

Plus, when it cools off, it means I can go back to work on all those lovely wool shawls and sweaters and gloves and socks!

While it was hot, I worked on small cotton things like this cute little sweater for my new niece, due in November. I searched extensively to find a pattern I liked and finally came up with this one. And best of all, it's free here: Free is a price that works for me. ;-) I love the buttons I found at my LYS; they have little pink sheep on them and they say, "Little Lamb."

Then I made a set of kitchen things for my mom's upcoming birthday. There's something soothing about knitting on kitchen things. They're not fancy, they aren't made from expensive yarn, and they'll be used to scrub and dry dirty dishes and pots. But they're down to earth and really, really useful. The recipient of a sweater made from expensive alpaca and silk might not like the style and so might not wear it; but what's not to like about kitchen towels and washcloths? Plus, they're boldly machine washable and I like that. I was tempted to use the blue variegated cotton, but then realized I was choosing MY preferred colors, not my mom's. Her kitchen is painted yellow, so I found this lovely yellow yarn and went with that. I think they came out nicely, despite some color pooling. Another good thing about kitchen sets; if the color pools, so what?

And finally, I did a lot of this with the hottest days of summer. That's my cat Burt, lounging in my office window on one of the hottest days this season. I saw a cartoon once about cats that's so true; you can use a sleeping cat as a thermometer! The more tightly they're curled up, the colder it is; the longer they stretch out, the hotter. So clearly, this was a pretty hot day. ;-)

Hope your summer, and your summer knitting, has gone well and you're ready to leap into fall!


Anonymous Fran Baker said...

Darling baby sweater, Elizabeth! And thanks for the pattern. I'll be making one myself for my soon-to-be niece or nephew. I've got several completed projects as well and I'll be showing them off in the next few days. I'll have a little stash bash as well.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Delisi said...

It's a lovely pattern, Fran, isn't it? Only took a few weeks of searching to find it. ;-) Congrats with your new niece or nephew!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

It's so nice to see some FOs from the summer! I'm just blocking my first FO in a long time so I'll be posting pix too. Summer seems to slow down everyone's knitting. Burt would understand....

9:38 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Delisi said...

Nancy, I know what you mean. Somehow it feels hot and sticky to be knitting. Cotton yarn is better but even that can't help on the hottest days.

12:55 PM  
Blogger rita said...

I love the color pooling of the kitchen set. I've never been bothered by pooling, possibly because I'd love to HAVE a pool....

2:11 PM  

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