When I first moved to Texas, one of the women who became my knitting friends here told me:”You just wait until the summer (it was November at the time), then it will be too hot to wear anything but lipgloss.” While the first couple of years weren’t too bad, this year, I completely understand what she was saying. In all of July we have had 0.08 inches of rain (that is 2 mm for the metric people among us). The last “real” rain was June 22. With a few rare exceptions it has been over 100 degrees F (37C) for more then a month, with the last 4 days having been over 105 (40,5C). Yesterday and day before yesterday the high was 108 (42C).
What do you do in those temperatures? Obviously, we turn on the air conditioner. I do not understand how people used to be able to survive these temperatures without that modern convenience. Growing up, it would be really hot if the day’s high got to be 95 (35C). But that would never last long, and a rain would bring down that temperature 10-20 degrees, easily. Truthfully, however much I would love to see some rain, I also dread the prospect at this time, because all it does here is just raise the humidity. The thermometer doesn’t budge one bit. All that to say, I am not used to this kind of summer.
One very sad result of this summer (other then all plants in my yard looking like they are dead) is that knitting is just too much. Even something like cotton dishcloths or acrylic scarf is just too much. I will make a few stitches, and my hands get clammy, my yarn starts to get moist and stick. And while I could probably find a combination of acrylic yarn and metal needles, it is just not pleasant. Of course my main project is still an Oregon Shawl I am finishing for a dear friend (the same one of the quote at the top of this post, actually), and with the wool content in the yarn, the bamboo needles and the size of the project, it is just really not much fun to work on right now.
Then last week, one of our other friends brought a new project (with supplies for all of us! YEAH!) that I am thinking might at least temporarily help. The supplies I mentioned were important in this case, because this project uses a few things that I did not have in my stash. And, while I don’t think I have mentioned it, with a different group I belong to, I am participating in a 6 month yarn/stash diet. Until November I am not supposed to buy anything to start new projects or enhance my stash. The only thing allowed is notions and absolute necessities (like buttons or thread for a sewing project). Oh, and this projects does involve knitting…..