Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The beginning of the end?
Today I turned off the central air and threw open the windows to invite the remarkably fresh air indoors. Leo, of course, went immediately bonkers. And why not? He could finally hear all of his neighborhood friends and enemies disrupting his naps. The air has finally cooled, and though this respite from the oppressive heat and humidity may be temporary, I'm not letting it slip past me without a comment. Praise be. I think I even heard the air conditioner's motor heave a sigh of relief. I definitely heard the contractor's hammer and drill as he continues the rehab next door. I wish he'd finish already--it's been going on since March. I think I can put up listening to the noise if it means this weather change marks the coming of more moderate days.
Some time today or tomorrow, the end will come for a Midsummer Night's Dream. It's the shawl I cast on August 1st, modified to add length, and now is done, or will be as soon as I finish that picot bind off of 456 stitches. Of course, being a picot border, one needs to make 2 new stitches to bind off five, but I'm close. By this time tomorrow, it will have had a bath and been stretched to within an nth of it's ever loving life. Can't wait.
That begs the question, what's next? It can really only be one thing, and that's to finish the Icelandic sweater I started when I thought that spring's icy grip would never let summer surface.
Remember this? Progress on this sweater stopped when the weather got too hot to have piles of Lopi on my lap.
If memory serves, I have knit the body of the sweater to the point it'll join the sleeves, and I have knit the cuffs of both sleeves. I like to knit those side by side so they're done simultaneously and shaping has a better opportunity to be even. If the cooler weather holds, those should knit up in no time at all and will be joined to the body. The rest will fly because, well, that's the nature of color work and the drive to knit just one more row to watch the patterns emerge.
With luck, and a little cooperation from Mother Nature, this piece will be done before a real chill settles upon metro Detroit. The recipient is certain to appreciate a sweater like this to ward off the cold.