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.


sapphireblue said...

Completely understand. It's difficult to knit something heavy when it's so hot outside.

Denise said...

Looking forward to seeing your finished shawl. I love that shade of blue.

Wish it would cool off enough that I can turn off our A/C. Not for a few more months.

SkippyMom said...

Oooh happy day - a Leo siting AND pretty pictures. That shawl is going to gorgeous - and I am with Denise on the color. LOVE it.

Hope the weather stays temperate for you, but you know, once you mention how you are enjoying it, it turns hot again. sigh.

The Bug said...

That shawl looks gorgeous. The sweater looks fun too - but not for August.

I've been told that the temps are very temperate outside - hopefully they'll stay that way until I'm discharged (tomorrow or Thursday).

NCmountainwoman said...

The shawl is just gorgeous. Glad you have a bit of a respite. The temperatures/humidity are still too high for us to turn off the much-hated air conditioning.

Gail said...

That blue has stolen my heart...beautiful!

Mimi said...

Rudee, your shawl is exquisite! Please will you post a picture of the bathed, stretched and dries article for us to see?
And I love this line " the Icelandic sweater I started when I thought that spring's icy grip would never let summer surface". Didn't we all think that, and yet here we are nearly at the end of summer, sigh, again!

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i think knitting to you is like beading to me, a work of love. beautiful stuff there!

smiles, bee

Knitty said...

That color is positively exquisite!

I'm with you on welcoming fresh air and giving the poor A/C a break. Thank goodness we have it though. In our earlier years here we did not and I used to tell myself I could get through just one more day. I don't remember a stretch of heat and humidity as long as this one though.

Brenda said...

Very pretty! Katy and the girls moved in with us for awhile while Brian is on a trip...so I may not be blogging for awhile.