Is it crazy to knit wool scarves in 103 degree heat? Probably. But that’s what I’ve been up to.
I’m doing a bit of traveling to visit some East Coast family. It’s a nice escape. And the timing works out OK, craft-wise: My sewing machine is in the shop, and I had queued up 2 scarf projects for my easy-knitting fix.
What I didn’t quite think through is that I’d be flying from the cool nights and breezy dry days of Northern California to the sauna-like, wiltingly-humid heat of Virginia. Hoo-boy, I’m not used to it being 100 degrees in the shade! Luckily, AC abounds.
My first scarf looks like it has insect eyes… It’s an easy pattern, where you knit a few, yarn over once, knit one, yarn over twice, knit one, yarn over three times, and then do the reverse. You drop all those yarn-overs on the next knit row to get lots of fun spaces. You’re creating a very simple type of lace. The yarn’s called “Boomerang,” in a colorway known as “Jamaican Spice.” I do love creative names. Hm, maybe that’s what I should be when I grow up: a yarn and fabric namer? Better yet, a designer for these awesome color combos!
I’m also working on a simple drop-stitch scarf with multicolored sock yarn. This is very straightforward, but heck, the yarn is slippery! You just do two yarn-overs after each knit stitch every fourth row and drop those yarn-overs on the next knit row. Easy peasy. I’m making it wide so that the scarf can be folded down the center when you wear it. I think it will look a little dressier that way.
Up close, I think it looks like chain mail.
And there’s good news: the heat broke yesterday and today it’s cool and fresh on the screened porch. If I get a break from refereeing the kids’ play food arguments and conducting random blankie searches, I might get some more knitting done!