Well this past week (give or take a few days) has been quite challenging when it comes to knitting or fiber in general. We had a pretty impressive heat wave that left a lot of us just melted into a puddle on the floor. Excessive heat warnings every day, not wanting to go anywhere that did not have AC, and making sure to stay cool and hydrated were just a few things that went on here. Of course this is nothing compared to the fires, hurricanes, and everything else going on, but I can only talk and write about my textile experience. It was very hot for a few days, when 97 degrees feels cool and you get excited for that, you know it was blistering hot. The max temperature we had here was 116 degrees, of course this is all in Fahrenheit, or 47 Celsius for anyone that uses metric. I don’t have AC here at home, which means the parentals and I had to sweat it out when we were not at work. On top of that my car had AC about 5 years ago, until it broke and I haven’t wanted to spend the money to fix it. Well let me tell you I would have paid it immediately when that weather hit, putting the car even in the sun for an hour made it so hot I couldn’t grip the steering wheel for longer then a few seconds. I couldn’t sit in it during rush hour(s) traffic (yes I mean hours, it lasts from about 3:30 until 6:30ish here, it’s intense), because I would be so drenched in sweat. The last thing I wanted to do was put anything fiber related into my lap and work on it. Even though my Dotted Rays is out of Cotton, that would still be something on my lap.
With few options in terms of knitting, meaning no options because of this whole monogamous knitting thing, I had to turn to something else. Weaving and spinning were the only two options I had left and I opted to complete the project that I had on the loom for a while. Just a simple plain weave scarf out of yarn that I purchased at the Black Squirrel. It’s a quite lovely DK weight yarn that worked out pretty well into weaving if I do say so myself. Within a few hours split between a few days I was able to get the entire thing woven. Then I had to work on the fringe, which in 97F degree weather is still a challenge, so I did a little bit of it. I waited for the weather to cool down a little more, which meant in the morning later that week. But with all of that fringe done, washed and trimmed up, I needed to pick something else to work on.
Well I did buy yarn to make some nice kitchen towels earlier, but I didn’t have a warping board to do it. Thankfully one of my knitting friends was gracious enough to lend me hers and so I got to work winding 9 little bundles of yarn to be the warp for the towels. I’ll have to leave the saga for you all for later, it’s pretty good. But here is the yarn that I bought for my birthday, not a lot but a good little bit. More shibui to make another riverine, but no mohair. And another ball of Apple Tree Knits in the murderous color way, which I have a fondness for. Back to the loom for a little bit, I need to get some better progress on that done.