Three letters perfectly sum up things from my little corner of the planet. HOT. Hot as in day after day of record breaking heat. Also record breaking lack of rain. The only rain we have seen in weeks happened one morning early last week, and by the time that day was over I could see what a mistake the weather gods had made with that decision. The rain lasted about a half hour, and didn't really cool things down. What it did do as the day wore on was turn the outdoors into a steam bath.
Today has made the last couple of weeks look like child's play. It is 35 degrees Centigrade ( 95 Fahrenheit) as I sit here writing this post. It's too hot to think, too hot to do anything, and ironically, it's even too hot to walk down to the lake to go for a swim and try to cool off. I tried that a few days ago, and by the time I walked back home all the goodness of the swim had been cancelled out by the hot walk back.
My current strategy is to get up early and do everything that needs to be done in the morning. Today I went out to the blueberry farm and picked 13 pounds of berries. Then I came home and went for a walk. Next up was trying to figure out the instructions to Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Sweater on Two Needles. She's known for her pithy instructions, but I would say she's outdone herself for pithiness with this little sweater. There's a very good chance it might end up with three sleeves. Or worse yet, no sleeves, by the time I finish.
In fact, I was still working on this sweater this afternoon, but due to the heat and not being able to think properly, I made a mistake in one of the lace rows. By the time I fixed that I decided I might have better luck blogging than knitting.
So on this extremely hot day, the hottest day on record for Cultus Lake, I have a finished project to share with you. A blanket. Yes, I know I showed you the Hudson's Bay baby blanket I knit in my last post, but there's another baby blanket I've made, and I have to say I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.
I saw the instructions for this over at the SeeKateSew blog, and instantly fell in love with it. Now, I'm not a quilter. And I'm rubbish at sewing. But this quilt had the word yarn in its name, and I have lots of yarn, so I figured it was meant to be. That just left the fabric, batting and thread to buy and I would be all set. Oh, and the help of my kind knitting/quilting neighbour Lynda, who supplied the expertise.
I think this new little grandchild will have lots of fun pointing to all of the animals and making the accompanying noises, and probably her parents will too.
I also think with two blankets I can now rest assured that this baby won't get cold. Not that there would be any danger of that right now, but before we know it the cool, damp weather will have returned. And before we know it this new baby will have arrived. She's due in about four weeks!