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Melting…

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Melting…

It used to be, long long ago when the boys were small, we’d be on the beach all the time. Now that they’re older I can go a whole summer without a swim in the lake…until this summer.

We have had temperatures over 40° Celsius this week with little respite at night. No AC in our house, so it’s been up to 36 indoors. Fans barely make a dent in the heat. I have had more swims and showers in the last week than in the previous six months!!

Going to work has actually been something I’ve looked forward to, because the store is cool.

We haven’t used the oven for cooking, only the stove top. Gah!

It’s a good thing my knitting project is small so it doesn’t heat up my lap, and the yarn is cotton which is better for sweaty hands.

I’m making this into a shawlette by adding pattern repeats. I have plenty of the second cake left and I’m enjoying the process.

Recently I’ve become interested in sashiko. I have seen some very arty stuff made by people in the Sew Obsessed group on Ravelry and after looking at some books and videos I was ready to try a project.

I’ll show you next time because it’s not finished yet.

I’m very excited about the change in mask status from mandatory to voluntary. Finally! I will be going without at work from now on. It should create a less combative atmosphere in future, because we won’t have to police the customers.

Stay cool, and I’ll see you again soon.

Summer heat

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Summer has hit with a vengeance and we are currently having a week of temperatures over 30 degrees (that’s 90 to you old-fashioned types). Today the analog thermometer outside hit 39, my car thermometer hit 36, and it made our house pretty darned uncomfortable. We don’t have AC, just fans, and we keep the windows closed during the day and open them up in the evening and leave them open until the next morning.

Me outside the tea shop with an unsexy sunhat, trying not to cook!

Luckily I had a small project to do in my sewing room this evening, and the basement is always a lot cooler than the main floor upstairs. We have…wait for it…BABY YODA fabric at work. I didn’t realise we had a range of the Mandalorian fabric until I was working the till yesterday and saw someone had bought some. I just had to buy a small amount to make a mask.

And while I was at it, I made a second mask out of some long-held stash fabric. Neither of the masks has interfacing, just two layers of cotton. I’m hoping they won’t be as hot as my other ones.

Isn’t it CUTE?!

I FINALLY learned that if I trim a little fabric off the top and bottom edges of the lining it sits better inside the outer layer. This is the Craft Passion pattern, cut men’s size, but shortened at the sides of the face. And with longer elastic this time, and cord stoppers for the back of the neck.

So what else have I been doing?

Loops & Threads Meandering Minis
Loops & Threads Meandering Serpentine

Pretty yarn! The bag is full of the Meandering Minis that I bought mid-2019 on a whim – a ‘clearance-yarn-fumes’ induced purchase from Michaels. I wound all the little skeins into balls and put them in a bag and browsed patterns trying to find the right project. Then one day recently I dragged Mr Fixit back into Michaels just for the heck of it and found the larger skeins of the Serpentine yarn – it’s exactly the same yarn/fibre content, but doesn’t match any of my minis.

However I bought 500 grams of it (yes, on clearance again) so then I had more options for what to make. I really wanted to make a garment – I don’t need more blankets or accessories – and I finally plumped for the Habitat Cardigan by Jess of Make & Do Crew (link to my Ravelry project page – do not click if you have problems with migraines or seizures as some people have reported such things since the roll-out of the new updated look).

It has grown a few stripes since this photo.

And I had forgotten that I sewed a little vinyl zippered pouch until I started picking photos to add to this post. This was a tutorial by Erica Arndt on YouTube.

Dodgy stitching – don’t look too closely.

I think that’s it for now. It’s almost bedtime and I can guarantee the ceiling fan is staying on again tonight. Have a great week, stay healthy, stay calm, stay comfortable!