This has so far been one of the craziest summers I can remember. To start off it stayed cool and rained all the time, then we'd have a week of sun and heat from hell. Then another week of cool rain, then a week of sun and heat from hell.... Never ending cycle, and we're currently on a sun and heat from hell cycle. My house is unfit except for the basement and rec room and our bedroom, the only two rooms with air conditioning. Can't run an oven lest you wanna kill everyone. All weekend we had bbq, as usual. The killer here is the humidity, it makes it feel way hotter, and I can't stand it when it feels like you're breathing in liquid. It was windy today, but when I got off the wind hitting me felt like it was blowing out of a furnace. I would much prefer 10 degrees cooler.
There has been knitting going on, though. These socks are finally finished! Started May 18, finished July 14, they are Harris Tweed socks
knit on 2.5mm needles with Austermann Step
in color 07. Love this pattern, I've used it several times. Details here
Before finished these socks, however, I whipped up two pairs of felted slippers. Yes, felted slippers in July. I had pretty much forgotten, but about three months at least prior to now I'd gotten a phone call that a seasonal resident here wanted two pairs of slippers when she got here in late June. Of course, when I was making these it was on the previous week cycle of sun and heat from hell. I could only really work on them late at night or in the rec room in the air conditioning. I can't stand knitting with anything heavier than sock yarn when it's too hot. Anyhoo, the yarn is Patons Classic Wool
in mercury (she wanted drab, blah!) with some leftover CW for the cuffs to break up the monotony. Pattern is old faithful Felted Clogs
. Started July 3, finished the 12th, details here
Last night we took the boys and the dogs to one of the local beaches
for a walk. The water wasn't even super freezing like it normally is, we walked in it. The dogs went out up to their bellies, then it was enough for them. They don't care for the water and will only swim if forced to. Seems odd to me for the mixture of mutts in them. Maggie started out well, but she can't walk very far before she slows way down, and she starts limping. She always limps a little still, but last night I think the kicker was when she tried to dig in the sand like Jewel was doing. She seemed to limp worse after that. I've got a feeling she's going to limp for the rest of her life now. (This post
will shed some light on her little adventure for anyone new to my blog.)
Maggie in the sunset.