Wednesday, July 17, 2013

too hot

It's official...I prefer cool or even cold weather to this soggy, stinky, swampy hotness. The air is thick and heavy, and the only thing to do is hide in my bedroom in front of the air conditioner (I shudder to think of the upcoming electric bill) or float around in the pool doing nothing. At least when it is cold you can pull on some knee socks and another sweater and get stuff done. I'm a task-oriented person and have a lot of trouble just sitting around. I like to do stuff! Perhaps this weather is God's way of slowing me down, forcing me to surrender to just bobbing around in the water, watching my kids play.

The only knitting going on has been a few Etsy orders, which have kept me pretty busy. I've even managed to sneak in a few ready-made items along with custom orders.

I'm kind of excited that Patons has finally come out with some new, nice colors (hello, what took so long for basic navy and green?) so I think I will take a few skeins along on our upcoming midwest vacation to make up some samples.

Let's see, what else? Oh yes, my husband and I celebrated ten years of marriage (!!!) last week and took off to Toronto for a weekend alone. We had no big plans other than tickets for The Wizard of Oz (which was outstanding). We wandered the city and took in the sights, ate and drank and napped whenever we felt like it, and...we visited Romni Wools. There is just no way to describe the place, which is tucked into a rather nondescript block just at the edge of the Toronto Fashion District (itself enough to knock me flat) on Queen Street West.

I've never seen so much yarn. It is a huge shop, stacked floor-to-ceiling with every yarn in creation. And then there is a basement, a labyrinth of 5 additional rooms, all sale priced. Lucky me, in July the entire store is 20% off, including the sale stuff. I could have stayed in there for a week but didn't want to torture my patient husband, so I had him pick out some sock yarn (the gray Jawoll above) and I got two skeins of Estelle Yarns Baby Silk Lace (70% baby alpaca, 30% mulberry silk) in a beautiful raspberry colorway. The prices were crazy good. I am already making a plan to return - luckily Toronto is easily a day trip from where I live!

After dithering for months over what yarn to use for Ene's Scarf, which I've been dying to make, I finally jumped in with the new stuff. It's luscious and feels amazing in my hands... as long as I'm sitting about three feet from the air conditioner.

Stay cool, everybody!