Friday, July 09, 2010

I am Back.

The heat wave is over—yesterday was a balmy 86°--though the 60% humidity made it feel worse than it sounds. But it was a break from the 90 and 100 (101 was the hottest) degree day that NYC has been having for the past week.

I did nothing—I'd get up each morning, shower and have breakfast, and the collapse with the heat, and take a short sweaty nap. Up again, I'd take another cold shower, and no nothing, followed by, a trip to the pool where I would do some water aerobics, and just lounge in the water trying to stay cool.

Home, another shower, something to eat, and an attempt at sleep.

I don't do well in the hot weather. Never have. (I got heat rash till I was in my mid thirties!)

When I moved to this apartment (I own it) I made a choice not to have air conditioners. Yes, there are 6 to 10 days each year that get to be 90° or hotter—and we do get a heat waves (3 or more consecutive days of 90°+weather.)

I don't feel I do enough to be conservative—my carbon footprint is just a bit too big for my liking and NO AC is my attempt at reducing it. Humans have lived and survived for millions of years with the occasional (and in some places not so occasional!) heat wave. I can, too. I am really happy to have a membership in the pool club—and it, as much as anything has keep me from heat stroke!

For the duration of the heat wave, I didn't cook, (or clean much) I didn't knit or sew, or do anything—not even sit and blog about doing nothing.

But I am back, and back too, are the cuffs on the mittens.

They are large (mens large) size mittens—and will be slightly fulled when done—not enough to to really felt and shrink them, just enough to pull the stitches and floats together.

Next up is another Latvian Braid—and then a change to black and the green and a fir/evergreen tree motif.

I like the starry cuff—a free hand design—but I will find (or make a chart of my own) for the tree.

They are pretty--and not to big to be working on in this cooler, but still hot weather.
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