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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Feeling hot hot hot

If this is global warming then roll on the ice-age. Britain is in the grip of a heatwave that is making me wilt. All we seem to do here is moan about the weather. If it's too cold we complain, if it's too hot we have something to say about it and don't get us started on the rain. The British mentality is quite amusing at these times . We'll quite gladly tell you the temperature will hit 92 F today, but come the winter you can bet we'll be moaning that it went to minus 5 C overnight. Talk about manipulation of systems to suit the current complaint. Either way it's damn hot right now. Needless to say, knitting hasn't been my top priority over the past few days, I've been contemplating if I can get away with climbing into the chiller cabinet at the supermarket. A bed of frozen peas would suit me perfectly right now.

Despite my whining I have got something done. James's little hoodie is now complete. I love this design, it's from a Sirdar booklet Baby Knits (316) and it has some really modern looking items in it and is particularly strong on boys designs. Much to the horror of my mother I decided to make this in the 3-6 month size ready for the winter in navy blue. She's quite shocked I would knit in such a dark colour for one so small, but I think the days of babies being in nothing but the purest white have long gone and that more modern mothers don't mind so much. It's just 4 ply acrylic so nothing exciting, but yet another design I'd wear if it were sized up, despite being too old to be part of the hoodie generation.


I've also got cracking on the striped jumper. I went with the brown colour scheme, despite really liking the blues too. A few people suggested using the colours in the pattern, but the brown I had in isn't dark enough to go with blue, it's got a very orangy tint to it. I'm working the back and front in one piece to the armholes to save weaving in another sets of ends. I'd do it on a cicular needle, but knitting in the round sends me quite doolally. This one is the 9-12 month size, but in DK so is working up pretty quickly.

After this normal adult sized service will resume, well adult sized at least.

28 Comments:

At 11:32 am, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

LOL about the weather complaining. it is practically becoming a national sport here too!
dark and very bright colors for babies are the rage in NYC for some times now. many of the items are just "mini me" version of adult clothing. I think the hoodie is adorable. can't wait to see him wear it!
:-)

 
At 12:05 pm, Blogger Wye Sue said...

Hoodie looks brill - I don't understand the babies in pastel colours thing ;-)
I wish someone would turn the thermostat down.... at least you can wear woolly things in winter !

 
At 12:27 pm, Blogger Pam said...

I love the colors! It's coming out so nice.
We are HOT here as well. I actually can't wait until winter. LOL.

 
At 1:36 pm, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

I was just wondering if I'll complain about the cold, cause I'm certainly complaining about the heat.

What a sweet hoodie! Navy is a great color for everyone :)

 
At 1:55 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

That's funny -- just yesterday my sister and I were talking about how a lot of people we know use °F in the summer and °C in the winter. *lol*

I love all your knits, as always. The hoodie is so nice. Great colours too. :)

 
At 2:05 pm, Blogger Kelly said...

I love the hoodie its too cute!
I think the colours you chose are perfect for that striped sweater! Its going to look fantastic!

 
At 2:51 pm, Anonymous Silvia said...

The Hoodie is just to cute:) And dark colors are wonderful for a child....IMHO
It sure is at Boling Point here in North yorkshire and I am loving it!!!!!!!

 
At 5:00 pm, Blogger Charity said...

The hoodie looks great! You did a nice job. I really like the way the stripes are coming along, too.

 
At 5:17 pm, Blogger Cerridwen said...

I should feel sympathy for you. Really. I am trying. But I live in TUcson, AZ. During the summer here, our average temps reach 100F+. And since we actualy have a monsoon season this sunner, coupled with that is 30%+ humidity(and my swamp cooler doesn't work after 15%). I just got back from Lake Havasu a couple days ago, where it was 120 with 50% humidity.

Think of it this way: you have a hot summer, but you have a cool winter to look forward to. And seasons. Don't forget seasons (I saw them in a book once. THey looked nice.)

 
At 5:46 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Okay, I'm definitely switching to centigrade for the winter :) But complaining about the weather in summer is best in Fahrenheit!

The little hoodie is cute! I love the navy blue. It's very Baby Gap (and I mean that as a compliment!), sweet and modern. Since I'm also too old to be a hoodie person myself, I think I'll be making lots for the baby.

The brown stripes look great! After lots of baby knitting, adult stuff seems huge, doesn't it?

 
At 6:20 pm, Blogger KnitPastis said...

Adorable hoodie! Navy happens to be one of my favorite colored yarns to make a sweater out of. You picked out great colors to do the stripes in. (Trying the merino in the freezer soon:)Thanks

 
At 8:14 pm, Blogger The Fluffy Ewe said...

I wasn't aware the heatwave was a global thing. Cut me some slack, though. I have a 2yo and unless Blue's Clues or the Backyardigans start covering the news I am pretty much oblivious to anything going on outside of the house. It is going to be in the low 90's today and tomorrow here in Ohio and then after that its going to go back into the 80's. I could not survive in the conditions Cerridwen lives in... seasons are important to me. You'll never hear me complain about the cold weather.

The hoodie is just perfect! I would def. put my lil baby (when he makes his debut) in navy blue. I like the whole "mini me" look on babies. The striped sweater looks fantastic as well. Your knitting always impresses me, Rain, ;)

 
At 8:39 pm, Blogger Stefaneener said...

I'm so so glad that I don't live in Arizona any more. Once was more than enough. We are wilting in high 80s but like those in Britain, we're not set up for hot weather -- except for the beach : )
I would feel guilty running an air conditioner anyhow. Global warming is also going to make me very cold this winter, you can bet! Hang in there you all -- maybe it will break soon.

 
At 1:02 am, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Love the navy hoodie, it will look brill and much more practical than pale shades (babies + pale clothing = recipe for disaster!). The stripy sweater looks fab with those colours together.

Yep we are now complaining about the heat - we are just not set up to deal with extremes of weather here hence we all get very uncomfortable! Aircon, what is aircon LOL. The ones I feel most sorry for are the animals, the chinchillas ain't impressed.

 
At 10:54 am, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

My body feels great in warm weather so I'm not complaining but many are, so you are so right!

Nice hoodie!

 
At 2:53 pm, Blogger knitfriendly said...

I love the baby hoddie! I feel your pain regarding the heat. Here in DC, it was over 100 degrees (F) the past two days! With the humidity, the heat index has been even higher. I can just be very happy that my office is nice and cool. ;)

 
At 4:53 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

I was watching a TV programme the other day and the fact that we in the UK don't have air conditioning as the norm wsa discussed but the rub is that, if more and more people get air con., this adds to the carbon emissions hence more global warming!!! Vicious circle!

That hoodie looks great and I, personally, like babies in 'grown up' colours. I particularly like them in bright primary colours. Some people still seem to prefer pastels though. The stripes are also looking good.

 
At 6:36 pm, Blogger Seahorse said...

More fab stuff! Love the brown colour scheme especially!

 
At 7:17 pm, Blogger modelwidow said...

Love the hoodie, nothing wrong with darker colours, they are so much more practical for little people.

 
At 8:56 pm, Blogger Cerridwen said...

What's a heat index?

 
At 10:49 pm, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks folks

I think we're all suffering at the moment with the weather. Fingers crossed it starts to cool soon. Some like it hot...but surely not this hot!

Cerridwen, a heat index is when they take the actual temperature and consider the humidity into how hot the it feels to the human body. It's like when they calculate wind chill factor. In continental Europe the heat is a very dry heat and is a lot more bearable but here in the UK it gets very humid and feels a lot warmer, even when it isn't.

 
At 2:11 pm, Blogger Zonda said...

Love the hoodie! So cute!

 
At 1:17 am, Anonymous Rachel said...

Babies in bold colors is actually "in" right now, to the extent that babies can have fashion. Besides, that dark blue is much more practical than the imminently stainable white. Looks adorable!

 
At 10:51 am, Blogger acrylik said...

The hoodie is very cute, will be fantastic for winter. No more "traditional" colours for babies - I agree :)

 
At 10:05 pm, Blogger All the Way With Knitting said...

A lot of lurking in M&S's frozen foods yesterday .I am knitting but only slowly and with a huge fan that sounds like Concord's engine.

 
At 10:09 pm, Blogger All the Way With Knitting said...

Only one consolation for the lady in Tucson...over the State line in New Mexico lurks "Fiesta Yarns" .

 
At 2:16 pm, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

great demo of how to weave in yarn ends as you knit by Maureen Mason-Jamieson:
http://www.kinverknits.com/intarsia_lesson/intarsia_lesson_2.htm#Lesson%202%20:%20Weaving%20In%20Ends
cheers!
:-)

 
At 7:53 pm, Blogger Isela: Purling Sprite said...

The hoodie is precious.

 

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