A perfect patina
Houston in the summer. Hot temps and high humidity, the kind that makes my glasses fog up when I get out of my air conditioned car.
My husband says it feels like laying in a warm bath. When the sun is starting to slip beneath the treeline and the temperature has dropped a few degrees, it feels like heaven. A couple years ago I wouldn’t have believed it either, but I guess this part of the South has gotten under my skin.
It may be that I love it so much because it’s one of the rare times during the work week where I’m actually comfortable. It’s no surprise the population of Houston skyrocketed when air conditioning became readily available. I suppose you could live here without it, but I wouldn’t want to try.
Most of my life was spent in a much cooler climate, where snow in the winter was measured in feet but, like the old saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. Idaho is cold in the winter. Texas is freezing in the summer.
Every day at work I wear hand knit socks and a shawl or cowl, plus at least one long sleeved shirt. When I’m in my office, which is 99.999% of my day, I wear a hooded sweatshirt too. It’s rarely enough.
A couple weekends ago I took a break from my never ending project to knit myself a pair of fingerless mitts. It had to be done.
I’ve been thinking about making a pair since last summer, when I went through this same thing, but never got around to it. Faced with the prospect of two, possibly three, more months of my work’s enthusiastic air conditioning I caved.
Cast on early on a Saturday morning, the first mitt was finished that night after a day spent knitting through a horribly wonderful spaghetti western, some quality time hanging out with The Scientist in his lab and, since we’re on a major Quentin Tarantino kick at the moment, Kill Bill.
Mitt two was knit the next day, where we presumably did more than just watch Kill Bill 2 although that’s all I can remember about it.
My mitts are knitted out of a gorgeous skein of handspun from Pigeonroof Studios, using size 4 needles. I more or less followed the pattern for the Camp Out Fingerless Mitts. If you’re interested in the dirty details there’s a link to my project page below.
This is the first thing I’ve finished since February that I’ve been happy with. Even though it’s a small project it feels good to have something new to love.