21 June 2017

Summer Unraveled

Well, it's officially summer.  Which means it's officially time for me to work hard on thinking of things to keep me from going into a deep depression.  And immediate heat and humidity do not make that an easy task.  I think I may be the only person in the world who suffers from reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder.

So, what do I have for today?  Well, I'm gonna join Kat and the others for Unraveled Wednesdays, for one thing.  Why not?  I have knitting and I have reading, so here goes.

The reading is a cozy mystery, because a) I was in the mood for something quick and not overly challenging, and b) I wanted to read something before I could pick up the book on hold for me at the library.  So I'm reading this, which is a new series to me:

(Photo from Goodreads, since I'm reading it on my Nook)

So far, it's really entertaining, and is even more well-written than I expected, so that is a plus.  And I may be able to even work it into one of my Book Bingo squares, which would be a nice bonus.  We'll see.

The knitting is something besides a sock this time.  Rest assured, I'm still working on my Orange Tabby Socks, but you've seen what they look like, so here's some variety for you this week.  It lives in this natural-history themed project bag, which has become one of my most favorites.


And as you have heard, I'm making a Sonora Shawl.  I'm calling mine Scattered Wishes, because the blue colorway is called Wish, and it's used only in a few places.   Here is what I have so far, mushed up and unblocked, but still fun to knit and pleasing to me.


I just finished the second color section, so it's growing pretty quickly.  I highly recommend this pattern.  I'm using stash yarn, which does not have the same loft as the recommended yarn, but I am still loving it - so much so, I can completely imagine making another one before too long!

Of course I was zooming along on it before it got really icky, weather-wise, so I'm not sure if things continue as they are if I'll feel like having something this size on my lap to knit ... so it may become a nice-day project, which is fine, since then it will feel like a treat!

How about you?  What are you knitting, reading, thinking, doing, eating, whatever?  Inquiring minds want to know.  :-)

Keep cool!

13 comments:

Vera said...

That shawl is GORGEOUS!! And I LOVE your project bag - so fun! I know what you mean about a project being too heavy in your lap - my shawl keeps growing and not anywhere near completion.....

Bonny said...

Your new banner photo is beautiful! It makes me think of cooling sea breezes, which is a good thing in this season of heat and humidity. Your project bag and Sonora are equally wonderful. I'm doing many of the same things as you are - reading, knitting, and lots of dreading the sticky weather.

Tired Teacher said...

Scattered Wishes is a clever and perfect name for the shawl. The shawl looks great.

My knitting and sewing have both been on hold recently - too many other things to check off my list.

Caffeine Girl said...

When I saw your header, I thought you'd moved to Hawaii!
The shawl is beautiful. Are the color sections mosaic?

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I think my husband may be in the same boat as you - the heat and humidity totally do him in, and it's a lot harder to keep his depression at bay.

AsKatKnits said...

I love your bag! Beautiful! And, that shawl will be likewise when it is finished! And, your banner photo... ahhhhhh! Perfect!

Araignee said...

Same here. We get dark and dank down here in the woods and I am stuck inside for weeks at a time. I am already feeling claustrophobic.
That shawl is a great mood lifter though. It looks like a really fun knit.

D. Kissinger said...

Knitting: Summer Lovin' Socks .........well, I WILL be knitting them. I just balled up the yarn and got my needles, marker, pattern, etc...

Reading: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (bought it today)

Thinking: Thinking that I wish somebody would put their very nice house for sale at a price I could afford in a neighborhood I would like to live.

Eating: Nothing .............huge lunch. Overindulged. Suffering the consequences.


Happy knitting on the shawl and hope you get a break from the heat and humidity soon.

Lorraine said...

Bridget- Oh no, you are so not alone. I am your sister in summer hating.

Jeannie Gray Knits said...

Oh gosh, I love both your shaw & your project bag. This summer has already been so hot & humid (mainly humid!) and I've started quite a few shawls & laid them aside as soon as they get any weight to them at all. The air is just too sticky to knit anything heavy.

kathy b said...

I can get reverse weather issues too. I LOVE SUMMER , but I have had two episodes of depression in summer oddly enough. I guess the disease doesn't rear its ugly head in any reliable fashion. I'm doing very little today. Worked the benefit for the barn at a golf outing yesterday while in denial about a UTI. TOday I"m exhausted and finally on a Rx. Im hearing the wren bubbling her song outside. Fireman just went cycling so I'm going to knit on my relaxing shawl and stay near the bathroom

karen said...

your bag is awesome! The shawl, well that is beautiful beyond beautiful!

KSD said...

Wish I could do colorwork; that shawl is beautiful.