Sunday, July 23, 2006

"Pretty hot in these rhinos..." * ETA: Contest update

Last time I checked I lived in San Diego. So imagine my surprise when I stepped outside my house Saturday morning to 100+ degrees. This is an area that averages around the mid-80s this time of year. All I can say is - wow, it's freaking hot. And it feels even more so because air conditioning is practically non-existant at many of the local establishments. Which, unfortunately, includes Rebecca's, our regular Saturday meet up spot. We attempted to find another spot that was cooler, but ended up at the still un-air conditioned, but somewhat cooler Urban Grind. The heat also kept most away this week, but Nasus, Knitzalot and I still managed to get quite a bit done despite the yarn sticking to our fingers and the chairs sticking to our bums.

Given the heat this led to a careful selection of projects for the day. I brought a couple cotton projects because I am trying to keep most of my wool projects for the comfort of my air conditioned living room. The good thing about this is that Cable-8 finally made a showing after hanging out in the bottom of my knitting bag for many weeks now. Considering this top is practically 2 large gauge rectangles seamed together, I haven't wanted to work on it much. Mostly this is due to the fact that I am cabling on size 11 needles. Many of the cable needles are just too small and the largest dpns I have are 9s, which also doesn't solve the problem. I tried not using anything, but trying to manipulate 4 stitches with just my fingers, was just a little too complicated for these unpracticed fingers. However, and this is another reason it is good to knit with friends, Knitzalot came to the rescue with a jumbo cable needle that works perfect! I ended up finishing the first back/front yesterday and I hope to get started on the other back/front before I lose my steam.

Today, although still hot by San Diego standards, was somewhat cooler. B and I decided that there were far too many things we've been putting off doing and although we decided not to tackle the new cell phone provider situation today, we did accomplish many errands and...(dramatic pause)...we CLEANED THE HOUSE! I know. Crazy! That man literally vacuumed the entire house, floor to ceiling. If there is any dust left, it is only because it was hanging out below the yarn that is still spread all over the coffee table. I said we cleaned, not straightened. Baby steps.

* B and I routinely quote this line when it is really hot. The first person to guess what movie it came from without looking it up on the Internet - honesty people - gets a fiber prize. Leave your guess as a comment and be sure to leave a link to your blog or your email, so that I can get in touch with you.

ETA - Congrats to Heide who hopped right in there with the right answer: Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. The rhino scene throws me into fits of laughter just thinking about it. A little fiber package will be on its way to you this week!

5 comments:

Heide said...

Was it the second "Ace Ventura" movie, "When Nature Calls"? Can't imagine too many other movies where someone would be inside a rhino... unless it was a Monty Python skit. Now I'm racking my memory. Hmmm.

Jennifer said...

Ok, I'm totally guessing here but, The Air Up There?

It's super hot up here too. 110 today. My cats are puddles. The family is a soggy mess.

knitzalot said...

Glad to see you made progress on the Cable 8 tank. Soleil has passed away - it was an unexpected death after an apparently long, but unnoticed (at least by me) illness. Sad times here at Chez Purly Gate. More on the blog, when I have the strength...

Deb said...

Cable 8 is beautiful! Glad she popped up from the bottom of the bag. It's hot AND humid in MN. I was visiting my sister in the PB/LaJolla area in June during a "heat wave" of 80 degree temps and couldn't believe she called that hot!

Nonnahs said...

Cable-8 looks great! A rhyme! Sorry, the heat is messing with my brain. I think if we had the luxury of A/C, I may have cleaned as well- goodness knows our place could use it! But alas, all we could do was sit and sweat. Like literally, sit in one place, and still drip sweat. Not.Cute.