The recent heat way in the West kept many folks inside, poolside, or beside a fan. When the weather changes, so does life. It’s too hot to bake, too hot to exercise, and too hot to knit. Wait a minute, I can’t give up my knitting! I know the thought of wool in your hands or on your lap may be enough to make you dizzy when the temperature soars over 90°. But I have to have my knit stitches—and there are always cotton dishcloths to make! The activity of knitting keeps me calm, and it makes every day go better. Yes, I knit every day. And I notice when I haven’t had any knit stitches. I am unsettled.
I do not love the heat. I agree with Neil Simon’s character in Biloxi Blues when he complains: “It’s hot . . . Africa hot.” 100° days will test anyone’s spirit. My house is dark with all the shades drawn and windows closed keeping in the night time cool as long as possible. Before my house heats up for the day and after the breakfast dishes are put away, I pull out my knitting. The heat makes me cranky, but knitting makes me calm.
The pleasant rhythm of stitches passing back and forth between my needles makes me forget the temperature. My mind can wander to cooler thoughts and a smile returns to my face. But the chores of the day need to be done so I tuck my needles away and get to work. Yet the tone of the day has been set. I have started in a peaceful frame of mind. Knitting is the calm before the heat wave.
I still get cranky when the temperature rises. Sometimes I sneak off to the library and hide in the air-conditioned quiet. And I take my knitting with me. I may walk in with a flushed face, but a few rows of knitting cools my spirit. Whatever the weather knitting is a part of my day.
My mid-summer question to you: How do you cope with hot days?