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Keepin' My Cool With Knitting | Not Quite Amish

Keepin’ My Cool With Knitting


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?

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Lisa Bogart (64 Posts)

Lisa Bogart. Lisa is a movie-loving, book-reading, sweater-knitting, cookie-baking, world-traveling woman. She is also the author of Knit With Love, Stories to Warm a Knitters Heart. She won the Guideposts Writers Workshop in 2010. These days Lisa works part time at Piedmont Yarn in Oakland, CA. And she loves nothing better than writing all morning, knitting all afternoon, and watching a movie with hubby in the evening. You can find Lisa online at LisaBogart.com.


  1. Pat Johnson says:

    I absolutely agree, Lisa!

  2. I also agree about the heat, and being a Northerner living in S. Georgia, I say a prayer of thanks for my central air conditioning EVERY. DAY. Before I had our daughter, I spent the days with the blinds drawn, air turned cold and a cup of coffee and lived in denial. LOL Now, I go outside for my walks with her in the early morning before it gets oppressive and spend my days trying to do inside stuff. There’s also the whole “bugs are worse in the heat” issue to contend with here, so cool evenings aren’t usually an option for outdoor time. Heat makes me grumpy, and so do bugs, so I just stay inside whenever I can.

    • I too say a thank you prayer for air conditioning when I have it. Getting out early is a great strategy, for whole days indoors make me grumpy too. Soon enough we’ll be chilly in the fall. teehee

  3. I love my knitting whatever the weather.I an Blessed to have A.C. so I can stay cool.Also take my knitting along to the Dr. Office/ cool there. Very limited to the time I can spend on it due to inflammatory arthritis,but makes me appreciate it all the more. I find cotton dish clothes/ baby washclothes work well and are forgiving of sore,stiff hands.

    • Your comment about appreciating your knitting all the more since your time with yarn in hand has to be limited touches my heart. I know I would miss knitting so much if I had to curtail my time. So glad you still get some stitches in. Staying cool too!

  4. Love this! Knitter’s confession one summer I developed this weird rash under my underarm, I could not figure out for the life of me what was causing it. Then my husband pointed out that I often rest my long wooden needles in my arm pit when I am knitting….I had a heat rash caused from the rubbing of the needles against my hot skin. LOL

    • Oh my! I’m laughing with you! I think you “win” for knitting under the harshest heat conditions. Of course putting down the needles was NOT an option. teehee. But maybe this was the time to pick up a crochet hook? teehee


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