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Monday, August 29, 2011

Tied Up In Knots!

What a weekend! I was worried for my family, dear friend Kelly in N.Y. and several wonderful blogging friends who were in the path of Hurricane Irene. I was wishing for something a bit more peaceful for the east coast.

Over the weekend in Phoenix we were breaking heat records left and right. I went to go get a new phone to replace the dinosaur I have been carrying around forever and the heat made my eyeballs feel like they were boiling inside my head (ewww).

When I lived in Alaska it was once so cold that I was able to carry a full pot of boiling water outside, throw the water up in the air and watch as it immediately evaporated from the extreme cold.

The heat here made me wonder if I could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Guess what? I could.

So let’s just say I am not exactly ready to see magazines and blogs with images such as this:

It’s true. I’m bitter with envy. This will be the 7th autumn I will spend without being surrounded by fall. It’s hard on a girl like me whose favorite season of apple picking, raking leaves and cozy sweaters has now been replaced with citrus fruit, high temps and shorts. 

I guess the AZ Republic was trying to comfort all Phoenicians on Saturday when the “Home” section of the newspaper included an article by Kim Cook entitled “Cozy Knitwear For D├ęcor”. What???? Did I happen to mention at 10 am it was already 113 degrees?

That’s right ladies. It’s time to run, don’t walk, to your closest Goodwill and buy a 1/2 dozen Fisherman sweaters to recover your favorite chair in.

If you’re handy with the knitting needles perhaps you can create a few new pillow covers.

It would seem this recent craze can be attributed to London knitwear designer Melanie Porter. She picked up her knitting needles when she could not find suitable fabric to cover an antique chair she had acquired. Those who are familiar with my anglophile tendencies must know that this design caught my eye.

Of course I am old enough to recall when knitted creations were in fashion the first go around. I seem to remember a certain Granny Square vest worn at least once a week in the second grade.

So I’m on the fence about this new trend.

I made a foray to Goodwill in the hopes of finding a lantern and surprised myself by leaving instead with a huge bag of yarn. Perhaps I thought I could use reverse psychology on myself and pretend it was colder. (FYI: It’s not working.) But I will reveal my yarn creation next Monday. Until then you can guess what I am making. And although it would be the best type of knitted creation for Phoenix, it’s not this:

Does the new knitted trend have you tied up in knots?


The countdown begins! DTA’s “Fall in Love With A House You Hate” series begins Thursday. The first linky party will be held on Wednesday, September 7th. Let’s see your projects!



Linda said...

So funny :) I like SOME knitted items but no, I don't want my chairs covered in them.

Here, the weather has been just about perfect these past few days - air finally turned off, windows opened... still Autumn does not officially begin until September 23 so technically I'm enjoying the last month of summer. I was in our pool yesterday evening and it was lovely. :)

Hope you have a great week,

ImagiMeri said...

Even though I'm native born to Arizona, I still crave seasons. Here in AZ you can fulfill those cravings most of the time....yes there are actually places here in AZ where you can see leaves change colors and fall and then it snows......I know, hard to believe, but it's true. That's what I feel is so special about AZ, you can experience the seasons in just a few hours of driving. You can go play in the falling leaves or snow and come back home and be grateful that you don't have to rake or shovel anything. I really think we here in Arizona are blessed and the best of all worlds. We even have a beach in the desert....."Big Surf!" This wonderful state will always be my home.........but if you gave me some property and a quaint cottage in Scotland or England, I wouldn't turn it down ;o)


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I'm with you... I miss FALL!! I grew up in upstate NY and I loathe living here (of course, if I want to stay married... lol...I am stuck!)... I am loving all the knitting projects I have been seeing from everyone... but I too am on the fence over the 70's stuff coming back! I didn't like it when Marcia Brady wore it the first time! lol! :):):):):):):):):):):)

The Pennington Point said...

Did you really cook that egg on the sidewalk? Wow. I just posted about the heat also...but let's hope that particular trend is over soon! As far as the knitting trend, I could do without it also. But that may be the heat talking. The thought of having yarn wrapped around me like now is dreadful! ;) Lisa~

April said...

The knitting for home decor trend SCARES me. Afghans on the back of a sofa(or better yet, tucked into an ottoman)are ONE thing. . . lampshades and SLIPCOVERS???? No, thank you! :)
I am in total love with making things by crochet right now though--since it's a newly-acquired skill. That colorful, multi-size granny square pillow looks like FUN to make!
Cute post. We will suffer through the lack-of-fall here too. . .our trees retain their leaves till January, usually!
Happy Monday!!!!!

Deanna said...

Sweet summers blessings to you!

I am just about sick of the heat. Not ready for bitter cold yet....but sure could use a month or two of 70 degree weather.

Marianne said...

The last thing we need in Phoenix is knits on our furniture! Mister systems maybe...hmmm, I think I just invented something. The thing I miss most about autumn is the smell of burning leaves. But I believe leaf-burning has been banned almost everywhere. Sigh.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I can't say I'm all that taken with the knitted chair covers. It's probably got something to do with, as you said, this punishing heat. I just walked my husband out to the car as he left for work and I started sweating. I'm getting out of town later this week to hopefully some cooler temps :)

Loui♥ said...

hi Laura..
Sorry.. I can't complain too loudly about the heat.. Here i sit, windows open, attic fan pulling in the cool night air..softly scented with aroma from roses along the patio..
we sleep with the windows open..
but around late afternoon, the temps do kiss the 100 degree mark..
So everything is closed up and the A/C snaps to attention..
having been fortunate to live in many places..I thoroughly enjoyed Autumn in New England..Christmas in Newport RI..But Denver has many positives to offer.. a long ,cool springtime featuring the gamut of flowers and blooming shrubs..while everyone else jumps right smack into summer.. our spring lasts almost midway..but when the snows tend to stick and refreeze, my hubby thoroughly understands my need to return home to the beach for rejuvenation..wise Man!!!
I have cats.. 'nuff said on that subject..I prefer the clean,simple lines, beachy look...
hugs.. Loui♥

Lorrie said...

Hmmm. Knitted pillows and throws, yes. Knitted covers, NO! And the granny squares take me back to the 70s and I'm just not ready to go there yet.

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

That is funny, no I don't think I want my chair covered in it or have a new bathing suit to wear! I too yearn for fall and cooler weather. Miss the seasons. Hugs and have a great week Marilou

Redhead Sadie said...

When I saw the chair covered in the fisherman's sweaters, all I could think of was falling asleep in it and waking up to very strange indented patterns on my face or body. I've never been a big knitted-look fan anyway, so count me out! But it's fun to see what people come up with in a pinch.

We've only got about a month or so to go for the bad heat, then it becomes somewhat reasonable again. Then we can say we made it through another Phoenix summer and feel somehow tougher for it. This will be my 24th summer here. I'd rather shovel snow or rake leaves ANY.DAY.OF.THE.WEEK. This place is for the birds and they can have it. When I finally move away in about 6 years, I will NEVER live in the stupid blankety-blank desert EVER again. So, I understand. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and I can still remember what that is like.

Miss you, girl! Gonna call you soon, maybe today! Love to you! Jenny

Designs By Pinky said...

You know, when I saw the pic of the chair covered in Fisherman's sweaters I loved it! But that is all I would want, ONE chair! And it would be fine, here in Pa.! I am so sorry to tell you that we are having gorgeous weather right now; low 80's and no humidity! PERFECT to me!!!!!! I adore Fall!!! XO, Pinky

Teresa said...

You know, I said the same two weeks ago and suddenly Summer was biding a, slow, farewell giving path to Autumn.

We still dress Summery and it's still hot but late evenings and nights are already pretty chilled and I'm begining to crave Autumn crafts. I want to crochet a banner for my Christmas tree, so I better start soon...

You can say "well, crochet is not knitting" and you're right but I would never dream of wanting to crochet two weeks ago... I wanted to lazy around the garden, watering the plants and so not wanting to get inside. Not any more, sweet lady and it's heading your way, you wait and see :)

Wishing you a Happy Week (and I love your previous post - I don't exactly think her dog died but I do think "the poor dear not even has a dog to love her" ahahahahah so I practice compassion)

Shirley said...

Dear Laura, I dont think I could part with the season's of New England..even winter has it's beauty. I need rainy cool days to feel happy..can you believe that?
I was trying on boots the other day even though I have more than I need..but I love my boots and sweaters...that fried egg was truly a hoot! Too hot for me!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Thanks for the visit today Laura... you always make me :):):) I am from Rochester, NY from a purebred KODAK family! :) My grandfather was one of the original VP's...and my Mom and Dad met there! :):):):):):):)

Kit said...

OMG!! That knitted chair had me in giggles. I don't know if I am ready to feel like I am sitting "in" a sweater. I don't even wear sweaters, they make me too hot. Great post! Kit

My name is Ali... said...

Oh my gosh, those knit pictures are hilarious!! I had to share this post with my mother in law who is a serious knitter!! I can only imagine her taking on the challenge of the knitted chair! Can you imagine someone actually doing that??? Great post!!

Debbie said...

I still have my granny square vest. It's at my mother's house, but I saw it not too long ago in a trunk search.

I have been meaning to tell you that I was very inspired by your "fall in love with your home" post and subsequent idea. I have taken it to heart. I'm going to DO something about some of my spaces that I hate.

Hope to share them, unless I manage to make things look even worse.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Great post Laura!
I know that my son and dil really miss the seasons living in Phoenix.
They especially miss all of the lakes we have here in Wisconsin.
You need to come visit me!!!
My appletrees are in full bloom.
Our days have been sunny and about 80 and our nights are cooler in the 50's.
Autumn is not far away!
Hugs friend,

Hines-Sight said...

Love that you fried an egg. Hope you are well. said...


Autumn is my favorite season as well. How do you stay so cheerful when it's hot enough to fry an egg on a sidewalk -- Martini, daiquiri, mojito?

I will pass on the sweaters on sofas trend. I'm holding out for fur coat covers.

I think you'll be using the yarn to make cozies for your martini, daiquiri and mojito glasses.

Your Friend,

Really Rainey said...

Hi Laura... I loved the egg... that was a nice touch... You should link that to "Foodie Friday" hehehe ... It was actually too hot today for me to go in the pool! I know! My pool is officially 92 degrees! Yuck!
Good rule keep cool!


The Boston Lady said...

When I lived up North I wanted one of those fisherman sweaters, but now would go crazy with one. Especially after being in Vegas where the heat rivals yours, I think! Granny squares, not for me! But that bathing suit has me pining for Don Draper and Mad Men. Why are they torturing us!?!?!? Catching up and while I was gone a beautiful peice of art arrived at my home. Your giveaway! I will post soon - so beautiful! Ann