I’d like to know who is propagating the myth that Canada is a cold country, because for the last week or two, southern Ontario has been hit with a heat wave. Temperatures are in the 30sC and feeling like 40sC (which, thanks to a handy conversion online, I can tell you is high 80s/90s in Fahrenheit). It’s hot. It’s especially hot for someone who doesn’t have air conditioning, and while I was able to fare quite well in the first few days, I very quickly lost the battle in trying to keep my house at a normal, comfortable living temperature. New fans have been purchased, I relish my time at work with AC, and I’ve gone to a movie or two to escape the heat. It was also quite lucky that we got a reprieve over the weekend and it cooled off somewhat, but summer has most certainly arrived, and she’s come with a vengeance!
This heat has also affected my knitting behaviours. My Doodler shawl, made with wool blend yarns, had to be put aside because working the the fibres was like a strange form of cruelty to myself. Instead, I’m gravitating towards cottons. My Boxy sweater has come along with me to a few movies. It’s knit in the round over what feels like a bazillion stitches, and right now I’m working towards almost a foot and a half in plain stockinette. It’s a perfect movie project, being worked in Berroco’s Weekend. Also getting some attention as of late is my Sanibel Cowl, worked in Cascade’s Ultra Pima Paints. I’m so in love with these colours, which is why I bought the skein to begin with. I also adore how soft Ultra Pima feels, with excellent drape. I’m looking forward to finishing this project, although I have a feeling wearing it won’t be possible until the first few autumnal days.
So, to that person who goes around asking Canadians if they live in igloos and take their dog sled to work, please, come visit the Greater Toronto Area. Not an igloo in sight, although one would be a welcome relief from the heat.