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September 10, 2012

It's hot, but that doesn't stop the knitting

Los Angeles used to get cool at night. No matter how hot it got during the day, the nights were always cool and crisp.

This weather forecast tells a lie:

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YES, it really is that hot during the day, but I have yet to see anything with a 6 in front of it for a low. Those lows are a cruel lie. The coolest temperature recorded in my neighborhood this month was 74, just before dawn a few days ago.

Where did my Los Angeles go? I want my chilly September evenings back!

Nonetheless, I knit onward and upward. Turn up your A/C, friends, because you're still getting hand-knit gifts from the person who takes pictures of her TV weather forecast. Nothing weird at all about that.

Corey, modeling her summertime arm warmers:

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These armwarmers were knit using Rowan All Seasons Cotton yarn in a variegated pink colorway. I used a size 8 needle, tight knitters can I get a what what! I don't remember how many stitches I cast on. Just start with a swatch and it will work out.

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Once you have the piece long as you like it, seam up the long sides, leaving a little opening for a thumb. SO EASY.

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For a little decoration (and to keep the piece polished at the top) I started with a few rows of seed stitch. I love the look of seed stitch finishing anything, a scarf, a hat or a mitten.

I have several armwarmer orders on my to-knit Christmas list, along with a couple of slouchy hats. My personal Christmas wish is that it gets COLD this winter and I get a chance to wear some of the hand-knit goodness stockpiled in my closet.

What's on your holiday knitting to-do list?

And where are you hiding the weather machine that makes the cool nights?

Posted by laurie at September 10, 2012 9:01 AM