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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

We've got the heat

Ok, my title is lame. But I think all of New York City is running out of weather-related cliches. The heat is on? It's getting hot in here? Drop it like it's hot? They just don't seem to convey how miserable it is outside. Or, in my case, inside, as we unpack box after box after box. It is the best apartment ever, but it's still positively stifling. And though I love my staircase, I don't love feeling like a worn-down weakling when I cart boxes up and down it.

How hot is it? Too hot to take pictures of my finished Diamonique. Maybe after the thunderstorms roll through?

But not too hot to start a new project. I know, I need to finish my mom's French Bistro Top. And I shall. Very soon. I'm onto the sleeves, but they are a little dull so I decided to start Rusted Root in dusty sage. Maybe I'll call it Verdant Root?

rusted root

This progress shot is basically worthless, so I'll just tell you about it. The lace panel breaks up the boring stockinette stitch, and I'm very excited about the puff sleeves. Who doesn't love puff sleeves? (By the way, whatever happened to the band Rusted Root? They were the pride of Pittsburgh when I went to college, then they seemed to fall off the planet.)

Now, I promise this won't turn into an apartment blog, but you'll have to indulge me in a few shots. Here's the view out of the window of my little craft/desk area. Can you see the little flowers below?

And this will be my craft area. It needs some serious work, but that will be the fun part:

And, finally, our view of downtown Brooklyn. At night, if you peer left, you can see the tippy-top of the Empire State Building. Except during a power crisis, when it's not lit in an effort to conserve energy:

Is anyone out there in a cool part of the world? Can you remind me what it's like?


Blogger Alice said...

Ooooh, it's lovely here. Really cool after so many days/weeks of 34 degrees or more. I feel human again.

I'm wishing you a big storm so you can post photos of Diamonique

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

Do I smell a house warming party soon? No pun intended. It's freakin hot and I'm about to go take a chair and sit inside my local supermarket :-D I like the zephyr tank but it reminds me to much of the craftster one I just finished. I do love the puffed sleeves though.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Funny, I just purchased Rusted Root last night. It has been awful here in Chicago, too, but a storm did pass through last night and it knocked 15 degrees off the temp. It is supposed to warm up again, but 88 is better than 98. Saw you on the show. It was like a cable tv version of Where's Waldo. (Not that you were hard to spot at the next computer over!)

1:10 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Cute top! I didn't know they had a new one out. Strangely enough it hasn't been all that hot here in Houston--just the normal low to mid nineties. Considering everyone else is in the 100's, that's not so bad.

1:26 PM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

I feel so bad for all of you in the hot part of the country. The one thing I don't miss about Toronto is the heat -- I think they're expecting a high of about 14 C here tomorrow (which is actually a little too cold -- sorry) and we're off to the west coast, where it's also nice and cool. Congrats on the new place though -- it'd be worse if you were cramped in a smaller space, no?

2:00 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

it's been so wickedly hot :( i feel like i'm wilting!

the new top is coming along good ;) verdant root is a good name for it.

LOVE the new place. i can't wait for you to have a housewarming party (hint hint.)

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

ooh, i think i might need to buy Rusted Root. It's tres cute. Is it all knit in one piece? I decided a while ago that my seaming days are over.

Three words: House Warming Party.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous alligator said...

I like to lurk on your blog. Thought I would pop out of lurkdom though and answer your question about what it's like to have normal(ish) weather. I live in Southeast Alaska and we are having one of the rainiest summers ever. Today it is 58 degrees with scattered showers. I greeted the day with a hot cup of coffee and walking through town in the rain. The trail where I like to walk my dog is flooded (this happens every summer) and my friends are grouchy because the clouds are too low for mountain climbing. It has been a good summer for sitting inside (no air conditioning!) and knitting!

2:10 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

Omg, there's a pattern called Rusted Root? Wait until I tell the fiance, he'll probably make me knit it (he got his start in the tech world designing the band's Web site).

BTW, they're sorta still around, at least in the city, although I don't think they perform together that much anymore. Last I heard of any of them was when Liz Berlin performed a few months ago with Alexa Joel (yes, Billy's daughter) at Mr. Small's, I think.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

You and I must share the love of Zephyr Style patterns, because I have been trying to decide whether to purchase the Rusted Root pattern too. I'm not too sure about the puffy sleeves though...maybe I'll wait until I see your finished project to decide.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Rusted Root is still together, they just played or are playing a show here in the near future (here = Pittsburgh). I kept hearing commercials for the concert on the radio but never paid attention to the date!

3:16 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'm sorry its so hot. But a new craft area to set up! Try to let that distract you.
I'm dying for my yarn to arrive for Rusted Root. Can you believe no one in SF carries Cotton Fleece? I love the color you chose!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

I've been hiding from the heat all week! you'll be done with all those boxes before you know it

oh and your mom called, she said she wants her sweater done.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

I am glad you are all moved in! I hope your heat spell has ended. Ours has! Yippee!

5:30 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Rusted Root! We have a CD of them. I know that in the first Ice Age movie, one of their songs was featured.

Can't help you with the heat. It's hot here too.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Amazingly today in Southern Cali it's actually 'cool'...the heatwave's finally gone. (Yay!). It was nice and breezy today.

I also bought the Rusted Root pattern, it's so cute. I won't be knitting it for a while though.

Happy interior decorating!

7:20 PM  
Blogger donnac368 said...

I'm coming out of lurking and waiting for the t-storm here on LI. Love the Rusted Root pattern - think I might try it. Found a KAL -

8:29 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

If it makes you feel any better, it's HOT here in Ohio too. Yuck.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Looks like things are going well settling into the new apt. Continued luck with all of that. I can't wait to see your crafty area :)

Verdant Root - brilliant! and bring on the Diamonique!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Love the view from your apartment. We had a big storm here, which cooled everything down, but the humidity and temp is rising again. I'm hoping it doesn't get hot again, because I can't stand it! (enough whining)

You are such a fast knitter. The new project is really adorable.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Megann said...

Hooray for having a craft area. Even with a two-bedroom, my craft area has become the kitchen table. With two sewing machines and yarn and fabric everywhere, its nice to be able to spread out, but not nice while trying to cook dinner. Rusted Root looks great. What yarn are you using to make it?

9:31 AM  
Anonymous kaitlyn said...

all hail the mighty duplex!!!! Welcome to the club :)

9:58 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

Yeah, it's a good old 85 now instead of 105. Seems like winter...not! I just started Rusted Root too, it's going to look really cute on you! And Rusted Root the band is awesome too. It's such a funny throwback. Enjoy your new place!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Love that Rusted Root pattern - can't wait to see how yours turns out!

2:34 PM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

Western, Pa just got a feww degrees cooler - are you homesick yet? HeHe

4:32 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

yay for getting out of the bronx and into my place of birth! Victory Memorial to be specific, so if you're passing by, wave at it for me and thank those nice people WAY too many years ago for not dropping me on my head (too many times) as I flew out of my mother's womb in the elevator.

You're living posh!

I went to San Francisco this week, and it was 60 and windy. I was wishing I had brought a hand knit sweater... Back in LA, it's pretty nice here - 75. Hope it cools down soon for you!

7:31 PM  
Blogger Biglug said...

My future craft area kind of looks like that too...It was like 90 degrees tonight and I thought "hey it's kind of nice out." Yeah - it's hot.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Oh, poor thing! I hope it's cooled down a bit by now! And I hope you at least have a window unit in you new place - which is lovely, by the way. I wish you lots of luck & electricity in Brooklyn!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Your new place looks SO awesome--lovely view, too.
Can't wait to see Diamonique!

12:32 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Looks like a great apartment.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

Rusted root is such a cute pattern! I'll have to remember it for the next summery top I knit. I'm glad you're liking your new apartment and I hope the weather cools down soon!

6:19 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

Love that Rusted Root pattern! It'll look super cute on you, I'm sure. Hard to tell from your progress pic, but is it knit from the top down or in pieces?

11:02 PM  

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