It's hot. Damn hot. Topping out at over 100-degrees (37 Celsius) hot. I know for some parts of the world, that's not a big deal in the summer, but here in the Pacific Northwest, we melt at these temps. I have to work at a party on the coast this afternoon and I'm so glad! It should be a lot cooler over there.
Some progress has been made on Hanami. This is 3.5 repeats of the first chart. There will be seven repeats of this chart before moving on to the transition chart and then the cherry blossoms. The colors in this picture aren't great, but I only had a minute to take a shot, so it'll have to do.
The color changes are really subtle in this yarn and there's no pooling or flashing or striping in evidence. Just subtle plays of cream and pink and brown tones. I like it a lot.
I should be knitting a red scarf for the Red Scarf Project instead. Maybe I'll crochet one in a nice pattern. That'll be a lot quicker and I can fit it in around the edges, so to speak, of my ongoing projects.
If you haven't heard about the Red Scarf Project, you've probably not been reading many knitting blogs this time of year. This is a great charity project that knitters have really stepped up for. It provides scarves, along with a big dose of encouragement, to college-bound youths coming out of the foster care system. It's a simple and effective way to say, "Congratulations! We think you're great!" to someone you'll probably never meet. Anyway, go check it out. Then check your stash for some red yarn and a nice, fairly unisex scarf pattern you can whip up between now and October 31st. And if you don't have time or inclination to knit, they'll gladly take cash donations, too.
Geez, all this talk about shawls and scarves has made me hotter. Time to turn on the A/C! Have a great (and cool) weekend! :)