Authentic laceknitting climate
Tuesday August 24th 2010, 3:16 pm
Filed under: Knit,Wildlife

So we finally got our summer.   It’s today and yesterday, with records broken yesterday and probably today too. Then it’s supposed to go back to  the 60ish-to-70-degree coolness with the usual breeze off the Bay that we’ve had for weeks, perfect shawl weather. Tomorrow.

There’s been a goldfinch just outside my window putting on quite a display today:  it’s been holding its tail stretched open as wide as it can go, trying to cool off.  I’ve been watching it relax, go oh wait that’s right and stretch it back out–hold it right there–that’s better. Relax, flare out, hold. Repeat.

On the ground, the mourning doves are winging it in their own AC effort.

My hanging sugarpine cone was held to its string up there, I learned, by glue. It came unglued in the heat.  Smashing Sugarpines would make a great rock band name.

The suet cake is dripping slowly.

The squirrels are looking longingly through the window at my tomatoes that are grabbing at their chance to finally turn color–inside, out of reach of their greedy little thievery.

A house finch lands and spreads his tail in a wide V too as I type this.

I tell you. It’s feather-and-fan weather out there.

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Up here summer hit with a vengance (yesterday/today/tomorrow). My new hydrangias are cooked to crispy crunchy state….and I’m knitting a …..sweater?!

Comment by Ruth 08.24.10 @ 3:43 pm

Sorry, if I’d realized you were missing it, I would have sent it out sooner…we’ve been steaming all summer, and then just got cool rainy weather the last few days. (Courtesy of tropical storm Danielle, I believe, but clearly the summer had to go somewhere to hide out from her.)

Comment by RobinH 08.24.10 @ 7:25 pm

Fall is just around the corner here! I just finished the wrist warmers I’ve been working on since last winter. I’m ready for colder weather…

Comment by Monica 08.25.10 @ 4:50 am

I’m enjoying the cool mornings, but I hear summer is coming back to us in a few days…

Comment by Channon 08.25.10 @ 6:41 am

Smashing Sugarpines — I love it! We kept the place livable yesterday. So after complaining about the cool weather, we get to complain about the hot weather.

Comment by Don Meyer 08.25.10 @ 9:04 am

We are having just the second lovely day this summer — mid 70’s — all the rest have been way over 90 and some over 100. First nice days since late May. But our suet cakes don’t melt. Maybe it’s the mixture. They’re commercial not home-made. Don’t know what makes them different. Called Morning Song Year Round Suet — from Wegmans. But they get eaten, not melted. You just bought yours. Wonder if there’s a temperature limit on them? Hmmm.

Comment by sjanova 08.25.10 @ 9:06 am

I’ll never knit feather and fan again without your images!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 08.25.10 @ 4:01 pm

“Smashing Sugarpines would make a great rock band name.”

So you’re a Dave Barry fan, too?

Doesn’t matter – I’m a Spindyeknit fan, regardless.

Comment by twinsetellen 08.26.10 @ 9:30 pm

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