Sunday, August 02, 2009

Taking a Break from Knitting

Yes, that means I've actually been knitting. I picked up and worked on what is, at the moment, looking like an orange blob. It's a Drops pattern, #112-26. I know that I've blogged about this sweater before, calling it the Orange Sherbet cardigan, or something like that, but it's been a while. The yarn is Lerici Fein, a cotton/acrylic blend, and I'm knitting it up on 4.0 mm needles. 

I'm just past the armhole shaping on the back of the cardigan and the fabric is knitting up nice and drapey. The yarn has a nice feel to it, kind of cushy and soft. I have a feeling this will be a very comfortable cardigan and the pattern is a fairly timeless design. The colour? Well, it isn't quite as intense as the picture and I love orange! It's such a happy colour and it does fit in with quite a few things in my "wardrobe" (aka my collection of things to wear).

In other things, in Episode 10 of the podcast, I mentioned that the Terrace Mtn. fire was almost contained. Well, last night, a wind kicked up and turned the fire. It was about 85% contained yesterday morning; today, it's only 35% contained, about 2700 people have been evacuated (again) and the fire has grown to approximately 7025 hectares (about 27 sq. miles) in size. It's very smoky here at the moment, so much so that we can smell it in the apartment.

When I got up this morning, I took my coffee outside, but before I could sit down, I had to clean the ash off the chair. Yes, that's ash.

It's gotten worse as the day's gone by. Most of the day, we haven't been able to see the hills on the west side of the lake. This next picture is taken in the direction of where the Rose Valley fire was. The hills aren't visible at all.

This next picture is directly across from the apartment. The hills are slightly visible, but definitely shrouded in smoke.

And this last picture is looking towards Vernon. You can vaguely see that there are hills there, but, again, the smoke is thick.

Combine the smoke with the heat (it's 34C today, with a humidex of 37C... that means it feels like 98.6F) and I can tell you, personally, I'm not feeling that great. It's definitely starting to get to me. My nose has been itchy and I've been coughing a bit; I'm beginning to get a headache. We could really use a good downpour, but it doesn't look like there's any relief in sight until Wednesday, at the earliest.

Enough whining. Back to knitting. Break over.


  1. And here, we continue to get rain, rain, and more rain. We have not seen 90º all Summer long, so I doubt we ever will this year. We haven't had enough dry days in a row to even begin to cut our hay. I am getting worried about that. I hope you get some relief from the heat soon, and I hope we get some dry weather before mushrooms become our only crop this year! :)

  2. Last year, when the fires were going on in Oklahoma, and I went outside, I used a dampened handkerchief to cover my mouth if the smoke became choking, or the ash too bad. Maybe it will help with breathing.