I’m sorry 'bout the weather in England, serves me right for getting out my summer survival kit in May (we’d had the hottest April on record).
Anyways, at the risk of boring you all rigid, here’s the kit again.
Anna - I just CANNOT HELP being green with envy! - I don’t know what part of Greece you live but that heat over there brings back lovely, warm memories of my hols in Kos.
[FONT=Arial]Before assembling your kit, it might be very useful to develop a friendship with your [B]nearest non-knitting neighbour[/B] (more on this later)[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]One fridge - cleared of clutter – one shelf is for you only[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Two knitting projects on the go[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Duplicate sets of knitting needles (if possible)[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]If you use straights, store them in their original plastic cases or wrap them in cling film [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Put circular needles in small, re-sealable plastic bags[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Keep needles in fridge – the feel of cold metal on a hot day is complete bliss.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Knitters who stabilise long needles ‘under-the-arm’ can end up with friction burns caused by wearing thinner clothing. Sponge hair rollers or corks covering the ends of the needles prevents them rubbing.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Bags of ice-cubes [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Skin care – buy a good quality hand-cream, use liberally - particularly on the side of your left index finger if you knit ‘Continental’[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Bicarbonate of Soda[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]When knitting in the garden:-[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial] One or two collapsable net food covers [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]A hand towel to dab your hands[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Insect repellent – if you’re red-haired, get it by the bucket-load, as you’re always the first course on any mosquito’s menu[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial] One wheelbarrow [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial] A stout padlock and chain[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]The summer enemies of any knitter are M.O.M.s – Midnight Onion Munchers, compulsive jelly-makers and curry-cravers.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]While you might get away with wrapping up a strawberry-scented sweater at Christmas (caused by unseen jelly left in the fridge), it’s pushing it a bit giving curried clogs and eye-stinging scarves. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]If you are continually plagued by smelly food fans, take drastic action - collect all the stuff they insist on eating/drinking and put it in the wheelbarrow.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Trundle wheelbarrow to nearest non-knitting neighbour and tell them your fridge is on the blink and you’re too poor to have it fixed. Don’t waste time and energy dreaming up other fairy stories. If people think you’re broke, they’ll feel superior to you and do everything possible to help. You’ll have the run of their fridge all summer. Sorted![/FONT]
[FONT=Arial] Check the fridge every night before going to bed - ensure there’s no unwrapped stilton, raw onions lurking around or that some joker hasn’t popped in a pair of kippers at the back. If there’s a niff, put some bicarb in a dish, (it’ll mop up unwanted odours) remove any smelly food, padlock fridge and hide key.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]If your hands do become clammy– don’t persist with the knitting – it’ll only end up soggy. If the stitches are really wilting, pop your knitting under the food cover on a garden table and let it dry in a shady spot. The cover should keep off next door’s cat as well as passing bugs.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]This is where the second project comes in – while the first is drying out, there’s no need to call a halt to the knits and purls, just go and get the cold needles from the fridge, after you’ve chilled your hands for a minute or two on the ice cube bags. If you’re short of ice, fill the sink with cold water and soak your hands and arms in it for 2 -3 minutes.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]HAPPY SUMMER KNITTING![/FONT]
Hope it helps a bit.
Yours, getting out my winter muffler and drying my wellies:cry:
What we wouldn’t give for a bit of that Greek heat!:happydancing: