It’s summer, for real!


It’s summer in Ireland, and quite an amazing one, with several weeks of sunshine and temperatures well above 20 degrees Celsius. Apparently it’s one of the warmest summers ever! Funny thing, in Poland that would be considered average or even cool summer weather, and as the Boyfriend says, in Greece that’s more like early spring or maybe autumn. But here it really feels hot, so much so that we’ve already spent a few weekend days on the beach and even went swimming a couple of times! In fact, since our living room has one glass wall (windows from ceiling to floor), it gets awfully hot inside and I’m looking forward for the weather to cool down.

And Ciri doesn’t love this heatwave either. She stretches herself down on the cool floor (here she is next to my desk but in fact she prefers cooler kitchen floor tiles) and tries to survive until the evening. Stella doesn’t really mind, maybe because her fur is a little shorter and less thick.

Well, with all that weather I should focus on summer projects and light yarns like cotton, but I’m just not feeling it. I don’t know why, but I’m not the biggest fan of summer knits. I mean I still knit them, but it’s just not the same as a nice sweater or a pair of socks…

So, instead of focusing on something light and summery, I decided to knit a new pullover using some variegated merino yarn (in fingering weight of course, my favourite!) from Irish Fairytale Yarns. I love this free Taormina pattern, absolutely simple, with wide neck opening and straight body without any waist shaping.


I made a good progress in a couple of days, knitting in front of the PC while working, and then it was time to knit the sleeves… and I just couldn’t force myself to do it. First of all, I’d have to be much more focused to keep track of decreases and turn the pullover around all the time. I just can’t do that right now, I need a very mindless project to keep my hands busy while my brain is working. I love knitting or crocheting while working (well, at least during that part of my work that involves reading and analyzing, not that one when I have to type or make notes), I can’t quite explain it but keeping my hands busy like that somehow helps me work. Or maybe that’s just an excuse I’m giving myself, who knows? In any case, sleeves are a little too fiddly to do it comfortably and stay focused on work, so I decided to put my sweater away and let it hibernate for a while.

All set just waiting for me to start working on it again…

Now, that doesn’t sound like anything revolutionary, right? But if you knew me, you’d probably realise instantly that it is in fact quite a challenge for me. I just can’t stand the thought of having too many WIPs or UFOs, it makes me nervous and stressed out. And in addition to the pullover, I have my ongoing doily, too (by the way I need to post an update about my doily soon!). That makes two unfinished projects on top of the one I’m currently working on instead of the pullover. Amazing! And yet, I’m feeling surprisingly calm and relaxed about it, so maybe that’s a good sign? πŸ˜‰

So now that I abandoned my previous project, I decided that it’s time to work on something completely simple, not complicated, and straightforward; something that would let me keep my hands busy mindlessly. And what fits the description more than a garter stitch blanket? Yes, it’s another Drops pattern, and I’m knitting it in exactly the same colours as recommended, because I love how colourful and cheerful it is, and I don’t feel like changing anything.

All yarn ready

So here I am, stuck in my terrarium of an apartment with partially finished woolen blanket on my laps, sweaty and overheated but strangely happy, because the colours in the blanket really cheer me up.

And also, if you love coffee like me, and if you need a cold coffee drink, but don’t like coffee shop-made frappuccinos filled with sugary syrups and cream, here’s a great recipe for your own homemade cold brew coffee. It’s super easy to make and served on ice it’s such a great, refreshing drink that I can’t get enough! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

My freshly brewed supply for the next 2 or 3 days


10 thoughts on “It’s summer, for real!

  1. You only have 3 WIP/s?!?! I’ve got four shawls going at the moment, and another one in the closet. That’s not to mention the three or four hats that are in progress at the moment. And it’s a good thing you can’t see this one drawer in my yarn stash that’s crammed full of UFO’s . . . .
    Truth be told, I really need to go through all my UFOs and frog the ones I know I’ll never finish, and recycle the yarn to another project.

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    1. Usually I only have 1, I just hate having too much of anything, I feel like it’s a burden, and WIPs are no exception πŸ˜‰I always wonder when I read other blogs how people don’t feel overwhelmed with many ongoing projects. I just can’t handle that!

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  2. I so know what you mean about summer knits. I’m working on my Find Your Fade which is at least fingering weight, but I’m having yummy visions of wearing it when the weather gets cool. Your sweater is going to be lovely! Stay cool!! And thanks for the cold brew coffee recipe. I’m going to try it!

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    1. I hope you’ll enjoy it, it’s awesome if you like strong, filtered coffee!
      And yes, summer knits… I don’t know, just not as appealing as nice sweater made of wool. Hope to see your Fade on your blog!


  3. Given that I too like only 1-2 WIP’s at a time, I totally get what you mean.
    I love the pattern from the merino yarn – just enough stripes and variety in there to keep the knitting interesting. πŸ™‚ The blanket looks so yummy – can’t wait to see your updates on it. (And doily updates, yes please!)
    I’m not a huge fan of coffee but cold brew coffee does seem interesting; still, don’t think I’ll try it out anytime soon. πŸ˜‰

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    1. 1-2 WIPs sound perfect for me as well, and I prefer if they are not both knitting or both crochet, so that I could alternate between the 2 πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh yes, definitely, that makes for a much better variety! I’ve realized this (and love it) now that I alternate between cross-stitch and knitting – so different, and that makes me actually look forward to working on the other project when I get bored of one. πŸ™‚

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