Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Keeping Cool....

Even though the temps here are well truly up and over 40 at the moment I just can't seem to stop knitting (again).....
This last week has seen the creation of a little pair of cutie pie slippers/shoes for Miss Connie.And a teeny tiny shrug for Little Millie......
The pattern I used for the shoes/slippers was from this book (thanks for loaning it to me Mum, it's going to be REALLY hard giving it back this weekend when I come to visit) and the shrug pattern can be found here (a free download on Raverly)....

Now, time for a question and seen as though it's been a while since I had a giveaway I might just have to do one of those too....
What do you do to keep cool when the temps start to sky rocket where you are???
The best 'keeping cool' tip will get a special little Jellywares package in the mail. I can't wait to see what you come up with, I sure could use a few good suggestions on how to cool down at the moment.... :)

35 comments:

  1. I'm with you a nice icy cold drink, a good book and a spot in the shade hopefully with a little breeze.

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  2. ooh yes hasn't it been hot lately!! Our air conditioner decided to go a few weeks ago too..

    hmmm a keeping cool tactic.. well as we live on the coast we usually we just go to the beach. But if it's too hot for that we stay at home and laze about in our swimmers drinking iced tea and hosing each other with the hose and drip drying :)

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  3. ooh ps. Love those blue slippers of Connies. Does the pattern come in adults sizes too? I think u need a matching pair ;)

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  4. If I can, I go to work! Working in a lab, the air temp has to be kept constant, and thats a lot more comfortable than sweating in my house, which got up to 38 inside last week! Other than that, I go shopping or two the movies...anywhere with aircon!

    Love the slippers and shrug, both are gorgeous!

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  5. icy cold milkshakes
    tons of ice
    chilly water
    a paddling pool
    and chanting.*this will pass!!!this will pass!!!this will pass!!!this will pass!!!this will pass!!!this will pass!!!this will pass!!!this will pass!!!*

    love that teeny shrug.

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  6. Hi Jodie, when Isabelle was little we used to fill up her clam sandpit lid and let her sit in the garage having a little swim. This heatwave we have been having has made us drink lots of nice cool drinks, sitting with wet facewashers on our necks and trying to cool down in the shade when there is actually a breeze around in the air. I have to say that those little slippers are just absolutely adorable. The little shrug will be perfect for cooler nights too. I hope the weather cools down for you soon.

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  7. Hi Jodie, hasn't it been awful! Last week was our most revolting and I think it is worse at night when you just can't seem to get comfortable. My tip is to soak a towel/hand towel in cold water then lay it on yourself under/near a fan if you have one.
    I hope you are keeping well and coping with the new addition. Love the slippers! Kathryn.

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  8. Oh, I forgot to mention - you have to be in the NUDE - of course!!!

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  9. I love the shrug. Glad you are all surviving the heat.

    Fans, and lots of them! I can't sit anywhere without one, and if I am on the phone I have to move across to get near the fan.

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  10. Hello there. Well here in stinking hot Adelaide at the moment the only thing that is getting me and my daughter through is COLD showers and baths. Even the water isnt quite cool enough though. But I fill the bath up for her and she will sit in it for hours if I let her.

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  11. I love the slippers...

    I feel for you all in Southern Aussie... It's cooler here in NZ, but still feels hot to me. ;)

    Don't forget to enter my giveaway for 7 great fat quarters...

    http://sew-funky.blogspot.com/2009/02/another-giveaway-stashbusting-giveaway.html

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  12. I have had some inside sewing days on the ones I can but I am over summer........and the next week is a shocker........the kids have been in the pool heaps and lots of cold drinks but I have hated showering some nights as the cold water has not been cold enough.........but I always remember my nan in summer with no air con she always had a wet hand towel around the back of her neck.......worked a treat and I remember doing the same........we are spoilt but very lucky wiht the air cons........dam shame we don't get any afternoon sea breezes......

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  13. I like to keep a spray bottle filled with water on hand for those super-hot days - works particularly well in conjunction with a fan. Like shabby cottage's tip, this also works best if you're nude. Or as close as you can decently get.

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  14. Ludkily we don't get that high temperature in Norway during the summer. But when it gets too hot I just relax in the shadow on my front porch with a little stitchery.
    If you are having big troubles witht the heat now I coulds send you some snow and freezing temperature to you. We are having minus 22 right now :)

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  15. Those little slippers and the shrug are so cute. Well done - knitting in this heat - you must have been keen. To keep cool this year I have hidden myself in my sewing room. Turned on the air conditioner in there, turned up the music and played and sewed to my hearts content. Occassionally I even go outside to play in the pool with the kids.

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  16. No need to keep cool in the cold cold UK, we are cold enough already!! Our problem is keeping warm!! I did live in Australia for a year about 20 years ago and I loved it, I loved the super weather but it did get very hot. I used to have cool showers and sit in the shade with a gentle breeze blowing, ice cold drink in hand, yum.. I miss it and you are so lucky. Love the little slippers, both your girls are lucky to have a crafty mummy, just love the hand knits. Andrea xx

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  17. Jodie
    iced water to put your feet in, I know it sounds weird but it works.. having my hair pulled up off my neck helps and I put face washers damp in the freezer and wrap them around my neck.. we have a/c here in one part of the house, putting heavier drapes up helps keep the light out and it seems cooler.. and when we have the a/c on, we put fans on too, it seems to stir the air up a little more..


    take care and stay cool possum... we have been lucky with only 4 days above 40C this year (one was 45C and it was bloomin' awful)

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  18. It's hot here too! Love the slips. When my kids were little and we didn't have air conditioning, I would call out "who wants to go to Dan Murphy's?" The kids didn't realize it was a booze shop, we just used to go in and do a few laps inside thier cool rooms to cool off, and then leave. It was like a little bit of heaven.

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  19. I've been in my swimmers all day with the house closed up, ceiling fans whirring, lots of cold water in the fridge and every few hours I wander down to the beach or the river for a dip, so refreshing but it makes for a very 'bad hair day'! If we get a southerly change I open up the house and the sea breezes freshen things up. Summer in Australia you've got to love it!

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  20. I can't believe you are Knitting in this weather....and with a new Baby...Little Millie must be a Very Good Girll!!
    cheers
    The only way I keep cool is to stay Inside with the Air-Con on...

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  21. Congratulations on the new arrival. Im a little behind the times obviously. Love the slippers. Might have a go at those myself - what is it with knitting in summer??? Everybody seems to be doing it. Anyway we keep cool with wet face washers and fans. Very boring I know, but DH wont give in to an air con until we go solar! Bless him.

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  22. Great knitting -- I don't know how you do it in the heat though. It doesn't usually get too, too hot here, but here's a pic of what bored college boys do when it gets too hot in the summer here:
    http://bp0.blogger.com/_PYsUP9or5fg/RjqAK4QtQII/AAAAAAAAAug/ZEeBXs7AZuU/s1600-h/2chocolate.JPG
    They swim in Chocolate!

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  23. Lovely knitting.

    Stay indoors near a fan. Keep all the curtains closed and drink lots of water.
    Go to a shopping centre (if you have one close) as the aircon is always freezing!
    Fill the bath with coolish water - Minnie and I did this recently in the middle of the day and we stripped off, jumped in and played in there for ages!
    Don't cook dinner - makes the kitchen too hot!
    Don't do any housework... any excuse for me!
    x

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  24. Oh those slippers are gorgeous... if only my kids would wear slippers.. if only I could knit! LOL
    In the crazy heat we've been keeping cool by freezing fruit and snacking constantly.. good for small children who might forget to drink

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  25. Those shoes and shrug are so sweet looking. Well done!

    How to stay cool? Come to New York City. It was so cold tonight with a crazy wind chill factor. My face hurt when I was walking home from my knitting group.

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  26. Your picnic rug and little slippers are so sweet! Our summer has been fairly comfortable so far - we usually go swimming in the ocean to cool down and drink plenty of icy cold drinks!

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  27. I just love all your knitted goodies!
    For me, if my feet are cool - I'm cool. I just love a chilly foot spa.

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  28. I usually go either to the basement (it stays cool all summer) or to the river, but if you don't have those options I've also found that homemade popsicles can work well.

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  29. I have a 9 week old bub so I'm going to try breastfeeding , in the bath tub, eating an icypole! hoping this works for both of us!

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  30. I'm too hot to be creative! A cool shower - when the water runs cool and sit under the aircon.
    I don't know how we did it when we were kids.....yes my mum used to do the same as chookyblue's nan and sometimes we were allowed to have a water fight with small buckets....lol....it was lots of fun and kept us cool!

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  31. Hello Jodie

    Miss Connie's slippers are just too cute. First I was amazed at how you have time to knit with a newborn in the house - then I thought back to when my babies were just born and I remember how I used to cross-stich for hours whe they had their naps. Now I work 20 hours a week and they are 18 & 15, there is never a spare moment to sit and stitch. Relish those young years - things will speed up very soon.

    Cheers - Joolz

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  32. i go completely insane in hot weather - honestly, i'm a pain to live with. but, pop me in a little bit of water and i calm right down and am normal again!
    i've been lucky enough to be able to swim at a friend's pool with the kids but today was even better as we managed to get to the beach.
    now i know this is no use for you - but you did ask what 'i' do. hahaha!
    stay as cool as possible
    l
    x

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  33. What a lovely pair of slippers! And I must say, a nice little quilt peeking out there. LOL.
    In the summer when it is very hot, we like to kayak in the great Chattahoochee River, which is only about a mile away. There are many places to hop out of the kayak and into the water.

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  34. Cute slippers.
    To keep cool we have been filling up a kids blow-up pool in a shady spot and taking a quick dip whenever we felt like it. It is also a nice spot to relax with a of peppermint tea too.

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