Waiting for Beryl

I live in Wake County, North Carolina, where the North American Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain regions meet. This means that I am, for the most part, situated just west of the end of the Hurricane Evacuation Route, the signs for which decorate many of the roadways of eastern North Carolina.

Hurricane season does not officially begin for another 5 days, but today, with Tropical Storm Beryl moving up toward North Carolina, we got a taste of what to expect over the summer. While the temperatures were not what I consider unbearably hot, it was very warm, and the humidity made it feel even warmer.

The overcast skies made it a perfect day to crochet en plein air, and I chose as my project du jour, the sari silk old-fashioned throw rug.

Here is how it looked after I spent the morning getting to the point I had been before I had to frog it and start over to make sure the sides were even and the corners were square:

sari strip crochet rag rug
Sari strip crochet rag rug at 12:51 hours

Here is how it looked a little over three hours later after I had had lunch, runs errands and worked on the throw rug:

sari strip crochet rag rug
Sari strip crochet rag rug 16:00

Here it is, one hour later:

sari strip crochet rag rug
Sari strip crochet rag rug 17:00

and one more hour later still:

Sari strip crochet rag rug
Sari strip crochet rag rug 1800

Here is how it looked before the rain started to fall, which, as it happened, was just enough to force me to go inside earlier than I would have liked:

sari strip crochet rag rug
My future sari strip crochet rag rug at 18:54

As usual, I had hoped to get more done than I did, and, as usual, my plans were foiled by reality.

The weather this time of year is an excellent reminder that our plans, no matter how urgent they seem to us, can be subverted and upended with hardly a moment’s notice, and despite that we persist, moving forward one stitch at a time.

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4 thoughts on “Waiting for Beryl

  1. You write so atmospherically! Even across the Atlantic in the UK I can almost feel the humid, pre-storm warmth of North Carolina. Your sari strip rug is going to be beautiful – I wondered whether you might use those silk skeins for something like a rag rug. The colours are wonderfully intense. Hope progress goes well today! E x

  2. I have been thinking about you as I am a weather fiend. Loving the rug. I bet it feels soft…

  3. The colors are beautiful…Are those purchased silk skeins??? If so what brand? I too live in a hot humid area, Florida…I hate it when one needs gills to breathe outside.

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