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« on: July 11, 2007 10:47:56 AM »

Hello!  A dear friend moved to Houston, TX about a year ago, and now she's expecting!  As a native Californian that hasn't been further east than Vegas (woohoo!), I have no idea what the weather is like in Houston.  Yes, I could look it up on weatherchannel.com, but wouldn't it make more sense to ask my fellow knitters?  She is due November 30th... what is winter like there?  Would the baby bolero from One Skein be a nice gift for a newborn?  I've knit one before using Blue Sky Cotton, and it has a nice thickness to it.  I'm guessing that at some point in the day, it must be pretty cold in Houston.  RIGHT?  Boy I sound like a silly Californian, don't I?

Are baby sweaters and hats appropriate for winter (December, January, February) in Houston??

TIA!  I will post the FO after I get your feedback and cast on!
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2007 11:24:23 AM »

Houston is usually hot and humid.  Summer seems to last most of the year.  We don't really get a winter.  Sometimes maybe in January or February it might get close to freezing at night but then it will get back up to the 40s or 50s in the day. 

Lightweight stuff would be good because almost everywhere you go year round you can get frozen out from the air conditioning.  I always had an extra baby blanket in my bag to cover my daughter up when we went places.

I think she will love anything you will make.

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2007 05:21:19 PM »

Ha! What a great question to ask during the most miserable time of the year in Houston! All the Houstonian craftsters will be replying to complain about the miserable weather.

Having said that, I would say that baby hats and sweaters are appropriate. I've made them as gifts myself. I'd just make it from light weight yarn, nothing too heavy. I agree with marypoppins about being frozen from the air conditioning. I wear a scarf almost year round at school because it's sub arctic in most of my classes!
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2007 08:55:07 AM »

I'm about 40 miles south of H-town. Yes it's hot an humid. However it DOES get cold. Depends on the year really (hey we got snow once remember....that was snow right? it was white and fluffy.....or was that just cotton season? tee-hee) Usually gets cold the most around Jan-Feb. The bad part of our cold is that it's mostly a wet cold  Sad So yeah a sweater and hat would get used. If you make it out of a light weight yarn it would get used more often and can always be layered.

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2007 09:05:27 AM »

I've lived in Texas (Austin - about 175 miles from Houston) and Arizona most of my life, and I agree ... I carry a sweater in the spring and summer, because the A/C is too cold!  A light sweater or bolero would be perfect.

Also remember, once the temps go below 65 degrees, most Southerners have their "winter clothes" on.  Their bodies are so accustomed to the heat, their "thin blood" can't handle cool weather. Smiley

** Seriously, I've seen mothers freak out because their child isn't covered head to toe in the warmest of sweatshirts and hats, once the temps go into the 50s and 60s.  When I moved to Arizona from Minnesota when I was six, my teacher was concerned that I came to school every day in shorts.... and that my mother was allowing it.  My mom pointed out to the teacher that any winter day in Arizona was warmer than our Minnesota summers!  Of course, 20 years later, I'm accustomed to the heat and I wear a sweater and jeans every day!

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