To Knit or Not - Your Guide to Summer Knitting
by Becca Park
Wow, that weather was warm last week! If you were like me, you turned up the air, ate too much ice-cream, and hardly picked up a project. Let's face it: when it's THAT warm, no one wants to be smothered to death by a wool sweater on their lap.
However, as a knitter, unless you have a ton of other summer hobbies that take up all your time, we still want to finish those 24 UFO's that are piling up in the closet. And of course you're going to buy that skein of yarn while you're on vacation - thus adding even more to the pile.
So how do we still knit during the summer? I have a few things that work really well for me, and I'm happy to share them with all of you!
First of all, I totally understand being way too busy during the day to have time for a project. Unless I am working here at the shop, I am usually with family, going for walks, or doing some other outdoor activity. Or I'm just too warm or tired to pick up a project. However, whatever my schedule is for the week, I almost always have time in the evening - even if it's just 15 minutes - to pick up my project and knit a few rows. By that time, I'm sitting in the AC with a snack and watching some sort of show with my husband. I find that if I make even those 15 minutes a night happen, I will consistently work on my projects and get things done! Start small, but be consistent.
Another important tip is to keep your projects simple over the summer. Now is NOT the time to attempt the cabled wool sweater. No matter how much you love it, the thought of picking it up on a warm day will keep you away, and inevitably stop you from knitting altogether.
My go-to summer project are socks. Plain and simple. I buy fun, bright colored yarn and attempt a new pattern or a new technique to keep things interesting, and I can work through one sock quickly. Socks are easy to bring to the park, to the lake, and even on car trips. Plus those single skeins of yarn you buy on vacation can easily be made into a great pair of socks! Let's not forget that socks are excellent gifts - "sock" up now to make things easier on yourself in the winter!
Some of my other favorites are lightweight cowls, hats, and bags! Our new KAL (the Jeweled Cowl) is a great project that combines lace weight yarn with beads to create a light, drapey cowl.
Another tip I have is to try a new technique over the summer. If you have been dying to try brioche, knit up a small square! Squares don't take long to make, they aren't too hot on your lap, and you can try a new technique in a small, no stress way. Find a great pattern book that has several different stitches and sit down and pick out the ones you like! Learning a new technique is just as valuable as making a new project.
Finally, be sure to use yarn that feels cool and comfortable in your hands. You may want to stay away from wool and alpaca and go for a cotton or bamboo. If you don't like how 100% cotton feels, try a blend! We have some great wool and cotton blends that are light and soft.
Don't lose your motivation to knit over the summer! Keep the momentum going so you can tackle something bigger in the fall. Most importantly, have fun!
What are some of your go-to summer projects? Feel free to post them in the comments!
Lora Meyer - owner of Fiber Addiction Inc. Lora has been knitting for about 7 years. It started with a Groupon for a beginner knit class and now she owns her own yarn shop. Lora loves a variety of crafts but knitting is her favorite. Lora has been married to her husband, Marc for 33 years. She has 25 year old twins. She has a cat, a dog and 5 chickens.