Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
Statistically, more knitting happens in the fall and winter then during the warmer months. Perhaps it is the cooler weather that reminds us of cozy sweaters and warm afghans, spurring on the annual boost in knitting. Still, spring and summer are great times to knit. It just may require a little tweak in what and where you knit.
Use "Cooler" Yarns Yarns made from fibers that are used in warm weather wear will also be cooler to work with. Cotton, linen, ramie, silk, and rayon viscose are all yarns used to make breathable, warm-weather garments. These yarns are less likely to create a sticky sweaty feeling in your hands while knitting.
Think Lace Summer is the perfect time to knit up a lace scarf or shawl that will provide coverage without excess warmth. The thinner yarns often used in knitting lace will also help to prevent the sticky sweaty feeling. Look for gorgeous patterns and ideas at your local yarn store or in seasonal knitting magazines to become inspired by great summer knits.
Toys and Accessories Smaller projects like handbags, headbands, light scarves, bandeau tops, knitted necklaces and small children's toys are quick, satisfying knits that will not create a large blanketing mass on you while you knit them. If you knit sweaters or afghans, you know how they grow and cover you during the knitting process. Smaller projects have smaller pieces that won't weigh you down or over insulate you in the warmer months.
Knit On The Road Summer is the season for long road trips. All of that time spent in the car can be time spent knitting. Even if you are driving down some of the most scenic highways in your country, there are always times where boredom strikes and the scenery is a bit dull. Use this time for your knitting! This same idea applies to summer camp-outs and other wilderness retreats.
Rainy Days Not every day of summer is perfect outdoor weather. On those days where the weather doesn't cooperate with your plans and keeps you locked indoors, a little knitting can add some brightness and beauty. This is also a great time to share your knitting skills with children who may need a constructive use of their time.
Knit At Beautiful Places Summer is the perfect time of year to take your knitting outdoors. Public or private gardens often have benches where you can sit - and knit. Historical landmarks are another often peaceful place where you can spend your time knitting. Lengthen your time enjoying national and state parks or other places of natural beauty by staying there and knitting awhile. The relaxing feeling often provided by knitting is enhanced by great backdrops like the one aforementioned. If you have travelled a great distance to see a particular place, this is one more way to enjoy your time there. Rather than just spending a few minutes looking around and then heading for the local gift shop, pull out your knitting. The finished project may even bring back memories for you of your trip, and your time working on the piece.
Teach a Child to Knit Many children have the summer months off from school. Taking this time to teach a child to knit will provide a great summer boredom buster, a fun skill and a shared hobby between the two of you.
Summer doesn't have to be a time to put down your needles. A little shift in how you think about and approach your knitting this time of year will keep your needles clicking, your knitting skills sharp, and a continuous supply of beautiful projects.