This week I have been knitting samples of snakes, in chunky, woolly yarns. The average daytime temperature here is 92 deg F. We even had a wild fire less than half a mile away.
In short, it’s hot and so is my knitting.
Of course, I can’t avoid this situation, I need to work ahead of the seasons, so that I’ll have something appropriate ready at the appropriate time. But it has made me think about what makes a good Summer knitting project.
Keep it Small
Take your knitting to the beach, take it on vacation or take it to a picnic. Summer is an out and about time, so keep your knitting portable. Socks are great for this and so are small toy projects. One of the best things about knitting on the go, is finding a cool knitting bag to neatly stow your project in. These cheerful examples of small but perfectly formed project bags are made by slippedstitchstudios, sarahkincheloe and zigzagstitches, all on Etsy of course.
Cotton yarn is a great fiber to knit with in hot weather. It’s lightweight and natural and when it’s blended with other fibers it can be very versatile. I like to knit toys in cotton yarns with an acrylic content, which gives the yarn more stretch and a slight sheen. Here are some of my favorites. Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (a suggested yarn for the Natty Knits Shark pattern), Cascade Yarns Pima Tencel (look at those color choices!) and Araucania Cau Cau, which is actually a silk blend. Yum.
Look for a Deal
Many Local Yarn Stores have special offers during the summer, so now is a good time to stock up and improve your stash.
The current 3 pattern deal in the Natty Knits Etsy shop features three ideal Summer knitting projects, a tiny sock yarn Mouse, a quick and easy small Owl and a Shark designed to be knitted in cotton yarn.