Whew! It’s hot all over the Northern Hemisphere right now, and it’s hard to even think about those heavy wool and alpaca sweaters we love so much in winter, much less knit them. But high temperatures don’t have to mean idle hands – it can be the perfect time for some special projects that you might not think about in the other seasons.
First, there are small projects: sure, you may not want to wear hats and mittens right now, but in a few months, you’ll sure be glad to be able to throw them on for the first cold snap and to give to knit-worthy loved ones for the holidays (That’s right! Holiday knitting! In November, you’ll be glad you started now). And the small size means you can easily knit them on the go without a lot of yarn or work-in-progress in your lap.
Try the Silver Lining Hat, out of light and lovely hand dyed Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk or crocheting the delightful Wheatleigh Hat and Gloves.
How’s about making some cute little penguins and polar bears to make you think of colder days? Knitted and crocheted toys are perfect little projects to carry around during the summer.
Another tip is working with thin yarn and plant fibers. The less warm fiber in your hands, the cooler you’ll be. Consider some fast and fun, loose-gauge lace weight sweaters, like the Bordeaux Pullover, made with Valley Yarns Colrain Lace or the elegant Iced Branch Shawl out of the cool and surprisingly easy to knit Valley Yarns Longmeadow.
Making socks? Fingering weight wool is cooler and more breathable on your hands and feet than thicker wool yarns. Try our soft and smooth Valley Yarns Huntington in the Sunny Day Socks.
If your knit-worthy gift recipient is demanding a warm winter blanket, and you have to knit it right now, no sweat! Just find a pattern that’s made of small motifs, squares or strips that you can join together later, like the stunning Amethyst Brook blanket or the refreshing Valley Log Cabin Blanket. (Hint: This tip can also apply to sweaters – even if you’re usually a fan of seamless construction, summer has a way of making you appreciate those small cardigan fronts!)
And let’s not forget spinning and weaving! Nothing like the cool breeze from a fast spinning wheel, and the summertime is a great time for spinning up all your fiber for fall, winter and spring knitting.
Weaving is a great way to work with less elastic, cool fibers like cotton, tencel, and linen for projects that are needed in every season. Another big bonus for weaving – none of it’s sitting on your lap! If you don’t already know these great, all-seasons crafts, consider taking the summer months as chance to learn something new. You may want to check out Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler or the Learn To Spin Kit from Nancy’s Knit Knacks.
What kind of projects do you like to do during the hot months of summer? Share your ideas in the comments below. We’d love to hear how you deal with the heat.