Summer Knitting: Too HOT to Knit??? NEVER!!!

OK, so it’s hot. Is that any reason not to knit??? Of course not! But I would say that–obsessive as I am.

Enrollment in classes at Stitch DC and at the Capital Hill Arts Workshop has been slow to nonexistent. For some reason, people don’t want to think about knitting and wool in the summer.

What they don’t realize, though, is that this is the perfect time to:

A) Start knitting that killer sweater you want to wear when the cool weather returns. If you don’t start now, it won’t be done until next spring!

B) Knit yourself a cool tank top, bikini, headband, or sarong. There are so many gorgeous and inspiring patterns out there for summer clothes. Look at Nora Gaughan’s Octagonal Tank in Knitting Nature, for example. Pretty, fun, and looks great!

C) Work on small projects. Socks, mittens, wrist warmers, or even a lacy shawl would make a perfect summer project. And they’re small enough to take on vacation with you. And speaking of vacation…

D) Start a project to take with you on the plane or in the car when you head out of town for vacation or business. Nothing makes a flight more enjoyable! Time seems to fly. And even I–who get carsick at the drop of a hat–find that I can knit in the car. Especially when I’m working on something I don’t need to look at all the time.

So stop complaining about the weather being “too hot to knit.” Use cotton or silk or linen or hemp or bamboo, for God’s sake! Make 12″ cotton squares and join them into a bath mat. Or design some cool pieces you can later join into an afghan.

You just might find that knitting summer-size projects is so fun you’ll want to work on them all year ’round.

Happy knitting!

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