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To Hot to Drop Stitches

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Because of the unprecedented fabulous weather we are having at the moment, I am writing this in the garden in direct scorching sunlight with Stone Sour on my headphones, and so I have not been doing any knitting, not a jot in the last 10 days.

Rather than sit in the lounge, or on the patios and knit, I have been sitting in the sun, slowly developing my tan, I say slowly as after 30 minutes in direct sun I move to the shade as I don’t want to burn and look like an old Peruvian Sherpa.

With sunbathing comes great responsibility; barbeques are aplenty, music is essential, especially to drown out the sound of a neighbour’s twins screeching because they cannot get their own way, and a load of books that need to be read, both in physical and e-book form.  On the barbeque front, we have managed to have 12 so far and summer has just started. Musically, I love my heavy metal, but rather than have my favourite bands tear down the walls, I tend to have Radio 6 Music on the go, that is if I do not have my cans on.

I keep looking at all my yarn stash and think I really need to get moving on all the stuff I need to make, finish making, and really want to make, but unless it starts raining and the temperature drops, that really isn’t an option.  At night in the winter my needles are going all the time, but at night I am ploughing through books, which is another passion of mine, as I love literature, especially the classics, it is why I decided to my degree in English Language and Literature.

Our summer last year was mostly rain and the odd hot day, so lots of knitting was done especially socks. I wonder how many of you out there find that knitting seems to be a seasonal thing too? Those that live in hot climates probably do not have that problem, but we are about 880 miles away from the arctic circle, so a hot summer is quite rare, however, because of the jet stream we rarely get really bad winters, and the coldest I have ever recorded was -18, which came with two foot of snow and a complete standstill of transport.

Maybe I should take up knitting lace work, that is light weight, and looks quite complex.


7 Comments

  1. sanseilife says:

    I am knitting a lap blanket… not a summer project. It wasn’t too bad when it was small but now towards the end it is dismal!

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  2. I knit whatever the weather but do like to knit socks or lace in the heat. You should try lace for warm knitting.

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  3. You know by now that I am a warm weather knitter, and so far I don’t think my knitting has been incredibly seasonal. I’m still working on that afghan…although I will admit to keep my legs from overheating during the knitting process, I do two things: 1. Knit while sitting on my bed (that way my work is not straining my arms from sitting on the floor…circular needles only do so much), and 2. Store most of the project in a bag to keep focus on the section I’m working on (and also to keep dog hair away). If I’m in more of a knit-hole, I’ll work on smaller projects like hats and totes/bags.

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    • Mr Knitter says:

      Yes, I guessed you are a warm weather knitter being in Florida. As I do mostly circular blankets, its quite impossible for them not to be on my lap.

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      • Circular? I’ve never knit a circular blanket before. They usually require circular needles that are much longer than what is available locally in my area (although then again I could work one flat in short rows, too, and get the same effect).

        I don’t really knit outdoors this time of year anyway because of the heat. Many houses in this part of the country, though, have central air conditioning/heat, and we can still keep our house decently cool at about 76 degrees without driving up the electric bill too high. 72° F, though, is a bit of a luxury. Anything below 80°F, though, is an acceptable knitting temperature for me. (Winter time, though, we don’t use a lot of heat unless we have an extended cold snap that drives our house temperature down into the low 60s Fahrenheit.)

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