As spring is in the air in the northern hemisphere and those in the southern hemisphere start setting their sights for the arrival of winter, a lot of crocheters and knitters find that their crafting changes along with their wardrobe. Have a look through your finished projects and explain the seasonality of your craft to your readers. Do you make warm woollens the whole year through in preparation for the colder months, or do you live somewhere that never feels the chill and so invest your time in beautiful homewares and delicate lace items. How does your local seasonal weather affect your craft?
I have a bad habit for someone that has lived in an area that has four seasons every year. I tend to start knitting seasonal things right when I decide I need them. And by decide I need them I mean standing at the bus stop after work wishing I had a pair of fingerless gloves. Or conductive gloves that work with the bucket of touchscreen devices, I’ve purchased, or been gifted over the years.
These gloves were free knit in a week when I realized that my fingerless gloves were not going to cut it as it got colder. Even with the not quite winter New York experienced this year I noticed it. This past Friday I was waiting for the bus when I had the same thought that I wanted a spring time hat of some kind, as I thought my cabled habitat was a little much for 60 degree weather that just had a lot of wind. I haven’t found a pattern yet but I’m sure I will shortly.
In the grand scheme of things I tend to knit with no plan rhyme or reason, I have started blankets in July, Scarves, in August, light shawls in January. Part of the reason is regardless of the weather outside I am in places that are temperature controlled to one extreme or the next. The bus, is usually coldest in the summer, watching your fingers turn blue on a bus because the A/C is so high in July is not fun. Though it does make me prefer something bigger during the summer as an extra layer of warmth.
I have responded to odd looks and questions about knitting with wool in July with a simple, “You know winter happens every year right?” I have plans to start working on my Vivian Sweater again with the hopes that I will make the sleeves and finish the sweater likely in time for it to be it’s hottest outside and its coldest on my commute.
Along with my Lothlorien Cape I think I have plenty of warm weather knits to keep me comfortable during the summer and be ready for me to enjoy once winter starts once again. As my favorite family of Westeros says, “Winter is Coming.”
And the biggest wonder of all. I have started Christmas knitting!
This will be a gift to go into christmas cards, I may back them or add something to make them book marks. Look at me planning ahead even!