Summer Knitting Secrets to Dazzle

Okay, okay, so I had lots of knitting stuff planned yesterday. You know, finishing up a knitted place mat blue placematthat I’ve been working on forever, then adding items to Etsy such as a Christmas afghan, then working on another Winter afghan which is coming along beautifully! πŸ™‚

 

Blue & White Winter afghan

Did I get to any of it? No. it was front and center in my mind all day, but never materialized at all. The reason for this? I was babysitting my grand daughters Julia and Marisa.

Julia is two and Marisa seven months, so you know what that means. No time for knitting! In between watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Bubble Guppies, there was lunch to give and bottles to drink, then books to look through and toys that needed picking up. Knitting aside,Β  I enjoy my days with my girls; it’s everything I have ever wanted! As long as I’m having fun with my cuties, my knitting can wait. I mean, does it get any cuter than this?!

Julia & Marisa

 

But then when I get home there are dogs to walk, wash to do, dishes to put away, bills to pay and general clean-up in a house I haven’t looked at for twelve hours. Pure gala! βˆ—

Instead of knitting, all I could do was think about it. Slowly some ideas began popping. It’s summer, it’s hot, why take on a complicated knitting project, what’s the most popular thing to knit in the warm months, and so on. As the day warmed up to the low nineties, with heavy humidity which is New Jersey’s calling card, the LAST thing you want to do is get crazy with your knitting.

Simple. Short. Easy. Light. But, . . . when done . . .Β  sure to dazzle!

Switch out your knitting needles. Instead of those institutional metal rods (don’t they attract lightning!), use something softer, like bamboo knitting needles, for instance. The results will be the same and they won’t feel as heavy in your hands. Especially on those hot, dull days when we can’t buy a breeze.

Knit with lighter fiber yarns. Unless you really enjoy it, stay away from wools and bulky, chunky yarns in the heat of summer. Cotton yarn is SO versatile as is linen yarn, too. Soft silk yarns and specialty yarns can be used for those accent pieces and even children’s clothing.

Keep it simple. If you must knit an afghan, try knitting a block afghan. Besides not gaining heavy length as you go, you won’t need nineteen skeins of yarn to drag along. Light is nice, even if you’re only going to the local lake or your friend’s house!

Β β€œIn the nineteeth century, knitting was prescribed to women as a cure for nervousness and hysteria. Many new knitters find this sort of hard to believe because, until you get good at it, knitting seems to cause those ailments.Β  The twitch above my right eye will disappear with knitting practice.”
― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
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Most of all, love your knitting! Remember it’s a craft, one to be finely honed and applied with practice and only over time. Yes, I make mistakes, and that requires backtracking and the occasional curse word, but when something is ALL DONE and gift-boxed or sent on its way after a sale at Etsy,Β  it’s the nicest feeling in the world to know “I made that!”

As always, take your knitting to heart! β™₯ β™₯

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