Knitting in the summer has not been a problem for me for the past few years, since we moved into a house with central air-conditioning. Franklin has loved to keep the house what I think of as cold, so knitting was natural. However, that started to change last year and we’ll see how it goes this year: Franklin has lost enough weight that he just doesn’t seem to tend to being hot as much as he used to. So there are possibly going to be days when I actually feel warm in the house. Possibly, mind you.
So I’m going to make the assumption that I need to plan for some actual summer knitting, not just knitting in an artificially cold environment. What would that mean to me, I wonder?
Well, if it does get hot in here, I’ll be glad to be finished knitting my lovely warm Catnip blanket, and I probably won’t want to figure out what to do with the leftover yarn just yet. My Waterlily shawl is the same fiber mix as Catnip – 50% silk and 50% merino, but I think it would work just fine. It’s so light, especially knit on large needles in a lace pattern that I think it would feel fine.
Socks are probably good for me. I wear wool socks all year round – almost all the time with sandals. I wear the combination in the snow and when it’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit. So I’d still be happy to get a new pair, if they were for me, and Franklin wears his all year, too. Meg takes a couple of the summer months off and doesn’t wear socks at all. So I could knit myself or Franklin some more socks.
Also, Meg has a base yarn called Shiny which is 50% merino and 50% tencel, and it doesn’t have much of a woolly feel at all. It can be used for socks – Hildegard is made with Shiny. So are these socks for Franklin, though they’re now, alas, deceased.
That shot gives an idea of how the yarn got its name – you can see it looks summery. I think it would make a great summer shawl. So if it does indeed start to get toasty in my house, I may head over to Meg’s and pick out some nice summery Shiny and whip up a little shawl. Not that I’d limit myself to one project!