Too Hot to Handle ?

Knitting is often thought of as just a winter craft, most people feel knitting with wool in hot weather is not anywhere near as pleasant as knitting in the dead of winter while sitting in front of a roaring fire. I on the other hand knit almost as much in the summer months as  the rest of the year. I find that knitting during the summer can be just as  rewarding an experience. It’s a great time to pick up your needles ,and get started on that perfect summer tank top, or maybe that cute bag you’ve been wanting to make! Whether you decide to go casual or formal, handbags, totes and purses make great summer knitting projects. Most bags are knit in sections, which means that unlike  working on a garment, you won’t have to lug around a large piece of work,  and your lap doesn’t get too hot while working. Or  how about a teapot cozy so you can bring out your tea at night and sit under the stars enjoying the beautiful evening weather?  a beautiful shawl to wear when the temperature dips on a summers evening? or any number of smaller projects such as baby clothes, dish cloths, pot holders,  headbands and hair accessories?.
 Summer hand knits tend to be knitted using lace patterns or large needles to decrease the density of the knitted fabric and allow air to circulate more easily and made out of linen, cotton, hemp, silk, micro fibres and fine wool blends.

There are also quite a few acrylics and acrylic blends  particulary the ones labeled novelty yarns, such as Moxie or Wild Child by Patons and Cup Cake or Wool stainless Steel from Lion Brand. These yarns can be difficult to knit with, well more difficult that a smooth yarn anyway, but the effect of the yarn knitted into fabric can be quite stunning!

 depending on your choice of yarn, knitting during summer can be just as satisfying!

You might be surprised by just how many different patterns are available for hand knitted summer garments and
How about letting me know what you like to work on during the summer? or do you take time off during the summer months because you find it too hot to handle?
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