Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012: Crocheter for All Seasons?

Day Four of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week! Today’s code, if you wish to follow along the other blogs also participating, is 3KCBWDAY4. You’ll need to enter that into the search engine of your choice and if everyone tagged their posts correctly, you’ll find other bloggers talking about the same subject! Fun, right?

Today’s post is A Crocheter For All Seasons?

Eskimimi says:

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 live in Florida. Florida is hot. Now, this week we had a bit of a cold snap where we went from temps in the mid 80s to mid 70s for a few days. It was chilly. I sat outside at a baseball game on Monday night, crocheting on my Lace Recovery Shawl, freezing to death. lol.

Because we have very mild winters, sweaters are right out. There’s no point in making them when I can only wear them maybe one day a season and only if we’re going to be outside the entire time. Doesn’t stop me from wanting to make them. And sometimes it doesn’t stop me from actually making them.

 

My first crocheted sweater

 

I tend to make a lot of small, lightweight accessories. Shawls and wraps are great for here in Florida. I tend to make mine out of fingering or laceweight yarn which makes them light. They’re great for cooler mornings and evenings, or for places that run the a/c a little too strong.

 

Diamond Lace Shawl

 

Hats and fingerless gloves and scarves are perfect here for the winter. Often, it’s all I need for a bit of warmth. Fingerless gloves are my favorite because my hands get very cold very quickly, but I often need my fingers free. You’d be amazed at how well they can warm your hands.

 

My favorite Fingerless Mitts

 

I do also love to make blankets (and I do use them now in this house). But, blankets and afghans get really hot when you’re working on them. My trick? Use a table. I learned this when I was designing full time. See, designers tend to do their work in the opposite seasons. I was doing winter items in the summer time. And it was during that time that I learned my trick for doing afghans. If you sit at a table and let the table hold the weight of the afghan, you won’t be as hot. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re in Florida, you’re going to be hot, but at least this way only your hands get hot. I have sat there with two fans blowing on me and an afghan on the table.

 

Zen Waves - made on a table

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! I’d love to hear how the seasons affect your crafting.

 

 

Please join me tomorrow for the next post in the Knitting and Crochet Blog week. You can find other posts on this topic by using the code 3KCBWDAY4 in your search engine. See you tomorrow!