Day 4 – A Knitter and Crocheter For All Seasons?

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?

All my projects from January 2011 to today (Top Left to bottom right). I don't see any seasonal trends, although my penchant for cowls is pretty constant year round.

I am terrible about recongizing the change of seasons and my crafting seems to follow the whims of the weather, and my mood, rather than any sort of order.

I never seem to “prepare” for the season, once winter starts I realize I need/want hats and mitts, but sometimes it is a freak snow storm in April that sends me fleeing back to winterwear despite the fact that summer will be in full force in a couple of weeks. But then again I don’t make sweaters, and living in Ontario I never put my hats, mitts, cowls and scarves too far away because cold spells are not unheard of here in the summer.

One trend I have noticed is a general downswing in knitting in the summer, this may have to do with the fact that for many years I felt quite absurd knitting mittens in July and lace wasn’t the thing for me to be knitting at work. However, this year may be different, in my discovery of sock knitting.  Magical, wonderful, adored, socks that can be knit and worn year round and are fun and engaging knits.

So I am terrible for matching up my knitting to seasons, however this may be as much about being a process (vs. product) knitter, I am more interested in actually making the item, rather than wearing the item I am less tied to seasons and more to ooh, shiny, fun pattern and yarn.

Maybe I will be proactive this year and get some winter knitting done in advance, but that is very unlikely, I will just keep knitting the ooh shiny patterns, weather be damned.

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8 thoughts on “Day 4 – A Knitter and Crocheter For All Seasons?

  1. My gosh, there are some gorgeous projects in that little line-up! And I am glad I’m not the only one who picks up a project she likes regardless of temperature. I’d say it’s more fun to just make what you like! (although I must add that it can amount to an enormous pile of WIP’s crowding up your crafting space, but I’m willing to make that sacrifice.)

    • Thank you!

      I’m going to have to spend more time checking out your blog as you have some pretty inspiring crochet projects up there.

      I do knit what I want but I manage to keep the WIP pile to a minimum through sheer force of will, and I feel bad for abandoning projects.

    • Thank you!

      That is one think I really like KnitPicks for, their Felici self-stripers make for interesting plain vanilla purse socks. Now that I have purse socks I wonder what sort of knitting I did on the road before discovering plain socks,

  2. My knitting is affected by season. Where I live winters are pretty cold and summers are very, very hot (and sometimes start in fact in May…) and it is really difficult knitting with a warm woolly garment on your lap…

    • Agreed.

      I found crocheting a cotton/acrylic baby blanket in July pretty darn uncomfortable, at least when I was assembling it.

      That is why I make socks now, no heat in my lap.

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