The seasons have changed: it’s getting hot in the northern hemisphere, and cooler in the southern hemisphere.
Seasonal knitting is an interesting question: I know a lot of knitters who tend to put their needles down in hot weather.Â Makes sense to me – do you really want to have a massive wool blanket draped over your lap when the mercury rises?
The colder the weather gets, I crave larger projects: blankets I can wrap around myself as I work, and big sweaters I can cuddle up with.
I knit socks and lace in the summer, for the most part, and I choose the yarns carefully.Â My hands get very warm and a bit clammy – I’m funny that way – and I’m always nervous that I might accidentally felt the yarn.
About 10 years ago, I offered to make a shawl for a friend’s wedding.Â She was getting married in northern Ontario, in late September.Â The evenings can get pretty cool there, so we chose aÂ mohair yarn.Â All well and good, but a September wedding meant I was knitting in August – and it must have been the hottest August we’d had in some years.Â It was a big shawl, too. At the time, I had a window air conditioning unit in my living room.Â I spent every evening for four weeks huddled beside the window, with the air conditioning cranked up to maximum.
I finished it on time, and it was beautiful, and the bride loved it.
And a good thing, too: I can say with absolutely certainty that it was the most expensive thing I’ve ever knitted.Â The yarn was pretty inexpensive – it was the air conditioning bill that pushed the price up.