I hear people not wanting to learn to knit or crochet during the summer months, so I don’t usually teach then. But while I was out walking the dog in the heat of the morning, I was thinking – it’s too hot to be out here doing this – I’d rather be knitting!
Sometimes it is too hot to do anything too strenuous, and so yarn crafting is the perfect way to spend some time doing something productive.
You can do small projects, like hats, but I especially like small motifs that can later be joined together to make a bigger project. Granny squares are small and portable and don’t take up too much space on your lap (unlike a sweater or blanket). You may want to work on something lacy and open, instead of dense and warm.
Natural fibers, such as cotton and linen also are nice to work with during the summer, or any fine weight yarn. You do not want bulky, cozy yarns now, because if you get sweaty palms, that slows you down while you are trying to create something.
If you are planning to make gifts for the holidays, or attend craft fairs, you need to be thinking about these creations far in advance, or at least go through your stash and plan out what you will need or what you want to make.
Unfortunately, yarn sales are few and far between at this time of year, but you may have scored some bargains at the end of spring when old stock got cleared out.
Summer is a time for doing lots of other activities, but it doesn’t have to mean you can’t still do some knitting or crocheting.