Day 4: A Knitter for all Seasons

I live in the UK, where seasons are a vague notion, rather than clearly defined stages of the year.

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A cold snap can limit your transport options...

They tend to be interchangeable and unpredictable; the temperature can jump 15C in the space of a few days, it can snow in April, and we can suddenly have a heatwave that makes the South of England warmer than Morocco.

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Spring is in the air...

Which means that the idea of seasonal knitting is also a little tricky. Now that we’re into Spring, I’ve packed away some of my heavier knits in the loft, but I always keep one or two thick jumpers to hand over the Summer. You never know when you’re going to be camping in the rain at a music festival, or experiencing a sudden cold snap in May.

This is coupled with the fact that I’m fairly ambivalent about Summer knitting patterns. The pastel shades, cotton yarn, and lacy flounces just don’t really do it for me. Give me a Shetland wool cabled sweater any day.

But I concede that it’s not entirely practical to be knitting chunky alpaca in the middle of July, so my compromise this year is to focus on lighter weight yarns and smaller projects over the Summer.

I’m in the midst of tackling a Featherweight cardigan in some delicious Madeleine Tosh sock yarn and I’m working on a Colour Affection shawl in some very woolly Well Manor Farm Shetland 2ply. I’ve also got Folded in my queue for some gorgeous Easy Knits yarn, and I have my eye on Vodka Lemonade as a handy cover-up over Summer dresses. Then there are socks. I am not much of a sock knitter but I do like warm feet, so there’s often at least one pair of vanilla socks on the go.

Hopefully those should tide me over until the Autumn, when I can break out the aran for some cosy cabled goodness.

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8 Responses to Day 4: A Knitter for all Seasons

  1. lydia says:

    i totally agree, i’m in georgia (SE US) and summer demands more cotton and less wool, but it is so bad for my hands. am currently on the second sleeve of my vodka lemonade and ADORE it, great pattern-knits up quick, i highly recommend it.

    • Hoxton says:

      Cotton always makes me feel like I’m knitting with heavy string. Glad to hear the Vodka Lemonade is going down well :) Look forward to giving it a try.

  2. caityrosey says:

    Totally with you on summer pastels and froufou.

  3. moleymakes says:

    Ah yes, the British weather. There’s really nothing quite like it.

    I still get my woolly kick during the summer by knitting smalller items such as socks or hats. I don’t mind working with cotton during the summer but I find it a bit heavy going on my hands at times.

    Failing that, there’s always crochet. I’ll make lots of crochet squares then wait till the chillier weather before putting them together for a blanket/throw. It keeps you warm while you’re busy joining away :)

  4. anji says:

    I love the featherweight cardigan – I knit one, and it’s so versatile! The last part when knitting down to the hip took forever though… What color are you knitting it in?

  5. The British weather is quite the same as Paris… Everyday, I’m wondering where is spring??? Lovely post 😉

  6. Snowcatcher says:

    Many in your corner of the world have expressed similar thoughts, but none have included pictures as entertaining as your snowy bike and your eye-popping blossoms!

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