How do the seasons affect your knitting?
This is today’s question from Day 4 of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 3KCBWDAY4. And it’s an interesting one.
I live in South Carolina, in the part of the U.S. called “The South.” There are definitely four seasons here, although the winters are milder than those of “The North.” It can get cold although usually for a few days in a row, then temperatures moderate.
For the cold days, and for cold damp days, Hand knit socks wear better and are warmer than store bought. At least the ones on stores locally!
Yarns predominantly made of wool for these socks, usually a blend with rayon. Knitting them in the cooler days of the year work best.
There are days in May through September that knitting with wool even in air conditioning just isn’t appealing. So most of my wool knitting is done in the cooler months.
I also find fingerless gloves or mittens great for the coldest days indoors. Whether knitting or blogging, they keep hands warm.
When caring for my mother, her hands would often get cold all year long. So fingerless gloves and for an even faster soft hand warm-up, a mitt lined with fleece works great.
My summer knitting usually consists of cottons and cooler yarns. It’s s great time to get caught up on all those dishcloths that seem to wear out all at once.
A shawl knit of cotton is a nice companion when going into a building where the air conditioning is turned on low. And it’s not too hot to have to take off between the entrance and the car.
Cotton is my usually yarn in the hottest days. Linen is an alternative to consider.
So the answer is, yes the seasons, including the temperature and humidity outside do affect what I knit and with what yarns.
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