Silver Threads

a knitting blog with occasional side trips


A knitter or crocheter for all seasons?

Woo-hoo! Halfway point of the blog week!

Day Four: 26 April. A Knitter or 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?

There are all sorts of ways knitters and crocheters express seasonality. One friend of mine is literally seasonal about her knitting: come summer, she stops knitting. But given that most of us are more addicted to engaged with our crafts, stopping for a season is usually not possible an appealing option. Many people get around this by matching their works-in-progress to the seasons. They work on large projects like sweaters and afghans during the winter months and smaller projects such as socks during the summer.

My knitting and crochet practice isn’t all that seasonal. I can’t tell how long it’s going to take me to finish a particular project, so there’s no point in my trying to time the start of a project so that it’s ready by the season I’d use it in. I like to work on projects when the spirit moves me, and the spirit has been known to move me towards knitting bulky pullovers just as spring is turning into summer. That isn’t as much of a problem as it sounds like. Many buildings are operated by people who are enthusiastic in their use of air conditioning. I, in turn, get cold easily. So in the height of summer, I may be happily knitting along on that hypothetical bulky pullover, staying warm by spreading it over my legs as I work.

Obviously, where you live is likely to affect your choice of what you knit or crochet. I grew up in Missouri, a state far enough north to have definite seasons, but with comparatively gentle winters. I recall only making three sweaters in the years before I left home for college simply because it never got cold enough to justify wearing them. I got pretty good at making vests, though. (Okay, I also liked that when you make a vest, you don’t have to worry about sleeve length.) Minnesota, further north, has both bitterly cold winters and steamy hot summers. Here I’ve been able to make heavy sweaters that would never have seen the light of day in Missouri as well as summer sweaters that keep me both well-covered and well-ventilated. Indeed, Minnesota is such the knitter’s/crocheter’s paradise that anytime I consider moving to another state, I take its climate—that is, the “knitability/crochetability” of its climate—into consideration…and so far, many other states haven’t passed that test. Many people don’t move up here because of the winters; I may never get around to leaving because of them!