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Hot weather projects

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: May 07, 2009 12:35PM

We're having warmer weather now in Southern California and I'm just 2/3's of the way finished with a double-knit afghan using worsted weight wool yarn. I just couldn't bring myself to work on it last night.

I tried working on a scarf I am making with slightly heavier than fingering weight cotton yarn. The pattern I started with which is a dropped stitch wave pattern just wasn't working with this yarn. I ripped it back and put in some more rows of knit between the wrapped stitch rows and it still didn't look good. I'm guessing the cotton was just too heavy, but it could be that my needles (using US7) weren't big enough.

What are others doing as hot weather projects?


Posted by: craftsman (IP Logged)
Date: May 07, 2009 01:16PM

Small stuff, definitely.

- I'm finishing up my second pair of socks and have yarn for more... Maybe I'll make a pair for my dad also. (I don't know the size of his foot, so they would have to be tube socks, and to avoid the monotony of stockinette stitch, I'll need to find/create an interesting pattern - I've seen plenty to choose from.)

- I keep thinking I should make Christmas stockings to try out different heel techniques. They should knit up fairly quickly and would fun.

- I also need another winter cap, so that's on my list (no rush).

- Several couples I know will have new babies soon, so booties or small blankets might be nice. (Depends on how quick I could make them.)

Another possibility is to make a shawl for my mother (or a lady friend), but it would have to be a light, lace pattern (knit or crochet). Maybe, maybe not - I figure if it's too warm for me to work on it, it's too warm for her to wear.

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Posted by: Mother Hen (IP Logged)
Date: May 07, 2009 05:12PM

I like to make Flowers for the Flip Flops.
And I also like to make Barefoot Thongs.
Some Snoods are on my list for my long haired Granddaughters.

It is going to be too HOT to think of winter items for a few months !!

Nice TOPIC ! Thanks >>> KT

Mother Hen <><
" Creating Is A God Thing "

Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: May 07, 2009 08:40PM

Craftsman -

A 3x3 diagonal rib which moves over one stitch every other row makes a great tube sock. It spirals nicely and comforms to the foot contours. Unlike stockinette tube socks, diagonal-rib tubes won't take on a heel bump if they are shifted each time they are worn.

As far as hot-weather projects go, I favor small thread knit or crochet lace projects these days but I'll also do socks and mittens and hats. I don't do afghans anyway, so that's not a problem, but even big scarves and adult sweaters are too warm on my lap.

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: May 08, 2009 07:21AM

Craftsman --

If you know your father's shoe size, I've found that the information on this page with the general foot length based on shoe size has worked when I make gift socks.

My husband had the a/c running when I got home last night so I went to the coolest part of the house and did 5 rows on my afghan. I found that if I work on it on the couch, I can actually push most of it off to the side so I don't have the weight sitting on my lap. I've got three more balls of one of my colors and my plan is to work on the body until these three balls are done. They I'm going to do an I-cord edging all around with the other color. I need to finish it before mid-July when the Los Angeles County fair entries are due.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/08/2009 07:31AM by KT.

Posted by: Sally J (IP Logged)
Date: May 08, 2009 09:09AM

I live in the middle of the Mojave Desert, which means we need the AC starting about now and through most of October, and everyting between. That may be the reason I still knit sweaters and such, year-round. I have considered making a gizmo that would keep the project off my lap. It would be a length of nylon net, weighted at both ends. It could be put across an armchair to raise the work off the lap. Haven't tried it yet.

Posted by: knittingmom (IP Logged)
Date: May 08, 2009 06:12PM

My favorite warm weather projects are chemo hats, and I manage to keep going on them, most of the year. While it hasn't gotten that hot here in central Washington yet, I anticipate more than some days of three digit temps and since I'm back on chemo, my knitting will be rather iffy at times. But doing for others (I call it my way of volunteering) keeps me going and that's what counts. Happy Knitting (all summer)!!! Marian

Posted by: Colleena (IP Logged)
Date: May 09, 2009 05:10PM

I'm working on felted cat beds. Its already hot here in Arizona so I work on these all summer. They knit up quickly and by the time they are big enough to be too hot, its time to bind them off!