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Inspiration: Early Summer

It’s weird outside, guys.  And it’s starting to freak me out.

We’ve been having ridiculously good weather here for the last month or so.  It’s been sunny.  The sky has been cloudless, and we haven’t had more than a sprinkle of rain in the last few weeks.  It’s even gotten over 80 degrees.  That’s August weather for Seattle, and it’s only the beginning of May.

If it wasn’t 8 in the morning, I’d want to be sitting outside sipping on a can of my favorite IPA and a reading good book.

Like I said, it’s weird.

But, as a former resident of Austin, Texas, I know how to knit for warm weather.  So at least I’ve got that going for me.

First, focus on light, flowy layers knit in thin-gauge wool, like this lovely summery cardigan with beautiful openwork detailing.

Summer Festival by Georgie Nicolsonfestival14_medium2[1]Or if you were determined to go big, instead of a chunky pullover, think about an adorable sundress, like this one.

Summer Sundress by Mari Lynn Patrickep1044_medium[1]But, sometimes, even the thought of knitting up something bigger than a handkerchief is too much in hot (OK- 70 isn’t actually hot, it’s just Seattle hot) weather.  In that case make something tiny and fun, like this ridiculously adorable floral headband.  (If only I could pull this off… sigh.)

Summer Girl- crocheted headband by Monika Sirna3-4_medium2[1]What do you knit when it’s too hot for sweaters and blankets?

It’s too %^*$ing hot

I don’t like it.

I refuse to accept that it’s this hot.

It’s been in the upper 80s/low 90s for weeks at this point, and I’ve really and truly begun to melt.

This is not why I moved to Seattle.  I was promised 60s and raining.  Sweater weather.

Not tank-tops and shorts weather.

Sure, I lived in Austin for several years and central Illinois for almost a decade, but in those places at least people had air conditioning.  We don’t have AC, and most businesses around here don’t either.

My work sure doesn’t.  There’s nothing like hanging out with a dozen cranky pre-teens as they sweat and dehydrate.  Ugh.

And, my poor pup is handling the heat about as well as I am.  (Here he is waiting for us to fill up his pool.  Notice how all my grass has died-except for the dandelions.  I am convinced that nothing short of nuclear winter will kill dandelions.)

11242554_10105201950730850_1616358060907359022_oI know, I know.  I’m being whiny.  But, it’s exhausting.

And It’s made me thoroughly uninterested in knitting.  (Which really stinks.)  In fact, this post was supposed to be an update on my progress on the “Husband Sweater.”  But, honestly, I’ve probably knit about one inch of sleeve since I last posted about it in May (sorry, Tristan!).

Instead, I’ve been drinking lots of water, eating Popsicles and trying my best not to move.

I hope your summer is going well, and you’re staying cool and hydrated.  And that you’re still interested in your knitting.  I’m sending you happy, air-conditioned vibes and best wishes for your summer knitting.

Inspiration: It’s hot as balls

I don’t know about you, but it’s hot as bejesus out here in Seattle.  (And I don’t mean “it’s hot for Seattlites who are used to putting on shorts when it breaks 50 degrees.”)  It’s actually in the 90s, and there’s no air conditioning anywhere within the surrounding 50 miles.  It’s kind of hellish.  There’s been a run on window air conditioners and fans:

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So, while we’re all sitting around stewing in our own sweat, why not knit a totally useful (and useable) swimsuit!

You could go oldschool with:

The Call of the Sea, by Susan Crawford

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You could go scantily-clad with:

BVI Bikini by Joanne Yordanou

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Or, you could go actually functional with this cute cover-up:

Balos by Laura Birek

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And, word to the wise (although I’m sure you know this already because you are reasonable people…I assume), don’t actually go swimming with a knit swimsuit.  It would only go all soggy and droopy the moment you stepped into the water.  Gross.