Crocheting in the Summer…When You’re HotBy Veronica Smith – 16 Comments
It is pretty close to what we call winter where I live. I am on the east coast of Australia and it is getting quite nippy here. Our summers are very hot and unpleasant, summer is also our wet season so the humidity only adds to the discomfort – I am a cold weather girl myself. Admittedly the word cold here is a joke really and I have never even seen snow, but the fire place needs to be lit and the warm winter woollies have to come out. A lot of you reading this will probably be either coming into warmer weather or are well and truly there now.
Crocheting when it is cool is therapeutic. It is nice to snuggle up and make something warm and fuzzy – it is just good, that’s all I can say. What happens in the warmer months? Do you find crochet sort of takes a back seat? If your crocheting does come to a bit of a halt, then I need to ask WHY?
Having a recent epiphany, I realize that summer is an excellent time to crochet. Having given this whole summer crochet dilemma some thought I realize that we overlook the huge possibilities and opportunities summer brings, especially you folk with mid year summer because Christmas (don’t groan) is conveniently located in winter for you.
For example, it is cool here so this past week alone I have done marvelous things. For starters 5 beanies, 1 each for my hubby, 2 daughters, myself and my father-in-law. I added a pompom on top of 3 girl ones. They worked up surprisingly quickly, good thing otherwise I may have only made 1 – I’m a bit short on patience sometimes. I made my mum-in-law a hooded scarf for her upcoming birthday and put a flower on each pocket. Once again it was surprisingly quick. I have been very good and only used stuff I have in my stash. It is actually a good feeling doing that, no guilt involved, quite liberating. I have also made 4 Amigurumi Chick’s, they aren’t quite as good as Rachel’s however they are well loved. HOWEVER it is cool here so things flow nicely. In summer I just cannot be bothered, but my life is going to change from this summer on.
I am never usually this productive, you see most of our time is hot. But NO MORE – summer is going to be productive! I was wiling away time (instead of cleaning) looking through the Crochet Spot store and freebies. So many cute, almost instant gratification things. Skim past the blankets, scarves, shawls and gloves and look at the cat toys, flower pot, bibs, kid toys, coasters and the myriad of other things. That is just in the store alone then there is an endless supply in the freebie pattern section.
My advice – and my grand plan for summer, which is about 9 months of the year here – is to make as many of these as possible. Christmas (again, don’t groan) comes around all too fast, then there is those ever present birthdays popping up randomly.
Plan / advice / instructions – forget about making for the cold weather Christmas presents, the afghans, beanies, scarves and gloves. You did that last year and even for you snow bound Christmas dwellers summer must turn up at some stage. Raid your stash, raid the pattern cupboard and Crochet Spot’s plethora of patterns and get making them. Instead of having all that yarn in a box make it up into phone cases for all ages, bibs for babies that seem to turn up everywhere, cat toys for your crazy aunt Molly who lives alone with 17 cats that have personalized food-bowls, coasters, toys and all the other little things you can find. These items are small and wont be hot on your lap when you are crocheting. Put them ALL back into the box that is now free of yarn and pop them away for Christmas. Christmas seems to be hectic for most of us so now it is all taken care of! For those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas you may have another religious holiday or simply now have gifts on hand, all you need is wrapping paper. Thinking about it, you could crochet a gift bag, cushion cover, market bag or handbag to put the present in, then there is 2 presents in 1 – bonus.
If you must make afghans for somebody then make one that is made up of individual squares that way it is not hot on your lap and you can assemble it and do the edging in the cooler months.
I am all excited about this plan! Think about it, there is stash busting involved, once you’ve done that you can justify buying more yarn >>grins<<. How nice will it be to put your hand into a box and pull out ready made presents, no stress involved? Your idle hands are now happy again.
How do you all feel about it?