Thursday, 26 April 2012

KCBW Day 4 - A Knitter/Crocheter for all seasons?

Today's prompt: 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? 3KCBWday4

Living in the UK, and being subject to four different, if not totally predictable, seasons has most certainly affected my crafting. Apart from anything else, there are two children to clothe and as they outgrow each season's clothes before they can be reused, it means there is a constant need for garments that are suitable for the weather. Just today I made a little cotton crochet beanie hat for Little Miss as it's too windy for a brimmed sunhat and not cold enough for a woolly hat (I'll show you that tomorrow!) 

Last Spring I was just getting into knitting in a big way, and I started off with various shawls and some of these have been worn throughout the year, but mostly they were made with specific seasons in mind which was reflected in the colours and yarns chosen....

Spring Tulips Shawl - made from lightweight Noro and Spring colours
Stitch Sampler Shawl in Autumnal colours and cuddly Mille Colori
.... and as the seasons have changed and I've been making more things for the children, my knitting became more practical and driven by the things that were needed, and my penchant for pretty shawls took a back seat. 
Sweets for my Sweet Shrug to cover t-shirt sleeves in the Spring & cool Summer evenings
Easy Eva Tunic cover-up for September chills
But of course alongside the practical things I make, there are some whimsical things that are just made for the love of making them and are not dependent on seasons. Lovely things that just make me happy, such as these.... 
Pixie Moon (and her subsequent clothing and frivolities)
Beekeeper's Quilt (WIP)
So yes, I am a seasonal knitter. But some things are just too good to wait! 


  1. I'm definitely a seasonal knitter/crocher too. Love the little shrug you made

  2. I tend to love knitting blankets throws.and homewares more .Im always.changing colour scheme in lounge. Love your knitted/crochet items .

  3. I do like how you made the hair on that doll, really unusual ..reminds me of dreads :-)

  4. I wonder if I would be more seasonal if I had kids to provide for... it's an interesting thought (at least for me). My grandmother made us (my sister and I) a lot of things in our early years that we still have, but I don't have it currently where I'm at. Those are all beautiful too! Especially the colors!

  5. Oh boy,just look at that yarn for your Spring Tulips shawl! Fa-bu-lous!
    Little Miss's garments are adorable as well.
    Oh, one of my knitting group members hooked a cotton sunhat for her yearly, Arizona trip. She knew it would be windy at times so for the brim, she used boning which enabled her to flip back the brim if she wanted or keep it down. She also threaded a ribbon at the crown to tie which also helped keep her hat on her head.

  6. I'm definitely a seasonal knitter. When I get cold I wish I had something warm to wear, if it's hot I would like to have a light cotton thingy. In the "perfect" colour, what ever this might be. Colours change with the weather.
    Yesterday I was happy to try on all the wonderful garments a woman brought to our store. Unfortunatelly, the pieces are too tall. This means? ... I have to cast on something new. As the weather is really nice and warm, ... you get it, rdon't you?
    I like your spring tulip shawl!

  7. As always, I love your pictures! The hexipuffs look fabulous.


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