You may associate knitting with winter. Maybe you don’t even believe in summer knitting. I myself am hopelessly in love with warm, fuzzy fibers like alpaca and cashmere. The ones you want to wrap yourself in when it’s chilly outside. There is this delightful image always lingering in my mind of a woodstove, a cup of steaming tea, an oversized blanket, snowflakes, snuggly kitties, comfort, gratitude and yarn – lots and lots of yarn. You know – the definition of hygge. Jennifer wrote about it once.
But let’s get back to summer knitting. Imagine this instead – an elegant lightweight top knit in linen, an ethereal shawl draped around your shoulders while you take a stroll outside in the evening, or a lacy cover-up to wear while knitting on the beach and sipping icy lemonade. You can wear your hand-knits in the summer too.
Today, I’m in the midst of a summer sweater called Cullum, designed by Quince & Co. for their sport-weight 100% linen yarn, Sparrow. It’s the first time I’ve worked with linen. It behaves differently from wool – it’s not springy. Instead, it’s slick and drapey. It almost feels rough in the skein, but it’s not. It’s just the lack of elasticity that I’m unaccustomed to.
We have a few light, summery yarns for sale at the shop, each with their merits, but Sparrow is the one that most resoundingly shouts summer, in my humble opinion. Linen is a summer fiber. I associate it with elegance and warm-weather daydreams.
Are you in getting in the mood yet? I don’t know about you, but I was also inspired by the latest issues of Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits. This summer, both magazines featured stunning but uncomplicated lace shawls and sweaters with a delicate, classically feminine vibe. I love it. I really love it. If you’ve been in the shop lately, you might have already heard me gushing about this issue of Interweave Knits. Here, you can even preview the patterns on Ravelry.
If you’ve been around the store lately and/or follow our instagram (which you shooouuuld ) you may have noticed a few new faces running about! A few tiny, adorable, yellow faces. After our spring cleaning sale we were left with a decent amount of yellow Cascade 220, and I was tasked with making as many baby chicks out of one skein as I could using this adorable pattern that I found (You’ll see later that I decided not to add the knit beak or wings and just went straight to felting their features, because you know me. I have to.) So far I’ve been able to make 5 and still have plenty left over– probably enough to knit up another 3 or 4, possibly5.
Despite the large number of them, they are all individuals with their own names and personalities! So, at the request of Jen, here are their little profiles! (Or was it Lauren…or was it both…)
Penny is the oldest. She’s soft spoken and loves to garden!
Richard is a bit shy until you get to know him, but he’ll beat you in an eating contest any day.
Bashful little Lilly loves bright colors, and makes friends easily!
Hans has a bit of a temper and lets things ruffle his feathers too easily, but he can play a mean guitar solo.
Actually I bought two yarn duos, but the nature tones on the left spoke to me first.
During our recent sale I scooped up a pair of pretty skeins that sparked my imagination with images of woodland elves. On their own, these two didn’t call out to me, but paired together with a pom pom on top, they were magic. I’m always picking up pairs of yarns that look like they belong together. I feel like a professional matchmaker for yarns. Just let me know if you ever need my services in that department.
Ok, we all know how awkward selfies are, but I know I prefer to see hats on actual heads.
But best of all, I finished my very own forest elf hat that I’ve been wearing for three straight days now. And a pair of matching boot cuffs to use up the leftover yarn. I can’t be the only one who wears freshly knit items for days on end, right? I am so tickled by the little leaves on the ends, and the confluence of the colors and the style, and the realistic faux fur pom pom on top, and the fact that the moss stitch looks like actual moss when knit in a mossy green.
I don’t have a pattern for my hat or matching boot cuffs. Should I write one? Anyway, in case you also want to feel like a forest elf (not a Christmas elf), I just went perusing on Ravelry for lovely little things that fit the bill. I even found an elven leaf pussy hat. It’s all about the nature tones, the variable nubbly textures, and the leaf and vine motifs. Here are a few of my favorites. Tiny Owl Knits in particular is a gem for knit designs that will make you feel like an elf or a fairy or an otherwise sweet, magical creature from a fantasy universe.
Click the links in the captions to see these patterns on Ravelry.