Yes, I’m still here! Just not knitting – at least not as much right now. I spent so much of May working with the new Sheep(ish) yarn and then just haven’t really found a new project that I’m very excited about since then. It’s hard in the summertime too, when it’s often so hot and sticky that yarn is the last thing that I want to be holding, even if it’s just a small project.
I’m still working on getting the second sock for my daughter done – and I won’t let myself start any new sock projects until that one is finished. And there really aren’t any other kinds of projects that stand out to me right now – it’s hard to think of hats, gloves, mittens and sweaters when it’s hot and sticky out. I ran into this same issue last year – I made a few ‘snookie’ gadget covers and it was about then that I discovered the baby washcloth patterns, so I made some of those too. But in the past year I haven’t known anyone well enough who was having a baby, so I haven’t even managed to give those away yet. I really don’t need to make any more at this point.
On a side note, I found a great way to re-purpose a couple of the gadget covers last month. I needed a couple of quick, last-minute preschool teacher gifts (very last-minute – I totally forgot until the last day of preschool), so I ended up grabbing the two iPhone covers I’d made and stopped at the store to fill them with chocolates. I even added a couple of ribbons to the top (they came on the chocolates and worked great) and my daughter’s teachers loved them. They especially liked that the bags were handmade, and I felt like it was a more special gift since it was something I had made myself. Maybe I’ll look for some fun new gift bag patterns…
Another reason that I don’t knit as much in the summer is that my regular knitting group through church also doesn’t meet, so I lose that accountability of having to show off my work on a weekly basis. But – I found out recently that my favorite LYS has just started a social knitting group on Friday mornings, so I think I might try that this week. I’ll have to either stop going in the fall, or find childcare for my youngest though at that point, since she’ll be in afternoon kindergarten and home in the mornings. Right now it works, since all 3 girls are going to a summer playground program, at least through July. If I like the group, I’ll have to deal with the childcare issue in August too, but we’ll see how it’s going by then.
So, here’s where I need your help… I have knitting books I can look through to get ideas and inspiration for something new to work on, but am curious to see what your favorite summertime knitting projects are. I’ve thought maybe about dishcloths, but they don’t seem like much of a challenge… Definitely not any winter-ish gear. Not socks again – at least not until I finish the one I’m working on. Any other thoughts or ideas?
Hopefully I’ll be back soon with an update and an exciting new project in the works!