Posted by Nele Henderson on July 21, 2014 / Leave a Comment
I don’t know about you, but summer has always brought on sort of a melancholic feeling for me…in a romantic way. Maybe it is the heat induced lethargy and spending seemingly endless summer breaks running through fields alongside the riverbank, swimming in cold lakes and sleeping on air mattresses on the patio.
Seashore Kerchief, free pattern courtesy of Churchmouse Yarns
in Allhemp6LUX colour Olive
Lounging on a blanket in the green grass, either in the back yard or a park, the essentials for me are: a pair of sunglasses (think 1940′s French movie actress), a good book, some cold watermelon slices, homemade lemonade, and…..knitting mais oui bien sûr!
Because knitting is not just for winter, no (imagine, our friends living closer to the equator would NEVER EVER get to knit). For hot weather, you just have to make smart knitting choices. There are some lovely silk, linen, hemp and cotton yarns and blends out there that are just perfect for 100 degree weather. If you stick to light weight yarns, even wool, cashmere and llama blends have proven to be most appropriate. I’m particularly mad about my Twinleaf shawl for the past weeks since I finished it. It is perfect to wear with just about anything, on the bike ride to work in the morning, the walk to the yoga studio at night and it also functions quite nicely as a body blanket in the refrigerator isle at the grocer’s.
Twinleaf Shawl by Grace Anna Farrow
Annette made a wonderful thing also: the Ellen Scarf by Nancy Ricci. This elegant scarf is just the right thing to add some pizzazz to…anything. The star of the show is Sylph from Jade Sapphire, a cashmere linen lace weight blend that falls into the category of fluffy bunnies and fairy dust.
Emma and I have been waiting anxiously for the Wildflower yarn from Knit Collage to arrive, and when it did we looked to the awesome shop Loop London for inspiration since they just published the free Wildflower Headband pattern on their blog, www.loopknitlounge.com
And here are our Wildflower Headbands!
In the hemp and linen department we like tank tops and little kerchiefs that provide coverage but not warmth. Maybe you remember our Facebook and Instagram posts about the Villeneuve tank, another free pattern from the wonderful shop Espace Tricot. We settled on Hemp for Knitting’s allhemp3 and Fibra Natura’s flax for our versions. Other patterns in our queue for both yarns are the Tulip Tank Top and the Pebble Tank, both free patterns courtesy of Purl Soho.
If you are particularly fair skinned like Emma you will probably love her idea of making a bandana to cover up the precious and delicate decollete. She just whipped up a simple triangle scarf that she finished with a picot bind off. Churchmouse yarns also offers a very pretty and again free pattern, the Seashore Kerchief! I think I will make the Bandana Cowl, famous free pattern from Purl Soho.
Right: Emma’s improvised simple kerchief in Allhemp6LUX colour Veridian