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Posted - 07/20/2010 :  7:58:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I freeze to death at work because of the AC (must remember to bring a shawl tomorrow) but it is hard to keep on knitting at home and outdoors because of the heat. Accessories are the best projects for high temperatures. Right now, I am knitting a dozen coasters for a coworker so it's small enough that the heat doesn't bother me. Seeing the new knitty and previews for fall magazines also help with the knitting mojo.

What is your tip to keep on knitting in the heat?

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Posted - 07/20/2010 :  9:04:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lots of AC and lots of pattern ideas floating through my brain that need to be let out!

oh, and day-dreaming about the KR Retreat ;)

Happy knitting,


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Posted - 07/21/2010 :  04:08:28 AM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dish cloths and matching tribbles are doing it for me. Great for my Christmas list, too! Switch to Clara's mitts, Fran's headbands or booties, or some slippers if I get bored. This heat is too, too much! Looking forward to October!

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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 07/21/2010 :  06:16:27 AM  Show Profile Send Coolj a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I raise loads of heirloom vegetables to sell at our Farmer's Mkt., and that takes up most of my time during the summer. I also try and stay on top of my reading, but I'm so tired at night, I have difficulty concentrating. The number of UFOs is embarrassing. Last week, I decided to put Fran's 10-minute rule into practice and was able to finish a scarf that had been on the needles for over a year. So, to answer your question, I suppose this is a perfect time for me to complete some of those projects that I've hidden in various corners of the house. It's raining today, so I'll start the mate of any of three pairs of socks.
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Posted - 07/21/2010 :  06:51:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My summer knitting isn't all that different from my spring, fall, and winter knitting, except that I don't have as much time. I've been choosing simple projects (I just finished another Baktus scarf), and I'm poking along on some socks and a sweater sleeve. I look forward to coming home after a long day at work, putting my feet up, and knitting a few rows on something soothing and simple!


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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 07/21/2010 :  07:18:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My knitting mojo is tied to need to not commit hari kiri - not the weather. The only place I won't knit is at the beach. Sand and wool - uck. At present, I'm test-knitting a wool sweater with stranded colorwork and intarsia. (No, this is not my idea of fun, but it still occupies my hands and brain for the safety of those around me.) If there are seasons to knitting, I don't know about them.

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queen of the east
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Posted - 07/21/2010 :  2:44:16 PM  Show Profile Send queen of the east a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When the heat is on I work on small projects or use non wool fibers. Fortuitously the heat wave is happening while I've been knitting baby clothes for my great neice, she arrived this morning. Welcome Sophie Grace! As Sophie is a summer baby I've been working mostly with organic cotton yarns. I also have a project going for myself using silk organza ribbon yarn, it is like knitting air. No AC at our house so when I get too hot I take a dip in the pond(ok it's really the bathtub). Wish I could manage to knit in the tub.

Ann in Montreal
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  03:53:48 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just finished a pair of mittens and a hat. I've also been making a lot of dishcloths - hadn't made any for a year or so, but the colorful cotton just "spoke" to me, so I answered. I hadn't thought about the fact that the heat may be making the cotton fiber more appealing than wool... Next project is more wool, though - a hat, and then a vest.

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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  04:22:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Marilyn, I've been on the dishcloth and tribble train too. Between the heat and some big non-knitting projects I just haven't had the concentration or patience to work on more complex things. Now that I'm building up an oh-so-mindless store of towels and tribbles, I'm really looking forward to kicking the synthetic sponge habit, just like I kicked the paper towel habit all those years ago.

I am going to need to pick a vacation project soon, and I need to go with something small and fun.

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New Pal

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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  04:26:55 AM  Show Profile Send jlpanecki a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I tend to use more cotton yarn in my Summer knitting. I recently made a few small almost flat envelope shoulder bags. I did make one in a rayon ribbon yarn, it has a little more heft to it than the baby cotton ones- but it's a little bigger too.
i like to have projects that are small enough to carry in my own purse, or to take outside and sit in the shade, my wool and blanket projects will have to wait until Fall.
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  05:28:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit ishka789's Homepage Send ishka789 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm also on the dish cloth train. Just finished some for my sister's birthday. I'm thinking of starting a felted bag, just not quite ready for the wool. Hoping for a COOL day!!

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HRH the Knitting Queen
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  05:37:10 AM  Show Profile Send HRH the Knitting Queen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dumb me...I didn't get around to deciding what I wanted to make for a wedding gift for a wedding early next month until just a couple of months ago (May). And, it's an afghan...and for the first two months, I was also knitting on other things. I am carrying two of worsted strands together and using size 15 needles, but it kind of hurts my hands; so, I cannot work on it for too long in one sitting. It is half-way finished, but I see marathon knitting in my future to get it done.

Did I mention that it is getting hot and heavy?
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Warming Up

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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  05:51:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit JillN's Homepage Send JillN a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just got back from the TKGA summer convention in Manchester, NH, and it has inspired me to get to work on my TKGA Master Knitters Program, level 1. I've also registered for the Basics correspondence course, to get me into the right mindset for the Masters program.

Correspondence and Masters program invovles mostly knitting small swatches (at least, at the level that I'm at), and doing research and documentation on your knitting, techniques you used, etc.

The knitting is fairly small items (swatches between 4X4 and 4X6), and the research.

I hope to get through the Masters Level 1 this summer, and start Level 2 later this year. Maybe I'll be on Level 2 by the time the Retreat rolls around! That might be a GREAT goal to have, to finish Level 1 before the Retreat begins!
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  06:29:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit BlueStocking's Homepage Send BlueStocking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I, too, have been working on fingerless mitts and other small items (hoping to have a good number done for Christmas), but I also started a sweater this week with a farm yarn I purchased at the Uniquities Spinner's Day Out last weekend (it's DK weight 85% California Variegated Mutant/15% angora and was just too beautiful to put in my stash). I'm knitting a raglan from the top, so at this point it's still a small project :-D.

Jill ~ very exciting about the Master Knitting stuff!


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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  06:38:33 AM  Show Profile Send materavis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Am trying to finish a sleeveless summer blouse sometime before the weather gets cold again. From a 1985 or so Vogue Knitting; fingering weight cotton yarn in a light grey-blue. Mostly knit on the subway or on break at work, sometimes in front of the fan at home.
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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  06:49:42 AM  Show Profile Send happystasher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Summer of Socks is keeping my knitting mojo flowing. I'm trying to knit through some sock UFOs/WIPs, and I'm also knitting some cotton placemats for a friend who's getting married next month.
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  07:06:21 AM  Show Profile Send pmcgrath a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have been knitting an Alice Stratmore pattern with a light weight cotton and marino blend (20%) size 3 needles and it is working out well as long as the AC is on. Otherwise, I have been finishing up some sweater assembly on some knitted but unfinished projects.
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  08:45:06 AM  Show Profile Send Kyrstellaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just cast on a pair of socks a week ago, while sitting on the lakeshore in the Boundary Waters, waiting for the wind and waves to calm down so we'd be safe to continue canoeing.

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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  09:15:07 AM  Show Profile Send Mocha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
cant help you much since we dont have winter ( heard it's HORRENDOUSLY cold there this time). but when it is cold, I figure out knitting a half-done wooly (or cashmere) project would be nice because you can use the UFO to cover your lap while you continue.. but the thought of frozen finger.. I really don't know.. I imagine a toasty blanket and nice cup of coffee and curl up in sofa will be great.
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  09:40:43 AM  Show Profile Send tpcrna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have been knitting 10 x10 cotton washcloths for the animal cleanup in the Gulf. They are taking donations until the end of August. If anyone wants to participate, they can send their washcloths to:
Kimberly Davion
c/o IMMS Oil Spill Relief
1700 East La Rua Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501
What a worthwhile project!
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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  10:25:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I never stop! We are fortunate to have AC, so there is little stop me. I've signed up to take drawing lessons this summer, which -if successful - will allow me to draw my designs AND those still in my head. That will serve (I hope!) as great inspiration into the coming season.

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