In Which the Pirate Goes Year-Round.

3KCBWDAY4 – A Knitter or Crocheter For All Seasons?
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?

Almost everything I make for myself is meant to keep me warm. The last few projects I made (or am currently making) for myself were socks, a lace stole, armwarmers, more socks, two hats, and several washcloths.

I like the instant gratification of crocheted washcloths, and I would crochet toys… but when I knit, I knit for warmth. In this picture I’m skating on the Rideau Canal during Winterlude. It’s a few degrees below freezing, but I’m not cold at all because I am covered in handknits. The hat was made of my own handspun yarn from a sampler of Jacob fibre, and lined with fleeze. There’s the infamous Stripey Striped Scarf that everyone and their sister has made. I’m wearing my all-time favourite Fleep-Tops to keep my hands warm, and though you can’t see them in this picture, I have toasty warm toes in handknit socks. (Later that weekend I went to a yarn store and bought more sock yarn. Of course.)

Socks are absolutely my favourite things to knit. I always have at least one pair in progress, even though I don’t wear them during the summer. They aren’t too warm to work on even when it’s really hot outside. They’re small and easily portable, and I usually have a sock-in-progress in my purse. Here is a sock at the car dealership, keeping me company while I wait for an oil change. I knit socks at the allergist’s office while I wait for my shots; I knit socks at office lunch gatherings to keep my hands busy; I knit socks while watching cooking shows and while on vacation and while hanging out with my family. I’m even beginning to knit socks while sitting with the cats, and they’re starting to get the idea that the dangling yarn and shiny needles are not for them to play with.

Even the Dancing Cranes stole (much farther along now; I just haven’t gotten a new picture) is meant to keep me warm, even though it’s delicate, light, and lacy. I’m making it to wear to a fall wedding, and I would so much rather wear a beautiful handknit lace stole than have to borrow a too-large suit jacket just to stay warm! Not only will it look better, but it will be a good conversation-opener. I’ll need to find the perfect dress that will help show off the stole to its utmost. It is by far the fanciest thing I’ve ever knit.

To read what other people are writing for today’s prompt in Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, search Google for 3KCBWDAY4 or click here.

26 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    I’m definitely picking up the socks theme :)) but really loving that hat and scarf combo!

    • Pirate says:

      Somehow, even though they don’t match at all, they match perfectly. I have no idea how I managed to pull that one off! :)

  2. Tecrin says:

    That stole looks so fluffy! *insert Despicable Me-meme*

    And funnily enough it does look like it’ll keep you warm, even though it’s lacy and open. It’ll look infinitely better than a jacket, that’s for sure!

    • Pirate says:

      There’s something warm and comforting about borrowing a guy’s suit jacket, but it’s not exactly stylish… the mohair/silk combo of the lace should hold warmth in perfectly. I just hope it doesn’t shed too much!

  3. erin kate says:

    I love all the in-action pictures!

  4. Voie de Vie says:

    The Dancing Crane stole is one of my favorite patterns – and of course, in my queue. :) It will be lovely for a fall wedding.

  5. Pumpkin says:

    Isn’t it pretty much the most awesome thing ever to be wearing as much handknit things as possible? Once I went out in the freezing cold wearing a sweater, socks, mittens, scarf, and hat, all knitted. And as you described, I was still toasty warm! By the way, that handspun hat is pretty much the most awesome thing ever! That must have been a super fun project.

    • Pirate says:

      Thanks! It was great – I spun the yarn from a sampler of Jacob fleece, and had more than enough to make the hat. Lining it with polar fleece made it super-extra-amazingly warm… so much so that I can really only wear it in the depths of winter, which we didn’t get in Virginia this year.

  6. Laura says:

    Your Dancing Crane is lovely! I think it will look amazing for a fall wedding. So neat to hear my sweaters inspired you :) You can do it!!!

  7. Karen says:

    Great post! I love the first photo! It is obvious you are a knitter since all your accessories don’t match:)

  8. Kell says:

    I love that first picture. You look like a true knitter!

    • Pirate says:

      Thank you so much! My friend gets the credit for the photo, obviously I didn’t take the shot as I’m in it!

  9. kathy b says:

    Fun to see you all dressed up!!! Very Minnesota like! or even Canadain.

    Great fun to see all the new blogs this week

    • Pirate says:

      I’m an honourary Canadian! And I was in Canada when that picture was taken, so I guess that counts! :) I’m having a great time reading and commenting on blogs I’ve never read before.

  10. Evelyn says:

    You’re a woman I can relate to! Knitting while waiting for your oil change? Why, of course!

    • Pirate says:

      What else am I supposed to do, watch the talk shows that they have on the waiting room tv? Gah! :)

  11. autumngeisha says:

    You look so cute all bundled up in your handknits! Love the lacework on the stole. So pretty!
    Your post made me realize that I do not own any handknitted hat or mittens of my own.

    • Pirate says:

      *gasp* My Fleep-Tops (the convertible glove/mittens) are my most-worn piece of knitwear. They’re about ready to be replaced and I already have the new yarn – I wouldn’t want to go through a winter without them!

  12. Liz says:

    I love that stole, it’s going to be gorgeous! Since I started knitting/crochetting I don’t think I’ve gone out with out at least one thing I’ve knit to keep me warm, so I can relate completely :)

    • Pirate says:

      Thank you so much! I really need to get an updated picture of it to show off– I mean, to record for posterity. :)

  13. faye says:

    I love the handspun hat! Socks are one thing (or two) that I still haven’t got into. I love sock yarn, but tried too early on to make socks and it put me off. I should really make some now but I’m worried I’ll become addicted and have to buy a new sock drawer – stranger things have happened ;-)

%d bloggers like this: