Heat Waves and Heat Domes; What Is A Knitter To Do
No question about it; the climate of the world is changing, and in most instances, not for the better. There seems to be bad news everywhere, except maybe, just maybe, not in knitting. As we and our surroundings get hotter, the idea of holding an increasingly heavy, growing piece of fabric on our laps isn't too appealing.
But here is where we have choices, and we can be optimistic.
First, there still are cold winters in northern climes requiring hats, socks, and mittens. Small projects one and all that don't add much warmth to our hands while we knit them even in the summer in preparation for later cold days.
Second, the chill factor of air conditioned rooms (shawls, anyone?).
Not least, children and grandchildren still are the eager recipients of knitted sweaters made in lovely small sizes just for them.
But best of all are the many choices we knitters have in cool plant-based fibers. Below is a ball of one of my favorites.
It is 100% linen. Like this Euroflax. The jewel-like brilliance and depth of color this fiber can be dyed has to seen to be believed. As you see it is quite stiff looking but it is magic in the softening and drape it achieves with each stitch made and glorious after washing. I have bath cloths I made with it years ago and they get more delightful with each use. If ever there was a cool fabric, it's linen. I'm old enough to remember summer's gorgeous linen suits.
To be fair wool can make unexpectedly comfortable knit pieces. Pure wool remains that remarkable fiber that keeps out the icy chill of winter and wisks away sweat and humidity in summer.
In terms of style choices for hot days nothing beats a tank top.
This one from Purl Soho, with its curves and petals, drapes beautifully in linen or hemp.
Knitters in Heat Waves, be of good cheer. Your lovely stitching is still a joy to give and wear and work