What’s a Knitter to Do?

Is it really August already? Doesn’t it seem like summer just started? Before we know it, we will be putting away our swimsuits and beach umbrellas.

My question for you is: what is a knitter to work on? I don’t really want to start a new project for summer; by the time it’s finished there will only be one or two opportunities (at best) to wear it. And it seems too early to start full-on fall/winter stuff. At the same time, I have to keep my hands moving. It somehow doesn’t seem right to watch TV at night without the clicking of my needles.

Here are a few ideas from the knitters of Classic Elite Yarns:

1 – Finish things!

Now is a great time to finish all those projects that are 99% done. Maybe you have an inch more to go. Or you have everything knit and just need to seam everything together. Or maybe it’s all put together and you just need to weave in your ends and give it a good block. All you need is a little motivation. Just think how great it will feel to have a pile of FOs ready to be used, instead of a heap of UFOs that are hanging over your head!

2 – Socks!

I know I have mentioned this before, but socks are ALWAYS a great project. Since they are made with light weight yarn, it isn’t too warm when running through your fingers. Trust me, come December, you will appreciate having lots of hand knit socks.

3 – Hats

Hats are an awesome summer project because they are small, go quickly and don’t need to rest on your lap. Even while enjoying the comfort of an 8,000 BCU air conditioning unit, you don’t want a mountain of knitted fabric on your lap. I know you are thinking “How many hats does one knitter need?” A couple of awesome things about hats: that they are great gifts, and a lot of charities are looking for them (think chemo caps, as well as cold weather accessories). Everyone is a winner here!

From left to right: Durbin in Mohawk Wool, Wasabi in Alpaca Sox,
Dinky Hat in Liberty Wool Print and Saint Stephen in Fresco.
4 – Weaving

Maybe it’s time to put your needles down…at least for a little while. Weaving is another good way to have pretty yarns running through your fingers without it being on your lap. Many LYSs offer classes on small looms. I am planning on taking one at a local store in a few weeks and I am super excited. I am hoping that I can make myself a scarf or two and make a few extra for gifts.

It’s always good to have a stockpile of handmade gifts
around for those moments of panic during the holiday season
or for a birthday of a loved one that snuck up on you.

5 – This one might freak a few of you out…but bear with me. Holiday gifts. I know. It scares me too. But I promise you, the holidays will be here before you know it and even the best prepared knitter can find him/herself in a last minute panic. I strongly encourage you to think ahead and plan, plan, plan – and then leave some extra crafting time.

So now that it’s August…what is on your needles?

Knit on!

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