26 April 2012

KCBW2012: A knitter or crocheter for all seasons?

 Day four already! We're really zooming through this week, aren't we?! If you're interested in what others are writing for today's or earlier topics, simply copy the codes that are at the top of each blogpost (they look like this:  (3KCBWDAY4) ) into google!

Let's get on with today's topic, shall we?

"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?"

Easy question, really. I crochet for the cold seasons. I've mostly made hats, scarves, shawls, mitts and mittens. Here's what my current collection of handmade wintergear looks like.

Shawls and a scarf (see that, by the way? There's the blue again, like I talked about on day 1!)...

All my hats...

My cowls...

And my mittens and mitts! Some never worn, some so worn out that I think it's time for a new pair... (the yarn I used for the mittens was a cotton blend, and now there's small individual threads poking out all over the place!)

I think it's safe to say that I have a lot of winter gear. It's all very basic, and I've only started venturing out into the more creative patterns like lace patterns in the past half year, the result of which is the blue monster, but it's all there and, apart from the awkward orange-yellow mitts in the bottom picture, all used at least twice!

I've never made garments or anything, and I think that's why my crafting habits don't change along with the seasons. The only switch I see is that I make a lot more toys during the warmer months, because I don't feel the need to make something to keep me warm during those times! I do make a lot of use of shawls and scarves during the summer, especially when I go to a festival. I never bring a jacket (apart from my raincoat) but I always manage to stuff at least one sweater and one shawl or scarf in my backpack before I leave the campsite because that's warm enough when you're huddled together on well-lit festival grounds with 60.000 people.

I hope that this year, I will muster up the courage to make something wearable, like a sweater or a cardigan, or something more summer-appropriate (although, with our summers, a sweater or a cardigan is summer-appropriate...) So who knows, maybe I'll be able to show you a different seasonal pattern in my crafting next year!


  1. I love your categorizing of pictures of items in your collection :) Great way to show off the seasons!

  2. You are right - we are the same person!
    I do have 2 half finished cardigans to make though - one I started in Feb 2010 and one in Feb 2011 - I really should finish them but shawls are much more fun!

  3. Beautiful work! I can definitely see which colours you prefer :)

  4. your shawls are great, especially the teal one

  5. I love the beautiful color connections all of your pieces have with each other. it all ties in so nicely!

  6. I can vouch for easy raglan one piece construction sweaters.....they are fun and easy. Try Knit Simples patternS
    I love your photography...lovely