Summer Knitting Love

Hello there!

We are right in the thick of summer, people. Not that this is a novel thought, but it’s crazy to think about how 2014 is half over already, and how it’s been just about a year since I moved to Colorado and started my job at Interweave – where does the time go?!

I hope you all are getting some time to slow down this summer, to relax out in the sun (or inside under air conditioning), to enjoy some knitting in your downtime. If you don’t have a project currently on the needles, we have some great options for fun and relaxed summer knitting. 

One popular project from the Knits Summer issue is the Crustacean Shawl by Amy Keefer. It's currently available as a kit, and it's on sale! The kit includes a copy of the summer issue with the shawl pattern (and patterns for 18 other beautiful projects), and enough of the Filatura di Crosa Tempo yarn to complete one shawl in the color featured in the issue. The lightweight, open work is great summer knitting as it won't weigh you down under the heat. Not to mention how pretty the shawl will be to wear. There are only five of these kits left, so if this looks like something you'd love to knit, you better hurry!

Crustacean Shawl

If socks are more your summer knitting game, and you're looking to expand your home library, there are some great sock books available. A friend of mine is currently knitting her first pair of socks, and she's using Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd. It's a really great, simple and straightforward resource for someone who has little to no sock-knitting experience, with basic patterns for many different yarn weights. It also shares tips and tricks, like how to minimize that little hole that always seems to develop at the gusset and heel stitches! My friend is knitting worsted weight socks, which inspired me to move beyond strictly fingering weight yarn. I started a pair with worsted weight yarn myself, and let me tell you, the instant gratification factor is a lot higher! 

Another sock book, with more complicated and intricate patterns, is Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave. It includes favorite sock patterns from Knits going all the way back to 1996, as well as features new sock patterns not included in any past issues. 

If you aren't too excited about knitting socks, but are itching for fresh and fun projects for fall, take a look at the brand new Knitscene Fall 2014! One of the favorites around the office is the cover project, the East Neuk Hoodie by Kristen Orme. I also love the pretty red Eastbourne Sweater, designed by Emma Welford, and the Glenveagh Mitts by Hope Vickman look like a really great quick, light summer project to have ready to wear when the temperatures drop.

East Neuk Hoodie Eastbourne Sweater

Glenveagh Mitts

If you are experiencing a lull in your knitting because of the heat, I hope this got you excited and inspired! Also, here in the next few weeks we'll be unveiling the Knits Fall 2014 issue preview, so stay tuned for that! There are some beautiful sweaters and accessories (and a really helpful technical article) coming out in that issue you won't want to miss!

Keep knittin', y'all!

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