Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

I'm not a fan of summer, necessarily. Sometimes it's so hot, and it feels sticky and stuffy and there are bugs. And knitting with wool is not a good idea, unless it is a rainy summer day. But there is sun and warm evenings and flowers and spiders and everything smells fresh. And you get to knit with cotton!
favorite tee 3

Of course, one can knit cotton whenever one feels like it. But for some reason, I often find myself knitting with cotton in the summer. I like the way it feels, the way it knits up, how heavy and yet light the fabric feels. And the stitch definition is just heavenly.
favorite tee

I just finished a T-shirt for myself, out of Nashua's new ecological cotton. It really feels nice and fits like a glove. Due to a tripod-related mishap at the balcony, I will post pictures of me wearing the T-shirt a little later.

Another project I am working on is still just a lump. A black lump, which photographically yields an interesting challenge. As you can see, I still have a lot to learn.
black widow 1

Photos aside, I love this project. Although the fingering weight cotton feels like it will never end (6 balls of Mandarin Petit will go on forever it seems), and black yarn and lace is a horrible combination for knitting especially in the evenings, but the simplicity of the lace and the drape of the fabric makes me want to finish this quickly so I can wear it with my summer dress.
black widow 2

I haven't entirely abandoned wool. I spun some 100% superwash BFL for socks.
handspun bfl sock yarn

But mostly, I have just enjoyed these beautiful warm evenings and the sounds and smells of the short summer. I hope it doesn't end just yet, I could get used to this.
july evening


Celestial said...

Oops, hope everything is ok with the tripod and camera. The lace and t-shirt both look lovely.

verano said...

Alkoipas soida tuo otsikko päässä.. Pitäisiköhän katsoa Gilmoren tyttöjä lomapäivän ratoksi :)

Kaunista pitsiä, kaunista maisemaa! Ja ihana kesä, Suomessakin :)

Anonymous said...

Now THAT is a gorgeous hand-dyed wool!

Opal said...

i'm not a fan of summer either, but it looks like you're really making the most of it. everything you've shown is exquisite. :)

jen said...

Cotton. Dang. I've been sweating my fingers off with my Cascade 220 this summer. Now I feel dumb.