I’m participating in the third annual knitting and crochet blog week.
Today’s assignment is to blog about how local seasonal weather affects my craft.
On the surface, here is what I observe about my knitting:
- In cold weather I crave coziness and warmth. I knit “lap warmer” projects. I prefer wool.
- In warm weather I crave coolness and easy movement. I gravitate toward smaller projects and breezier yarns.
Well that’s disappointingly unoriginal. I’m not even trying here, am I?
Ah, but that’s just the surface. Ok folks, brace up. It’s time to get real.
I’m a little bit seasonal-affective, like a lot of people. During the winter, I cocoon. When I do, my natural tendency is to choose cozy, comfort projects; large projects that favor lots of time spent on the couch. I choose projects that allow me to become a knitting hermit. Just me and my needles. Plus a cat on my lap and a few good movies on the TV.
In addition, during the winter, I knit much more for others than I do for myself. I knit gifts. Part of being a little depressed is that I seek approval from others. So I choose projects that feed my desire to be liked.
In the winter, my knitting is therapy, coping mechanism, and emotional crutch.
Well, I knew this blog post could go to uncomfortable places.
In Spring, my knitting is fickle too. I start new project after new project. And those projects spawn more projects. And I buy a lot of yarn.
My spring knitting is hopeful. Sometimes overly hopeful. It’s also intoxicating.
It’s a good thing I like knitting socks. This spring I’ve been buying lots of fingering weight yarn.
If past summers are any indication, my knitting will slow down significantly in the summer. It’s as if the amount of sunshine on my face has an inverse relationship to my attention span. I’ll keep a few small projects on the needles, like socks and dish cloths. Things I can interrupt without a problem and return to with ease.
What’s this seasonal affective thing? Never heard of it. Wanna go to the farmer’s market? Or for a bike ride? Sure, we can bring our knitting. I have a pair of socks that will fit into my backpack.
My favorite season. The season is still having a pleasant effect on my moods, so I’ve got lots of energy and optimism, but I’ve suddenly got the attention span I need to start thinking about bigger projects again. I begin setting knitting goals again, browsing for patterns, and neatening up my stash. I shop for knitting books. I’m excited about my knitting. Christmas is coming in only a few months. I’ve got loads of time to knit gifts. Maybe this year I’ll finally knit all my gifts. And then I’ll rearrange my closet, and clean out the fridge, and alphabetize my books….