3KCBWDAY4 A Knitter for All Seasons

This post is for Day 4 of Eskimimi Makes 3rd Annual Knit and Crochet Blog Week. Today's theme is A Knitter For All Seasons.

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For me this topic should be "A Knitter For The Winter That Never Comes". I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and it never snows here. The weather never gets colder than 40 degrees at night. That doesn't stop us from thinking it's colder than the arctic. I used to live in New England, where it does actually get cold and you have 4-6 months of frozen hell wintery weather. I used to laugh at people putting on hats and mittens in 40 degree weather, but now I am one of those people. Twenty years of living in the Bay Area will do that to a person. However, we only ever wear these hats and mittens for a few days a year, which makes me feel a bit silly because I still knit lots of hats and mittens.

I rarely knit anything for the summer. Well, I've knit a cotton scarf, a few shrugs to go with summer dresses, but my first summer project so completely put me off warm weather knitting. It was a ribbed tank top in Rowan All Seasons Cotton and it was one of my early knitting projects. I did the decreases all wrong and out of whack with the ribbing and it looked ridiculous. I never wore it, it sits in my mother's basement, a pile of knitted shame. Shame!!!!! So I'm a little reluctant to do some summer knitting projects. That doesn't stop me from hoarding cotton yarn. Go figure.

Here are some of the hats and mittens I've knitted that haven't yet been worn. One of these days my family will end up somewhere snowy and we'll have to use them. I just like to think of myself as well prepared.

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The funny thing about the Bay Area is that it never snows here, but our daily microclimates change from hour to hour so you always need a sweater, or a scarf on you at any time. Of course when you actually put on your warmer layers suddenly the sun pops out and you're suddenly too hot and you end up carrying your extra layers around. These days having babies hanging off of me most of the time means that I don't really need an extra layer. Either I'm wearing a baby who keeps me warm or chasing after another babie that I'm rarely ever chilly for long. This means that many of my favorite scarves and shawls have been living in the big basket of knitted stuff, but soon enough they will come out of hibernation and get some love.

What kind of knitting works for your local climate? Do you long to knit lightweight cotton items in a cold climate? Do you wish you could wear warm sweaters in Southern California? Let me know in the comments.

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0 #1 Renee Anne 2012-04-26 16:55
If we ever move to the Bay Area (which is a distinct possibility, given what my husband does for a living), I'm going to have to totally rethink my knitting. We live in southern Wisconsin right now and we have those 4-6 months of wintery hell (maybe not this winter but normally we would)...I have lots of hats and scarves and other assorted wintery things. ::sigh::
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0 #2 Angela P 2012-04-26 17:07
Quoting Renee Anne:
If we ever move to the Bay Area (which is a distinct possibility, given what my husband does for a living), I'm going to have to totally rethink my knitting. We live in southern Wisconsin right now and we have those 4-6 months of wintery hell (maybe not this winter but normally we would)...I have lots of hats and scarves and other assorted wintery things. ::sigh::


Oh do not despair. You'll still find a use for those sweaters, hats and mittens. Just pick an old house with questionable heating. Or live near the beach, it's quite blustery there (not warm and sunny like you might think -some people wear parkas to the beach!) Also, the mountains are only 3.5 hours away for you to get your snow fix.

Plus we have a fantastic knitting culture around here. Ping me if you do decide to move and I can recommend some fantastic yarn stores. I've lived all over the bay area. Thanks for commenting :)
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0 #3 Sparkle and Co 2012-04-26 22:08
I live both in Paris, France and London, UK... That makes a lot of rain! We have only 1,5 months of summer (I wish I live in California!)
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0 #4 Snowcatcher 2012-04-26 23:40
Babies are a thermal workout for sure! Nevertheless, your knitting is beautiful. Wonderful that you find time to do it with babies!!!
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