Thursday, 26 April 2012

3KCBWDAY4: A Knitter for All Seasons

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A Knitter 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?


Well, the Queen of Swords in today's card is me in more than just characteristics: see that gorgeous fur-lined hooded cape ? That's me (OK, I'll use faux fur seeing as how we're in  the 21st century and I'm not a Viking) and I'd wear it on most days in the UK. Except I'd do it up so as not to let the cold wind in. I layer up every day, and the last cardigan doesn't come off until around 28C/82F or higher depending on the wind: in the UK it can be August before you might get a day or so with that kind of temperature. My DH thinks I should just put buttons on a duvet and be done with it.

There are three places in my adult life that I have felt totally comfortable: Turkey, Miami, and Honduras. All with seasonal temperatures in the region of 32C/93F and upwards - and even then I have to put a sweater on inside buildings, as they are all air-conditioned. This is the reason my family think I am one of these:

courtesy of wildherps.com








 Personally, I think one of these is a tad more appropriate, but hey, whatever:

 
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 Can we spell 'digression' and 'tangential' ?

Anyway. I am always cold, and I always imagine despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, that everyone else is the same as me - which means that my knitting is not affected much by so-called 'seasonality'. What with global warming, the zombie apocalypse (an actual official government website - go on, you know you want to look) and the Mayan end of the world just around the corner, it's best to be prepared for the worst.

courtesy of endoftheworld2012

 Which means I need to keep knitting like a crazy person so we will all be toasty warm when we die.

I forgot to say that I bailed on Day 2, the photography challenge, so don't go looking for that post on this blog; but put 3KCBWDAY4 into Google and see what turns up for other blogs today. Bet my post is the only one referencing reptiles, zombies and knitting.


16 comments:

  1. If you want real fur I know a supplier (all by-product or cull stuff) :)

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  2. Please tell me you're not talking about Viv starting to knit in the combings out of our lady beards?!

    Guaranteed that THIS is the only post referencing the Mayan Apocalypse and knitting. *impressed face*

    Ali x

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    1. oh no *shudders* not a chance. There's more chance of me spinning and knitting Sebastian's fallout fur than that LOL

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    2. Sebastian's fur will be too short (believe it or not). I had the same idea when I accumulated bags full of my GSD's 'wool'.
      No, Ali, I said "furrier", not beautician :D

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  3. Can we trade places? I generally run cold, but I am much more comfortable in places where I need to layer up than in warm weather. Though I guess this means that if you knit for yourself you would always be in need of a sweater ;)

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    1. I have made nothing for myself yet ...must rectify this asap! :-)

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  4. Do you know how much you are tempting me to fill today's post with references to reptiles and zombies?

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    1. Come on over to the Dark Side, Luke :-D

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  5. At least you're well-prepared. I haven't even started stocking up for a zombie-apocalypse, let alone make sure I can dress appropriately for the end of the world!

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  6. now that was refreshingly different :).

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  7. Great great post. Very fun to read. I don't like being cold either.....
    I have been known to wear many hand knits all at once....I think it is a knitter sin!

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  8. I'm always cold too, even in the midst of summer I'll get shivery if the breeze picks up. I get teased for almost never wearing shorts, but goosebump legs aren't a good look for anyone!

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  9. Ok, I didn't know there was an official site!!!! We need to stop sending you laceweight ... and start sending more bulky weight. :)

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  10. Look, it never hurts to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. Just in case.

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  11. Yesterday, I had an epiphany! I never, ever knitted anything warm, woolly and wintry for myself. I'm astonished because I'm the nesh-ist person in the house and generally walk around wearing about five or six layers during the colder season. Maybe I'll knit myself a woolly accessory for the apocalypse... a shotgun holder or a backpack for hand grenades :)

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Thanks ! I love comments :-)