The heat isn’t keeping me down

Here in Spain we’re experiencing a heat wave. It gets up to the 100s in the afternoon. It hasn’t stopped me from knitting the heck out of my gansey. You know, that Arguyle I never stop blogging about because I AM STILL KNITTING IT. Yes, ganseys take lots of time. I’m on the final sleeve and I haven’t let the hot weather keep me away from it.

This is what I get for parking it for about two months or so after I finished the first sleeve. I don’t know where it came from, but suddenly I have the determination to finish this darn sweater ASAP.

Oh, yeah, I bought a new sweater’s worth of yarn. Maybe that’s why…

I like summer for knitting sweaters. I have lots more free time to knit and if I finish them in the summer, they’re blocked and ready to wear when the colder weather comes. Here in Valladolid, we have lots more cold weather than warm weather, actually.

Anyway, if you’re having a hot summer, here’s my advice to keep on knitting some wool sweaters:

If you live alone or if you can get away with it, get used to let’s say, wearing almost nothing at all. Underwear will do.

Position yourself so that the sweater touches you as little as possible. I position myself on the sofa cross-legged, leaning my back against the arm of the sofa, sweater to the left side, knitting in front of me (this only works for sleeves attached to in-the-round sweaters, by the way). If you’re knitting the front or back of a sweater, sit up properly in your furniture and let the fabric drape to your left or right side, not on your lap. This requires knitting with your torso turned. It’s not ergonomic, but if you’re in good health, have no back or joint issues, you can do it, just as long as you take a break from doing this every 20 minutes or so. If you lose track of time when you knit, set an egg timer or an alarm on your phone to remember to take a break.

If it’s a rainy, unusually cold day, use that time to focus on your sweater, not some piddly little project like socks or something, which are really ideal for hot days.

That’s my take on summer knitting with wool.

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