Summer Knitting Giveaway

Saturday, July 7, 2012

My knitting mojo generally goes into hibernation during the summer months. It's too warm to wear most knitted creations and handling fibers like wool just sounds sweaty and unpleasant.

Maybe it's the recent rain and cold weather we've been having in Seattle but I'm feeling inspired to keep the needles out of storage and create some summer knits this year.

There are plenty of projects that are appropriate for warm weather such as; light shawls, sweater tanks, hats or home accessories. Pair these with breathable yarns made of cotton, linen or bamboo and you're ready for some summer knitting.

To help other knitters that may be hitting a summer slump, I'm giving away the book Knitting in the Sun, 32 Projects for Warm Weather and 2 skeins of Soho Summer cotton yarn by Jo Sharp in a really lovely and versatile grey color called, Crete.


To enter, just leave a comment about how you plan to incorporate knitting or crafting into your summer  schedule. If you are a follower, leave two comments and double your chances to win! Please remember to leave a way for me to reach you.

This giveaway is open to readers across the world. I will pick a winner on Saturday, July 21.

Good luck!

If you don't win, you can still download a free pattern for the Windansea Sun Hat featured in the book, here.

104 comments:

lynaeve said...

I hate being the first commenter. Anyway, I have just learned to tat. I dont know how to knit, but if its as fun as tatting, i will definitely start. Thanks for the giveaway!

lynaeve said...

I'm a follower!

Kathrynn said...

I take my knitting with me where ever I go

Kathrynn said...

I'm a follower

moiraeknittoo said...

You're in my RSS feeds, and I am working on socks and shawls this summer. I've put off the shawls for quite some time, because I'm not that great with lace, but I'm starting with some easy things and hopefully working my way through some of the things in my queue. :)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I'm a follower...and thank you!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Well, its REALLY hard to think about yarn of any kind right now. We keep breaking heat records in northern Indiana...we have broken and again just tied records for the most days in a row with temps above 100 and are just about in draught conditions with only 1.54 inches of rain since the first of June. Stock up on canned goods because we are the corn belt and its only about thigh high and just about dead. BUT>>
I crochet and want to teach myself to knit so even after that loooong comment, I would love to win.

Here's sun to you....Carol

Andi said...

Oooh, I live in the mountains and it gets chilly at night so I'm all about shawls. I'd love to knit a cotton one! But right now I'm just doing wool ones for the freezing winter. :)

Suzy said...

I knit year round. My local yarn shop is my favorite hang out place!

Suzy said...

And I am knitting for baby turtle right now. Gotta get some cute warm things for baby for Christmas time!

Also fun to do bags/lunch sacks during the summer. Something you'll actually use during the warm months!

Heather M. said...

If I won, I'd give this to my daughter. She was looking for some lightweight knitting patterns just the other day.

Kay said...

Homemade shawls are lovely and feminine too. It is nice to be girly once in a while. I tend to do my crafting in the evening in the summer when the light is still good, it has cooled down, and things are calmer around the house. Saying that, it has been piddling down for months on end in England, some sunny and hot days would not go amiss. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

Kay said...

I follow by email.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

hennies.pennies said...

I think knitting is as all-year-round go to craft for me because it is so portable. I always grab a project when we travel so that in quiet times I can keep my hands busy. I have a new grandbaby on the way, so that is reason enough for me to get my needles going!! Be especially blessed, Kathy

hennies.pennies said...

Oh, and I am a follower!!

Deborah Ring said...

I love loom knitting and what I like to do during the summer months is make beachy bags, water bottle cozy's and fun colored washcloths! I can take my looms with me wherever I go, find a cool place to hang out and make some fun fiber art! Thanks for having the giveaway!!

ne-knopka said...

Great yarn
I knit year round

Anna

ksurty@aol.com

ne-knopka said...

I'm a follower

debd94 said...

My summer knitting plans:
1. Turn on air conditioning.
2. Get cold iced tea or beer.
3. Work on the knitted afghan I am making for my son to take to college in the fall.

Stephanie Mayes said...

I just love to sit on the beach watching the children play, but due to a disability I can't join in, so I always take my knitting to do. Oh how I'd love to try out some of your FAB ideas xxxx

debd94 said...

I am following you.
The heat this summer is tempting me to learn to knit socks. I have books and yarn, but have yet to take the plunge.

Texas On My Mind said...

I live in Texas where 100+ degrees in the Spring and Summer is not unusual, so I like to work on projects that use cotton yarn. I am currently crocheting hexagon granny squares from a very soft cotton. The gray cotton in the giveaway would be a most welcome addition to my squares.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

i knit the same all year. I love to knit shawls and dishcloths.

suburban prep said...

I usually have my knitting bag with me always.
If I do not my husband asks if there is something wrong with me.
I knit when I am watching tv pretty much all year round.

suburban prep said...

I am a follower via GFC

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower but google won't let me sign in to post.
Taerie
dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

For me summer is an even better time for me to knit and spin. When I am in school (I teach first grade) my creative juices flow other ways. As soon as I get out for the summer I knock the dust off the spinning wheel and go crazy! Lovely blog. I am looking forward to checking it out more thouroughly!

Ashley
the shirley fam at cableone dot net

Donna said...

Our summer travel always includes day trips and weekend trips. I always bring my smaller knitting projects along with me. And I always look forward to these trips. This book looks really interestig and has some beautiful projects. Thanks for this giveaway!!

Elo said...

I just came back from the Super Summer Knitalong (SSK) in Nashville. One day the temperature was 109 but it didn't stop us from knitting.

Melody said...

Right now I'm crocheting a hat. Next I'm knitting one. Depending on my schedule. I'll make a beaded necklace and earrings set. Then learn to embroider.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Melody said...

GFC Follower.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

shortoldlady said...

Knitting IS my summer vacation! I knit at work and pretend I'm not there!! Thanks for the wonderful give-away. Enjoy your summer!

junglewife said...

I take my knitting with me when we travel, etc. I also knit when sitting with the kids by the pool and always get lots of comments!

usagypsy said...

I knit and crochet all year long. Right now I'm crocheting a cute shrug. Its actually the crochet-along over at Lion Brand yarns. I'm probably one of the last ones to finish up, but what can I say, it has been hot. I also like to knit stuff animals for my grand-daughter. And lately I have a interest in knitting lace. This looks like a great book!

Robin C said...

I knit and crochet. In the summering do little projects that don't take long and try to use cotton if possible

Dani Vilella said...

I make cotton water bottle holders. It motivates me to drink more water and they are short immediate gratification projects

Belladune said...

I still knit and spin and do any fibre related craft all summer long! I love it, and have a really hard time saying "I Want to spin", because it's not a want anymore it's a need!

Belladune said...

And I follow! bonus!

Mary Mac said...

I crochet flowers for my journals. This way have small projects to work on.

chibijoyce said...

I have a baby on the way, so there has been a lot of crafting and will be more when baby arrives.

Fiadhnat said...

I try to make time for knitting every evening all year round. We'll have visitors this summer so I'll have to choose some mindless knitting to work on then.

Fiadhnat said...

I'm now a follower, great blog.

Vee said...

I craft all year round! I'm currently knitting a baby jacket and I usually plan small items, but last year I tackled a jumper for my partner! On the other hand, british summers are such that something warming can be very welcome.

Anita said...

I'm currently knitting a pair of socks, they're easy to take them with you when traveling.

margie said...

In the summer months, I generally switch lighter weight/non-wool yarns and work on smaller projects, such as tank tops, baby garments, shawls, scarves, etc. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't knit!

Barb said...

I like to have projects that I can take along so I have a lightweight stole going, fingerless gloves and a shrug!

Atcterri said...

I'll be participating in the Ravelry Ravellenic games, so I'll be doing a lot of summer knitting! I could use some good ideas!

Χαρά said...

It' s a very interesting book!!! Thank you for the chance!!!! I am a follower and my email is harabutterfly@hotmail.com

Cindy said...

It's a very hot summer here in SC and I need something cooler to hold in my lap than the wool sweater I'm currently working on.

Emily Wiser said...

I'm a new follower. I'm working on finishing a little girls dress before she outgrows it!

Robin said...

I try to knit socks or cloths in the summer. Big projects are for the AC only.

Robin said...

I am a new follower of your blog.

Theresa said...

Socks...socks...socks! Although, I have been stash busting on some round dish cloths for a friend. Going to try that muffin bread of yours this morning. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm making lots of I-cord for other, larger projects. Preparing cord can be tedious, but it's very portable - great when I have time but not much energy from the heat.

ladygeezer14 at yahoo dot com

Isdihara said...

This summer I have already taken my tatting along on two vacations (you are invited to see samples of my lace work on my Ambitatterous blog.)

I enjoy knitting with cool cotton or cotton/linen blends in the summer. Or a lace shawl. (If I have some cool, AC within which to work.)

Thank you for hosting such a fun summer giveaway! Please, enter me for a chance to win.

Tina said...

This is a great idea for a giveaway - thank you! The way I knit in summer is by avoiding the heavy yarns. Even lace weight wool, I'll avoid. Cotton, ribbon yarns and lightweight bamboo are my targets for summer knitting. Also, doing it indoors in the A/C... would do it on car rides to / from camping, but we don't have a/c in the car and it's really hot some days!

VernellC said...

Awesome giveaway! I try to knit with light yarns (cotton, silk, bamboo, etc.) and I also try to make small or light and airy things. I tend to carry a small project with me at all times just in case I have to wait somewhere then I can whip it out and knit a few rows. It also helps that my house has central air. :)

Megan said...

I tend to knit or crochet small items such as jewelry. Right now I am working on baby booties for my best friend and daughter who are both expecting in October! Summer = Small and quick projects.

Stacia said...

Summer has been the perfect time to teach my 12 year old daughter how to knit, sew & quilt! Naturally creative, she has taken to these crafts right along side surfing, rock climbing & swimming. She can no longer watch tv without needles in hand -- hurray!!

Stacia said...

Learning to knit socks has been my knitting goal for this summer. Prep has included increases, decreases and lacey yarnovers with summer weight yarns.

2 entries are better than 1...

Karey said...

This summer, I am making a blanket for my brother's wedding gift!

Jane S. said...

I still knit and crochet with wool during hot weather, I just work on projects that are small. Socks, hats, gloves, stuff like that. Or I make blankets that are done square by square so that I don't have the weight of an entire afghan on my lap.

Thank you for the chance to win this book! I've downloaded the lacy hat pattern and it looks like it would be a lot of fun to make. :)

NanaJen said...

I incorporate knitting WHENEVER I CAN!!!! I keep small projects with me @ all times!!!! I have several baby projects to do this summer.

NanaJen said...

I follow too!!!

Clairecomp said...

I knit and crochet all the year long. I have never found a reason not to. If I go away I would take a smaller project away with me, but anywhere or any place I have something with me. My friends and family have got used to seeing me with some thing. I can not have my hands idle for too long at a time.

Rachael said...

I've been finishing off a crochet blanket for picnics!

Rachael said...

I follow you via email [lo_ts@ymail.com]

Carmen Nuland said...

I always make time for knitting and crocheting - it's just that my projects change to lighter ones in the summer. There's always plenty of opportunity to get at least a few minutes in each day. Last week in all that heat, I was holed in my house starting my first pair of socks

Carmen Nuland said...

I'm now a follower of your blog :)

Margay said...

In summer months, I work on smaller projects like hats or doll clothes so I'm not sweltering under a lot of yarn, like I would be for an afghan.

Margay1122ATaolDOTcom

Margay said...

I'm a new blog follower

Joanne said...
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Joanne said...

Oh, my fingers are so looking for a good summertime crafting! Gardening and weeding and making jam are fine, but fingers need a vacation and time to be creative. Summertime knitting is just what they need!
jgauleygmail.com

DeeAnn S said...

My summer projects are usually cross stitch and bead work. Thanks for this giveaway.
sweepster49 at comcast dot net

Needles, Beads and Threads said...

It has been pretty hot here in Southern California, since I cannot walk during the day, I have started knitting a shawl. I have other yarns I'm saving for other projecrts. Would love to win your book and continue knitting in the Winter month ,perhaps with patterns for the book you so generously are giving. Thank you for the opportunity.

Kim Reid said...

I am already a follower of your blog and a now following you on Pinterest :)

kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Kim Reid said...

I try to stay cool by working on small projects in the summer and the large bulky ones in the winter!
Thanks :)

kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Ellen Renck said...

So happy I found your blog! Summer knitting for me is getting a head start on hats for 60 preemies in a Jacksonville NICU. After the patriotic set, I have the Halloween hats underway. I would love to win your book! I think I need something to do besides make preemie hats for every holiday!

Emily C said...

My craft projects go just about everywhere with me, so when i have a break i can get a little more done.

MarieAnge said...

I follow via email

MarieAnge said...

I knit and crochet but since we have no AC and we've been getting temperatures in the 40C's I've taken to sitting in front of a box fan and working on socks, scarves, hats, anything that doesn't cover my lap.

MarieAnge said...

I follow you on pinterest as well :)

Turtle said...

i follow

Turtle said...

my knitting goes camping with me every weekend so it never ends... i just might have to move to the shade on occasion depending on what i am knitting! :)

Chelsea @ Garden-Me.com said...

When the weather turned hot I put away the blanket I was knitting and started a shawlette. I also plan on making baby booties next--nice and small!

Chelsea @ Garden-Me.com said...

Also, I'm following via GFC. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Skwishee said...

I've decided to give quilting a try over the summer - I've got one practice patch almost done ( there will likely be a picture up over at my blog in the near future :) ). I would also love to try knitting with some genuinely nice wool - I use mostly acrylics at the moment, since I mainly knit for my girls and I'm not as sad to see a sweater made from $8 of wool get grown out of.

Skwishee said...

Also, I follow your blog :)

craftyLinda said...

I am going to make sweaters, hat, scarfs etc, for Christmas this year and want to get started now. This book sounds like just what I need. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Unknown said...

I love to knit for my daughters, especially beautiful shawls. They can wrap themselves in love, memories and tradition.

Unknown said...

I love knitting for my daughters, especially beautiful shawls. They can wrap themsleves in love, memories and tradition.

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

It's still the depths of winter here in Australia, but I'm about to head to a sunnier climate for a holiday and am planning to make some crochet and knitted headbands. :)

biologista said...

My craftyness doesn't go into hybernation since it is soooo cold where i work! I am currently making myself a bulky weight sweater to wear to work... I take it everwhere with me, and meet up with some friends to knit in the park!

biologista said...

Also, I follow you via google reader!

Nikki said...

I'm knitting a baby blanket for my expecting friend

And I am finally going to get around to making at least one purse from the hundreds of vintage men's ties I have been collecting!

peloria at gmail dot com

ikkinlala said...

I knit small or lightweight projects like socks and shawls until it gets hot enough for the wool to stick to my hands. At that point I usually give up on crafts and turn to making ice cream.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Moni said...

Well, in October I'm becoming a grandmother for the first time, so all I'm doing is knitting this summer!! :)

Mardy B. said...

I knit year round hot or cold. In the summer I do lightweight shawls or cotton dish cloths for portability. I pretty much knit everywhere, on my porch, the beach, long drives, my office...wherever I can.

ela said...

I always have my knitting with me.
If my husband drives the car..... I knit.

elainesbild@yahoo.se

ela said...

I am a follower......

elainesbild@yahoo.se

Thimble & Stone said...

Working with cotton yarn is a wonderful thing for summer! Face/Wash cloths, hats, light weight scarves. I also like to make knit jewelry with beads. I am always looking for more ways to knit the summer away!!!

nettie said...

I am currently a quilter by preference, but I have always loved the look of knit items. Cotton yarn sounds just so wonderful for Summer items, because it breathes and is not scratchy. Hopefully, I will learn to knit this year.

Unknown said...

I am a follower but I dont know if my posts are working I am new at blogging and posting. The shawl is so pretty. I said I love to make these for my beautiful daughters, to wrap them in memories, love and tradition. Lovely for our cool summer evenings here in Sydney and to keep forever. Just gorgeous. from Deb

asteride said...

I love knitting in the summer, especially at the beach. Lots of hemp, cotton and linen instead of wool. Bamboo too.

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