Getting ready for knit season
Kate O’Sullivan from A Playful Day looks forward to the fresh start of September and the arrival of knit season.
What does September mean to you? For me, it means the cogs of work start turning once more. My daughter returns to preschool and so comes the quiet of the house and the rhythmic click of the keys on my laptop or shutter of my camera. Days buzz by once more in a deluge of fancy dress request letters, lunchbox packing and these three phone calls I must, must make…. yesterday.
September has always felt like a fresh start for me. It’s when I’m at my most energised from longer daylight for the last few months and find myself actually relishing the prospect of the cold months on their way. This is it, this is knit season. If summer is about indulging in gluts of courgettes and fresh strawberries, autumn is about crumbles, slow cooking and longer projects that I have a great focus for now there’s a little more routine in our family home.
I think I felt this way even as a student. I’d pile books high and have all the Best Intentions about my learning for the coming year. I’m not sure I’ve ever really shaken that feeling. So I’m now looking at my crafting time with new-found relish. Perhaps it’s as good a time as any to take stock a little so I can relish those darker evenings as the light draws in.
My project bags and needles are currently a disaster! Six weeks of my daughter playing with my notions pouch makes me fairly sure I’m missing about 80 of the 100 stitchmarkers I have. So a little time spent now means no heartache when the weather is too vile to leave the house and there’s not a size 4 crochet hook to be found…
Yes it’s time to think about that sweater, give that glove a matching partner and just be sure I really did want the shawl that has lingered on my needles for far too long. If I’m itching to cast on new things, now is as good a time as any to review that pile by the sofa (and bed, and possibly boot of my car).
Featured yarn (right top to left bottom): MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton – Mild Grey(301), MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton – French Navy (320), MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton – Bright Purple (334)
All the new collections are out, bringing us fresh inspiration and ideas which means there are now even more patterns to make! I often pin the most knitwear I pin all year in the weeks around feeling the first chill of autumn. I suddenly fall in love with hats, arm warmers and sweaters just released by some of my favourite designers. Now that I crochet, that’s not got any better! It’s time to fall down a fibre-lined rabbit hole.
Now is a great time to air the stash, revive it a little and spot for those little beasties that strike the fear in all fibre fans, the moth. All those new patterns you’ve been queueing may well have the perfect skein just sat waiting to become your new favourite thing. Then it’s time to think about new acquisitions safe in the knowledge you truly need that ten pack of aran weight (because you really do you know). Happy knit season everyone!
Last updated: January 4th, 2017.