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Old 12-23-2006, 11:14 PM   #1
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Knitting for Warm Weather
When I began to knit in 1982, I was living in Massachusetts, and most of my friends lived in cold climes. So, I could always justify making and giving another hat, scarf, or sweater. I am now living in Florida, and most of the folks for whom I would like to knit something are also in the Deep South or Central/South America. Not a big demand for sheep, llama, and alpaca wool garments in these parts, so what to do?

When I learned to knit, I was advised to avoid cotton yarn as it was difficult to knit evenly, and cotton knitted garments were said to stretch way out of shape.

Orlon and similar synthetics unfortunately suggest (to me) day-glo "little things" for infants. Very few of those around me these days in any case. Table linen and decor doesn't excite me.

I have made way, way too many wall hangings, so I am kinda stumped for projects. Because I am a diehard round needle knitter, I have not yet learned to knit socks. Magic Loop (per Amy's video) looks feasible for me, and socks in light wool would be useful and welcome gifts. But beyond that possibility, I am in a creative quagmire.


I will appreciate any suggestions and directions.

Merry Christmas to All,

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Old 12-23-2006, 11:23 PM   #2
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I live in Tallahassee, so we probably get a bit more cold than down in Homestead, but you could think about the following

Booga Bags
sleeveless sweaters in some of the new fibers like sea silk, corn fiber, bamboo
There are some cool flip flop socks in the free patterns section. I'll have to go find the link to some later.
Lacey shawls for a night on the beach.....


just a few ideas.

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Old 12-23-2006, 11:27 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Deeknit
Booga Bags
sleeveless sweaters in some of the new fibers like sea silk, corn fiber, bamboo
just a few ideas.

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I forgot to list shawls. What is a Booga Bag? What are the characteristics of the new fibers you mentioned? I have never seen or touched any of those.
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Old 12-23-2006, 11:31 PM   #4
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http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html

www.knittersreview.com for review of all the yarns.
www.soysilk.com
www.fleeceartist.com

Here are just a few sites about these yarns.

Also a great site is www.knittingpatterncentral.com for lots of free knitting patterns and ideas.

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Old 12-24-2006, 12:13 AM   #5
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I am eager to see how the socks on 2 circular needles goes. I am considering trying that technique for my first pair of socks (tube of course).

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I am eager to see how the socks on 2 circular needles goes. I am considering trying that technique for my first pair of socks (tube of course).

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Old 12-24-2006, 12:39 PM   #7
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I am eager to see how the socks on 2 circular needles goes. I am considering trying that technique for my first pair of socks (tube of course).

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I live in Hawaii, and it's really hard to find patterns that don't make you really hot. You could try making tank tops, skinny scarves, bags, headbands, and socks. Good luck

BTW, hope the socks that you are working on turn out good!
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Lando,

I'm a fellow Floridian and a recently self-taught knitter. I'm finding myself drawn to purse patterns. I recently saw a pattern for a beachy type of purse...very, very pretty (although a bit advanced for my skills). I've also been doing smaller projects like cell phone cozies (although you are probably way more advanced than this) and decorative hand towels.

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I know, in south Texas we have similar problems with finding practical knitting projects. How about cotton chenille washcloths? I think they'd make great gifts, although they not might be what you had in mind.

I've also seen things like "jewelry" (knit necklaces, wristbands, chokers, etc.) some of which are cute. Knit beach bags, purses(as many have mentioned) or backpacks might be good gifts too.

Well I doubt I've been much help! But good luck finding some ideas!
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