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« on: May 03, 2007 09:53:26 AM »

i've started to put my holiday list together for 2007

*you ask, "what does the holiday season have to do with SUMMER KNITS?!"*

i just realized that a large portion of the new people to my list live in year-round-warm-weather climates.

so i'm looking for ideas/suggestions on what i might be able to knit that can be enjoyed by said recipients.

thoughts, ideas, links will all be greatly appreciated

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2007 10:20:02 AM »

i just knit a clapotis using Elann's Adara yarn (a cotton/linen blend) i wear it on cooler days when i'm feeling too pretty for a sweatshirt and a cardigan would ruin my outfit. it's nice and light but keeps the breeze off me well.

it can get cold at night in "warmer climates" (i used to live in Florida), so you could make a little caplet like the anthropolgie-inspired one that's floating around here. alpaca is nice b/c it's lightweight and warm and a little shrug or capelet made from alpaca would be perfect on cool nights.

anything lacy made with lace weight or cobweb weight yarn would be a nice gift too.

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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2007 07:37:45 PM »

Also, keep your eyes on the current knitting challenge.  It's all about summer knits. 

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2007 08:38:42 AM »

In the book Knit Wit there's a pattern for a water bottle cozy that has a nifty little built-in pocket on the strap. I made it a few years back for some friends, and they really liked it. (Someone also made one of their own design for the knitting challenge that Lothruin mentioned).

Also in Knit Wit is an ice cream cozy that I use All. The. Time. during the summer. (It keeps my hands from freezing and falling off while I inhale cartons of Ben & Jerry's  Wink) I HIGHLY recommend it!

Bags can be a nice gift. Knitty has a cute one called Cocktail Monkey that is made out of hemp and just cracks me up (it just seems so pretty and cute and summery!).

Cotton socks could work, too. There are some great cotton yarns out there that can be light and summery. Tofutsies has gotten some good reviews for making nice lightweight socks (in some great colors!), and Cascade Fixation is also excellent.

Good luck!


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