It’s summer time! This summer is bittersweet for me because I just moved to the coast. If you have ever lived or visited somewhere like San Francisco in the summer, you might know what this means.
I will give you a clue: yesterday it was 80 degrees (26.7 C) inland at my OLD home, but here, I bundled up in a fleece and hat just to go on an evening walk because it was FOGGY. The fog was so thick and drippy that I needed to use my WINDSHIELD WIPERS to drive home from a knitting meet up. I have worn similar attire to go down hill skiing. In February.
There were no margaritas.
Instead there were three cups of peppermint tea (with honey).
Now, I will spare you further complaining about the horrendously horrible summer weather except to note that the knit I have been wearing every evening and morning just to stay warm INSIDE my own house is my worsted weight Sheltered Poncho. Thus, I have a sudden and urgent need for an abundance of pullovers and warm layers. In the summer.
If you have been with me for a while, you may note this pullover has been on my bucket list for a LONG TIME. Indeed Lesley has been on more than one bucket list. I still stand by my unwavering obsession with Hannah Fettig’s 2015 collection Home & Away (still available on Amazon) and remain committed to knit all. the. patterns. I can FINALLY say the yarn has been ordered, the swatch is soaking, and I will soon have another layer to help me survive summer.
Back to pullovers, because–let’s be realistic–I need more warm layers! I forget where I stumbled upon Riverside. It’s actually a free pattern that uses top down, seamless construction. It’s knit in the round.
All my favorites. Plus the pattern calls for Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light although I bet I can find a similar variegated fingering weight yarn from my posse of indie yarn dyers. I might skip the texture at the bottom and just stick with stockinette. I hate to draw attention to my hips. Invisible = bettter.
This summer, I am also reworking my Twist Shawl design. I am about halfway through and haven’t uncovered any glaring errors (relief). I have made a few minor adjustments to the first handful of rows that will be included in a free pattern update to everyone who has already purchased the pattern.
I am STILL itching to try brioche (Learning the technique is on my bucket list for THE ENTIRE YEAR). I have spent hours that I didn’t actually have browsing options on Ravelry. I think I have possibly decided on Sizzle Pop, which I remember sharing on my Facebook page a while back. What do you think?!?!
I don’t think I have yet to meet a Purl Soho design that I didn’t love. This new summer shirt is no exception. It seems very versatile and simple. But cute. It’s on my list, for sure! On days when the fog lifts, I have been wearing my recently completed Riverton Tee. There’s hope for me and short sleeves yet!
Where ever you are, I hope your own version of summer is treating you well. I don’t care if you’re drinking tea (hot or iced) or slurping mojitos through a straw. Just as long as you are knitting!
P.S. In case you missed it last year, my 2016 summer bucket list is here.
P.P.S. You can find me on Instagram here if you would like.
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