|amber sun yarn bowl by uturn|
You'd think that with the climate we have here in the deep south, knitting would be nonexistent. (the thought of wearing a bulky alpaca sweater makes me break into a sweat just thinking about it 10 out of the 12 months of a year). And honestly, after that first summer I was a little sad when I realized that I would never really need a bulky cabled sweater or fair isle knit here. But then two things happened: 1) I went back to work and remembered what sub-zero office air conditioning felt like, and 2) I realized that eventually the extreme summer heat/humidity receded to more tolerable levels. And when December and January rolled around, I was overjoyed to discover that yes, I felt cold! I actually wanted to put on a sweater! So not all hope was lost.
I was overjoyed to discover that yes, knitters do exist in Mississippi (thanks to Ravelry!), and quickly found that our climate really doesn't stop anyone from making a wide range of the traditional knitting projects ... with a few modifications!
For example, if you visit a local yarn store in the south, you'll find a much wider selection of cotton yarns than you might anywhere else. And fibers that are known for being more "breathable" in the summer, like bamboos and linens.
The main difference is the influence of timing. I still make blankets, because I do want one during that short winter season ... but you'll never catch me knitting one between May and August. Too warm to be knitting with a blanket on your lap at that point!
For me, the biggest impact I've noticed on my knitting is that our warm climate introduced me to the benefits of finer gauge yarns. After moving here, I was surprised to realize how frequently I was wearing cardigans year-round, despite the warm weather. When I paid attention to the attributes of the cardigans I was routinely drawn to, the common denominator was light-weight, finer gauges. It was that realization that motivated me to knit with yarn in finer gauges. As long as I knit something in a DK or fingering weight, the fabric stays light-weight enough to remain tolerable in multiple seasons. So although I still knit frequently with worsted and bulky weight yarns, I knit much more frequently with DK or fingering weight yarns than I would have previously anticipated!
So yes, it is possible to knit in 100% humidity. But I highly recommend doing so in a highly air-conditioned environment!
One un-related side note: I still need one more participant in my pay-it-forward project! And if you are one of my two participants, please email me your name and address so I can send you your surprise! Contact me at snapdragoncrafts AT yahoo.com.
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