Thursday, April 25, 2013

Color By Kristin: Book 3 + Giveaway

So excited to present you all with the photos from Color By Kristin Book Three published by Classic Elite Yarns for my Color By Kristin Yarn. Susan Mills, the Creative Director at CEY, and Betsy, CEY's owner, wanted to give knitters who prefer working with wool and animal fibers a new collection to knit and crochet with this spring and summer. 

Are you a knitter or crocheter who prefers wool and wool blends all year round? I am - I do admit. It has been years since I made a cotton project. I just like the way animal fibers feel and react on the needles. I like the resiliency and the colors that animal fibers dye.


There are six patterns in Book Number Three. Most of the projects are accessory based. They are fun and colorful and not too challenging. The granny cowl is called Tommie and Susan designed it. Talk about Granny Chic! Love this.


Susan also designed the delicate lace and cable short sleeve cardigan below named Delilah. Delilah is our calico cat who was born here at the farm last summer.

 

Like the past two Color By Kristin Books, the projects are named after our kitties. We are running out of cat names! This pretty scarf named Cole is a cross between a shawl and a scarf. I designed it. It is knit in the round with a steek that is then cut and fringed back to make the trim. At the end, I added the centers of the flowers in Spider Web Stitch embroidery. The nice thing about making a scarf in the round this way is you don't have to knit many inches and it is complete! In the round is the only way to go for Fair Isle Two Color knitting if you ask me.


Here is a back view.



Mia is a bag designed by Tian Foley. It has a cabled base and a bit of colorwork at the top in an easy to remember Fair Isle Pattern. What a cute market bag or book bag.

 

Next up is Nat. It is a tiny cowl that can be worn under a coat as a turtleneck to keep the chill away. Not much knitting in this one. I designed and knit it in a "afghan" stitch which mimics the crochet ripple. It's a great pattern to use to experiment with color and to use up odds and ends. I worked it back and forth and then seamed it because the pattern worked easier (read - less frustrating!) back and forth as opposed to in the round.


And now for my favorite design in Book Three - It is called Brie. I made the easy garter stitch scarf first. At the bottom of one end I added a multi-color sunflower design. This sunflower is NOT in my new book 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet and Felt. It is new for this pattern. We dressed Emily the model in a Mary Poppins style hat and made a band of real sunflowers. So fun.


All of the photos were shot here at the farm last September when the sunflowers were blooming like mad. They made a great backdrop to the colorful knits.

You can purchase the book at your local yarnstore or directly from CEY. Cost is $10.95. You can also purchase single patterns in automatic PDF download format via the CEY website.

I am not selling the patterns but I am giving away TWO Color By Kristin Book Three to 2 of my lucky readers!

Here's how you enter: Answer the following question:
Tell me what you like to knit or crochet with during the summer months and what kinds of projects you have planned. If you don't knit in the summer - tell me that too!

I'll pick 2 lucky winners and get the books out to you next week. Contest ends Sunday evening at 11:59 p.m.

As always, PLEASE LEAVE AN EASY WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU - e-mail address, Ravelry ID, or blogger ID. If your number gets pulled, I need to be able to get a hold of you!
Good luck everyone!

Contest is closed. The winners have been notified and I'll be sending their books out to them this week. Thanks everyone for your comments and for entering! Kristin

126 comments:

Savannagal said...

I like to knit with wool and wool blends. I'm not too fond of knitting with cotton, though I like wearing cotton. I hope to finish a cardigan I started over 2 years ago. I really need to finish up a few UFOs.Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I like socks or something frivolous and light.

ravid : berrygal

Patricia said...

I am plugging away at what is currently on the needles which is a cardigan for me and a pullover for the hubby. I still knit in the summer, but i have the fan on and a tall glass of lemonade close by!



Ravelry name Patty
Patty in Sparks maryland

Kim said...

A few summers ago I started knitting myself a summer sweater every spring and summer and using something other than wool. Last year I knit Cinnie from ChicKnits using Classic Elite's Firefly yarn. It turned out great and I am getting a a lot of use out of it. I hope to start this year's sweater this weekend using CE's Allegoro. And of course there is always a lace project on the needles, but that is true year around.

Kim in Apex
Rav ID: msleoknits

Megan said...

Pretty new patterns! I don't think my crochet project or yarn choices change much seasonally (other than due to whichever birthdays or gift events are happening when). I may choose to make fewer hats or scarves in the summer than the winter, just because they're not on my mind then, and I might not make a giant blanket then, but the outside temperature doesn't go into consideration much when I'm choosing what to make.

Lori Ann said...

I too like to knit animal fibers year round. I am just never satisfied with the outcome of cotton and bamboo for some reason! And during this summer I have a couple of (yes - wool!) sweaters planned along with some lace shawls and socks. Guess I will be hoping for cooler days and maybe a little air conditioning!
(lajakuc@gmail.com)

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

What gorgeous projects! I always love your colorful designs.

I knit in the summer, spring, winter and fall - all year long! Even in the summer months I'm usually working with wool for those winter items. PLUS, I'm always making socks on our antique sock machine for our small sock business.

KathS on Ravelry

stitchesbymom said...

I knit all year long. I knitted my daughter's wedding veil from Missouri lace weight wool. I like knitting with wool as well as acrylics. Actually I just love to knit. The only thing I didn't like was a cotton/bamboo yarn. The project turned out beautiful but the yarn seem to split quite a bit. Thanks for the giveway.

India said...

I do knit some with cotton or cotton blends/bamboo/silk/linen during the summer--but I also knit with wool, my favorite fiber, no matter the time of year.

Velda said...

I just turn up the air knit with wool and wool blends. Velda my email is vjferguson@comcast.net

Donna Lucas said...

I'm just getting back to knitting from a 3-decade hiatus...(geez, I can't be THAT old...lol) This summer I plan to knit several baby items as my 10th grand (6 boys were first - the last 4 are girls) will make her appearance in late July. I have also planned to knit one lace shawl for my daughter and one just for me!
Ravelry ID: andma442

stufenzumgericht said...

Dear Kristin,
for this summer, I've planned to knit a top down cardi. By the way, I've got your newsletter, but all the links to your new homepage didn't work, even when I tried it by going via google. Have a very nice weekend, Martina

Kathy Bridges said...

I do knit with cotten in the summer as it is wearable 75% of the year here. But, Alpaca is my favorite with wool close behind.

mj said...
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mj said...

I love to knit with wool all year round. Since most places I frequent are air conditioned, heat isn't a problem; although if I'm going to be outside, I prefer to work on a sock.

I have three cardigans to knit for my daughter planned for this summer.

MJLegg (on Ravelry)

Marianna said...

I usually knit with wool year round. Thanks--the patterns look great!
yarnbasket on Ravelry

Sheila said...

I knit mainly with wool all year round. I do tend to go for fingering or lace weight yarn in the summer. Plus smaller projects to avoid that mass of heavy wool in my lap on a hot day. Shawls, socks and other accessories in the summer - save those cabled sweaters and afghans for cozy winter knitting!

Anonymous said...

Hi I love to knit any time of the year. I especially love cotton yarn for dish cloths and wool blend for mittens for my daughters kindergarten class for Christmas presents.

Anne said...

Dishcloths! I make dishcloths in the summer - and sometimes hats and mittens for winter! I knit year round. paulsons4@arvig.net

Kim said...

I love your new website, it is so you with the gorgeous colours! In summer, I like to knit or crochet dishcloths. I don't stop knitting any day of the year!

Ty for the contest!

I'm 'treblemaker' in Ravelry.
- Kim

Sheri said...

I like to knit socks in the summer.

Suzanne said...

I knit year round and will knit whatevery strikes my fancy during the summer. Usually socks and shawls but I have also knit hats and mittens to get gifts out of the way or to make up a set for myself. This summer, I want to finish up a sweater or vest and have some socks and shawls planned.

Auntie Shan said...

Well, I'm *off* the NEEDLES for a bit and back on the HOOK for the moment... Just in the middle of a cotton Afghan right now. Done in "Majolica" colours! sorta...
:-D I'll send you a pic when I'm done...
Then later, I'll be back to knitting Hats for my Christmas craft shows... It never stops really. I just go where my STASH takes me...

Jane said...

I knit all year long. I have several projects going at all times. I have 9 sheep (4 are pregnant) so wool is my favorite fiber. I knit socks and hats a lot in the summer. I usually also have fall cardigans for my grandchildren on my needles in the summer. Thank you for the opportunity and for your blog.

Jane

Caffeine Girl said...

Because I'm a teacher, I do most of my traveling in the summer. Socks are my favorite travel knitting.

Like you, I have a strong preference for wool all year round.

Sarah said...

I knit all year long. I tend to knit mainly with wool but in the summer my projects get smaller, like socks so that they don't sit in my lap.

sarahland on ravelry

Beth said...

I like to knit hats in the summer for Christmas giving. One of these days I'm going to learn how to knit socks!

Anonymous said...

it is great to knit with wools and wool blends, but cotton is fun too. I knit the same things all year round cuz I never finish things timely...........

Fracksmom

Teresa said...

Sadly, I am so addicted to knitting that I knit exactly the same in the summer as the winter - sweaters, socks, shawls, mittens, blankets, whatever. I love the shor sleeved sweater and the flower shawl/scarf.

Anonymous said...

It's wool & wool blends for me. Warm weather = smaller projects, often for holiday gifting- socks, mitten, gloves.
Cute short sleeve sweater and sunflower scarf.
Johalley on RAV

Anonymous said...

I like to knit with wool and have been working on your Christmas stockings for several summers. One day there will be one for each grandchild.

Barbara
balsam11@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I like to work on small projects during the summer-baby hats, socks, or toys!
Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful collection!
Lee (mamagiff on ravelry)

Judy said...

Wool is my fave, for summer, socks and some lace weight projects, depending on the heat. I do have some "other than wool yarn" I purchased years ago that I intend to make into "something". Love the new project though, the Granny Cowl has my name on it. Thanks for the giveaway. (Lightinabook@Gmail.com)

janna e said...

I'll knit with animal fiber year 'round. This summer's to-do list is a couple baby sweaters and then maybe an attempt to make a dent in my queue.

Robin T said...

I work on Christmas presents during the summer.I usually make hats and mittens or scarves.They're small and portable and I don't have that last minute hurry up and get it done feeling in December. I'd love to win your new book-all the patterns are lovely !! I'm robcroknit on Rav

Barbara Daiker, Ph.D. said...

In the summer I knit lace projects; shawls mostly. They are light weight and I find my hands don't stick to the yarn as easily.

Nancy said...

I'm waiting for some warmer weather to sit on the front deck & knit whatever! I prefer wool for sure! Love the feel! Currently doing socks for myself. Have some ideas for a few things for a new great grand due in June.
Nlwilson46@yahoo.com

Linda Rumsey said...

In the Summer I knit socks, lacy scarves and washcloths. Anything small and not too heavy in my lap. Don't mind wool or cotton or a mix.
lindarumsey on Ravelry

Sally said...

I don't change my knitting habits too too much, except that I probably do more small projects like socks and hats so as not to have too much material in my lap. These smaller items usually help me have a jump-start on Christmas knitting! Must now go back and have a look for books 1 and 2! Why can I not remember what's in them? Thanks as always, Kristin!

steph said...

I can't imagine a day without knitting!!!! summer--shawls, cotton/blend sweaters, smalls---always socks!!--whatever!!! Can't wait to see this new addition to the color-line!!

soyknits on RAV

Lisa Viviano said...

I'm a year round wool-wool blend girl. I don't stray often. This spring summer I'm knitting sunflowers from your new book, 50 Sunflowers. I've also just received my copy of Topsy-Turvy Toys, so I'll be knitting little reversible stuffed animals. vivianos3@aol.com

Ana said...

Hello Kristin,
Thank you for the chance to win your new book! I'm planning a toy by Susan B Anderson, a lightweight baby sweater in sock yarn, a shawl, and maybe some cotton face cloths....all light and relaxed. No pressure for the summer!
Ana - anahuron@gmail.com

Cathy E said...

I will knit anything in the summer; I just pick the project that fits whether I am knitting in a/c or out in the heat! However, this summer my goal is to finish some UFOs I have neglected and increase my sock collection. But I also want to do more sewing and there is work that gets in the way!

P.S. I love the Delilah sweater and the Mia bag. You can reach me at endersDOTcjATgmailDOTcom

Chelsea @ Garden-Me.com said...

In the summer I like to knit small projects like stuffed animals. I love the new patterns!

KnittingViolets said...

Typically I do less knitting in the summer, but my brother's getting married at the end of August, and I want to knit him and his fiancee a beautiful blanket. I should have started it sooner so I wouldn't have a lap full of wool in 90 degree weather!

Denise said...

I'm a super slow knitter. I'm usually knitting in summer whatever I started to knit in winter.
flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

Dee said...

I really love the granny square cowl--but all the designs are gorgeous.

Wild Thyme Creations said...

I knit with animal fibers year round. My summer projects tend to be smaller items though, like hats, fingerless mitts, cowls, granny squares.....and now socks! It helps me get a jump on Christmas gifts! Thanks for the giveaway! Oh! I'm trailridr24 on Ravelry!

Diane said...

I tend to knit accessories and lace. Love Brie. Makes me smile to see it.

Unknown said...

As long as I can knit in air conditioning, I love to knit all summer on anything. If I knit outside (in the shade!) I knit small things like socks or bags. I have a beautiful crochet bag (Crocheted Swirling Bag) I found on Ravelry set aside to work on after some other projects are finished. I do love cotton and cotton blends as well as wool and wool blends!

Helen said...

Two summers ago, I knit lace. Last summer,the Color Affection and mitts. All these projects were wool blends. I have some cotton in my stash but I tend to knit wool.
Thanks for this opportunity Kristin.

Bonney said...

I'm always a big fan of knitting baby blankets. It's a fun way to learn a new stitch and I have a stash of them. I'm ready for any baby shower! This summer I think I'm going to focus on socks because I have such envy for bloggers who have shown their collection.

Anonymous said...

During last summer I loved crocheting grocery/produce bags with colorful cotton. I made over 20 and gave them to all of my son's teachers,PT, OT, speech therapists, office staff for the holidays as he attends a school for special needs. They are amazing!
Kristin over the years you have brought such joy to me from your blog to old magazine issues that have featured your farm, family and home. Thanks,
Susan
suejoshappy@msn.com

Diane said...

From Florida the land of eternal summer!! I always have a prayer shawl on the needles, they are usually blends. This summer a niece has a baby due in June so I have bought some beautiful cotton yarn to make a baby sweater..I had better get busy! Around July I start thinking about Christmas gifts so I have a chance of completing them. Just love that scarf with the sunflowers on the ends!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristin,

I like wool best, but I also knit with cotton and acrylic. In the summer, I like lace and I'm always making socks (of wool). I do sometimes switch to thread crochet when traveling (less room, more labor intensive, lasts longer.)

Kathleen
kwalton at restaurant dot org

Kim Har said...

I only knit with animal fibers year long. Summer knitting is lace shawls or hats & scarves for charily with the occasional baby sweater out of sock yarn.
RAV ID ~ sleddogz

Diane said...

I enjoy knitting with wool yarns almost exclusively, too. During the summer I still work on wraps or fingerless mitts.
Rav ID ddknitter

adodds said...

I knit with wool all year though I do notice that my projects are lighter in feel. Often I knit lace in the summer or small accessories.
skibum on Rav

vivid13 said...

I knit and crochet with different material all year long. During the summer I like to make lighter products such as ponchettes and scarves. Rav Id: vivid13

Anonymous said...

I love knit anything anytime of the year. I am inspired to knit with bright colors now that I see these beautiful yarns.ozzie5111@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Summer doesn't affect my knitting at all. I still knit with wool and other animal fibers and am actually hoping to finish a couple of blankets this summer. crazy, I know =) I'm knitnatknits on Ravelry.

JackieLemon said...

I still knit during the summer, usually cotton sweaters or afghans that are done in blocks and for some reason lots of lace.
Jackielemon on Ravelry

Debbie said...

I like to knit socks and small items in the summer. I mostly knit with wool or wool blends.

gussek on Ravelry

zumbaqueen said...

The hotter it gets, the less likely I am to knit with wool, but I have been working on a sweater for my son-in-law for two years. This might be the year that I finish it. Reason for delay: pattern is very badly written. I think I might make some fingerless gloves for my granddaughter. It's what she requested.

Winsome said...

My knitting seriously slows down in the summer, being replaced by hours spent outdoors in the garden. However, when I do pick up my knitting, I like to sit in a shady spot outside with a small project that's not hot and heavy on my lap! I have never knitted socks, but think about starting every summer, maybe this summer will be it!
Winnythepu(Rav ID)

gcomfort said...

I knit socks in the summer. I go through mad dishcloth phases in the summer when I pick up colorful cottons. I have to have small, portable projects in the summer because it seems we are always on the go.

woolyjooly said...

I once knit an aran sweater in the summer, but I usually knit on socks, scarves, mittens and hats -- year round. I enjoy knitting colorful fair isle/nordic designs best of all; good thing too--most of my family is of nordic heritage.

kasia crochet said...

Blanket,hats ,booties, sweaters hmmm everything for new born :):) in few months time my family will be bigger :) nice giveaway :)
xxx
www.kasiacrochet.blogspot.co.uk

Betty said...

In the summer I like to knit and crochet with cotton. I plan to crochet a lacy top to wear over t-shirts, and a travel shawl. (Betty, taser52@yahoo.com)

evie said...

I occasionally knit with cotton but its not my favorite. I usually like the end result but the process is hard on the hands. Love your latest book. I always get inspired by your fun colorful designs.

MicheleinMaine said...

I knit with wool or wool blends (with cashmere/silk/etc.) all year long. I have about 20 projects on the needles at any given time and only get monogamous as one reaches its end. I love to knit sweaters, shawls, socks, and hats.

Melissa said...

I love to knit anytime. I like to knit socks in the summer. Thank you for this opportunity!
rav id: pik2nit

Anonymous said...

~Terrific sunny SUNflowers ! ~

I prefer to knit with all kinds of wools, sheep, llama, alpaca, goat & all blends of wools. Especially loVe alpaca from a farm nearby that sells at our Farmer's Market such dreamy, soft, wonderful alpaca,(when I can afford it.)
My favorites of these new patterns are Cole, Mia & Brie.
I knit all year, every moment I can. Knitting is my constant therapy, Yarn Therapy. yum.

Summer projects will be many of the sunflowers in your new book Kristin. Also, I'd like to knit a whole flock of the robins ! They are just delightful.
Otherwise, trying to finish some of my items on the amazingly long UFO list. Socks, mittens, dolls, hats, plenty o' toy animals, especially kitties & now my Mom just gifted me a beautiful shawl kit, with YARN !!
I can't wait to knit it all, sitting outside in the SUN, at my swing seat.
Best,
Shell ~
YarnSoup@yahoo.com

p.s. One of my Waldorf students is knitting a hammock, for an Independent Study Handwork project, with about size 75 knitting needles and climbing rope ! Yes, indeed, you can knit anything !



Willow said...

What do I knit in the summer? I begin knitting hats for people who live in cold climates and keep them until early December until I can send them to Chicago for giving away to whoever needs a warm hat.

Also, I knit other smaller projects like dish cloths, socks, fingerless mitts. As long as it isn't heavy and lying on my lap making me sweat, I'll knit most anything in the summer ;)

Willow
willowknits@yahoo.com

Bonnie said...

I'm always knitting a pair of socks, regardless of season. :) If it's a beach day, I usually will take a dishcloth with me - not a huge deal how much sand it picks up.

duffysmum on Ravelry

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keatime said...

Love the colors and would love a copy of this book!
Melissa (Rav ID keatime)

Connie K. said...

I knit small items during the summer. Accessories for gifts, dishcloths, small toys, nothing that will sit on my lap. I haven't planned my summer knitting except that I know I'll be starting a Beekeeper's Quilt for my daughter.

greyowl60@yahoo.com

beth said...

I enjoy knitting lace projects in the summer, in wool. Last summer, I know three large lace shawls. I have several shawls planned out for this summer, all as gifts.

MarieAnge said...

I knit/crochet with dk fibres in the summer or cottons. Usually smaller items or accessories. Love these patterns!

Angela Medina said...

I like knitting socks in the summer. I usually use wool and just have to wait 'til winter to wear them.

Ravelry: mst3kfan

Unknown said...

Here in SoCal, Summer lasts from April to October! I knit for a lot of people who don't really "do" handknits in their wardrobe. They like to toss things in the washer (and hopefully remember to not then move it to the dryer!)so I mostly knit with acrylic blends.
I LOVE knitting with bamboo because of the drape, softness, and lightweight. Planning on a tank, 3/4 sleeve top, and starting my Christmas gift knitting in August (hats, cozies, nerdy stuff)

Diane said...

Hi Kristin, This summer I'll be knitting sweaters.. sport or fingering weight. Thanks for the giveaway.
Best,
ditetre on ravelry

www.yarnsista.com

Bratty said...

I Love knitting with pretty much everything, it really depends on my projects! For summer, I like to get started on Christmas gifts, so I usually pick wool blends and do scarves, socks, and gloves!

Debbie Procek said...

I crochet all sorts of things, grannies for blankets, hats, cowls, scarves not blankets.. To hot... Love this giveaway it's awesome....
Www.facebook.com/GirlsJustWannaHaveFun.Crochet is how you can contact me... Thanks ❤

Pixie Pomeroy said...

I knit or crochet with cotton during the summer time. The items ae usually baby blankets or dish cloths. I think I will start my christmas gifts early like socks, shawls and scarves. Need to make sure they get done by then.

Brandy said...

I just finished making the cutest little bikini for my daughter's first birthday. It is so cute and adorable. I just used acrylic for it but seeing it on her I already have plans to make another and since I created the design myself I am planning a tank top or 2 are coming very soon in her future. I will probably go with either bamboo or a cotton blend since its for a little one.

Brandy said...

sorry forgot to add my ravelry, sassyknittygirl

Amber Lauren said...



Bamboo or cotton shawls this summer... Maybe so e headbands too :)

Runningmommy1206 on ravelry

Chelle said...

I knit year round. Any yarn will do that speaks to me on the shelf.

Michelle said...

I knit and crochet much like I do the rest of the year, although perhaps not as bulky?

sunfleur1 on ravelry

Kat L said...

Love starting my christmas knitting in the summer so I am way prepared for the most stressful season of the year early! :D

Cheryl Ardis said...

I knit lighter weight projects in the summer such as lace but knit prayer shawls all year long.

Sharon P said...

I love to knit and crochet with cotton during summer, dishcloths and goodies like that - thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa said...

I will definitely pull out the kitchen cotton for some kitchen linens. A sweater for the fall and I am determined to make two of the same kind of sock! ;)

Ravelry: miss2fied

Dawn C. said...

I love to knit with cotton, hemp or linen in the summer! Loose flowy tops and vests are my faves :)
Awesome giveaway!
LedByTheLamb@aol.com
Dawn

Lisa said...

I will definitely pull out the kitchen cotton for some kitchen linens. A sweater for the fall and I am determined to make two of the same kind of sock! ;)

Ravelry: miss2fied

Whitney Wright said...

I like to knit smaller things in the summer, because I like to knit with wool, and it gets too hot in Texas to knit anything too large! Cotton hurts my hands after a long time knitting; wool never does. I'm currently knitting fingerless gloves from your last book! I adore the colors of your yarn, and will be making Tommie for my daughter, who is headed off to college in the fall! I'd love to win, and I'm whitknits on Ravelry.

Karla said...

Last summer I was actually working on 2 blankets. I crocheted a throw and started knitting an afghan. Though this summer I think i will get a few socks done so I am prepared for the winter.

Joyce said...

Love to knit in the summer, but it has to be portable.

Amanda said...

in summer months, i still like to knit with wool blends. sock and small shawls are usually my go-to, but this summer i hope to get back in to my hexipuffs! i've been slacking!

ravelry: amandapalmtree

Hardware Queen said...

I've been knitting hats for men undergoing treatment at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute here in Portland. I'll continue to do so as long as they're appreciated. Although I prefer natural fibers, I've been using acrylic because it is easier to care for.
hardwarequeen on Ravelry

Lisa M. Charpentier said...

I don't seem to change my knitting habits too much. I'll make smaller things and use any yarn that strikes my fancy. The only thing that changes is the amount if time spent knitting. The garden needs tending during the warmer months. :)

Ravelry I'd: froggyhed

Debbie in KY said...

I like to knit with lace or finger-wt yarns in bamboo, silk, or cotton. I save my heavy, thick wool projects for the cold seasons.

Rav: KYFarmgirl

Kathryn said...

Cottons or linens are my first choice for summer, but then along comes some gorgeous wool and I cave. With no air conditioning, I gotta love it a lot!

Kathryn said...

Anything goes for summer!

Ravelry kemoser

Kates said...

Socks are always a go-to favorite. I also really like hats. I just try to switch to lighter yarns. I live in Alabama, so summer REALLY means summer. During the 110 degree months (July and August), we southerners stay inside in the 72 degree AC, and knit up warm things for the upcoming fall and winter. (ravelry: kates77)

ann said...

I don't really change my knitting projects in the summer, I just crank up the air conditioning! haha Love knitting with wool year round.

knit262 said...

I knit nearly every day of the year with all kinds of fibers. I like cottons with some blend to prevent any stretching. My favorite is the cotton/wool blend. My favorite item to knit is baby-toddler sweaters!

Anonymous said...

I have been doing a lot in cotton for gifts. I have avoided wool since I am allergic to it but recently at a knit shop I was introduced to some that might not irritate my skin, so am thinking of trying it on a small project. I would like to felt but again thought it might irritate my skin. Those flowers look like so much fun. Recently I have been knitting gifts for my grandchildren.
mardelle@juno.com

Anonymous said...

I just started knitting in December, so I will find out what I'll knit this summer! I just know I don't plan to stop :-)
Jennxpt on Ravelry

Teresa B. Cross said...

i like to crochet open lace crochet shawls and shrugs and get ahead on Christmas gifts!
The Delilah is lovely!!cnewpower@gmail.com

Unknown said...

The designs are lovely, especially the Cole scarf/shawl.

Animal fibres are my preferred yarn all year round. Summer usually finds me making light weight scarves, shawls and neck warmers. Could not bear to not knit in summer no matter the heat :).

Patty said...

Love wool, no matter what time of the year it is. But I find I knit a summer tank/tee with cotton yarn almost every Spring/Summer!
Nice give-away :-)

Anonymous said...

I love to knit with wool all year round. Sock knitting is a year round pleasure and a natural for summer knitting. I really need more mittens and never got around to making any this winter. Mitten making is planned for this summer. Your book has some cute designs that would make perfect summer knitting. gnlmutti at gmail dot com

Patty said...

I seem to crochet more than knit in summer... Not sure why. I also do beading and jewelry work that I need to do in the garage (fumes, etc.) because it is too cold here in winter.

Ravid bearybearco

Denise k said...

I like to knit with anything anytime. I do tend to crochet more in the summer and socks are good too.
Kittykatz on ravelry.

Michelle pynoblem said...

I prefer crochet, but I'm dabbling with knitting. Right now I have 2 projects going. I am crocheting a entrelac blanket, and I'm designing a shawl made with mohair. I like to work on accessories and things for the home in summer. I also like to get a jump start o Christmas presents.

Cropperhopper (ravelry)

ColorJoy LynnH said...

Hi, Kristin. I think this comment is too late to enter (unless you are going by Pacific time)...

But, I generally knit with sockyarn all summer. Socks are the great take-along project, of course. However, I knit tank tops and shawls with sockyarn as well.

LynnH (ColorJoy on Ravelry)

Inez Falleyn said...

I don't knit but I crochet every day. I design, create and sell unique crochet jewelry, one of a kind pieces made with silk thread and semi precious stones.

Besides this I also crochet as a hobby:) Then I prefer cowl and shawls. I am currently working on two crochet shawls.

Katrix said...

In summer I like to knit or crochet with cotton yarn - summer tops or baby dresses etc. Or knit lace. This year I plan to knit dresses for me and my 1-year old daughter.

(RAvelry) Katrix

Terri Hamilton said...

I don't discriminate based on the season... besides, if I want a new sweater for fall, I need to be starting about now! After all, my house has air conditioning.

Nerdy Knitter said...

I knit all year 'round, and don't usually knit with cottons. I do use blends and acrylics, but don't actively seek them out in hotter weather. We recently adopted a baby, so I'll be spending the summer trying to make things ahead of time for the winter months. We'll see how that goes. LOL.

janice said...

sdummer knitting for me consists of bamboo, tencel, any blends of silk and cotton or wool that all feel cool to the touch. that's how I know it will be a great warm weather knit crochet shell or tee. If I do need to work with wool or alpaca in the warmer weather I make sure it's comething that is motifs or small pieces that will be joined later so I am not getting heated up under a garment. I tend to do ore purchases in the summer as well. Probably because the selection of summer yarns, paper, jute, straw, raffia, sugar cane, corn is more readily available.

handstitch said...

I am a huge fan and dare say I have every book you've published. Except for a pair of mittens, I don't follow your pattern exactly, but, do constantly walk away with limitless inspiration ideas to make my knitting my own. Thank you for sharing your inner thoughts and ingenious ideas, Kristin! I so look forward to flipping more pages from your new book. :D

Unknown said...

Thank you Kristin for running the contest; and for sharing images of your newest book. This was a fun way to spend a little time. :)