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Knitting for the Dog Days

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Here in New England where I live, we seem to be having a particularly hot and humid summer. I know it's not the first time, but that's what people around here do -- we talk about the weather as if we've never had it before.

In any event, it has been hot and muggy, and it seems nearly impossible to think about knitting on any of my numerous ongoing projects: a wool bed cover, an alpaca shawl, a wool sweater for my husband and a heavy woolen jacket for myself (to wear if this hot and humid weather ever breaks). But I get antsy if I don't have something to knit, especially if I'm spending any time in front of the television, for example, watching the Olympics. So I went to my stash and found a fabulous and large skein of 100 percent bamboo lace-weight yarn that I bought at a show several years ago.

I've been waiting for this yarn to tell me what it wants to be, and finally, it spoke to me. I took some measurements from a favorite article of summer clothing, went to my library in search of lace stitch patterns, and cast on for a wide but cropped lacy top to wear over a tank top. Bamboo is the perfect fiber for hot-weather knitting, and I'll end up with another cool and comfortable outfit for the dog days of summer. Unless, of course, I'm complaining about the cold and ice before I get it finished.

Knit on!

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Judith Durant
Editor of Creative Knitting newsletter

Judith Durant loves to knit and to write, and writing about knitting is the best. She has authored, co-authored and edited many books about knitting and beadwork, including Never Knit Your Man a Sweater, Knit One, Bead Too and the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series. She recently co-authored a technique book with Dorothy T. Ratigan titled Knitting Know-How: Techniques, Lessons and Projects for Every Knitter's Library, which was published in July 2012. Visit Judith on the Web at

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