July 18, 2022 2 min read

How’s it going?  One of the standard pleasantries of modern society/  We see each other on the street and exchange this, or similar, inquiries. Since I run a yarn store, those exchanges are typically followed up with, “Things must be slow for you, with the hot weather,” or something along those lines.  They are not knitters, they don’t realize that knitting isn’t just about hats and scarves and bulky pullovers. That’s definitely knitting, and I love chunky brioche scarves and warm fuzzy garments as much as anyone, but to be honest, I like summer knitting every bit as much as winter knitting. Maybe more.

Summer knitting is relaxed and easy.  Short sleeves or no sleeves means you're not on sleeve island - at least not for very long, anyway. I love summer fibers too.  In this latitude, summer garments are actually seasonless.  I wear my blue Triton all year long - it looks as nice with cropped linen trousers as  with slim wool trousers. It’s always perfect. Same with various shells and tanks I’ve knit - like my new favorite, the Staple Linen Top.  

I’m anxious to see the garments from the current Noro Knitting Magazine - that trunk show will be here early next month. I’m especially interested in the garments knit in Asaginu, the lovely new linen and paper yarn from Noro that I featured on arecent podcast, The garments in the magazine are knit at the gauge recommended on the yarn label (18 stitches per 4 inches), but I like Asaginu much better at a tighter gauge.  My goal is a fabric that’s open enough for a breeze but not so open that you need another layer under it. 

I’ve decided on ELAN, by Shellie Anderson. I like it for  the same reasons I like Triton - easy to knit, easy to wear, and perfectly appropriate for every occasion all year long.  And it will be perfect in Asaginu. And I’m super excited to have Shellie joining me for the kickoff which we’ll do live on YouTube, Saturday, August 6th at 4 pm Eastern time.  

I’ll be doing a KAL for ELAN, and Shellie Anderson will be joining us for the kickoff.  We’ll be doing the videos on YouTube, but you can ask questions, and share your success in our private ELAN Knitalong community.  Join here. 

I look forward to knitting ELAN with you!



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