Seasonality doesn’t have much of an effect on my crocheting and knitting. I probably make more blankets than anything else, and these are usually in response to events (new babies, new homes, engagements, etc.) that happen year round. In years past, I was very good about planning ahead for the winter holidays, and actually made gifts for people as early as January so that I wouldn’t be a crocheting my fingers to the bone in December. (Obviously, that didn’t happen last year! But I do have an exciting plan for starting up my holiday crafting early this year. I’ll be sharing details soon.)
This year, I am attempting (for once) to make more projects for myself. This idea started with support from the nice folks in the 12 for myself and Selfish Knitters & Crocheters groups on Ravelry. I realized that I give away (or sell) almost everything I make. Since January, I’ve been following two amazing blog series, Crochet Concupiscence’s 365 Ways to Wear Crochet and Thornberry’s What I Wore. I really have almost nothing crocheted or knitted in my wardrobe, except for the few cold weather scarves that are a must for Northeastern winters. Seeing these two ladies incorporate their own creations into their wardrobes has made me really want to make more wearables.
For the first time, a little bit of seasonal thought has been floating into my mind. If I start making more wearables for myself, I will have to think seasonally. (I don’t have to make the item during the season I will use it, but I will have to think about the season when I will wear the item when I’m choosing yarn and pattern.) I know there are crafters who focus on certain types of projects during certain times of the year, or even those who (gasp!) put away their crocheting or knitting altogether for the summer months, so I’m interested in seeing how other people respond to today’s prompt. Perhaps I’ll pick up some tips to encourage me to make more for myself this spring!