The young woman in this picture is probably in some balmy European place where the temperature is a pleasant 70 degrees, so she can knit while watching the lambs gambol. She is not in a Southern state in mid-July. This is the point in the year at which people begin to wonder whether it makes sense to knit in the summer at all.

Of course it does. When you start a sweater after the first frost, you may end up finishing it in the spring, with just a short time to wear it before it becomes too hot. Or you may run out of time entirely and not be able to give the mittens and slippers you made for Christmas until, say, Easter, when they will be far less welcome.

On the other hand, who wants a lap full of wool when the temperature is 100 degrees? The girl in the picture has taken some steps to make her summer knitting more pleasurable. She has taken off her shoes, rolled up her sleeves, and gotten her hair off her face. And she is working on something small. I am glad to have finished the body of Siv while it was still in the 80s, so that I now just have sleeves to do. I am also working on a quilt for #1 daughter’s wedding anniversary. Since I quilt with a lap frame, I have an entire quilt in my lap whenever I work on it. I haven’t touched it since Independence Day. So put aside the Lopi pullover and do cotton washcloths for a while.

In fact, the net and the newsstands are awash with cotton tank top patterns this year. I have made some of those in the past. Now I am too old to prance around in tank tops, and my daughters don’t find them appealing, so this is not for me.And I am not sure that a lapful of cotton would be enjoyable in 100 degree temperatures, either.

Of course, we have the option nowadays of taking our knitting indoors and cranking up the air conditioning. I am too conservation-minded to put the thermostat above 78 degrees, so even indoors I am working on small things.With my shoes off and my hair out of my face.