knows that a day at the beach can also be a great place to catch up on smaller knits
Rosee Woodland loves knitting on the beach
There’s nothing like a trip to the coast to blow the cobwebs away. I have great memories of summer holidays in Dawlish spent paddling about in the shallows, peering into rock pools and burying my brothers in tthe sand! Nowadays, there’s nothing nicer than settling down on a blanket while my daughter builds sand castles, and getting stuck into my latest knit; the sound of the waves is the perfect sound track to the rhythmic action of knitting.
A good project bag is a must when you’re taking your knitting to the seaside, as splashes, spills and – of course – rogue grains of sand – are bound to find their way in if you’re not careful. Best to get something with a waterproof lining and a zip, like the oilcloth bag from Dotcomgiftshop below.
Knitting with a non-woolly yarn is best at the beach, as the fibres won’t stick to your skin in the heat. It’s a good idea to work on something small and simple (like knitted sandcastle flags or bunting) and to leave your precious silk and mohair blends at home – there’s nothing worse than getting a splodge of suncream on a labour of love.
Though I do like to be beside the seaside, I’ve learnt not to count on the British weather, and I always pack a few extra layers in my bag – a retro cardigan makes the perfect summer project!
I live in the city, so there are nautical knits dotted around my house to remind me the seaside’s not too far away… I’ve already made the big, squashy octopus from last month’s Summer Makes book for my daughter – she’s been dragging him about by his tentacles ever since. He even gets his own seat at the dinner table! Nora the Mood Whale by Sincerely Louise is another great one and, of course, you can’t beat a stripy jumper to make you feel like a sailor!
“...there's nothing nicer than settling down on a blanket and getting stuck
into my latest knit...
From above left: Ice Cream Knitting Pattern, ern, £2.50 .50 from www.thelittleknitkitcompany.co.uk; Mood Whale pattern, £3.99 from www.sincerely louise.co.uk; Dash & Albert Nautical Cushion from www.Amara.com
From Fromleft left to right:rig Stripy Deck Chair, £39.99 from www.homebase.co.uk; Oilcloth Bag, £29.95 from www.dotcomgiftshop.co.uk; Duchess Cardigan Knit Kit, £67 from www. purlalpacadesigns.com; Seaside Biscuit Tin, £39.50 from www.biscuiteers.com; Octopus Pattern from Knit Today 114/August