You may have seen my post on Facebook this week asking for tips on crafting in humidity. This Colorado girl is TOTALLY out of her element here in Hawaii, and just to add to all of the things that feel really weird, it seems my yarn has become a foreign element too.
Crafting in Colorado makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Visions of knitting in front of a roaring fireplace while the snow drifts down outside really aren’t that far off. It’s cozy, comfortable, and maybe even slightly magical. Crafting in Hawaii, though, is a totally new thing.
So far, my experience with crafting in Hawaii has been interesting. I happened to be working with wool upon my arrival, so I’ve spent the last week finishing up that project. It was hot, sweaty, and maybe even a little stifling. In the midst of that project, I decided to throw in the towel and ask for some help….I can’t be the first yarn addict who moved somewhere tropical and needed some words of wisdom!
So here they are! 6 tips for crafting in humidity:
1. Try working with cotton instead of heavier wool.
2. Wait until night time when it cools off a bit. (Since we crafters are notorious night owls, this one seems like a great idea. I just need to get in tune with my new environment….last night I went to bed at 7:30pm!)
3. Work on small things so your project doesn’t have to rest in your lap.
4. Try wooden hooks or needles to keep your hands from sweating.
5. Sit at a table where you can keep your project away from your body (I found this one especially helpful. The further you are from the yarn, the cooler you’ll stay).
6. Just keep on crafting! The more engrossed in your project you become, the less you’ll notice the heat.
Hopefully you find these tips as helpful as I did and you’ll be able to put them to good use! I think the most important thing to remember is the joy the finished project will bring your way. Whether you give it away, sell it, or keep it for yourself, finishing a project always brings such accomplishment and warm fuzzy feelings into your life. So a tiny bit of humid discomfort will be worth the end result!
Have any other tips for yarn crafting in humidity? Or maybe just something to add to the conversation? Please leave a comment and let me know! I can really use all the advice I can get!