Lazy Days

Lazy Days

Summer is all too fleeting; this gear helps you make the most of it.
Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. This article appears in the August/September 2019 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Positano hat by Tracywatts Inc.

Positano hat by Tracywatts Inc.

Tracywatts Inc.

Jeremy Trim has been enamored with tales of swords in stones and knights in shining armor since childhood; with his elegant Grill Master set, you can turn your next weenie roast into a site for some frankfurter derring-do. Handmade at Grapevine Forge, his smithy in West Milton, Ohio, the iron and steel set includes a barbecue fork, spatula, and six skewers, with a choice of handles and finishes.

Suspend this divinely comfortable hammock chair under your favorite tree for some late-summer lolling. It’s handwoven by members of Twin Oaks, an intentional community in rural Virginia; the soft, durable Envirope made of recycled soda bottles means you can feel as good about the planet as you feel relaxing in the seat. The hammock has a sturdy oak frame and comes with customized hardware, so you can also hang it inside from a ceiling joist come winter.

This fuzzy wonder comes from Mara Arber of San Jose, California, who has been knitting up a storm for more than 30 years. (“Sometimes I can’t stop,” says the self-styled knitting addict.) She made the first one for her daughter, a fan of the summer music scene, who requested something suitably festive. Made of soft synthetic yarn with an elastic waistband, it moves with you for maximum enjoyment at any free-spirited gathering.

Cool off with a beverage in these refreshing Superfruit tumblers by Jennifer and David Clancy, the wife-and-husband duo behind Clancy Designs Glass Studio in Jamestown, Rhode Island. The colorful murrine dots are made ahead of time, then arranged by hand during the blowing process. The tumblers come in 12- and 8-ounce sizes – or if you prefer a quick bump on a hot afternoon, try their Superfruit shot glasses. All are dishwasher safe and signed by the artists.

Throw some shade – the good kind – in the Positano hat by Tracywatts Inc. The hats are designed by namesake Tracy Watts, and made in her Brooklyn studio using traditional cut-and-sew and hand-blocking methods. The raffia fringe on the generous 4-inch brim also comes in red, silver, white, or black, to suit your mood and style.