Saturday, June 24, 2017
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Knitting and crocheting eco-friendly projects can be a great way to add to your home. You can recycle yarn by unraveling a completed project and reusing the yarn for something new. Got a sweater you never wear? Use the yarn to create a shrug, a bag or even as part of an afghan. By recycling yarn, you’re saving on new manufactured yarn. Natural fibers are also a way to go eco-friendly. Cotton and linen make great washcloths and fashion accessories.  Wool is super for socks and winter accessories like hats and scarves. You could dye your own yarn. Usually this works best with natural fibers. ... (Read More ...)

This week I picked up an unfinished pair of socks.  Actually, the first one. This past spring I started making a pair of acrylic socks, mostly to see how they knit up and wore.  Then I got sidetracked with other projects and didn’t get back to knitting. Knitting is a great stress reliever, and very soothing to the soul.  I hadn’t replaced my knitting with a similar activity, and this week realized how much I missed it. So what is the pattern? Well, it’s my own pattern. I love the way a 1×1 ribbing cradles my foot.  So I decided to knit the whole sock except the heel... (Read More ...)

The first knitted dishcloth patterns I created were when caring for my mother Clara. She liked cotton knit or crochet dishcloths, because they fit her hands better than woven ones. And the handmade ones also absorb water better. A couple of years ago I made one for Valentine’s Day, and last year submitted it to the 2015 Day by Day Knitting Calendar.  It along with my mitten Christmas tree ornament pattern were accepted. My writing knitting patterns started when my life was out of balance.  While considered part time, my position was 24/7 when my partner was off.  Most of the time, I covered... (Read More ...)

Tapestry crochet is a method of creating motifs in crochet by working with more than one strand of yarn at a time. This heart basket is an example of a small project using around 5 yards of yarn.      Other names for tapestry crochet include: Hard crochet Jacquard crochet Colorwork The pattern is available through Ravelry for $4.97. Click here to download your pattern now! To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving, Dr. Ina Ina Gilmore, M.D. Founder, www.CaregivingWithPurpose.com and www.TheKnittingYarn.com Ambassador of Caregiving at www.HowToLiveOnPurpose.com  (Read More ...)

Knitting Podcasts: What Knitting Sock Patterns Work Best For Caregivers? Caregivers are often stressed and have many interruptions, often unexpectedly. While giving care, they often don’t know how much time they’ll have to work on a project before being called back.  It can be frustrating to need to drop a knitting project in the middle of a row. Especially when coming back to it and forgetting where you are in the pattern! I know this from experience, and designed my “Carer Sock” pattern especially for caregivers.  And I’m delighted to announce it has been accepted... (Read More ...)

Recently I started with making knitted baby booties for a friend. After making several, I decided the gift needed something more.  So I made hats to match. Then I decided to make a sweater, matching the garter stitch Baby Jane style booties.  I like Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket.  It’s knit all in one piece, and ends up being folded much like origami before sewing the shoulder seams.  For this one, I added a hood and applied I-cord trim.  Click here now for a DVD with the instructions for the Baby Surprise Jacket with collar and I-cord options.  For more knitting... (Read More ...)

Lately I’ve been on a roll, making knitted baby booties. They are quick and fun.  They only take a small amount of yarn, and can be a great way to use up parts of leftover skeins. And who doesn’t appreciate a hand knit gift for a new arrival? This free pattern is available from Lion Brand Yarn.  You can get it by clicking here. You will need to sign up for the free membership to get the pattern. For more knitting project ideas, click here for your FREE membership on The Knitting Yarn.  To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving, Dr. Ina Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired) “The... (Read More ...)

Knitted baby booties are a fun and often easy project. This set is from a free pattern from Bernat, available when you join their free membership.  Both the booties and hat are knit in the round. The small sized booties are hat were made with one skein of yarn, with about half a skein left. For more knitting project ideas, click here for your FREE membership on The Knitting Yarn. Join now and find out more about knitted baby booties. To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving, Dr. Ina Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired) “The Knitting Dr.” Founder, www.CaregivingWithPurpose.com and www.TheKnittingYarn.com... (Read More ...)

Sometimes it’s fun to combine crafts.  And St Patrick Day crafts are an opporunity to conmbine them for a holiday.  One easy way to is to make a bouquet of shamrocks.  They can easily be made by knitting or crocheting the shamrocks and putting them in a woven paper basket. It’s a fun project to do with kids or someone who isn’t as crafty as you, they can often help or make the woven baskets.  You could also use paper shamrocks, or even mix paper and knit or crocheted shamrocks. Shamrocks can easily be made by making hearts for the leaves.  Either three or four work.  Then... (Read More ...)

This dishcloth is based on the popular “Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth” Pattern.  The original is one of my favorite easy knitted dishcloth patterns for both beginning knitters and more advanced.  After completing a complicated project, or sometimes when working on one, it’s nice to have a simple,easy and quick project. Nothing like finishing a project in only a few  hours! 🙂 This pattern is available exclusively to Knitting Clinic members.  The pattern has 3 variations, and ideas for customizing your dishcloth and making projects other than dishcloths from this pattern. ... (Read More ...)