Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Inspirational Quotes for Caregivers and Crafters: “Blankets wrap you in warmth; quilts wrap you in love.” ~ Unknown Author     Source: Uploaded by user via Ina on Pinterest         To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving, Dr. InaIna Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)“The Knitting Dr.” Founder, and www.TheKnittingYarn.comAmbassador of Elder Care at  (Read More ...)

Wondering how inspirational quotations, butterflies and lantana bushes are connected? One of the best — maybe the best — plants to attract butterflies is the lantana bush.  Its blossoms are often two colors, and vary in color even on the same plant.  It likes well-drained soil, and once established doesn’t need a lot of care. I have one in my back yard.  Last year my sister rescued it from her lantana bush.  The stem and root separated from the plant.  We replanted it close to the house.  It wanted to fall over, so I staked it. And when winter came it died down as lantana plants do. This... (Read More ...)

Did you first learn to knit from your mother or grandmother? Many knitters did. Like many crafts, it connects the generations. Today is Mother’s Day, and I found a poem I thought you might enjoy…   A Mother’s LoveThere are times when only a mother’s loveCan understand our tears,Can soothe our disappointsAnd calm all of our fears. There are times when only a mother’s loveCan share the joy we feelWhen something we’ve dreamed aboutQuite suddenly is real. There are times when only a mother’s faithCan help us on life’s wayAnd inspire in us the confidenceWe... (Read More ...)

Today is Day three of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week from Eskimimi Makes.  And today’s challenge is to blog about someone who is your knitting or crochet hero. My knitting and crochet hero is the most amazing crafter I’ve ever met. She taught herself to crochet, spin, weave, knit, tat, dye yarn and more.  She even builds her own frames for weaving, and her own hand spindles for spinning. Most of her projects are made without a pattern.  Although she does test my knitting patterns. Never one to waste time, she will spin or crochet when walking next door. She constantly... (Read More ...)

Today is Day two of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week from Eskimimi Makes.  And today’s challenge is to be creative with photography.  So, I decided to challenge myself with finding a way to combine knitting and caregiving, and set a scene.  Knitting can help pass the time, and it can also result in making something for the knitter or the one needing care. Sometimes it’s a way to get the one needing care interested in something, to take her thoughts off her illness.  Or maybe she can even “supervise” if she’s knitted in the past.  She might be excited... (Read More ...)

Yes, I’m serious. Sure knitting with incomplete knitting instructions can be frustrating.  You know what?  They can also be a blessing. Okay, maybe one in disguise or just hiding very well. When I first started knitting lace I didn’t realize how challenging it can be.  Sometimes fearless knitting is the only way to start — and finish — a project. I knit a purse that I thought would be easy.  I decided to use a yarn I hadn’t used before.  It’s actually no longer available, which is no surprise.  To say it was challenging may be one of those historical understatements. ... (Read More ...)

Daylight Savings Time 2011 (officially Daylight Saving Time 2011) has ended in the U.S. Do you notice a change in your caregiving? Whether you’re giving care to a baby, an adult or animals, it doesn’t take long to realize how sensitive they can be to light – and to time changes. Try to explain to a hungry child or pet that it’s not time to eat for another hour because the time just changed.  Yeah, right. It’s no surprise that many farmers hated Daylight Saving Time when it first went almost national in 1966. And ever notice how it also can affect adults? Maybe the... (Read More ...)

Does knitting relieve your stress? If so you’re not alone.  Knitting stimulates the Relaxation Response.  And if you’re a spinner or a crocheter or other crafter, your craft probably does the same thing! “I take my knitting everywhere to take the edge off of moments that would otherwise drive me stark raving mad.”  ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End:  Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much Knitters and other crafters have known for centuries what medical science has confirmed in the last 30 years.  Knitting is relaxing! 🙂 Do you find yourself drawn to... (Read More ...)

After Pat lost her vision, she continued knitting. Her specialty was baby blankets.  She knit them for friends . . .family . . .and her church members.  Welcoming each new addition with a soft cuddly blanket. Looking at her work you’d never know she was blind.  Plus she continued to knit after recovering from a major heart attack. Inspirational stories warm the heart . . . Seeing how someone with what the world considers disabilities can overcome them and create treasures is inspiring. And sometimes just the added push I need to complete a project.  My current project is a hat.     My... (Read More ...)

Knitting has made the news this month.  And in a good way with inspirational thoughts! Mayo Clinic research links knitting with delaying memory loss First, there was the story on the CBS The Early Show about how Mayo Clinic researchers found knitting can delay memory loss. The Mayo Clinic did a study which showed keeping mentally active between the ages of 50 and 65 helped in later years. Those who regularly read, played games, or did craft hobbies (knitting and patchwork quilting specifically were mentioned) reduced their risk of memory impairment.  By 40% in those studied between the ages of... (Read More ...)