Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Many people don’t think of knitting and caregiving going together. Well, they do in more ways than one. One of the most obvious is that knitting is a way to pass the time.  Many knitting projects are portable, and are handy to take along for an uncertain wait.  Like when a caregiver waits at a doctor’s office or for medical testing or treatments.  The right project can also be dropped when the caregiver needs to give care, and picked up later. Knitting is also a stress-reliever.  And it can be a solution or at least a partial solution to caregiver stress. I learned to knit about... (Read More ...)

Notice how knitting yarn seems to accumulate? Recently I decided to reorganize my knitting yarn stash.  It was in several baskets here and there.  And in bags and… Well you get the idea. It’s amazing how fast knitting yarn can grow.  A skein bought on sale for a future project is forgotten, and joined by several others.  There’s the yarn for Christmas gifts never started a couple of years ago added to the sock yarn that’s awaiting inspiration. I started organizing my stash a couple of weeks ago.  When the stash starts taking over more than one room, it’s definitely past time to organize... (Read More ...)

Caregiver stress can be dangerous, even deadly.  If you are feeling caregiver stress your health and the health of those you care for may be at risk. My friend Mindy found out just how serious caregiver stress can be.  It can affect your health, your life and even the things like knitting you enjoy and do to relieve stress. When Mindy’s parents were no longer able to care for themselves, she moved them into the house next door.  She remodeled it and took over their care, including hiring caregivers. She supervised the caregivers, soon finding herself doing more and more.  In addition to supervising... (Read More ...)

Today is the last day of the 3rd Annual Knit and Crochet Blog Week Day 7, or 3KCBWDAY7 for short. Finding out about this week on the first day has made posting every day a challenge in itself.  And you know, it feels GREAT! The topics did challenge me.  Mostly about sharing more of myself and my craft.  And isn’t that what blogging is all about? I’m thrilled so many people have stopped by this week, and hope you’ll come back.  If there’s something you want to see covered in a future post, you can click here to leave a request on the “Ask Your Questions Here”... (Read More ...)

Today’s challenge for the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week or 3KCBWDAY6 is all about challenging yourself to develop your knitting or crochet skill set. It’s normal to learn new skills and to also sometimes reach a plateau. Have you reached a plateau in your knitting? Or are you continually challenging yourself? I like to do new things.  When I sat down to look for inspiration about my next challenge for this post, I realized just some of the different techniques I’ve knit. There’s the Intarsia Sweater I knit for one of my nephews who is a train fan – And there are... (Read More ...)

How do the seasons affect your knitting? This is today’s question from Day 4 of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 3KCBWDAY4.  And it’s an interesting one. I live in South Carolina, in the part of the U.S. called “The South.”  There are definitely four seasons here, although the winters are milder than those of “The North.”  It can get cold although usually for a few days in a row, then temperatures moderate. For the cold days, and for cold damp days, Hand knit socks wear better and are warmer than store bought.  At least the ones on stores locally! Yarns predominantly... (Read More ...)

Today is the first day of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.  Today’s topic is Colour Lovers.  And this post has my answers to some questions about colors knitters often get asked.   How do you choose colors for your knitting projects? Mostly I love choosing a color that the recipient will want to wear.  Whether it’s for me or for a gift.  So when possible for a gift, I try to get yarn in colors she or he will love.  When I look at the colors in my stash, they are colors that comfort me. There’s some bright red and green for Christmas, bright colors of cotton worsted for... (Read More ...)

Some purists don’t like to combine knitting and crocheting. Why some, won’t even talk to people who do the other one!  Good grief is all I can say. While knitting comes easier for me, I enjoy them both.  And part of the fun is combining them into the same project. Recently I decided to redo part of an afghan I made a few years ago.  It’s made of individual blocks of different colors.  The original knitting instructions in the afghan kit said to sew the blocks together.  Well, that’s fine.  I wanted to use the same color yarn, thinking it would be less noticeable. ... (Read More ...)

Are you having a relaxing Labor Day weekend? I often have mixed feelings about long weekends. Yes, many folks find them a great way to relax.  There’s another side to long weekends though. Sometimes you’re the person who is left behind.  For example, you may be the professional or family caregiver who works through the long weekend when everyone else takes a break.  And so a long weekend can be a source of stress including caregiver stress. Is knitting one of the ways you reduce stress? After a long working day of a long weekend, I often found it helpful to relax.  For many years... (Read More ...)

  My mother never considered herself a knitter. If you asked her, she’d say she sewed, quilted, and crocheted.  She did many other things, including some knitting. As Mother’s Day 2011 approaches, I decided to look at the baby set she knit for me.  I haven’t looked at it in several years.  I recalled vaguely the knitting patterns included lace, although I wasn’t quite sure about it.  And I’m not sure I ever really studied it. Well, was I surprised! It’s a diagonal lace knitting pattern.  The cap is knit in one piece, with two seams going partway up the back.  The sweater... (Read More ...)