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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 Day 5 of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week (a.k.a. 3KCBWDAY5) is to create a post that stretches your creativity, looking at a different way to present content on your blog.   Well, this one definitely was a challenge for me.  I’m not much into modern dance or poetry as the instructions suggested were options.  Well, I’ve used different methods already.  Most of my posts are converted to both video and audio.  And I’ve never posted one of them as a blog post.  The first video is the blog post, and the second is an updated version... (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 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 ...)

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 ...)

My renewed interest in knitting socks started when my mother was ill.  Her feet were often cold.  She did not care for the local “store bought” socks.  And I kept  a watchful eye on her legs, as the sock legs often seemed too tight.  Even though her legs were quite thin. My sister suggested I knit mother a pair of socks.  And so I did.  I knit her knee-high socks, and carefully measured to have them fit comfortably.  Since then, I’ve gone on to knit other socks.  And found an interesting association with stress and knitting socks. When the leg of a sock takes less than 3 days of... (Read More ...)

March is National Craft Month.  And Joann Fabrics is celebrating all month long. As I wrote recently, I’m now a knitting and quilting instructor at my local Joann Fabrics and Crafts store.  It’s fun meeting and teaching other crafters.  And of course making the items for the classes is fun.  I wanted to make some of the projects, both to show some of the prospective students and have a better idea of what they need to learn in class to complete the project successfully.  And knitting along to show the next step is also fun, and helpful for the students. The scarf I just finished... (Read More ...)

Yesterday I attended an Open House for instructors at my local Joann Fabrics and Crafts Store. I realized late the night before that it would be a good idea to wear a knitted heart, since Valentine’s Day is only a few days away. Don’t you think it’s a good idea for the knitting instructor to be showing Valentine crafts at the February Open House? I could not find the one I made a couple of years ago. 😳 No problem! I got out the pattern I created a couple of years ago and tweaked it. With only a few yards of yarn, I knit a heart in about 30 minutes. Rather than attaching it... (Read More ...)

At the beginning of January, I went to JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts Store, where there was a sale.  The store in Florence, SC is less than a year old. As I was checking out, the clerk asked if I wanted to take any classes.  Well, one thing led to another and they needed a knitting and quilting teacher.  Two of my favorite crafts! This past weekend I taught my first knitting class. More importantly there are now three new knitters! Jackie, Marcy and Pamela did GREAT!  The time flew.  They made my job of instructor easy – and fun! We had a nice discussion about how much easier it is to learn... (Read More ...)