Thursday, March 23, 2017
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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 ...)

A few years ago I started knitting socks with knitting instructions. I knit my first pair for my mother, who had trouble keeping her feet warm.  It was a challenge to find socks that fit her. The legs usually were too tight, even though her legs were slender. So, I started with a simple pattern, following its instructions.  They were top down socks, and I carefully tried them on her as I knit to be sure they would fit.  They did.  I made her three pair, including a lace pair. The ones that fit best were the ribbed legs, and 1×1 ribbing remains my favorite today. When I knit other patterns,... (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 ...)

How do you knit a heart dishcloth? Recently I knit one for the Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts knitting classes.  And it’s a nice dishcloth.  It is a good one to learn about twisted stitches, which are basically simple cable stitches.  And it has texture with seed or moss stitch on the heart. It got me to thinking though about knitting a simpler one that is smaller.  The dishcloth for Jo-Ann’s is about 10 inches square, and that’s a little large for me. One of my favorite easy knitted dishcloth patterns is for Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.  This pattern is garter stitch, and... (Read More ...)

The editors of Healthline.com nominated ‘Caregiving With Purpose’ for their “Best Health Blog of 2012” contest.  This is recognition for the quality of the information in the blog and for the needs of caregivers. ‘Caregiving With Purpose’ is the sister blog of The Knitting Yarn. Think this doesn’t affect you?  Then consider this… “There are only four kinds of people in the world – Those who have been caregivers Those who currently are caregivers Those who will be caregivers, And those who will need caregivers.” – Rosalynn Carter Number 4 could... (Read More ...)

This month I finished knitting a scarf. It’s one of those ruffled scarves, with a novelty yarn called Sashay Yarn. The scarf pattern was easy, although the instructions were missing important parts.  The yarn is called a ribbon by some, although I’d describe it more as a mesh. The yarn sat in my work basket for a while.  It took some concentration and knitting several times to get the technique right. Sometimes a project just needs to wait.  When I saw several knit at a local yarn store, that was incentive to try again.  After all the pattern was all garter stitch.  How hard could... (Read More ...)

  When I was a kid, my dad always said that the longest day of the year was December 24.  Coming just three days after the shortest day of December 21, it can seem like an error. He was serious.  December 24 was the longest day of the year to kids, and  I suspect to our parents too.  And to a child it can seem like Christmas will never get here. Adults on the other hand often find Christmas coming faster than expected.  And the plans you had for Christmas gifts or home decorations may have needed revision to smaller projects.  Maybe more than once. 😉 If it seems like Christmas is... (Read More ...)

As I write this, Christmas seems a long way off.  It’s over two months until Christmas, yet I have an urge to begin my Christmas knitting. Some years I have been too busy to knit, and some just haven’t felt like Christmas much.  Last year I learned that sometimes even when you don’t feel like Christmas, is when you need it most.  Just like the song from Mame, “We Need A Little Christmas Now.” Last year I started knitting Christmas ornaments in December.  They actually helped me get ready for Christmas. Wondering how?  By knitting an ornament in the evening, it... (Read More ...)

Does your knitting change with the seasons?  And are you finding yourself knitting the same knitting patterns over and over? Maybe it’s time for a change, even a small one. My knitting varies with the seasons.  I like to try — and often adapt — new knitting patterns whenever I can. In the hottest weather I set aside my wool projects.  Knitting even wool blends in air conditioning just doesn’t appeal to me in the hottest weather.  Which this year ran from May until September. This past week we’ve had a drop in the daily temperatures of 20 degrees.  I expect them to rise... (Read More ...)

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 ...)