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Discover solutions to get past that knitting slump that’ll make you shout Bingo   For those that grew up with knitting, the entire process can seem calming, even meditative. But for those just starting out, frustration might be the first thing that comes to mind while they work their needles. Above picture from Blackberry Beads To fix this, here are some simple suggestions to keep things in perspective for the novice knitter. Start a Project That’s Fun Knitting doesn’t have to be work and it’s important that each project is done to be true to each person’s individual needs.... (Read More ...)

Norwegian TV is broadcasting a marathon session of making a sweater.  From shearing the sheep to spinning the yarn to knitting, all in 5 hours.           It’s not clear why this is presumed humorous to many online writers. Maybe they’ve never enjoyed watching someone spin yarn and knit a sweater? Or done it themselves? One of the TV stations in New York City used to broadcast a burning yule log during the Christmas holidays.  Is it so far fetched to still enjoy the simpler things on television? What do you think? Is this just funny, or a serious and welcome... (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 ...)

Caregiver stress can quickly become overwhelming.  It can sneak up on you, taking more and more of your time, energy and resources.  Or it can quickly escalate with a crisis or sudden deterioration of the one you are giving care to.  Both quilting and knitting can help you deal with caregiver stress. When my mother could no longer quilt, she enjoyed watching me piece and quilt projects.  And when she needed a hospital bed, the quilt as you go squares from an unfinished quilt made covers for the bedrails.  They added padding to the hard metal rails.  And the sunny yellow and bright blues... (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 ...)

Wondering what is an easy loose cast off or bind off? Most beginners are taught a simple cast off, that often is not loose enough for sweater necks and tops of toe up socks.  It’s simple, but not helpful when you need a more elastic one. This became a health concern for me when knitting socks for my mother. While her legs were thin, her feet and lower legs would swell after sitting up a while.  And knitting socks with stretch that would stay up became my challenge. I ended up knitting a ribbed sock, and using a loose cast off.  I searched online and found one that worked.  Since then,... (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 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 ...)

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 ...)