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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 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 ...)

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 ...)

I have finished my first sock of 2012! And what I have decided is I’m working on my own version of a generic sock.  Right now it’s knit cuff down, because the arch shape seems to work best that way. The arch shape is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen’s “Arch-Shaped Stockings” pattern, available from Schoolhouse Press. My current interest in socks started while caring for my mother. In her later years, it was often hard to keep her warm.  And her feet in particular would get cold.  The socks available in the stores were seldom what she wanted, so I decided... (Read More ...)

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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 ...)

This week I’m knitting a Christmas stocking and pattern. Christmas stockings are interesting.  Basically they follow sock patterns and are often knit with larger needles and thicker yarn.  It can be plain or fancy.  This stocking is a top down pattern, so the toe has symmetrical decreases.  Every other row is a decrease row.  And each decrease row has four decreases.  Two are left slanted and two right slanted.  And because the yarn is heavier than sock yarn, I decided to add the decreases to my How To Knit Videos series. To see the left slanted decrease video, just leave a comment... (Read More ...)