Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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The first knitted dishcloth patterns I created were when caring for my mother Clara. She liked cotton knit or crochet dishcloths, because they fit her hands better than woven ones. And the handmade ones also absorb water better. A couple of years ago I made one for Valentine’s Day, and last year submitted it to the 2015 Day by Day Knitting Calendar.  It along with my mitten Christmas tree ornament pattern were accepted. My writing knitting patterns started when my life was out of balance.  While considered part time, my position was 24/7 when my partner was off.  Most of the time, I covered... (Read More ...)

Tapestry crochet is a method of creating motifs in crochet by working with more than one strand of yarn at a time. This heart basket is an example of a small project using around 5 yards of yarn.      Other names for tapestry crochet include: Hard crochet Jacquard crochet Colorwork The pattern is available through Ravelry for $4.97. Click here to download your pattern now! To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving, Dr. Ina Ina Gilmore, M.D. Founder, www.CaregivingWithPurpose.com and www.TheKnittingYarn.com Ambassador of Caregiving at www.HowToLiveOnPurpose.com  (Read More ...)

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 ...)

Yes, I’m still knitting the Tropical Nights Shrug from one of the recent Cast On Magazine knitting patterns.  The body of the shrug is done.  The ripple edge lays flat.  Since it ran down the fronts and around the back, there were over 450 stitches per row.  So it took a while to complete. Because the yarn is acrylic, it doesn’t block like the original yarn.  The original blocking is a large open lace pattern.  This project is turning into a tighter lace pattern. Next up are the sleeves, and one is started. Please leave a comment about your favorite way to adapt knitting patterns... (Read More ...)

Do you find change knitting patterns on the fly? I started a variation of the Tropical Nights Shrug knitting pattern found in the May – July 2013 issue of Cast On. That’s the official publication of The Knkitting Guild Association. The original is made of wool sock weight yarn.  Knitting with wool in the heat of summer is not fun.  So I’m using Bernat Sox Yarn in the Crazy Hot colorway for the main color, and Faded Denim for the contrast. This sock weight yarn is acrylic, so will not block like wool.  I actually like the effect so far, because the open mesh is less open. The... (Read More ...)

Knitting podcasts intrigue me. The Knitting Yarn posts have been both audio and video podcasts for a couple of years now. And what other folks do with knitting podcasts is inspiring and interesting. Recently, I read the following post with recommendation for knitting podcasts, and thought you’d like to see the recommendations too. W.I.P.S and My Favorite Knitting Podcasts I have a few w.i.p.s going at the moment, namely one I have been working on for some time now and which I seem to drag my feet on getting done. It is my first foray into the sweater world, well actually it is a jacket... (Read More ...)

Knitting Podcasts: What Knitting Sock Patterns Work Best For Caregivers? Caregivers are often stressed and have many interruptions, often unexpectedly. While giving care, they often don’t know how much time they’ll have to work on a project before being called back.  It can be frustrating to need to drop a knitting project in the middle of a row. Especially when coming back to it and forgetting where you are in the pattern! I know this from experience, and designed my “Carer Sock” pattern especially for caregivers.  And I’m delighted to announce it has been accepted... (Read More ...)

Recently I started with making knitted baby booties for a friend. After making several, I decided the gift needed something more.  So I made hats to match. Then I decided to make a sweater, matching the garter stitch Baby Jane style booties.  I like Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket.  It’s knit all in one piece, and ends up being folded much like origami before sewing the shoulder seams.  For this one, I added a hood and applied I-cord trim.  Click here now for a DVD with the instructions for the Baby Surprise Jacket with collar and I-cord options.  For more knitting... (Read More ...)

Lately I’ve been on a roll, making knitted baby booties. They are quick and fun.  They only take a small amount of yarn, and can be a great way to use up parts of leftover skeins. And who doesn’t appreciate a hand knit gift for a new arrival? This free pattern is available from Lion Brand Yarn.  You can get it by clicking here. You will need to sign up for the free membership to get the pattern. For more knitting project ideas, click here for your FREE membership on The Knitting Yarn.  To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving, Dr. Ina Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired) “The... (Read More ...)