Sunday, August 30, 2015

Yes To These 26 Clever And Inexpensive Crafting Hacks!!

I love creative hacks that are also inexpensive as well. So, when I came across an article titled 26 Clever And Inexpensive Crafting Hacks by Alanna Okun, I looked forward to reading it.

I look forward to trying #18 (aka Relax curled circular knitting needle cords with warm water) and the various inexpensive ways to make a yarn bowl.

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Knitting Stitches For Beginners by Emma Brown (Book Review)

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As a beginning knitter, I've been having fun reading and exploring knitting books to help me become a better knitter. So far, I've read four knitting books -- of which I've reviewed here on my knitting blog.

I recently read an ebook titled Knitting Stitches For Beginners by Emma Brown and it is approximately 220 pages. Knitting Stitches For Beginners is a good knitting book for both beginning and intermediate knitters.

I think I'll be referring to Knitting Stitches For Beginners by Emma Brown quite a bit in the future! So, what did I link about this book? A lot actually! Some of the things I enjoyed the most are as follows:

* I enjoyed the author's writing style!! It was fun to read what Emma Brown shared in her book.

* The plethora of links to videos (as well as photographs) on how to do the various knitting stitches and other techniques discussed in Knitting Stitches For Beginners.

* Good instructions on various types of knitting stitches.

* Important reasons for keep a knitting journal.

* Standard abbreviations used in knitting patterns.

* How to read a pattern and how to hold the needles and yarn while knitting.

This is just some of the things I enjoyed about reading Knitting Stitches For Beginners by Emma Brown. 

I am giving Knitting Stitches For Beginners by Emma Brown a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy knitting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Do You Make Knitted Gifts For Family & Friends??

I enjoy making myself various knitted items and I also enjoy making knitted items to give as gifts for others. In fact, I'm trying to decide now which items to make for close family and friends for Christmas this year. 

Last year, I used my newbie knitting skills to make four people scarves and hand warmers as gifts to give for Christmas... And earlier this year, I made two additional people arm knitted scarves for their birthdays. My handmade items were hits with each recipient, so I'm looking forward to sending off newly made gifts once again this holiday season!!

Are you making knitted or crocheted items for family and friends this upcoming holiday season??

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Black Sheep ~~ Independent Knitting/Crochet Store!!

I don't really visit independent yarn stores all that often for my knitting needs, as I usually shop for my knitting supplies at either Joann Fabric and Craft Stores or Michaels Stores. 

However, I recently visited The Black Sheep, a yarn store in downtown Encinitas, California. The Black Sheep has been in business for 40 years and specializes in natural fiber yarn. I was super impressed with their retail storefront... 
I'd say that The Black Sheep is the BEST independent retail yarn store I've been to date! My visit to The Black Sheep really had me excited about improving my knitting skills as there are so many types of awesome yarns I could use in various knitting projects in the future as my skills improve.

The Black Sheep has a large, retail storefront with a vast array of yarn supplies to suit all knitting, crocheting, and yarncrafting needs and tastes. Plus, a large selection of knitting and crocheting needles as well as other notions. 

The staff member I interacted with during my visit was also helpful, nice, and knowledgeable. Too bad I no longer live in the San Diego area as I have the feeling that I'd be visiting The Black Sheep on a regular basis for my knitting needs!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

David Babcock ~~the Knitting Runner!!

I don't know about you, but I find David Babcock to be an amazing person. I think it is cool that he is a marathon runner (which is awesome in and of itself) and that he is also a knitter... But even more incredible is that he knits while running marathons! I'm am not sure I could do both activities at the same time!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Stress Relief Gloves

Has anyone used Stress Relief Gloves for knitting or crocheting?? If so, which brand of Stress Relief Gloves did you use and did you finding using them during your crafting project to be helpful in reducing stress, pain, and/or fatigue?

I recently purchased a pair of Lion Brand Stress Relief Gloves to use while I am knitting as I have found that my right hand, as well as my fingers on my right hand and right forearm become a bit sore/achy after knitting. 

I do make sure to take frequent breaks while knitting and do not knit for long periods of time. I also try and be as ergonomic as possible while knitting to reduce stress and alleviate muscle fatigue.

The Lion Brand Stress Relief Gloves come in three different sizes --- Small, Medium and Large. The following is a product description of the Lion Brand Stress Relief Gloves from the Lion Brand website:
These gloves alleviate pain without restricting your movement. They are lightweight and fingerless with the comfort of support to the vital areas of the hand and wrist. Made of a tightly woven spandex/nylon fabric, they help keep your hands warm, enhancing blood-flow and massaging muscles. Measure across your palm to determine size. Small is 2 1/2'-3' Medium is 3'-3 1/2' Large is 3 1/2'-4'.
I look forward to using the Stress Relief Gloves from Lion Brand and am hoping that they will help alleviate the soreness/achy feeling I have experienced from knitting.

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A 5-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Yarncrafting Wellness Plan

I've read a few online articles regarding the many positive health benefits of knitting and yarncrafting in general. I've even posted a couple of the articles I've read about the health benefits of knitting here on my blog last month.

I recently came across an interesting article written by Kathryn Vercillo titled A 5-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Yarncrafting Wellness Plan on Lion Brand Yarn's Blog. Wow, I never really thought about using a five step guide to create my own knitting/yarncrafting wellness plan!! But a 5-step yarn crafting wellness does sound like an intriguing concept to explore.

I have personally found knitting to be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby for me. I love learning new things, so knitting is a perfect outlet for me. Plus, knitting is very portable! I also enjoy seeing how my various knitting projects turn out... It's fun to see a skein of yarn be transformed into something usable. Additionally, I enjoy watching my knitting skills improve over time with each new project I complete. 

But, back to Kathryn Vercillo's article... Her article really has me wondering if it is possible to create a wellness plan using yarncrafting in mind. Is it possible to see positive results/real changes in one's health for the better by creating a 5-step wellness plan? 

After reading Kathryn Vercillo's article, A 5-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Yarncrafting Wellness PlanI am ready to create my own wellness plan and see if it will help me improve/overcome my sleep issues. I've been suffering with insomnia off and on for more years than I care to admit. I've tried various things in attempts to overcome my insomnia with mixed results. I am ready to try something new. So, perhaps now is the time use the tools outlined in Kathryn Vercillo's above mentioned article and see if they'll work for me. 

The first step is to create my own 5 step yarncrafting wellness plan and then implement it. I'll keep you posted on my progress and how things turn out for me.

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Knitting For Beginners by Diane Ellis (Book Review)

Once again, I discovered another free knitting ebook geared for beginners to download to my Kindle from Amazon!! I read Knitting For Beginners by Diane Ellis in less than 2 hours. This ebook is approximately 44 pages in length. Below is my unbiased review of this book.

I enjoyed reading this book about knitting. It covered some of the same topics I've read before like the history of knitting, healthy benefits of knitting, basic supplies, and easy to do knitting patterns. 

I think the best tip I learned from reading Knitting For Beginners, is to keep a knitting journal. Keeping a knitting journal is something that hasn't been mentioned in other books that I've read so far (or at least that I can recall anyway). The knitting journal makes a great reference guide for you as you can keep notes, like the name of the project you made, where you obtained the pattern for the project you made, information about the yarn and needles you used, a place to write down any problems you encountered while making the project, add any information you learned that could help you when doing the project again, adding pictures of what you made, and so on... Basically, any information about the knitting project (good or bad) that will help you or someone else in the future.

The actual knitting patterns provided in Knitting For Beginners by Diane Ellis weren't many, but the few offered were varied enough for the beginning knitter to make this ebook worth having.

I am giving Knitting For Beginners by Diane Ellis a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Knitting For Beginners by Christie Anderson (Book Review)

As a new knitter, I'm always on the look out for new knitting books geared for beginning knitters. So, I was thrilled to discover and download a free copy of the ebook version of Knitting For Beginners by Christie Anderson from Amazon to my Kindle. Knitting For Beginners is approximately 76 pages in length. Below is my unbiased opinion of Knitting For Beginners by Christis Anderson.

There's a lot to like about Knitting For Beginners by Christie Anderson. I enjoyed learning about the benefits of knitting, learning about the different types of knitting needles and needle styles, learning about the different types of yarn used in knitting and choosing the correct weight of yarn for projects, how to read a knitting pattern, learning the basic knit stitches, as well as a few easy knitting patterns to help one starting out in the wonderful of knitting make something fun! 

I'm giving Knitting For Beginners by Christie Anderson a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. So, if you're looking for a knitting ebook for beginners, then this may be the one for you!! 

Until my next post, happy reading!!