So my Mom and I were sorting through old boxes earlier and we found a bunch of my Grandmother’s knitting patterns. Some were dating back to 1958. There was even a pattern for a Golliwog. We found some projects that she was half way through and some handwritten notes on the patterns. It was lovely to see, especially as I never knew my grandma. And the number of really dodgy 80s patterns that were in the mix was awesome :). Might actually have a go at knitting some of it! Some of the most garish jumpers I’ve ever seen but they could easily be adapted with different wool :D.

57mannequins:

WOW ok so I knit this random dumb thing that was at first going to be a scarf for my friend but then I realized I probably wouldn’t have enough yarn (this is one ball of yarn total and I still have one more but still not enough?? lol) so then I found an easy hat tutorial and thought I could continue just knitting blindly but LOL MY NEEDLES WERE THE WRONG SIZE OOPS T_____T and now idk what to make/do with this???? it’s kind of sad how long this took me to knit. I mean it was on and off at random times, but yeah >.> I like the colors though bc it reminds me of neapolitan ice cream! 
let’s be honest, I still have no idea what I’m doing in terms of knitting LOL. it’s just a nice relaxing thing to keep my hands busy when I’m doing other things like watching something or idk? (reading homestuck lol T_T) hmm maybe I’ll try making something out of the 30 minute knitting ideas book that kimmie got me for my birthday~ \o/

Why don’t you make it into a circle scarf? Just join up the ends and then it won’t matter that its a bit small. I’m sure your friend will love it either way!!

57mannequins:

WOW ok so I knit this random dumb thing that was at first going to be a scarf for my friend but then I realized I probably wouldn’t have enough yarn (this is one ball of yarn total and I still have one more but still not enough?? lol) so then I found an easy hat tutorial and thought I could continue just knitting blindly but LOL MY NEEDLES WERE THE WRONG SIZE OOPS T_____T and now idk what to make/do with this???? it’s kind of sad how long this took me to knit. I mean it was on and off at random times, but yeah >.> I like the colors though bc it reminds me of neapolitan ice cream! 

let’s be honest, I still have no idea what I’m doing in terms of knitting LOL. it’s just a nice relaxing thing to keep my hands busy when I’m doing other things like watching something or idk? (reading homestuck lol T_T) hmm maybe I’ll try making something out of the 30 minute knitting ideas book that kimmie got me for my birthday~ \o/

Why don’t you make it into a circle scarf? Just join up the ends and then it won’t matter that its a bit small. I’m sure your friend will love it either way!!

(Source: buried-lives)

Update.

Hi guys.

I just want to apologise for the lack of posting lately. I’ve been working a ridiculous number of hours at work and have been training to work in the post office on top of my normal job. I’ve also been desperately trying to complete my college course, which I complete on Tuesday.

To make a long story short you can expect me to start posting regularly again from September onwards.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back into updating this blog and posting all the knitting related loveliness that I possibly can :).

So yeah, thank you for sticking with me and I will see you all very, very soon!!!

earthwoolfire:

Strawberry design Yarn Bell in Yellow, Green & Red. £25.00 + P&P Code: YBE006

This is deffo on my list of wants! This is so cute and would be so handy to keep my little kittens paws off my yarn!!

earthwoolfire:

Strawberry design Yarn Bell in Yellow, Green & Red.
£25.00 + P&P
Code: YBE006

This is deffo on my list of wants! This is so cute and would be so handy to keep my little kittens paws off my yarn!!

Preventing Crafting-Related Injuries

stitcherywitchery:

Somebody suggested that we include advice on our blog about how to avoid knitting- and crochet-related injuries.  We thought it was a good idea and are devoting this week’s Tutorial to this theme.

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It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true:  Knitting and crocheting, like any kind of repetitive hand movement, can lead to repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome.  

Preventing repetitive stress injuries is generally easier than treating them once they’ve occurred.  New knitters and crocheters (and even old pros) should know this and learn what steps they can take to prevent an injury that could keep them from their projects for weeks or longer.

The following are good practices to employ immediately:

1.  Take breaks.  Lots of them.  This isn’t always easy, of course, especially when you’re making a gift that needs to be given tomorrow, or you’re super excited about a new pattern.  But marathon knitting or crochet sessions do your body no favors.  No matter what kind of deadline you’re on, every thirty minutes or so get up. Stretch.  Walk around a bit.  Get a glass of water.

2.  Knitters should use circular needles for large projects like afghans.  Straight needles get very heavy, every fast, under lots of wool and can strain your hands and arms.

3.  Employ good posture.  One life’s greatest pleasures is to find a big squashy chair and slouch into it while knitting.  Unfortunately, it’s also terrible for your back and arms.  Find a supportive chair, sit up straight, and keep your feet on the floor.   

4.  Keep your body, especially your arms and hands, relaxed.  This can be difficult for new crafters in particular who might reflexively tense up their shoulders, hands, and fingers because they’re nervous about making a mistake.  But if your shoulders, back, or hands are tense, and you stay that way for hours, you can increase your risk for a repetitive stress injury.  

For additional advice on how to avoid and even treat crafting-related repetitive stress injuries, this link and this one are helpful.  And the very helpful llamastash, one of this blog’s followers, has shared this link with us, which provides pictures of stretches that can help relieve pain if you’ve already hurt yourself.

Good luck, and happy (injury-free) crafting!

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(And because I’m an attorney, here’s a disclaimer: We compiled this post from our experiences, our friends’ experiences, and helpful websites.  This post should not be viewed as a substitute a doctor’s advice.  We’re crafters, not physicians. :)  If you’re seriously injured, please make an appointment with a doctor for an evaluation.)

I do the complete opposite of all of these…oops.