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.
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!!!
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.
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!
(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.)
Ok so a rather cute guy walking his dog just walked past my window in the most gorgeous fair ilse sweater and I really had to resist the urge not to run out and rip it off him in order to replicate the pattern. Damn my love of jumpers!!
I want to one day get an Angora rabbit. Their fur is sooooo sooooft and makes such fantastic yarn. I want to learn how to spin yarn and then get an Angora rabbit and then I will have a lovely bunny friend who will also provide me with yarn-making material. Yessss. Good.
And just look at this fluffy booger:
And apparently breeders like to sell them to people like me who want to spin yarn from their fur, because then they know that the rabbit’s wool will be harvested as soon as possible, so the rabbit won’t eat its fur, think its full and doesn’t need to eat, and then starve to death.
OMG reblogging for how absolutely freaking adorable that rabbit is. I wouldn’t be allowed one cos I’d squeeze it to death!! SOOOO CUTE!!! They are cuter than lion head rabbits! And yanno added bonus of being able to spin yarn from their fur :D
I love how wooden or bamboo needles look. They are very aesthetically pleasing, especially rosewood needles, but my god are they a bitch to knit with. Seriously, sooo not worth it. I’ve tried using bamboo needles and the wool just snagged and it was hard to move the stitches. I don’t get the benefits of them and yet loads of people seem to love them. Can someone please explain this to me?
I like to knit. I like to make things mostly for myself, and to learn new techniques and such. It’s a rarity anymore that I make things for people, so when I get ‘you should make me this or that’ it just sets off this serious rage in me that I never knew I had. No, I will not spend my time making something for you for free you fucking stranger on my facebook, get out.
This, exactly this. Except I don’t mind if it’s for friends and they offer to at least pay for the wool and don’t expect it within a certain amount time period or nag me about it!
With a passion. I get how they would be brilliant for beginners or maybe people with arthritis cos they are quite forgiving and bendy but the stitches just don’t move and I’ve gotta knit 3 cushion covers on bamboo needles :-( this is why you shouldn’t have so many WIPs you never have the needles you need free!
Let the Xmas break stashbusting begin! My parents are selling the house over the summer and I have nowhere to put all my extra yarn for the next three years of college. Starting with mug cozies as stocking stuffers, and moving on after. if anyone has any good patterns for scraps, can you link them to me?
Hexipuff blanket is awesome for getting rid of scraps!