Mindful Mondays: *Go Within, Reflect, knit; Rep From *

In life as in knitting, don’t leave loose ends. Take the time to thank the people who matter in your life.

– Reba Linker

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Yes, Monday is here again! If you find it tough to ease into the week ahead, one of the best ways I can think of to get “out of your head” is to let someone know how much they mean to you!

Maybe finding the words is tough for you, but you have a very special way to express your thanks without words– you’ve got two delightful sticks and yarn.

Fake It Til’ You Make It

Maybe you’re in rut, and just don’t have the energy to start a new project, but sometimes the best method is to just jump into something no matter what. Before you know it, you may discover the positive effects that come from the action of simply “doing.” You can fake it til’ you make it because eventually positive feelings will become your reality.

Create a Gratitude List

This is a practice that I like to do at the beginning of each week because it reminds me of all the abundance I have in my life. It’s so easy to forget and take things for granted, so this practice helps me stay connected to this positive mindset.

Journal Writing Exercise

Take a few minutes and pull out a journal and start writing about all the things you’re grateful for. Don’t think to hard about it, just write whatever comes naturally. You’ll feel energized by this exercise…and it may just make you want to pick up your knitting needles and start creating a heartfelt gift for someone in need.

Giving something made with our two hands is a precious gift. Creative Knitting magazine has a large resource of charities to choose from, which you can find here.

Happy Monday and I wish you a fabulous week ahead!

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Fiber Fun Friday – Reset and Renew for 2015!

fibery fun friday_croppedThis edition of Fiber Fun Friday will give you the tools to reset and renew your knitting in 2015!

Check out this post where I share my 5 tips to help you beat a creative slump and then read on to learn how to make Creative Knitting and Annie’s your resource for taking your knitting to the  next level in the coming year.


The Editor Wants to Know

What did you make from Creative Knitting magazine in 2014? Click here now to share photos of your finished projects on our Raverly Fans Group! 

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Welcome to Annie’s New Yarn Shop!

Annie’s has a new look! Now, it’s easier than ever to find the yarns and patterns you need fast. Visit AnniesYarnShop.com to find what you need for your 2015 knitting needs…and check out the new Build-A-Kit feature! Click here to see the Spirit Pullover which is one of my favorites!

Did you know that Creative Knitting is a part of Annie’s, a leading craft retailer and publisher? You may have also noticed a little “Buy Now at Annie’s” button on the pages of the magazine. This is our way of making it easy for you to purchase the yarns and supplies you need to make many of the projects featured in Creative Knitting.

Video Tutorial Resource

Here’s another “did you know?” — Creative Knitting and Annie’s have extensive video tutorials that are available at your fingertips.  These tutorials will help you with just about every knitting question or concern you have. Visit the Stitch Guide here and click on the Knitting Guide library of techniques.

You can also check out the extensive Creative Knitting video tutorial archive by clicking here. I show you everything from mitered knitting, cablework, to lace and openwork techniques.

For the Spring 2015 tutorial video, click below to watch a tutorial for a few of the stitch patterns used in Simply Washcloths, a free gift to you for as long as the issue is on sale. Grab your pattern here!

Also, over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing details about the upcoming knitalong for these washcloths, which begins on January 16. SAVE THE DATE!

Do you have a plan of action for the coming year to take your knitting to the next level? Will 2015 finally be the year you make your first sweater?

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Reinvent Your Knitting – 5 Tips to Beat a Creative Slump

How do you “reinvent” your knitting when you feel uninspired? If you’ve ever found yourself to be in a bit of a creative slump when it comes to your knitting, don’t panic! This is bound to happen, but there are some steps we can take to re-ignite our passion!

Is your knitting hum-drum lately?

In a slump with your knitting? Try these 5 tips to recharge!

5 Tips to Beat a Creative Slump

#1 Try something new

This seems like a no-brainer, but instead of jumping into another scarf or “safe” project, what if you did the OPPOSITE of what you normally do? This will get you out of your comfort zone and into a whole new perspective. You can also check out the new issue of Creative Knitting to get those juices flowing!

#2 Experiment

When you find a stitch pattern you love, really explore it and pull it apart. Play with different needles and see what happens. Exaggerate and go really big or really small on the size you choose.

Make a yarn bouquet to make you and others HaPpY!

Make a yarn bouquet to make you and others HaPpY!

#3 Teach

Round up the kids and arrange a fun “bouquet of needles” and a basket of colorful yarn. You’ll suddenly see some really focused kids!

#4 Take a walk

Get those creative juices flowing — then you become a conduit for creativity! There’s something amazing about moving and how this can ignite ideas to flow!

#5 Take a class

Take an online knitting class like one here on Annie’s, or take a trip to your local yarn shop to see what kinds of classes are available to grow your skills.

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
― Elizabeth Zimmermann

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Editor Wants to Know- What’s Your Favorite Sweater from Creative Knitting, Winter 2014?

Hey! I’m sure you’ve got your plans underway for “THE” sweater of the winter season.

Combining knitting and crochet-- From your perspective, do you believe this to be a total faux pas, or do you absolutely relish in the thought of using both crafts together? Please share your thoughts!

Do you have a favorite sweater pattern from the Creative Knitting Winter 2014 issue? I’ve got just a few myself!

Do you have a favorite sweater from Creative Knitting, Winter 2014?

Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find…(we’ve got something for the guys too. Keep reading to the end!)

Quartz pullover-- ultra-feminine layers and a delicate neckline is a practical choice for the season. All stockinette stitch makes for carefree knitting. Love that!

Quartz pullover– ultra-feminine layers and a delicate neckline is a practical choice for the season. All stockinette stitch makes for carefree knitting. Love that!

For a "Chanel-esque" look, try the Radiant Tweed Cardi. You can dress it up, or dress it down for a playful look.

For a “Chanel-esque” look, try the Radiant Tweed Cardi. You can dress it up, or dress it down for a playful look.

For the guys…

I’ve been getting a bit of feedback from you about how you’ve been wanting to see more designs for men, so here’s the Poudre Pullover hoodie. which I think the guys are going to love.

My husband Jay and son London are wearing the two designs below. I must say they are handsome devils, don’t ya think? It’s nice to have “live-in” models :)

My hubby, Jay sporting the Poudre Pullover, designed by Barry Klein courtesy of Trendsetter Yarns.

My hubby, Jay sporting the Poudre Pullover, designed by Barry Klein, courtesy of Trendsetter Yarns.

My son London wearing Jumping Bean, designed by Lean Skvagerson, made with Berroco Inca Tweed Bulky.

My son London wearing Jumping Bean, designed by Lean Skvagerson, made with Berroco Inca Tweed Bulky.

 

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Mindful Mondays: What’s Your Special Holiday Knitting Story?

Happy Cyber Monday! Now that the Holidays are upon us, do you feel a little stress?

Do you have useful tips or an inspiring story to share about how knitting has helped you through the craziness of the Holiday season?

If “sweaters could talk,” I know mine would have have lots to say about how knitting has provided me with so much comfort during this time of year.

How has knitting helped you stay sane during the holidays? Share your story!

How has knitting helped you stay sane during the holidays? Share your story!

What’s your story?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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