The Editor Wants to Know: What are Your Holiday Knitting Habits?

The editor wants to know!

What are your Holiday knitting habits? Do you knit before, during or after the holidays? Or, do you find that your knitting routine stays the same regardless of the season?

I find that knitting provides me with even more comfort during the hurried Holiday season. I get so excited about the idea of knitting special gifts for friends and loved ones but sometimes I fall short because I overestimate the time I really have.

Watch the video below where I ask this burning question, and please chime in and let me know how how you keep knitting thorough the Season!

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The Editor Wants to Know: Combining Knitting and Crochet Together. Is this a BIG Knitting No No?

The editor wants to know!

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!

Obviously, you’ve visited this blog, so it would be quite silly of me to ask if you are a knitter. At least, we know that much! In addition to your love of knitting, do you also enjoy crochet? If so, do you creatively combine both crafts in a unique and interesting way? Or, do you consider crochet and knitting used together to be heresy?

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I personally enjoy combining the best of both worlds. I get excited exploring what I can do with a crochet hook in one hand, while having my knitting needles close by. I really love the flexibility that crochet has to offer and take advantage of using it to enhance my knitting.

Please answer this question: Are you all about knitting, and wouldn’t dare touch a crochet hook, or do you embrace both techniques and find it hard to just choose one?

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More Than Memories: Teaching Our Children to Knit

By Tabetha Hedrick

I have a beautiful friend who, after several years of illness, has made a hard realization that time might be much shorter for her. It’s a sobering thought, especially when one considers that it is true for all of us, regardless of circumstance. I’ve spent the past week thinking, deeply and heart-wrenchingly, about what I want to leave my own daughters with: a passion to chase after their dreams, a connection with the things that I love, and memories of something we share together. My first step is teaching my beautiful girls to knit.heart_2

Fortunately, they are eager beavers and want to learn! My youngest, Sophie, said at her kindergarten graduation, “when I grow up, I’m going to be a knitter.” Your own kidlets might not be ready yet, but when approached with the concept of enjoying something together, you’ll be surprised at how deeply they receive it.

When teaching children to learn how to knit, here are some tips to keep it relaxed and enjoyable:

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-        Get comfortable. My girls and I squish together on the couch. In fact, the closer, the better! Research even shows that the more hugs, the more physical touch, the closer the proximity to parents results in smarter brains, easier learning, and stronger independence. Can’t beat that!

-        Set them up with easy to use materials. I like a simple 100% wool yarn because it has enough stretch and elasticity to make things easier with simple wood needles.

-        Be hands on. When I am introducing a new technique, I demonstrate several times and then guide their hands with my own to show things in slow motion.

-         Keep the lessons focused on one thing at a time. Start with just the knit stitch and let them work on that until they are comfortable. I don’t want to overwhelm them with casting on, bind offs, or purls; they’ll let you know when it is time to introduce a new technique.

-        Depending on the age of your child, their knitting time is going to be limited. My oldest at age eight will comfortably work 2-3 rows before she gets antsy. Don’t be offended or upset. This is a time for building your relationship, not a time for them to stress about getting it done.

-        Just have fun with it! Cuddle, pick out yarn colors together, share your own knitting, and involve them in the entire process. I take my daughters to the yarn store where we dream about different designs together.

This is an opportunity to establish something special in their hearts, in YOURS. Knitting is a portal that allows me to chase my dreams. My goal is to teach that same determination to learn, to strive, to believe that you can do anything. When I am in my last days, I want my children to know they were welcomed with open arms into a part of my world that means so much, and became even more meaningful because I got to share it with them.

Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment, especially when it comes to fiber. Surrounding herself with yarn through knitting, designing, spinning and teaching ensures that blissful continuity. Tabetha is a regular contributor to Creative Knitting magazine, and is the editor of the Creative Knitting newsletter. To learn more about Tabetha, visit www.tabethahedrick.com.
 
 
 
 
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Make It a Mindful Monday: Knowing When to Be Flexible

Monday again, and those socks are still not finished. What started as a leisurely weekend project several months ago, has turned into a battle to beat the clock.

My intention is to make a pair of socks as a gift for a friend who I will be seeing next week. Having initiated this idea quite some time ago, I imagined months of carefree knitting to complete them, but it hasn’t quite turned out that way.

I’ve been loving the process of making these socks, but I’ve had to stop and start for a variety of reasons that were beyond my control such as: the yarn not working as planned and a pattern that just didn’t float my boat.

Then finally, I found just the right yarn– Saki Silk from Universal Yarn. What a dream this self-striping sock-weight yarn is to work with!  I couldn’t wait to get started, but then…another roadblock– my sock was too big. I knew this early on, but was in total denial that this sock would only fit Sasquatch. After binding off, I finally came to the conclusion that this would not fly and it was time to face facts and rip.

I think my biggest problem was working with a size #2 needle, so I bumped things back to a #1, and now I’m up to speed. Sock #1 is nearly finished, but the stress of getting the pair done within the next few days started creeping in late in the day yesterday. I was faced with the reality that other things in life had to get done like starting dinner for my family having craft time with my son London.

This morning I woke up with the realization that it was time to let go and practice patient acceptance. As soon as I released my grip, I felt a sense of freedom arise. It’s not always easy to make peace with the fact that most things in life are out of our control. Instead of clinging tightly to wanting to give my friend with this long-planned gift, I can choose to remain flexible, and I just may surprise myself and finish them after all.

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The Editor Wants to Know: Are You a One or Multi-Color Kinda Knitter?

The editor wants to know!

I love to work with one color at a time. Having to manage multiple yarns at once tends to make me sweat. After a long day at the office, I just want to hang with my peeps, and knit for the sake of knitting.

I love the rich look of a color piece, and my favorite method is mosaic colorwork. This technique allows you to work with multiple colors, but here’s the trick– you work with only one color for two rows; on the second row, you slip the color not in use. This essentially “draws” the color up to the row you’re working and it looks as if it was worked on that row. Pretty cool.

Mosaic Knitting

Mosaic knitting requires you to use only one color per row. Now carrying yarns required!

So what’s your cup of tea? Are you a knitter that absolutely loves color knitting and you just can’t get enough of all things Fair Isle?

Chime in here and let me know what tickles your fancy!

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