Mindful Monday: 4 Ways Knitting Can Increase Your Peace

Happy Monday! I wanted to help jump start your week with a few ways that knitting can increase your peace and make you more mindful!

4 Ways Knitting Can Increase Your Peace

Let’s jump into to these 4 ways that you can increase your peace right NOW!

#1. Practice giving giving material things is not the only way to give. The next time you knit, think of those in your life that may be struggling or in pain and dedicate this good feeling to them with the intention that it will powerfully help them.

#2. Do something free form every day – even if it’s just for 10 minutes, just let go completely! Forget about following a pattern. Start knitting for the sake of knitting. This act is also known as scrumbling. This way of spontaneous knitting is very liberating and can give you that dose of confidence you need if you happen to be struggling with a pattern.

#3. Start a morning routine – I’m big on the morning as prime time for getting your best work done. Right after I wake up, I include about 30 minutes of knitting while listening to an audio book or podcast. I think of this time like a bubble bath and I can’t wait to jump out of bed each morning to do this! Knitting first thing in the morning is quite different than knitting after a long busy day when your energy level decreases.

#4. Begin a stillness practice – one of the most meditative ways to knit in my opinion is in the round, and this repetitive motion can almost be trance-like. Here’s how to create your own stillness practice:

  • With your knitting in hand, sit in a quiet place where you will not be distracted.
  • As you begin to knit, hold a positive intention, or simply follow your breath.
  • Hold your intention for a few rounds and over time you’ll be amazed at how you’ll begin to notice subtle changes to your Monday mindset!

Enjoy the week ahead!

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The Editor Wants to Know! What Kind of Knitting Getaway Appeals to You Most?

Editor Wants to Know!

If spending time with Creative Knitting at an exotic destination sounds exciting to you, then here’s my BURNING question:

Would you like to go on a 7-10 day knitting holiday featuring classes with popular knitting teachers? If so, which of the destinations appeal to you most? (please choose one)

  1. Sweden 
  2. Iceland
  3. Italy 
  4. Ireland
  5. Peru
  6. Other (please state destination)

Which knitting techniques would you be interested in learning?

  1. Basics of colorwork, Fair Isle & Nordic knitting
  2. Cablework
  3. Lace and openwork
  4. Sweater workshop
  5. Socks making (cuff-down and toe-up)
  6. Lace Shawls
  7. Other

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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The Editor Wants to Know! What is Your Favorite Project Category in Creative Knitting?

Editor Wants to Know!

I’m always looking for feedback from you in order to bring you the best on this blog and in the magazine. With that being said, I’d like to ask the following question:

What is your favorite project category in Creative Knitting magazine?

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Please leave a comment with your favorite category from the choices below:

  1. Cardigans
  2. Pullovers
  3. Accessories (hats and scarves)
  4. Gift items
  5. Home Decor
  6. Baby/Kids
  7. Knitting for men
  8. Other (state category)

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Join Us for a Spring Stash Cleanup Challenge!

There’s nothing more inspiring to me than reviving those long-forgotten balls of yarn. Digging through containers often ignites fond memories, and it’s a great way to clean out the clutter too!

It’s a spring stash cleanup challenge!

If you’re looking for some creative ways to use up your stash and do some spring cleaning in the process, here are a few small project ideas for using up your stash:

  • Multi-colored coasters- stripe them, felted them, applique them!
  • Potholders- play with some simple knit and purl patterns
  • Dish towels and washcloths- wake up your kitchen with color
  • Sampler lap blankets- sew gauge swatches together for an interesting look
  • Wall hangings- have fun with free-form!
  • Skinny scarves
  • Patchwork tote
  • Garter-stripe afghan: Knit a new color every row and leave the ends unwoven in for fun look!
  • Change purses with vintage buttons or beads
  • Slippers, socks, booties
  • Knitted flowers- for brooches or barrettes

Here’s a way to use those mason jars – Liven up your surroundings and place a bunch of pretty yarn balls in them!

Leave a comment to this post, sharing ways that you plan on using up your stash this spring!

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The Editor Wants to Know! What are Your Top 3 Favorite Projects in Creative Knitting, Summer 2016?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Editor Wants to Know! Hard to believe, but the summer 2016 issue just went live digitally on CreativeKnittingMagazine.com, so check it out here.

A taste of what you'll find in the summer issue...

A taste of what you’ll find in the summer issue…

Then, after you have a look at some of the beautiful projects as shown under the Current Issue tab, I want to know which ones you like the best. Now’s your chance to chime in!

Today’s BURNING question:

What are your TOP 3 favorite projects in the summer 2016 issue? What are your least favorite projects and why?

Summer 2016 Creative Knitting

Summer 2016 Creative Knitting

Share your answer to my question in the comments below and visit the Creative Knitting Facebook Page to watch my video asking you this question. Watch it now! The Editor Wants to Know! What are Your Top 3 Favorite Projects? 

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