Via CasaSugar, an easy how to on making your own dryer balls. They are chemical free and can even whittle down your stash a bit. Now that’s using your stash for good!
Archive for July, 2008
Over at Ravelry, I asked local Eugene knitters to share their first knitting project with me. I got a few good stories and thought I’d share them here.
Besides the practice swatches that I used to learn how to knit, purl, yarn over, and test different ribbing, my first finished knitting object was a drops neck warmer. I knit that neck warmer before I heard that cables were too hard for a beginner, so I wasn’t intimidated to try it.
You can get the pattern here.
(p.s. I’m KelliM at Ravelry. Come by and say hi!)
Associate Professor Ruth Grahn has made a connection between “neuons and knitting.” Professor Grahn is an avid knitter and spinner and teaches all her behavioral neuroscience students to knit.
Why do you have the students in your Behavioral Neuroscience course learn to knit?
Students don´t expect to encounter knitting on the first day of a college class, so I like to surprise them with a lesson. It gets discussion started on all kinds of neuroscience topics. One that always comes up is memory.
The lesson takes the students through the course as they talk about types of memory and motor systems. Knitting requires the fingers to process a lot of information.
See? Knitting makes you smarter.
Knitted brain photo from The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art and Karen Norberg
Just two days away from my first knitting class, I’m excited about all the possibilities. They seem endless at this point! While I know I have to grow my skills to do things like this gorgeous sweater, it’s definitely on my wish list. Of course, by the time I’m able to knit this, it’ll be out of style.
There are lots of scarf patterns out there that are very pretty and I’m making a list of everyone who wants a scarf for Christmas (and their color choice!). My pilates instructor has requested leg warmers, we’ll see.
This one is beautiful! Maybe I’ll give it a try. From fillambulle.
And I’m a sucker for purple. This one looks fairly easy and I’d love it! From Crystal Palace Yarns (free pattern).
Do you have a favorite beginner project? What was your first knitting project?
Chemotherapy is hard on a cancer patient’s skin, causing very dry skin that can be sensitive to touch and to sun exposure.
In the summer months, Knots of Love, makes two types of caps for chemotherapy patients – caps made from cotton or cotton blend yarns (see brimmed cap picture) and sleep caps for ladies (see purple picture).
Knots of Love is our charity partner at Laurel Hill and we’re pleased to support them. If you’re a Knots of Love volunteer, contact them (or us) for your code. $1 of every purchase at our online store goes back to the organization.
Stitch N’ Pitch brings together two wonderful traditions — Baseball and the NeedleArts. Come to a ball game and knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch and needlepoint. Sit among friends, family and colleagues and cheer on your favorite Baseball Team. Beginners, intermediate and experts are all welcome.
Palmwood is considered an exotic hardwood. And while it may not be as common as bamboo or metal for knitting needles, all Laurel Hill needles are made of of this flexible, sturdy – and sustainable – wood.
A hardwood timber from coconut and date palms, palmwood is taken from plantation- grown palms ready to be cut down at the end of their 80-year production span. Palmwood is an alternative to rainforest timber and is a hard, dark wood with a unique texture. Tones range from golden to near ebony with dark brown flecks. Since coconut trees have no annual growth rings or branches, palmwood is free from knots and other imperfections.
Palmwood has a very long grain, making it very flexible, which a lot of knitters like (especially in the smaller gauges). We have found it doesn’t splinter like some other materials.
The feel and sound of wood knitting needles is warm and yes, some would say soothing. Knitting, after all is an experience of the senses.
If you have any questions about our Forest Palm needles, please leave a comment or send us an email.
I love vintage illustrations. My living room walls are decorated with french vintage prints and I have a hard time ever passing up a Mucha print.
These prints from the Ladybird Books printed in the 50s and 60s are a little more recent than most vintage pieces I’m drawn to, but the illustrations are gorgeous.
I’ve pulled a few examples from the Knitting book, but there are several dozen books in the archives and more than 4,500 images. A really amazing collection.
Ladybirdprints is an online selection of more than 4500 images from the Ladybird Books Archive. These images have been licensed from The Copyrights Group and represent a social history of Britain in the 50s and 60s. The images are available to purchase for your own personal use or as a gift.
I think one of the cool things about knitting and crocheting is the remarkable community of people involved. I’m new to this, but I’m amazed at the passion and comradery that exists. Franklin Habit’s 1,000 knitters project is a photographic manifestation of said community.
A couple of cute amigurumi projects posted around the craft blogosphere in the last week or so and I thought I’d share. Really amazing crochet work.
MeekSandyGirl posted this adorable mushroom house amigurumi (made from recycled cashmere yarn) in the Crafter.org forum.